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Ellsworth in position to win Bi-State

Cody Raebel rides Adams-Friendship's Jesse Fritz during a consolation round match at 106 pounds.4 / 5
Brad Cain has a front headlock on La Cross Aquinas's Hank Lichter.5 / 5

LA CROSSE - The Ellsworth High School Wrestling team is in position to successfully defend its Bi-State Classic title after the first round's action Thursday at the La Cross Center.

The Panthers have 10 wrestlers still alive in the tournament field. Three of them will be wrestling in the semifinals Friday morning. Action begins at 9:30 a.m. and goes all day with the finals at 6 p.m.

EHS's Jens Lantz at 113 pounds, Roarke Langer at 132 and Parker Hines at 195 will be competing in the semifinals.

Lantz pinned his was through Thursday's action, including a 1:31 stick of Dodgeville's Austin DeVoss. Langer scored a takedown with :15 to go to edge Riverdale's Trevor Spears 7-5 and Hines scored a tech. fall over Cashton's Logan Schendel 18-2.

Other Ellsworth wrestlers still alive in the tournament are Cody Raebel at 106 pounds, Brad Cain at 120, Brent Stockwell at 126, Dan Langer 138, Dennis Schutz at 160, Gabe Frandsen at 170, Hank Holdorf at 220 and Brody Kemmerer at heavyweight.

No. 1 Wausau West leads both its division and the meet with 227 points while No. 2 Ellsworth had 180.5. EHS still leads its Division 2 over Caledonia/Houston/Spring Grove, Minn. who has 147 points. Lancaster leads Division 3.