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Rust gone from Hauschildt as he wins Bi-State title

Ellsworth's Spencer Beard knocks heads with Fond du Lac's Steven Thompson in Bi-State Classic action at the La Crosse Center. Photo by Sean Scallon

LA CROSSE -- The WD-40 Hayden Hauschildt put on his wrestling skills, was pretty powerful stuff.

Midway through the Bi-State Classic last Monday and Tuesday at the La Crosse Center, the rust was gone after not wrestling for the first few weeks of the season due to an eye injury. And it led to a championship for the Ellsworth High School senior at 145 pounds and a team title for the No. 2 ranked Panthers. In fact, Hauschildt didn't so much give up a single point until the finals in winning the Bi-State title 8-1 over Bloomington Kennedy's Dawson Lovestrand. He recorded two pinfalls.

"He still had some rust to his skills but he worked it off with each match," Ellsworth head coach Jack Radabaugh said.

Ellsworth won its first division title since 2006 with 240 points, easily outdistancing River Valley with 194.5 points and Adams-Friendship's 173.5.

The Panthers also finished third in the overall team standings. Bloomington, Minn. Kennedy scored the most points with 374 and Hudson was second with 252 points, followed by Ellsworth.

The Panthers' points were built up by 10 place winners. Besides Hauschildt, Sam Huppert was sixth at 112 pounds, D.J. Yarwood was eighth at 119, Taylor Boettcher was 11th at 130, Spencer Beard finished 12th at 135, Noah McLay finished 10th at 152, Shawn Helmueller finished 11th at 160, Jordan Borst was sixth at 171, Cory Deiss placed 10th at 189 and Alex Hoyer finished 10th at 215 pounds.

"We had all of our wrestlers make the second day of competition and had 10 place in the top 12. We've had some great performances here in this meet but nothing like that. We did an outstanding job," Radabaugh said.