Lantz wins fourth straight title, Frandsen wins second straight and Schutz wins first at state wrestling meet
MADISON - The Ellsworth High School wrestling team had a record three Division 2 state champions in one WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament Saturday evening at the Kohl Center on the University of Wisconsin campus.
Jens Lantz (41-1) won a school and state record fourth individual title in a row with 25-7 technical fall completed in just 3:57 into the match over Abbotsford/Colby's Sage Soppa (42-8). Lantz recorded a pin and two tech. falls during state competition this weekend. He becomes just the 13th wrestler in the 71-year history of the state tournament to win four-straight titles.
"This is something I've dreamed about and saw myself doing about since I started wrestling and I want to thank God, my family, my coaches, all my training partners for giving me this opportunity," Lantz said.
Lantz used his superior speed to score points in bunches, especially in the second period, to overwhelm Soppa. When it was over, as by tradition at the state tournament, the crowd for Championship Saturday in the Kohl Center gave Lantz a standing ovation for his accomplishment.
But Ellsworth wasn't finished winning titles Saturday. Senior Gabe Frandsen (53-1) won his second in a row in triple overtime over Mitchell Lambrecht (38-7) of Sheboygan Falls at 160. The match ended in controversy at the end of regulation when officials, after consulatation, awarded Lambrecht an escape point which tied the match at 2-2 instead of backpoints which Frandsen appeared to have during a scramble near the end of the match. The match went past the first overtime when officials decided that time had expired before Frandsen completed a throw to get a takedown. But in the second extra time session, Frandsen broke the tie with a reversal and while giving up an escape in the third OT, he emerged victorious with a 4-3 win.
"That whole time it went on I just kept a persistent refusal to lose attitude and it allowed me to dig deep until something eventually worked." Frandsen said.
Ellsworth third champion of the evening was senior Dennis Schutz. He defeated Two Rivers's Bobby Geiger (46-8) 6-2 at 189. Schutz had only joined the team after Christmas but compiled a 26-3 record in the process on his way to a state championship.
"In my wildest dreams I never thought I would be right here in this moment when I came back. It's just amazing!" Schutz said.
EHS had four wrestlers competing for state championships Saturday evening but Logan Kemmerer (43-4) was unable to complete the sweep as he was pinned by Mauston undefeated Justin Dolata (33-0) in 2:53.
Ellsworth's three titles tied them with Lancaster, which also won three individual championships wrestling in Division 3.