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Ellsworth's Josh Claflin reaches under the leg of Amery's Blake Lundgren to keep a hold of him during the 152-pound match at Tuesday's Division 2 sectional final dual meet.

Panthers cruise past two teams

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SOMERSET, Wis. -- Ellsworth easily dispatched of its two opponents at Tuesday evening's Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 2 Somerset Team Sectional.

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With the wins, the Panthers claimed their fifth straight title and a berth in the state team tournament March 6-7.

The No. 2-ranked Panthers beat Maple Northwestern 68-3 in the semifinals and Amery 56-11 in the finals.

Ellsworth, 15-7 overall, will take on No. 8 Pewaukee in the state semifinals in Madison. The other semifinal pits No. 1 Lodi vs. No. 4 Oconto Falls.

Ellsworth recorded five pinfalls in under a minute. The Panthers also had two other pinfalls under a 1:20 and two technical falls against Maple Northwestern.

Northwestern only had two reversals and a takedown through 14 matches in the dual meet.

In the finals against Amery resembled the regular-season dual meet between the two Middle Border Conference teams, which Ellsworth won 51-10.

Double winners for the Panthers were Sam Huppert at 112 pounds, Roarke Langer at 125, Taylor Boettcher at 130, Joe Kornmann at 140; Hayden Hauschildt at 145, Noah McLay at 160, Jordan Borst at 171, Corey Deiss at 189, Alex Hoyer at 215 and Nick Oeltjen at heavyweight.

Langer recorded a four-overtime upset win of Amery's Blake Lundgren. Oeltjen had the fastest pinfall for the Panthers in :26 seconds against Amery's Matt Ziegler.

Eleven individual Ellsworth wrestlers will compete in Saturday's Division 2 Osceola Individual Sectional to go to next weekend's individual state tournament in Madison.

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