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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Jens Lantz going for the four peat


"Just like any other sport, you gotta have fun with it. Otherwise if it's not fun, wrestling gets to you," says Jens Lantz.

May be a bit easier to enjoy such a grueling sport when you're a three time state champion, but Ellsworth senior Jens Lantz is known more for his work ethic than his wins.

"He's doesn't rely a lot on strengthen. He comes in and works hard, drills more than anyone on the team. Shows if you work hard, what you can become," says teammate Logan Kemmerer.

"He's a technician, very serious about his technique and he's a year round, kind of mat rat so just being around the mat with experience, he just got better," says Ellsworth wrestling coach Chad Steldt.

Going for the four peat has been a goal for Lantz before he entered high school, but now he has a few others.

"Dominate, not to be recognized but to just go out there, have fun, and to show everything that I've worked for," says Lantz.

As his final season begins one thing is already locked up, Lantz will wrestle as a Badger next fall.

"I've always been a Badger, I think since I was a kid. As I got to high school, I got nervous. Was I good enough? In school you got to be smart enough and that's when I really had to focus and get better grades in school. And now it's a reality," says Lantz.

Lantz dedication to the mat has had a trickle down effect to the rest of the Panthers, and this reputable program wants more than a state title.

"Our goal is above and beyond a team state title goal. You know, I would think this team could compete with some top 25, some top 50 nationally ranked teams," says Steldt.


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