Lantz, Langer win state titles for Panthers
MADISON - Ellsworth High School wrestlers won two championships and four other places in the top six in the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center.
Freshman Jens Lantz and junior Roarke Langer won the 103 and 125 pound Division 2 championships respectively. They are Ellsworth's 21st and 22nd state champions in school history. Lantz's record is 40-2 and Langer's 33-2.
Lantz won an 8-5 decision over Wild Rose-Wautoma's Zach Sirny. Lantz was down 3-0 early in the match and 4-2 heading into the third period. There he scored two takedowns plus a two-point nearfall for the win.
"Even when he was down he never deviated from the gameplan he set for himself," Ellsworth head coach Jack Radabaugh said. "He just kept working hard because he knew he could wear him down. Jens is in excellent physical shape."
Lantz has won many a title in junior and youth competition, including national ones, yet he said he found the state high school title special.
"It feels really amazing," Lantz said. "In front of this big crowd, in this arena, there's nothing like it."
Langer hardly allowed his opponents to score on him all weekend and Saturday's championship event was no different. He shutout Kewauskum' s Brett Scoles 3-0.
"I'm riding better than I did before I got sick," (Langer was out of the line-up for a few weeks due to mono) Langer said. "I feel I'm mentally tougher as well."
However there was disappointment on the Panther side as well. Parker Hines lost his 189-pound final to Kewaskum's Bo Seibel 5-3 in overtime. Radbaugh felt Hines should have been awarded a takedown at the end of the mat to break a 3-3 tie before the third period buzzer but to no avail. Seibel then struck for a takedown in almost the same place and was able to get it.
"It's comes down to referee's judgment but maybe could have defended the shot better," Radabaugh said. "Still, Parker wrestled one heck of match against a very good opponent. He couldn't have done much better except win."
Earlier in the day Ellsworth's Levi Kuesel placed third at 152 pounds, D.J. Yarwood placed sixth at 140 and Zac Reister also finished sixth at 215. Yarwood was a state place winner for four seasons.