Sean Scallon has been a reporter and Sports Editor at the Pierce County Herald newspaper in Ellsworth since 1998. He holds a bachelors degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He's also worked at newspapers in Glenwood City, Wisconsin; Marion, Illinois and Shawano, Wisconsin. Sean also works as a sports reporter for other newspapers and websites in RiverTown Multimedia from River Falls to Hudson to New Richmond and Red Wing.
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MADISON - Ellsworth High School's wrestling team will get three chances to win gold at this year's WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament. The Panthers will have three Division 2 finalists led by Jens Lantz at 103 pounds, Roarke Langer at 125 and Parker Hines at 189. Lantz had no trouble beating J.J. Donar from Cuba City-Southwestern by a 13-0 major decision. Lantz dominated from beginning to end. Langer was in control for nearly all of his semifinal match against Luxemburg-Casco's Zach Skarda.
MADISON - It was another successful round for the Ellsworth High School wrestling team. The Panthers have five wrestlers competing in the semifinals of the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament. Spring Valley-Elmwood's Brady Webb is also in the semis. The Panthers' Jens Lantz made it at 103 pounds he shutout Sheboygan Falls' Alex Fitzgerald 11-4. Roarke Langer was just as stingy as he beat Freedom's Devin Bera by a 9-1 score at 125. D.J. Yarwood started strong and held on for a 9-6 win over Mosinee's Jordan Roosa at 140.
MADISON - Eight wrestlers from the Rivertowns area will be competing in the semifinals in Division 2 and 3 this evening at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center. These wrestlers advanced through the quarterfinals Friday morning and early afternoon. Ellsworth has the bulk of these wrestlers, five in all starting with Jens Lantz at 103 pounds he shutout Sheboygan Falls' Alex Fitzgerald 11-4. Roarke Langer was just as stingy as he beat Freedom's Devin Bera by a 9-1 score at 125. D.J.
MADISON - Area wrestlers from River Falls and New Richmond were eliminated in the consolation rounds at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament Friday. All three wrestlers won their first matches during the morning. New Richmond's Shane Blackman beat Austin Quartullo of Muskego 5-4 at 103 pounds. River Falls' Adam Figi beat Eric Vls of West Allis Central 4-2 at 160 and River Falls' Tysom Bystrom beat Jake Kettenhofen of Appleton North 6-4 at 189. But in the next round of consolation matches to determine who gets to be on the awards stand, all three wrestlers lost.
MADISON - Hudson's Nick Larson made it through to the semifinals of the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament Thursday. But two other Hudson wrestlers did not. Gordon Johnson lost 3-0 at 119 to Franklin's Roman Stiff and Tanner Owens was beaten 14-8 by Jake Maechtle of Port Washington at 135. The score of Owens' match was tied 3-3 in the second when Maechtle blocked a takedown attempt and landed on Owens for four point nearfall to go with the takedown points. Larson edged Milwaukee Marquette's Jonathan Bleach 9-7 in the quarterfinals.
MADISON - Ellsworth High School wrestlers Levi Kuesel and Tanner Eggenberger were successful in their first round bouts Thursday at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in the Kohl Center. Other than a late reversal, Kuesel was in control of his Division 2, 152-pound match against Luxemburg-Casco's Matt Zellner. Kuesel broke out to an 8-1 advantage after a pair of nearfalls in the second period and won 12-3. Eggenberger had a tougher match at 160 against Clinton's Dane Brandle. Eggenberger gave up an escape to start the third period and led only 5-3.
MADISON - Five area wrestlers advanced to the Division 1 quarterfinal round this afternoon at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Meet at the Kohl Center. It was a good day for River Falls as all three of its wrestlers made the quarterfinals. Logan Cudd topped Shawano's Jared Kust at 125 pounds by a 9-3 decision. Tysom Bystrom decisioned Josh Wipperfurth of Waunakee 7-2 at 189. But it was the Wildcats' Adam Figi and New Richmond's Joel Neumann with the most dramatic wins of the day.
MADISON - If all goes well there might be several Pierce County wrestlers competing for state individual titles in Divisions 2 and 3 at the WIAA State Individual Tournament which begins Thursday at the Kohl Center. Six wrestlers come into the tournament as sectional champions and thus get a bye in the first round. All of these wrestlers are ranked in the top five of their respective weight classes going into the meet and have the best chances of making Saturday's state finals. Ellsworth's Jens Lantz is one of them.
MADISON - The 68th WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament begins Thursday at 3 p.m. in the Kohl Center in Madison. There will be 23 wrestlers from the Rivertowns area involved in this year's tournament. Action begins with Division 1 prelims. All Division 1 wrestlers will be in action. Eight of the area's wrestlers will competing in this round. Starting at 103 pounds is New Richmond freshman Shane Blackman (34-11). He will be facing Waukesha South's Bill Prochniewski, a sophomore with a 39-2 mark. Hudson's Gordon Johnson (39-4) is one of the top seeds in 119-pound weight class.
Seventeen wrestlers from Pierce County schools will compete for berths in the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament this weekend. Ellsworth will have 12 wrestlers and Amery two at the Division 2 meet in Amery. Spring Valley-Elmwood will have three grapplers competing in the Division 3 Independence-Gilmanton Sectional which is held in Osseo. SVE's Brady Webb is a defending sectional champion and will be competing at 112 pounds.