Jalen Knuteson started as a reporter in the sports department for the Pierce County Herald in October of 2016. He has spent time working for the Portage Daily Register as a freelance reporter and as a sports assistant for the Wisconsin State Journal.
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MADISON -- Ellsworth was well represented at the WIAA Division 2 individual state wrestling tournament with nine wrestlers competing at the Kohl Center. The Panthers had seven place winners and capped the tournament off with two individual state championships. Ellsworth 132-pounder Sam Stuhl won his third state title and the 31st in Ellsworth program history. Senior 182-pounder Jacob Sigler won the school's 32nd title. Freshman Charlie Stuhl was defeated by major decision in the finals at 106 pounds.
MADISON -- Jacob Sigler looked like he was finally wrestling a match against an opponent with similar style and strength. Wrightstown senior Bryce Herlache and Sigler were each powerful.
MADISON -- Some mistakes end in a pin. Others end in a five-point swing. Charlie Stuhl got reversed and put on his back for a three count while already trailing 4-2. All of the sudden he was trailing 9-2 in the second period and 12-2 by the end of the second period.
MADISON -- The Kohl Center sensed that Ellsworth junior Sam Stuhl, the top-ranked wrestler in the 132-pound weight class since the season began, was about to get knocked off. But to defeat Stuhl would require catching him on an off day and taking advantage of any mistake that he would make. With 30 seconds left and a 6-4 lead, River Valley junior Zach Licht was about to defeat Stuhl, a two-time state champ.
MADISON -- Four Ellsworth wrestlers had work to do on Saturday morning. After losing on the winners’ side of the bracket, senior Sawyer Strom (120), junior Owen Matzek (126), senior Cole Skelton (145), and senior Anders Lantz (160) each returned to the mat in pursuit of a third-place finish in the WIAA Division 2 individual state tournament on Saturday, Feb. 25. Matzek took fifth place, Strom and Skelton took fourth, and Lantz took third place.
MADISON -- Ellsworth set a school record after the Panthers secured seven place winners this weekend. Freshman Charlie Stuhl (106 pounds), junior Sam Stuhl (132), and senior Jacob Sigler (182) each won their WIAA Division 2 individual state wrestling tournament semifinals match on Friday, Feb. 24 at the Kohl Center in Madison.
MADISON -- None of the three Spring Valley/Elmwood seniors vying for a shot at a state title made it through to the finals. Seth Schlegel (132 pounds) lost a 9-0 major decision to Deerfield senior Cal Hansen (46-1), Cruze Hurlburt (145) lost an 8-4 decision to Justin Tollefson (44-6) of Fennimore, and Dylan Bune (126) lost in overtime to Fennimore sophomore Trevor Wanek, 3-2, in the semifinals of the WIAA Division 3 individual state tournament on Friday, Feb. 24 at the Kohl Center in Madison.
MADISON -- All three Cardinals that had title aspirations at the beginning of the season advanced to the semifinals. Seniors Dylan Bune (126), Seth Schlegel (132) and Cruze Hurlburt (145) each earned victories by decision in the quarterfinals at the Division 3 individual state wrestling tournament to advance to the semifinals at the Kohl Center in Madison on Friday, Feb. 24. The round will begin at 7 p.m. Friday.
MADISON -- Six out of the eight Ellsworth wrestlers in the quarterfinals advanced to the semifinals with wins in the WIAA Division 2 individual state tournament at the Kohl Center on Friday afternoon. “I’m excited for those six semifinalists,” head coach Mark Matzek said. The Panthers will have Charlie Stuhl (106), Sawyer Strom (120), Owen Matzek (126), Sam Stuhl (132), Anders Lantz (160) and Jacob Sigler (182) wrestling in the semifinals at 7 p.m., Feb. 24.
SOMERSET -- Junior Alex Motley scored 22 points and made 10 of 13 shots from the field for Ellsworth as the Panthers defeated Somerset in Middle Border Conference prep boys basketball on Thursday, Feb. 23 at Somerset High School. Ellsworth junior Drake Flom scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds. DUNN-ST. CROIX CONFERENCE Spring Valley 78, Plum City/Elmwood 58