A third, two fourths and a sixth places for Panther grapplers
MADISON - Ellsworth High School's wrestling team came out of the placement matches with a third place, a pair of fourth and sixth Saturday afternoon at the Kohl Center.
D.J. Yarwood had the Panthers' third place, defeating Somerset's Gabe Flandrick in double overtime 5-4 at 130 pounds in Division 2.
Yarwood trailed 3-2 with :17 second to go in the match when he worked himself out from Flandrick's control and nearly got a reversal. He did manage an escape to tie the score. In the second OT Yarwood got a reversal and in the third OT he rode out Flandrick for the 5-4 win.
"I knew I had to work hard to finish in third place and I feel proud I did so," Yarwood said.
EHS head coach Jack Radabaugh said that Yarwood knows how to score in short-time situations.
"He's got enough speed and moves so well on the mat that can score takedowns or get reversals even when time is short," Radabaugh said. "If he's in the match when the clock is ticking down, he can get what points he needs."
Yarwood was facing a familiar opponent in his third place match as did the Panthers' Sam Huppert at 119 and Roarke Langer at 125.
However the outcome was the same as well for Huppert as he lost 6-1 to Pewaukee's Mitch Teeters. And Langer was beaten by the opponent he beat in the quarterfinals, Seymour's Mark Dessart, 3-1 in overtime.
In another rematch, Ellsworth's Noah McLay lost to Medford's Seth Higgins in the 160-pound placement semifinals 5-4 in double overtime. McLay had beaten Higgins in the sectional finals the week before. McLay then took another tough loss, 5-4 to Kewauskum's Bo Seibel, in the fifth place match.
Huppert won his morning match by forfeit while Langer beat Cumberland's Alec Adams 9-4 and Yarwood topped Marshall's Cole Hanson 7-1.