Democrat and Chronicle
(February 25, 2005) — Bryan Bourne was impressive on the wrestling
mat during his first full varsity season.
Bourne earned a spot in the lineup at Spencerport, a perennial
state power. An eighth-grader, he finished fifth in the 119-pound
weight division at the Division I high school state tournament.
"You always want to be like your brother when he's successful
at something," Bourne said. "My brother (Mike) was a place-winner
"Seeing him so happy, I just wanted to follow him and do better."
Bryan Bourne came back bigger and better this season as a freshman,
but so is the competition. The Spencerport 140-pounder could have
a tough road back to states this weekend during the SuperSectionals
Including Bourne, there are three wrestlers in the weight class
who were top-five finishers at states last season. Canandaigua senior
Albert Gianforti at 140, then attending Irondequoit, and Wayne senior
Nathan Patterson at 135 each came in third.
One possible reason the trio decided to take their chances in such
a tough weight class is that Webster Schroeder senior Gregor Gillespie
will wrestle at 145. Gillespie, a former state champion, has a 225-11
"That's everyone's dream," Bourne said about reaching
states. "I know a lot of good wrestlers who haven't made it
yet. If you make it, there's a lot of desire to get back. It never
gets dull making it to states."
His state title hopes in Buffalo last year came to an end at the
hands of Troy Nickerson of Chenango Forks. Nickerson, a four-time
state champion, won by technical fall in Bourne's first match of
"He was so fast and powerful,'' Bourne said. "I don't
see how anyone beat him in high school. I actually took a nap before
the match. I got up, but I faced the facts. He was a much more experienced
wrestler than I was."
Bourne is short on that type of experience, but he is stronger
after moving up four weight classes. He did wrestle at 145 during
the regular season.
His brother, Mike competed at 140 pounds his senior year.
"They compare us a lot,'' Bourne said. "We have different
styles. I'm a lot bigger than him weight-wise and I have a different
scheme. I don't know why I gained the weight. My dad (Chris) was
at 119 his senior year (at East Rochester). He shot up to 149 his
freshman year in college (State University of New York at Cortland)."
Bourne has handled the weight gain and new competition, well. The
15-year old has a 31-3 record this winter.
"The best heavyweights are the guys that start off in the
smaller classes,'' Hilton coach Chuck Partridge said, predicting
more success for Bourne. "He comes from a very athletic family
and got into a program that's well-structured. He was pretty much
earmarked for success.''
It's one thing to be earmarked for success. It's another to go
out there and earn the wins.
"He's a pretty consistent wrestler, he gets the job done,''
Spencerport coach Bill Jacoutot said. "You don't see anything
flashy, it's very methodical with great positioning.
"His A-game is pretty tough. Right now, he's still a boy,
becoming a young man. He's still growing.''
Sometimes, people around Section V wrestling forget that. There
are times when Bourne is asked where he is going to college next
"I say, 'I don't know yet,''' Bourne said with a smile. "'I'm
only a freshman.' They usually say, 'Oh yeah.'''