Panther wrestlers reach team state finals
MADISON - Ellsworth High School's wrestling team used wins in the light and middleweights to build a solid lead Lodi couldn't overcome in Saturday's WIAA State Team Tournament at the UW Fieldhouse.
The No. 2 ranked Panthers won five of the first six matches in the Division 2 semifinal against the No. 4 ranked Blue Devils, 21-7 overall. Key wins for the Panthers, 20-3 overall, in these weight classes came by Brad Cain at 112, Roarke Langer at 125, Austin Welch at 130 and Dan Langer at 135.
Welch provided a big boost for Ellsworth with his pin at 5:46 which put them ahead 14-4. Levi Kuesel gave EHS a 27-7 lead with his pinfall at 152.
Noah McLay was back in the Ellsworth line-up at 171 after sitting out the state individual tournament last weekend due to illness. He looked more than healthy with a 7-0 win over one of Lodi's top wrestlers, Jesse Ziegler. Ellsworth wrestlers did not give up more than two points in their wins.
Parker Hines clinched the meet for Ellsworth with his 13-4 major decision at 215 and Jens Lantz won the finals match 9-2 at 103 pounds.
Ellsworth will wrestle Luxemburg-Casco for the state championship in a match-up of No. 1 vs. No. 2 tonight a 6 p.m. In fact all three state finals feature match-ups of the top-two ranked teams per division. L-C beat No. 6 Campbellsport 54-12 in the other Division 2 semifinal.
Ellsworth 37, Lodi 19
112 Brad Cain (Ellsworth) over Grant Robertson (Lodi) Maj 9-0 4.00 0
119 Michael Clapper (Lodi) over Brent Stockwell (Ellsworth) Maj 11-2 0 4.00
125 Roarke Langer (Ellsworth) over Getasew Shimshak (Lodi) Maj 9-1 4.00 0
130 Austin Welch (Ellsworth) over Alex Ibinger (Lodi) Pin 5:47 6.00 0
135 Dan Langer (Ellsworth) over Caleb Latham (Lodi) Maj 9-0 4.00 0
140 DJ Yarwood (Ellsworth) over Clint Heimbecker (Lodi) Dec 6-2 3.00 0
145 Justin Miller (Lodi) over Logan Kemmerer (Ellsworth) Dec 11-7 0 3.00
152 Levi Kuesel (Ellsworth) over Jordan Worthing (Lodi) Pin 4:29 6.00 0
160 Logan Cable (Lodi) over Jake Murphy (Ellsworth) Dec 7-1 0 3.00
171 Noah McLay (Ellsworth) over Jesse Ziegler (Lodi) Dec 7-0 3.00 0
189 Ben Kealty (Lodi) over Logan Blodgett (Ellsworth) Pin 3:12 0 6.00
215 Parker Hines (Ellsworth) over Michael Watters (Lodi) Maj 13-4 4.00 0
285 Nathan Maerz (Lodi) over Luke Albarado (Ellsworth) Dec 1-0 0 3.00
103 Jens Lantz (Ellsworth) over John Joutras (Lodi) Dec 9-2 3.00 0