VandenBush helps Luxemburg-Casco win state title

Luxemburg-Casco won the Division 2 state championship on Saturday.

MADISON (WLUK) -- Devan VandenBush had no doubt.

With Luxemburg-Casco trailing by two points and only his match left, VandenBush needed a win if the Spartans were to capture the state championship.

Facing the same opponent he pinned a week earlier to win fifth place in the state individual state tournament, VandenBush didn't get the pin, but he did enough.

At 160 pounds, VandenBush defeated Cedric Kosnopfal, 12-4, as the Spartans defeated Ellsworth, 30-28, to win the Division 2 state title at the University of Wisconsin Fieldhouse on Saturday. The win avenges last year's 27-26 loss to Ellsworth, which was the two-time defending state champ.

"I knew for sure I was going to get the win," VandenBush said. "I handled him pretty well at state. I knew I just needed to get it done, didn't try to risk anything. I figured it was best for me to have it on my shoulders being a senior, team captain."

VandenBush seemed primed for the moment and his team had the confidence also. Coach Chas Treml had a feeling the state championship could come down to the final match and he was fine with that.

"We knew we were looking for that matchup at the end," he said. "We just so happened to get that matchup. Devan wrestled him a week before. I was confident in him and I trusted he knew what he was going to do. He's a senior, he's a super-smart kid."

The state title is the first for the Spartans, who beat Gale-Ettrick-Trempeleau/Melrose Mindoro, 44-21, earlier Saturday in a semifinal, since 2013.

"Happy for our program, our kids, our coaches, our community," Treml said. "They put a lot of time and effort into being around with us, traveling with us. Today was a big payoff."

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