WACS’ Bourgeois heading to states

WESTFIELD — Westfield Academy and Central School senior Austin Bourgeois certainly epitomizes the definition of a scholar/athlete.

Bourgeois is headed for Albany this week to compete in the state championship for wrestling. He is the first Westfield wrestler to qualify for the state competition in a decade. He takes part in the combined WACS-Chautauqua Lake wrestling program.

Wrestling is not the only sport in which Bourgeois participates. He is a “three-sport athlete,” competing in football, wrestling and track.

However, athletics are not the only area in which Bourgeois excels. An impressive list of academic honors is also attached to his name.

Bourgeois belongs to the National Honor Society and is an academic all-star. He has been awarded the Academic Achievement Honors Patch, the Academic Achievement Academics Pin and the Academic Excellence Pin No. 2. He has also won the RIT Innovation and Creativity Award and has been named the JCC Connections Student of the Year, the Rotary Scholars of the Month for November and Senior Student of the Month for December.

“We are exceptionally proud of Austin. He is the ideal student-athlete,” said WACS Dean of Students and Athletic Director Jake Hitchcock. “All of his coaches have stated what a pleasure he is to have on their respective teams. He is very coachable, has an outstanding work ethic, and he never makes the same mistake twice.”

Bourgeois heads to the state competition with 145 career wins and a seasonal record of 31-5. He is also the Ripley Tournament Champion, the Byron Bergen Tournament Champion and the Class C-D Champion.

The state competition takes place in Albany on Feb. 22 and 23. Because WACS is on mid-winter recess the week of Feb. 18, Austin was given an all-school send off on Friday, Feb. 15.