By Tim Kowols
The Luxemburg-Casco Spartans won four of their last six matches, but came up just short in their comeback bid, falling to the Ellsworth Panthers 27-26 inside the UW Fieldhouse for the state championship.
The see-saw affair saw Bryce Bosman open things up with a 9-0 major decision over Matthew Peterson with Nathan Ronsman getting a decision at 126 pounds. The Panthers rattled off three victories in a row, including two major decisions by Cole Skelton and Anders Lantz. Senior Dalton Smerchek started the comeback with a dramatic pin in the second period in his final match as a Spartan. After the Panthers’ Jacob Sigler recorded his own fall, Kyle Routhieaux recorded a win in his first match of the year and was followed by Nate Lloyd’s sudden victory and Phil Rasmussen’s decision to give the Spartans a short lived 26-24 lead. State runner-up Charlie Stuhl ended the match in a championship clinching 7-0 win over fellow freshman Lucas Joniaux.
The Spartans close their season 17-2, with both losses to eventual state champions. You can listen to the exciting match on demand at DoorCountyDailyNews.com.
Match #2 Division 2 Championship: Ellsworth defeated Luxemburg-Casco 27-26
113 – Bryce Bosman (Luxemburg-Casco) over Matthew Peterson (Ellsworth) Maj 9-0
120 – Sawyer Strom (Ellsworth) over Reece Worachek (Luxemburg-Casco) Dec 11-4
126 – Nathan Ronsman (Luxemburg-Casco) over Owen Matzek (Ellsworth) Dec 6-2
132 – Sam Stuhl (Ellsworth) over Colton Worachek (Luxemburg-Casco) Maj 14-3
138 – Jared Lansing (Ellsworth) over Cameron Lemmens (Luxemburg-Casco) Dec 6-5
145 – Cole Skelton (Ellsworth) over Garrett Jeanquart (Luxemburg-Casco) Maj 12-4
152 – Devan Vandenbush (Luxemburg-Casco) over Logan Melstrom (Ellsworth) Maj 9-0
160 – Anders Lantz (Ellsworth) over Jacob Zellner (Luxemburg-Casco) Maj 13-4
170 – Dalton Smerchek (Luxemburg-Casco) over Dalton George (Ellsworth) Fall 3:25
182 – Jacob Sigler (Ellsworth) over Austin Leroy (Luxemburg-Casco) Fall 1:52
195 – Kyle Routhieaux (Luxemburg-Casco) over Cole Toenjes (Ellsworth) Dec 9-4
220 – Nate Lloyd (Luxemburg-Casco) over Caleb Linder (Ellsworth) SV-1 3-1
285 – Phil Rasmussen (Luxemburg-Casco) over Mike Freund (Ellsworth) Dec 6-3
106 – Charlie Stuhl (Ellsworth) over Lucas Joniaux (Luxemburg-Casco) Dec 7-0