Luxemburg-Casco wrestling coach Bob Berceau was watching TV on Tuesday night when he was interrupted.
Without warning, his youngest son, Mason, a senior, entered the room and changed the channel.
Upset by the move, the elder Berceau wrestled the remote away to switch it back.
The exchange resulted in one of the few losses he’ll have to see Mason take over the next few months because there’s probably not going to be many on the mat.
“Mason’s very stubborn, like me,” coach Berceau said.
“He believes in certain things, and when he gets his head stuck on something, he’s going to do it. Right now, I’m hoping he gets his head stuck on winning a state title because I think if he puts his mind to it, and focuses on it, he’s got a good shot at doing it.”
Mason Berceau received a No. 1 ranking when Wisconsin Wrestling Online revealed its first individual state rankings of the season Wednesday.
Berceau, who got the highest mark in Division 2 at 138 pounds, will be one of six top-ranked wrestlers competing in Saturday’s 10th annual Battle on the Bay tournament at Bay Port.
The two-time state qualifier is embracing the challenge that comes with being listed in the top spot of a division’s weight class.
“I like it a lot actually,” said Berceau, who went 35-10 last season. “I never actually get the high ranking right away. I was always mad about it.”
As a coach’s kid, it was only natural for Berceau to latch onto wrestling.
He can recall messing around — and at times probably upsetting his father — in the wrestling room as a kid during high school practices.
Besides getting coached up by his father, Berceau also looked up to his brother, Mitch, who is 3 years older.
Bob won three individual state titles at L-C during the 1980s, while Mitch won a state championship in 2010 and was a three-time state finalist.
Berceau said he has never felt any pressure to match their success. Any pressure he does feel comes from his own expectations.
“I definitely want to get on that podium this year,” Berceau said. “It’s my last year, so I have to push with everything I have, every day.”
Berceau is looking forward to making a final push with the support of two healthy knees.
He wrestled with a torn meniscus in his right knee during his freshman year and was bothered by the knee as a sophomore. He sustained a similar injury to his left knee in January last year, going through a minor surgery and returning to the mat a week later.
“I had to learn to wrestle two different ways,” Berceau said. “When I had my knee surgeries, both years, I couldn’t move my knee past a 90-degree angle. I couldn’t shoot for a while, so I had to learn more upper body moves and arm spins.”
Berceau said having to adapt has made him a stronger wrestler.
“I think now it’s finally not bothering him,” coach Berceau said. “It takes a good year, year and a half, before your knees get used to that. Hopefully, everything goes good for him this year.”
Besides getting the bounce back in his step, Berceau wants to see his team bounce back after it failed to win a WIAA regional championship last season for the first time since 1990.
Berceau is the only returning state qualifier and one of three seniors on this year’s team, which is ranked No. 7 in D2 by Wisconsin Wrestling Online. Two Rivers, which edged the Spartans for the regional title last season, is ranked No. 4.
“We have a young team,” coach Berceau said. “I want to keep these guys focused throughout the season. I think we can get to the (team) state tournament. We have the team to do it. We have a tough road to go through. We have Two Rivers, Wrightstown, Southern Door and Denmark all in our regional. That’s a pretty tough regional, so one or two mishaps like last year, and the regional is over.
“We can’t have those mistakes. We have to stay focused.”
10TH ANNUAL BATTLE ON THE BAY
Where: Bay Port.
Time: Wrestling begins at 9:15 a.m. Placement matches begin at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Participants: It’s a 24-team tournament, which includes 47 state qualifiers, 11 state place-winners, three state runners-up and three state champions.