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West Salem/Bangor’s Devin Bahr works to pin Luxemberg-Casco’s Devan Vandenbush in their Division 2 152-pound semifinal match at the WIAA state wrestling tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. Bahr pinned Vandenbush in the second period.

Eriik Daily, La Crosse Tribune

With the final days of 2017 ticking off the calendar, it’s time to put holiday shopping aside and start another list — the top 10 area sports stories of the year.

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Each year, the Tribune sports staff puts together a list of what it believes were the most significant, most impactful, stories of the past 12 months. This year’s list, by the way, was seven pages long, so you can tell it was an eventful — and sometimes record-breaking — year for what is truly a great sports region.

Each story, based on the vote it received, was awarded a point total. Over the next 10 days, you will see a story, with a point total, as we count them down until the No. 1 story is revealed on Dec. 31.

It was a difficult task whittling 48 entries to 10, but we did so. So what do you think was the top story of year? And don’t forget, when we have local high school grads succeeding at the big-time college level — aka Bronson Koenig and Matt Thomas, to name two — they are eligible.

So go ahead, pick your top 10 and see how closely you match our list. It’s fun to do, and feel free to send your thoughts to jeff.brown@lee.net.

Without further delay, let the countdown begin.

No. 10, West Salem/Bangor wrestler Devin Bahr. Bahr, one of the most decorated wrestlers ever in the Coulee Region capped his senior season in the same manner he had as a junior and a sophomore — by winning a gold medal.

Bahr, competing at 152 pounds, went to the Kohl Center and powered his way to a state title, finishing a 39-0 season and a career in which he posted a 161-1 record. His only loss came by injury default during the Bi-State Classic his sophomore year. Bahr is a redshirt freshman for the Wisconsin Badgers’ wrestling team.

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