Panthers'Huppert places second
MADISON -- Certainly any prep wrestler wants to win a state title for selfish reasons.
Namely for yourself.
But winning for othera always come into play, whether its coaches, family, friends, girlfriends, you name it.
Both Trent Larrieu and Hayden Hauschildt had reason outside the self for winning gold as they did Saturday in the Kohl Center in the WIAA State Individual Team Tournament Finals.
Spring Valley-Elmwood's Larrieu wore an organge T-shirt that said "Team Treuhle, His Spirit Lives On." He also had the name Grant Treuhle on his headgear that orange as well.
"He's the kid brother of a friend I have in Hudson who died of cancer recently," Larrieu said. "Orange was his favorite color. He was with me the whole week."
Larrieu pointed to the sky after beating Black Hawk's Jake Kaempfer 1-0 in the 160-pound, Division 3 final Saturday evening. He wrestled certainly wrestled an inspired third period that saw him ride out Kaempfer the whole way.
"I knew I could ride him out to the end to get the title I wanted." Larrieu said.
Larrieu showed a little emotion, but Ellsworth's Hauschildt waited until he hugged his father Jim afterwards before it sank in that he topped East Troy's David Edwards by a 9-2 score in the 135-pound, Division 2 final.
"Some champs are pretty emotional but Hayden's one to keep his focus until he leaves the mat," Ellsworth head coach Jack Radabaugh said. He doesn't want to rub it in, he just wants to leaves a winner."
That instense focus helped Hauschildt get a key reversal before the first period buzzer that tied the score at 2-2. Hauschildt dominated the rest of the way.
Now Hauschildt becomes a part of the history Ellsworth celebrated this past season, the school's 19th state champion (Larrieu won SVE's second title).
"This is what being an Ellsworthg wrestler is all about," Hauschildt said. "All the experience you get from wrestling in the big meets prepares you for this moment, which is going to last for a long time."
Sam Huppert almost joined Hauschildt in that history of Ellsworth indvidual champions, but lost his state finals match in Division 2 at 103 pounds to Luxemburg-Casco's Justin Mudlaff 8-1.