Ellsworth grapplers dominate Ellsworth Invitational againFor the 10th year in a row and for the 36th time in the 49-year history of the event, the Ellsworth High School wrestling team won its own Ellsworth Invitational Saturday.
For the 10th year in a row and for the 36th time in the 49-year history of the event, the Ellsworth High School wrestling team won its own Ellsworth Invitational Saturday.
Ellsworth scored 321 points, over 100 points ahead of Lake City, Minn., which made its tournament debut. Prescott finished eighth in the 10-team tournament field with 131.5 points.
By having 10 wrestlers in the finals out of 14 weight classes the No. 2 ranked Panthers more than secured the invite team title after the five-round round-robin. The Purple won five meet titles with team co-captain Jed Lantz winning his third-straight invite title at 126 pounds by pinfall in 3:42 over Medford's Gunnar Peterson. Brad Cain rallied in the third period to edge Lake City's Andrew Schmidt 4-3 at 132; Dan Langer won his second straight invite title 6-0 over River Falls Nate Kinneman at 138; team co-captain Logan Kemmerer decisioned Medford's Aric Spencer 9-4 at 160 and Gabe Frandsen brought the EHS gymnasium to its feet with an exciting 7-6 win over Boyceville's Josh Cormican at 170.
The Panthers' second place finishers were Mueller, Max Peterson at 152, Hank Holdorf at 182, Jake Murphy at 195 and Brock Steldt at 220.
Prescott had two finalists with Troy Urman winning by tech. fall over Ellsworth's Tristan Mueller at 145 by a 15-0 in 2:55. PHS's Sam Hoopingarner just fell short of winning at 106, losing 8-6 to St. Croix Falls' Dalton Langer.
Both Ellsworth and Prescott will be in action next Thursday in Middle Border Conference dual meets. Ellsworth hosts Baldwin-Woodville and Prescott is at Osceola.