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School assembly honors Ellsworth wrestlers, raises money for cancer research

Jens Lantz speaks before a Ellsworth High School assembly honoring the 2014 state champion wrestling team.2 / 10
Students gather for the assembly.3 / 10
A sign in honor of Judi Helmer.4 / 10
Awards table.5 / 10
Another banner to join this group is on the way.6 / 10
Ellsworth High School Athletic Director Ann Anderson speaks before the school assembly.7 / 10
Ellsworth School District Superintendent Barry Cain speaks before the school assembly.8 / 10
Ellsworth Village President Gerald DeWolfe speaks before the school assembly.9 / 10
Jack Hines and Jens Lantz.10 / 10

An assembly at Ellsworth HIgh School honored the school's wrestling team for its 2014 WIAA Division 2 state championship Friday afternoon.

The team had stayed over in Madison the weekend of the state team wrestling tournament to watch the Big Ten Wrestling Meet held at the Kohl Center which was then followed by spring break, so the gathering to honor the team was postponned until Friday.

The team was honored by a video montage and were recognized individually before the assembly. 

Also honored individually were Jens Lantz, who won his fourth high school state championship at the state individual meet, state champions Gabe Frandsen and Dennis Schutz, state runner-up Logan Kemmerer and state place winners Brock Steldt and Tristan Mueller.

A video presentation was given of Lantz's career while he and his parents sat at a table in front of the assembly, looking on. 

Speaking at the assembly were Ellsworth School District Superintendent Barry Cain, EHS Principal Mark Stoesz, EHS Athletic Director Ann Anderson, Ellsworth Village President Gerald DeWolfe, and Jack Hines representing the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce, who presented a letter of congratulation from the Chamber to Lantz.

Students also wore pink and raised $800 for cancer research in honor of Ellsworth teacher Judi Helmer.