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Foy's upset sends him to the finals

MADISON -- Jordan Foy summed up well what kind of match he'd just won.

"Heart to heart and head to head."

The hearts and heads of Ellsworth's Foy and Dodgeville's T.J. Wunnicke clashed in the Division 2 125-pound semifinals of the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament Friday evening. And when the final buzzer sounded it was Foy coming up with the better of the two in 5-3 upset of the defending state champion. Foy also handed Wunnicke his first loss of the season.

Foy will wrestle in the finals tonight at 6 p.m. against Chris Seidl of Luxemburg-Casco, who won his semifinal match by pin at 5:41 over Tony Madigan of Lodi.

Besides sound scouting, the main factor for Foy's win was his own determination to wrestle his kind of match.

"I wrestled my match. It's been the one I've been waiting for," Foy said. "I kept the match under my control and didn't hold anything back."

The phrase "hold nothing back" is a recurring slogan spoken by Ellsworth coaches and wrestlers, and it's very true in Foy's case.

"When Jordan can wrestle loose and aggressive he can beat anyone in the state," Panthers coach Jack Radabaugh said. "His speed and strength alone makes him a great wrestler, but I think sometimes in past matches he's held that back, not wanting to make mistakes. That wasn't true tonight. He was at his best and had to be to beat someone like Wunnicke."

Foy surprised one and all by choosing the down position to start the second period, as Wunnicke is a good rider and collects most of his pins while on top. Foy scored an escaped, however, which shook Wunnicke, and then took advantage of a missed takedown shot to quickly score his own takedown to go up 3-1. Foy scored another takedown in the third period to lead 5-1.

"Wunnicke likes those low takedown shots and Jordan did a nice job stepping around it and struck back quickly." Radabaugh said.