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Foy conquers state wrestling title

MADISON -- What was the best part of winning a state championship to Ellsworth wrestler Jordan Foy?

Was it the fact that he succeeded where last year he just missed out on a state title by a mere five seconds? Was it the fact he pinned Luxemburg-Casco's Chris Seidl in 3:27? Or the fact he won his title in his final season?

"The whole package," Foy said. "That's what makes it fun."

Foy won the WIAA Division 2, 125-pound title Saturday in the state finals at the Kohl Center.

Foy took an early 4-1 lead on Seidl and took advantage of an opening to roll Seidl on his back to collect his 25th pin of the season.

"That's almost half of his opponents," Ellsworth coach Jack Radabaugh said. "It shows why this was a state championship year for him, because he combined his skills and talent with an aggressiveness that makes for so many pinfalls, even in the state finals."

To become Ellsworth's 18th state champion, Foy had to avoid a letdown from a big semifinal victory over Dodgeville's T.J. Wunnicke on Friday. He used the disappointment of losing in the state finals last year to keep his focus.

"All day I just kept in mind what my goals were." Foy said. "When I stood on top of the awards stand, that's when it hit me that I had reached them."

Ellsworth also had three other wrestlers place in the state tournament.

Chace Kinneman defeated Barron's Kaleb Stephens 6-4 in the 103-pound, third-place match. Stephens had beaten Kinneman in the team sectional a week earlier, but Kinneman was in control for much of the match, building a 6-1 lead. A pinfall win earlier Saturday morning over Bloomer's Jordan Poirier in 2:09 helped to fire Kinneman up and put behind him a semifinal loss Friday.

"That pin really fired me up," Kinneman said. "I tried to put the loss behind me but that pin really did it and motivated me to wrestle with a strong effort in the third place match."

Radabaugh saluted Kinneman's effort.

"That was a big win for Chace," Radabaugh said. "He had a very impressive tournament and hopefully it can give him the confidence to lead to an even higher finish next season."

Hayden Hauschildt was pinned in the consolation wrestlebacks at 130 by Winneconne's Luke Harness in 4:12. But Hauschildt was able to claim fifth place as his opponent for that match, Kevin Crass of Westfield, forfeited due an injury suffered in Friday's semifinals.

Jeremy Nelson suffered two close losses at 171 to place sixth. Nelson lost to Pewaukee's Jon Volpentesta 2-0 in the consolation semifinals when he unable to score a tying takedown in the third period after giving up a two-point nearfall in the second period.

Nelson again was unable to score a needed takedown in the fifth-place match against Stanley-Boyd/Thorp's Kyle Thorpe. Nelson scored a takedown in the third period down 4-1 to trail by a point. After giving up an escape to Thorp to trail 5-3, Nelson had two good shots at Thorpe's leg to get the tying takedown points, but to no avail.