MADISON – As Championship Saturday progressed, Stratford sophomore Kam Bornbach felt the pressure build leading up to his 182-pound Division 3 championship match.
After watching three teammates win state titles, the pressure was on for him to win as well.
And Bornbach came through with a 5-0 win over Shiocton’s Henry Fielding, to cap a four-champion night or the Tigers.
“I did think how much it would suck to walk out of here without a chart after my teammates won,” Bornbach said. “It’s truly amazing and none of us our seniors, so we have a lot of work to do, because there is going to be a bull’s eye on our backs next year.”
Bornbach, who needed a late third period scramble to beat Fielding in the sectional finals, scored early by wrapping up Fielding in a cradle. Fielding needed an injury timeout and Bornbach turned up the pressure.
“It was great to get an early lead,” Bornbach said. “He got hurt when I put him on a cradle and really put the pressure on him after that.”
Sophomore Mason Kauffman, who missed all of last season with a broken arm, capped an undefeated season with a 9-5 victory over two-time champion Kal Gerber of Cameron in the 126-pound finals.
“I knew his weakness was on his feet, so that’s were I wanted to be,” Kauffman said. “I’m pretty good on my feet and was able to take him down a couple times.”
Kauffman (49-0) scored four takesdowns, including two in the third period, while all of Gerber’s points were off escapes.
“It’s an awesome feeling,” Kauffman said. “All the hard work last year to get back paid off.”
The Tigers’ freshmen, AJ Schoenfuss and Jeremy Schoenherr got the team going by winning at 106 and 113, respectively.
Schoenfuss (42-6) cruised to a 7-2 win over Boyceville’s Austin Wolfe.
“You think it’s cool getting first, but there is nothing like being on top of that podium,” Schoenfuss said. “You’re there with the other guys in your weight and everyone is taking pictures. It’s pretty cool.”
Schoenfuss scored four points in the third period to give himself a cushion going down the stretch.
“My heart was just pounding in the third period and when I got that near fall I felt a little bit of relief,” Schoenfuss said.
Schoenherr (42-2) was leading his match 5-1 when he pinned Weston Wichman in 2 minutes, 34 seconds.
“It was amazing to pin him in the finals,” Schoenherr said. “You can always catch someone, but I used a crossface and ran him over and pinned him.
“Winning a state title is great, I can’t compare it to anything.”
Stratford had seven state champions entering the tournament, now the program has 11.
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