MADISON — Alec Ingold took things to a whole different level this year on the wrestling mat.
It was only fitting that the Bay Port senior would do the same at the Kohl Center on Saturday after winning his first WIAA state title.
After climbing to the top of the state podium with a 9-2 decision over Oconomowoc’s Brett Samson in the 220-pound Division 1 state championship match, Ingold left the arena floor to climb the concourse stairs to reach his family on the second level of the Kohl Center.
“They wanted me to get an extra workout in I guess because they didn’t know if the match was going to last that long,” Ingold jokingly said about why his family didn’t get closer seats.
Saturday’s match was only the fourth one that went the full six minutes this season for Ingold, who recorded 27 pins, including 19 in the first period.
The march of champions before the WIAA individual wrestling state tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison on Saturday.
The University of Wisconsin football recruit was one of 13 wrestlers at the WIAA individual state tournament this year to complete an undefeated season.
Ingold (41-0) not only became Bay Port’s first champion since 1998, but he’s the first area D1 wrestler to win a state title since 2010.
“It’s the best feeling in the world,” said Ingold, who has a career record of 144-15 with 79 pins.
“Hard work pays off. This shows that if you do the right things eventually stuff works out for you. You can’t thank the process enough or enough people for the amount of work that goes into it. I get my name on a chart, but so many people were behind that. I can’t thank those guys enough.”
Ingold and Samson (47-2) were the only two wrestlers at the state tournament to record three pins to reach the finals.
The Oconomowoc junior made a statement early with a takedown of Ingold. It was only the third time this season that happened to Ingold, who is responsible for both of Samson’s losses this year.
“It was his time,” Bay Port coach Brad Shefchik said.
“To be state champion takes a lot of work. You have to put it all together and stay injury free and have everything go right is a long process. We’re just happy everything worked out.”
Ingold is the 13th Bay Port wrestler to win a state title, joining a list that includes his father, Pat.
Ingold said he wouldn’t have made it this far in the sport if not for his father and coaches like Andy Kazik, who was his workout coach this season.
“When he got all the football (recruiting) stuff behind him he was really able to focus 100 percent to wrestling,” Pat said. “He was very determined and very dominant.”
Saturday served as a shining moment for one of the most dominating high school athletes the area has ever seen.
Ingold is looking to reminiscing about his final wrestling match it in the future as a part of the Wisconsin football team.
“I’m going to be passing the Kohl Center a whole lot more these next few years,” Ingold said. “Every time I pass this place it will be a happy memory for me.”