Bahr bounces back

West Salem Junior Devin Bahr continues dominance after ACL injury

This time last year, Devin Bahr and his eighth grade brother, Aaron, took in the WIAA championship tournament from the stands.

The reigning state champ at 132 pounds was done for the season thanks to a torn ACL, the injury, a harsh interruption to a magical run on the mat.

“The only loss I have on my record is the semifinals last year at Bi-state when I tore my ACL and I had to injury default out of the match,” the elder Bahr said.

“I remember the week before state Devin was crying because he was not able to wrestle there,” Aaron said. “I knew he wanted to really bad.”

After surgery, Devin again was told to hope for a return in early December. According to Devin, December was more than enough time to return to championship form.

“It was not too much of a hiccup,” West Salem/ Bangor Co-Head Coach Steve Kurschner said. He did not say,  ‘Why did this happen to me? Or, ‘What did I do wrong?’  It was, OK, what am I going to do next?

Since surgery last March, Kurschner believes Devin has not missed a single day of training.

“Now he is the most hungry I have ever seen him in a wrestling room.”

Hungry sounds about right. The comeback season began three months early and currently sits at 47-0, with 34 pins, and a No. 1 ranking in Division 2.

And his sidekick from the stands last year in Madison is competing this weekend too.

“They are both elite wrestlers but man, they are just like every other set of brothers,” West Salem/Bangor Co-Head Coach Josh Brewer said. “They beat on each other and make fun of each other just like brothers do.”

The bar is set for Friday and this time, there is backup.