Panthers lose in state semis to Luxemburg-Casco
MADISON - Ellsworth High School's wrestling team was disappointed by Luxemburg-Casco once again in the WIAA state Team Wrestling Tournament.
The No. 1 ranked Spartans overturned an early Ellsworth lead and won 35-25 in the Division 2 state semifinals Saturday afternoon at the University of Wisconsin Fieldhouse.
EHS went in front 19-9 after Logan Kemmerer's :47 pinfall of L-C's Travis Thiry and Josh Hines' major decision at 160. But the Spartans, 17-3 overall, won the next five matches in a row, including three pins in the upper weights to clinch the win. The Panthers lost close matches at 132, 138 and 182 which made the pins of the Spartans' upper weights decisive.
The Panthers conclude their season with a 13-6 overall record. L-C went on to win its second straight title and 11th in school history with a 41-25 win over No. 8 Mauston in the state finals. Mauston beat No. 10 Chilton/Hilbert 34-25 in the other state semifinal.
WIAA State Team Wrestling Tournament - Division 2 semifinals
No. 1 Luxemburg-Casco 35, No. 4 Ellsworth 25
120 - Jens Lantz (Ellsworth) pins Jarrett Seidl in 3:07
126 - Mason Berceau (Luxemburg-Casco) decisioned Brad Cain 7-1
132 - Brandon Blemke (Luxemburg-Casco) decisioned Tristen Mueller 6-3
138 - Austin Worachek (Luxemburg-Casco) decisioned Dan Langer 4-0
145 - Max Peterson (Ellsworth) decisioned Dylan Blemke 2-1 (3 OT)
152 - Logan Kemmerer (Ellsworth) pinned Travis Thiry in :47
160 - Josh Hines (Ellsworth) decisioned Ricky Ciha 17-6
170 - Jordan Pardowsky (Luxemburg-Casco) major decisioned Gable Frandson 18-7
182 - Ethan Peters (Luxemburg-Casco) decisioend Henry Holdorf 7-5 (OT)
195 - Dan Dorner (Luxemburg-Casco) major decisioned Jake Murphy 9-1
220 - Luke Destiche (Luxemburg-Casco) pinned Brock Steldt in :55
285 - Newton Smerchek (Luxemburg-Casco) pinned Brody Kemmerer in :27
106 - John Albarado (Ellsworth) pinned Cody Demlow in 3:22
113 - Eric Peters (Luxemburg-Casco) decisioned Hunter Piepenburg 5-0