Ellsworth to have three finalists, six place winners at state
MADISON - Ellsworth High School's wrestling team will get three chances to win gold at this year's WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament.
The Panthers will have three Division 2 finalists led by Jens Lantz at 103 pounds, Roarke Langer at 125 and Parker Hines at 189.
Lantz had no trouble beating J.J. Donar from Cuba City-Southwestern by a 13-0 major decision. Lantz dominated from beginning to end. Langer was in control for nearly all of his semifinal match against Luxemburg-Casco's Zach Skarda. Only a late reversal by Skarda made the score close as Langer won 8-6.
And Parker Hines completed the dominate trio as he won his semi 13-5 overall Freedom's Ben Bayer.
"All three of them are wrestling at a championship level already," Ellsworth head coach Jack Radabaugh said. "Hopefully they'll wrestle the same way tomorrow night too. But they've all worked hard to get to this point so they deserve it."
Hines made state last season but was eliminated in the consolation round. Now he's on the cusp of a championship.
"Honestly I was just hoping to get back down here and place, that was my goal to start the season." Hines said."That I'm at this point now is just great. It's been a great season."
The Panthers missed out on two more finalists although both wrestlers will place in the meet. D.J. Yarwood lost his balance on a shot in overtime against River Valley's Seth Liegel and lost 5-3 at 140. It was the second year in a row Liegel beat Yarwood at state.
"They're evenly matched wrestlers and they each had their share of wins against each other," Radabaugh said. "I give D.J. a lot of credit for sucking it up and rallying to tie score."
The other Panther loss was Levi Kuesel. The senior won't make it back to the state finals as he was beaten 12-5 by Wrightstown's Jackson Fox at 152.
Tomorrows finals begin at 6 p.m. Lantz will face Wild Rose-Wautoma's Zach Sirny (41-1) in a match-up of the top two ranked 103 wrestlers in the state in Division 2. Langer will face Kewaskum's Brett Scoles (36-6), who upset the defending champion Joseph Her of Two Rivers in the other semifinal and Hines will take on the top rated wrestler in the state at 189, Kewaskum's Bo Seibel (41-1). Kuesel and Yarwood will wrestle in the placing matches tomorrow morning and afternoon.
Somerset's Haydon Dvorak edged Adams-Friendship's Dustin Kirsenlohr 6-2 to give first-year head coach Grady Radabaugh his first state finalist. It also may the first time both a father and son have coached wrestlers in the state finals at the same time.
EHS student Courtney Stoesz will sing the national anthem before tonight's finals.