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Area wrestling: Hauschildt becomes the fourth Panther ever to win two straight state titles

MADISON -- Hayden Hauschildt joined Mark Matzek and Rick and Gary Langer as Ellsworth's two-time state wrestling champions when he pinned Iowa-Grant/Highland's Justin Washburn in 3 minutes, 13 seconds at the Wisconsin individual wrestling state tournament.

Hauschildt won the Division 2 145-pound championship Saturday evening. Last year he was the 135-pound champion.

Rick Langer was the champion in 1973 and 1974 and Gary Langer earned titles in 1979 and 1980. Matzek won titles in 1999 and 2000.

Hauschildt went up 4-1 in the first period on two takedowns and knew getting a pin in the state finals was a strong possibility.

"I could smell blood when I was able to take him down twice in the first period," Hauschildt said.

After the second takedown, Hauschildt almost pinned Washburn in the first period but Washburn was saved by the buzzer.

Hauschildt was awarded his gold medal by his coach, Jack Radabaugh, a special medal presenter for 145 pounds.

Radabaugh said that Hauschildt's wrestling at the tournament demonstrated his superiority.

"He came through the tough side of the bracket and he showed the attitude of a champion throughout," Radabaugh said. "That attitude was nothing was going to stop him from being a two-time state champ and he was always going to be in control of his matches."

Hauschildt's title was the only one the Panthers claimed Saturday. Ellsworth had four wrestlers in the finals.

Sam Huppert was state runner-up again, falling to Bloomer's Jordan Poirer 7-3 at 112. D.J. Yarwood lost to Jared Donar of Cuba City-Southwestern by the same 7-3 score at 119. Shawn Helmueller was pinned in 1:55 by Logan Einerson of Lodi at 152.

Despite the disappointing losses, Radabaugh says the wrestlers will be able to bounce back for next weekend's state team tournament.

"These are kids who will do anything for the team and they'll shake this off and get ready for next week," Radabugh said. "In fact, that's what Sam told the coaches after his match, 'Next week, next week.' "

The Division 2 team wrestling state tournament takes place Saturday at the University of Wisconsin Field House in Madison.

Ellsworth, ranked No. 2, faces No. 8 Pewaukee in the state semifinals at 1 p.m.