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Panthers rally to tie Forest Lake but lose on criteria, finish third

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FOREST LAKE - In a dramatic rally the Ellsworth High School wrestling team, ranked third in Division 2 in Wisconsin, came from down 27-9 to tie Forest Lake, ranked third in Minnesota Class AAA Saturday at the Fores Lake Duals. Brody Kemmerer's pinfall at heavyweight in 2:17 evened the dual at 27-27. The initial criteria decision gave Ellsworth the win but a recount gave the win to the Rangers. Ellsworth wound up third in the six-team meet.

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EHS rallied behind upper weight wrestlers Derek Donnelly at 192, Parker Hines at 195, Hank Holdorf at 220 along with Kemmerer. Donnelly scored a key 6-4 win, Hines got a technical fall, Holdorf won by major decision and Kemmerer's pin completed the rally against the top-ranked Rangers.

The Panthers had lost four matches in a row before Logan Kemmerer won at 145 pounds. Jens Lantz also won for Ellsworth at 113.

Despite the emotional letdown the Panthers accorded themselves well for the rest of the meet, beating Stillwater in pool action 47-25 and won the third third place match over LeSeuer/Henderson 40-20.

The Panthers will compete in the Middle Border Conference meet next Saturday in Durand.

Forest Lake 27, Ellsworth 27 (Forest Lake wins on criteria H, most first points scored)

106 - Luke McCord (Forest Lake) won by tech fall over Cody Raebel (Ellsworth) 16-0. (Forest Lake leads 5-0)

113 - Jens Lantz (Ellsworth) won by decision over James Pleski (Forest Lake) 2-0. (Forest Lake 5-3)

120 - Andrew Meyers (Forest Lake) won by decision over Brad Cain (Ellsworth) 3-2. (Forest Lake 8-3)

126 - Michael Pleski (Forest Lake) won by pin over Brent Stockwell (Ellsworth) 3:11. (Forest Lake 14-3)

132 - Ben Morgan (Forest Lake) won by major decision over Roarke Langer (Ellsworth) 8-0. (Forest Lake 18-3)

138 - Tyler Isaacson (Forest Lake) won by decision over Dan Langer (Ellsworth) 4-0. (Forest Lake 21-3)

145 - Logan Kemmerer (Ellsworth) won by decision over Cody Paggen (Forest Lake) 6-4. (Forest Lake 21-6)

152 - Austin Boniface (Forest Lake) won by decision over Ryan Dickhausen (Ellsworth) 4-3. (Forest Lake 24-6)

160 - Dennis Schutz (Ellsworth) won by decision over Ryder Paggen (Forest Lake) 6-1. (Forest Lake 24-9)

170 - Mike Urban (Forest Lake) won by decision over Gable Frandsen (Ellsworth) 3-0. (Forest Lake 27-9)

182 - Derek Donnelly (Ellsworth) won by decision over Kyle Winberg (Forest Lake) 6-4. (Forest Lake 27-12)

195 - Parker Hines (Ellsworth) won by tech fall over Jeremy McLaughlin (Forest Lake) 4:00 23-8. (Forest Lake 27-17)

220 - Hank Holdorf (Ellsworth) won by major decision over Aaron Calhoun (Forest Lake) 11-3. (Forest Lake 27-21)

285 - Brody Kemmerer (Ellsworth) won by pin over Beau Phinney (Forest Lake) 2:17 (Tied 27-27)

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Sean Scallon
Sean Scallon has been a reporter and Sports Editor at the Pierce County Herald newspaper in Ellsworth since 1998. He holds a bachelors degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He's also worked at newspapers in Glenwood City, Wisconsin; Marion, Illinois and Shawano, Wisconsin. Sean also works as a sports reporter for other newspapers and websites in RiverTown Multimedia from River Falls to Hudson to New Richmond and Red Wing.
(715) 273-4334
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