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MADISON, Wis. -- One thing has been certainly true for Ellsworth's wrestling team these past few weeks as it pursued the WIAA Division 2 State Team Wrestling title, according to Panther head coach Jack Radabaugh. "Alex Hoyer came to wrestle." Hoyer's pin in 4:49 of Luxemburg-Casco's Josh Petersilka at 215 pounds clinched the title Saturday evening at the University of Wisconsin Fieldhouse. No. 3 Ellsworth defeated the No. 1 ranked and defending champion Spartans 33-22. The win was Hoyer's third in a row.
ST. PAUL -- Lake City senior Pat Priggen won the final match of his career on Saturday in the Class AA individual state tournament at the Xcel Energy Center. Priggen, wrestling at 160 pounds, defeated Mac Stoll of Perham 5-4 to capture fifth place. Tied at 4 with 20 seconds left in the final period, Stoll -- coming off his second bloody nose of the match -- let Priggen get a free escape point by choosing an optional start. Priggen avoided a takedown the final 20 seconds to win fifth. "Why he let him go, I'm not sure," West said.
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.
MADISON -- Ellsworth placed four wrestlers in the finals of the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament. While Jordan Foy will go after the 125-pound championship, three other Panthers will compete for third or fifth place today. Chace Kinneman fell in his semifinals match to Dodgeville's Grant Sutter 10-0 at 103. He won his first match in the quarterfinals 5-0 over Freedom's Jake Kleuskens.
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.
MADISON -- When you've already participated in the Wisconsin youth wrestling state tournament, competing in the high school state tournament seems like old hat. Ellsworth High School wrestler Shawn Helmueller, a veteran of the kids state tournament, had no trouble adjusting to the high school version as he pinned Cole Zimmerman of Union Grove to advance in the 64th WIAA State Individual Tournament Thursday at the Kohl Center. Helmueller was one of three Ellsworth wrestlers making their first-ever appearances at the state meet.
SPOONER, Wis. -- They don't keep official score at the WIAA Individual Sectionals anymore, but the unofficial count tallied by Trackwrestling.com had No. 3 ranked Ellsworth dominating Saturday's Division 2 Spooner Sectional meet. Those points were the result of four sectional champions and three other state qualifiers who will compete at next weekend's state meet in Madison. Ellsworth's winners include Chace Kinneman, Jordan Foy, Hayden Hauschildt and Derek Foley. Kinneman won his 103-pound title by injury default over Jordan Schraufnagel of Mosinee.
PEPIN -- In game of spurts, Plum City had the most important run of Friday's game with rival Pepin -- the final one -- in posting a 41-31 victory. An 8-2 run late in the fourth quarter gave the Blue Devils a 10-point win over the Lakers. Plum City improves to 10-7 overall and 9-7 in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference. Pepin falls below the .500 mark at 9-10 overall and 8-9 in the conference. Plum City surged out to an 11-2 lead early in the second quarter before a 13-4 Laker spurt caught the halftime deficit to 17-15.
ELLSWORTH -- New Richmond's boys basketball team outscored Ellsworth 17-4 in the fourth quarter to win 52-35 Friday. The Panthers, 5-8 overall and 3-7 in the Middle Border Conference, trailed the Tigers, 10-4 overall and 7-2 in the MBC, only 35-31 after a rebound basket from Drew Hipple at the third quarter buzzer. The Tigers quickly went on an 8-0 run to push their advantage to 43-31. A basket by Ellsworth's Caleb Peterson drew the home team within 10 points with 3:48 to go.
ELMWOOD, Wis. -- Plum City on Thursday became the latest high school boys basketball team to fall victim to undefeated and No. 6 ranked Elmwood's pressure defense and explosive athletic ability. The Raiders were victorious 75-55 to improve to 13-0 overall and 11-0 in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference. Plum City drops back to the .500 mark at 6-6 overall, 5-6 in the D-SC. The Blue Devils started off well. Brice Pelzel scored seven of his team-high 14 points putting his team in front 9-3 in the first quarter.