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Panthers have four wrestling in semifinals tonight

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

MADISON - Ellsworth High School wrestlers will be busy in the semifinal round of the WIAA State Wrestling meet at the Kohl Center Friday evening.

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The Panthers advanced four wrestlers to the semifinals which begin at 7 p.m.

EHS started the day with Jens Lantz beginning his journey to be EHS's first three-time champion. His first match against senior Josh Murray (34-8) of Marshall went smoothly other than him nearly giving up a reversal which turned into an escape. But he kept from being scored upon since the Cheesehead Invitational by pinning Murray in 3:46 at 120.

Freshman Tristen Mueller continued his winning ways and in his quarterfinal match in dramatic fashion. After leading Lomira senior Alec Sauer (23-5) 4-0 in the third period, Sauer put Mueller on his back for a reversal and two-point nearfall to tie the score. But a late reversal broke the tie in Mueller's favor and he won 6-4.

EHS's Logan Kemmerer had his first state match at 152 it turned into comfortable win as well. He got major decision on Sheboygan Falls senior Brandon Broetzmann (31-14) 11-1 scoring a takedown and five points in nearfalls in the third period.

Gabe Frandsen was on the mat at the same time at 160 against West Salem/Bangor senior Alex Peters (46-6) and he was also a winner. He scored a takedown on a scramble late in the second period and got a three-point in the third for a 5-0 shutout win.

Jake Murphy tried to make it 5-for-5 for the Purple in both the semifinals and in placement but lost both his 195-pound matches Friday. Murphy was pinned by Two Rivers's junior Scott Skornicka (39-8) in 2:38 in the quarters and lost a close match to junior Zach Koch (37-11) of River Valley 5-3 in the consolation round and was eliminated from the tournament.

Tonight's semifinal match-ups have Lantz against Sparta sophomore John Roddick (40-11); Muller vs. Oconto Falls's sophomore Dewey Krueger (40-1); Kemmerer vs. River Valley's undefeated senior Seth Leigel (44-0), who is considered one of the top wrestlers in the state pound for pound and a University of Wisconsin recruit; and Frandsen faces Kewaskum senior Brett Scoles (38-3).

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