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MADISON - Three Pierce County prep wrestlers will take part in tonight's semifinal matches after getting through quarterfinal bouts wrestled earlier this afternoon. Prescott freshman Sam Stuhl and Spring Valley/Elmwood wrestlers Cruze Hurlburt and Ethan Hofacker will wrestle this evening starting at 7 p.m. at the Kohl Center. Stuhl, a freshman defeated Sparta's Chris Larson by a 10-3 score at 120 pounds in Division 2. Hurlburt took little time to win his Division 3, 132-pound quarterfinal.
MADISON - The Ellsworth High School wrestling team had a first day of success at the 72nd WIAA State Wrestling Tournament Thursday in the Kohl Center. Six Panther wrestlers won their preliminary round matches and will join teammate Sawyer Strom in the quarterfinals beginning at 11:15 a.m. Owen Matzek started the round for EHS with an 11-2 major decision over Corey Zimmerman of Sparta at 106 pounds. Then Adam Walter scored a pinfall in a 1:30 over Nick Ditter of Chilton/Hilbert. Anders Lantz then won at 152 by a 6-3 margin over Lomira's Mitch Garriety.
MADISON - Spring Valley/Elmwood wrestlers Andrew Webb and Ethan Hofacker will join teammates Cruze Hurlburt and Jed Schlegel in the Division 3 quarterfinals of the 72nd WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament today. Both SVE wrestlers won their prelim matches Thursday evening at the Kohl Center. Webb edged Sawyer Sarbacker of Iowa-Grant/Highland 4-3 at 106 pounds and Hofacker had a 7-2 victory over Taylor Evanstad of Darlington/Black Hawk at 220. Webb scored a key takedown in the third period to break a 2-2 tie.
The Prescott HIgh School boys' basketball team won't have to share the Middle Border Conference title with anyone this season. The No. 1 ranked Cardinals' 63-50 win over New Richmond Thursday evening gives PHS the MBC title outright with a 14-0 record. The Cards, 21-1 overall, have gone 27-1 in MBC play over the past two seasons. Last year Prescott shared the title with Somerset. However, another Pierce County boys' hoops team will have to share their title. Elmwood/Plum City lost to Colfax 43-37 at Plum City last night.
The final night of the regular season for Pierce County's prep boys' basketball teams is tonight. Both No. 1 ranked Prescott and Elmwood/Plum City can win their respective conference titles outright this evening. Prescott, 20-1 overall, is at New Richmond while EPC, 14-7, hosts Colfax at Plum City. Tip-offs are at 7:30 p.m. NR, 14-6 overall, is a game behind Prescott in the Middle Border Conference standings while Colfax, 11-10, also trails EPC by just one game in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference.
BLACK RIVER FALLS - person was injured this morning in a fire at one of Wisconsin's best-known road-building firms. Units were called around 5:30 a.m. to Lunda Construction in Black River Falls. The shop portion of the building was in flames when fire-fighters arrived. Media reports said a Lunda employee was treated at the scene for burns, and was later taken to a hospital. Fire-fighters from three departments spent around five hours battling the blaze, which is said to have destroyed the shop area.
MADISON - The 72nd WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament begins today at the Kohl Center. Action kicks off this afternoon at 3 p.m. with first-round wrestling in Division1. D-1 quarterfinals are at 5:15 p.m. Division 2 and 3 preliminary bouts take this evening starting at 7:15 p.m. There will be 15 wrestlers from Pierce County taking part in this year's state tournament.
PRESCOTT - There's no time like the present. Prescott High School junior 6-1 center Jennifer Kleinschmidt had never taken a three-point shot in a basketball game before, ever. But against Osceola, in the first round of the WIAA regional tournament Tuesday evening, Kleinschmidt took her very first three-point shot because she had to. She was the only open ballplayer Prescott's Olivia Rohl could pass to on an out-of-bounds play.
Four Pierce County prep girls basketball teams will be in action this evening in the first round of their respective WIAA regional tournaments. One team will be at home and the rest will be travelling. Prescott has the home game as the No. 4 seed in its Division 3 regional contest. The Cardinals, 7-15 overall, face Osceola, 5-16. PHS has beaten the Chieftains twice this season by scores of 43-35 and 45-39. The winner will face No.
Spring Valley's Cassie Quinn, Prescott's Joe Haas and all five of Pierce County's WIAA individual wrestling sectional champions are the Pierce County Herald's Athletes of the Week. Both Quinn and Haas scored in double figures in back-to-back basketball games last week. The county's prep wrestling sectional champions are Ellsworth's Sawyer Strom, Spring Valley/Elmwood's Jed Schlegel and Criuze Hurlburt and Prescott's Sam Stuhl and Paul Hansen.