A lot of young brothers emulating the older siblings they look up to might wear similar clothes, or listen to the same music.
Dan Tauchen had a more novel approach.
The Bonduel High School senior punctuated his stellar year on Feb. 7 by defeating Rosholt’s Tony Kontney 8-2 to win the 160-pound division of the Central Wisconsin Conference-8 meet. Afterward he learned that he was named the conference’s Wrestler of the Year, becoming the third member of his family to do so.
The shadows cast by the older brothers were long ones: Joe Tauchen went 45-4 en route to a second-place finish in the 220-pound weight class at state two years ago, and Ben Tauchen was a two-time state champion, also at 220 pounds, four seasons ago. Both earned CWC-8 Wrestler of the Year honors under coach Chris Rank.
Dan Tauchen’s fate at the state meet will be determined over the next two weeks, but for the time being, going where his brothers went is a satisfying validation.