Webb moves on to semis, Panthers will have five place winners
MADISON - Spring Valley-Elmwood's Brady Webb moves on to the semifinals as does Ellsworth's Roarke Langer, Levi Kuesel and Noah McLay after Friday morning and afternoon's wrestling at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Meet in the Kohl Center.
Webb won his first-ever Division 3 match at state, beating Wild Rose's Zach Sirny by a 5-3 score at 103 pounds. Webb broke a 2-2 tie with a late escape in the first period and scored a takedown in the second. After giving up an escape in the third, he didn't allow Sirny to take him down.
"I didn't want to loose, I just kept moving," Webb said.
SVE head coach Carter Turner said winning his first match, especially against an opponent who was 40-1, will help improve Webb's wrestling.
"Winning that first match is always the hardest thing at state but now that it's out of the way, he can open up." Turner said.
Webb faces Peshtigo's Josh Bayer (45-9) in Friday's semifinals.
Half of Ellsworth's large contingent at state is assured of placing in the top six.
However, two state finalists from last year will not get a chance to win gold in the Division 2 tournament
Both Sam Huppert and D.J. Yarwood were beaten in the quarterfinals Friday. Huppert lost a controversial match in double-overtime on a questionable takedown call to Pewaukee's Mitch Teeters at 119. Yarwood was pinned at 130 by River Valley freshman Seth Liegel at 3:43.
However both wrestlers came back to win again in the consolation round, Huppert 10-3 over Luck-Frederic-Grantsburg's Austin Eskola and Yarwood exploded for 11 points in the third period of his match against Wisconsin Dell's Nick Mor for a 15-2 major decision.
Winning their quarterfinal matches for the No. 3 ranked Panthers were Roarke Langer at 125, scoring a reversal with :15 seconds to go in the match for a 5-4 win over Seymour's Mark Dessart; Levi Kuesel at 145 with a 3-1 win over Thurston Schuster of Marshall and Noah McLay at 160 with a 3-1 decision over Adams-Friendship's Dustin Kirsenlohr.
Langer goes up against Cuba City-Southwestern's unbeaten Jarod Donar in the semifinals while Kuesel is up against David Galarno of New Holstein and McLay will take on Spencer Meinholz of Marshall in Friday evening's semifinals which begin at 7 p.m.
EHS' Parker Hines lost both of his 171-pound matches Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. Both were close, as he lost 8-5 to Connor Hanson of Ripon and 1-0 to Stanley-Boyd/Thorp's Greg Ponick, both cases where Hines was unable to score points despite all his effort late in both matches.