Hometown Hero Ep. 4 | Jens Lantz

By TomM February 7, 2018 00:11

Hometown Hero Ep. 4 | Jens Lantz

Hometown Hero Ep. 4 | Jens Lantz

by Abigail Ruckdashel | Wednesday, February 7, 2018

In this week’s episode, we caught up with 4x Wisconsin Individual State Champion and Red Shirt Junior, Jens Lantz.

Lantz is one of only fourteen wrestlers in history to ever win four consecutive individual state titles in the state of Wisconsin. Lantz took the title home to Ellsworth at 103 his freshman year 112 his sophomore year, 130 his junior year and 126 lbs his final year.

Lantz was so dominant that he won by tech fall at the end of the second period in the state finals his senior year. He also helped Ellsworth to their Division 2 Team State Title in 2014.

This year, Lantz is starting for the Badgers at 133 lbs. Lantz recently moved up to the 133 lb weight class from 125 lbs. A recent video from the Badgers showcased Jens and the work it took for him to make the move.

You can find that video HERE.

As of January 26, 2018, Lantz has compiled a season record of 15-9 and has an overall college career record of 25-22. Lantz was one match shy of the podium at the Midlands Championships, and has Big Ten Dual wins against Maryland, Michigan State and Indiana. Jens also has another year of eligibility to compete for the Badgers next season.

WWO: When you were wrestling in high school, did you have dreams of being a Badger?

JL: Yeah, I honestly did. Ever since I was real little I had aspirations to be a Badger. Obviously, I knew Kyle Ruschell and Trevor Brandvold since I was really young and had a connection there. Ever since I was a little kid I had red and white on all the time.

WWO: What is your favorite memory as a Badger so far?

JL: My favorite memory as a Badger comes when I wasn’t even wrestling. We were at Rutgers and it was an intense dual. They have a good fan base and they were on the mat. It was more or a war than it was a match and everybody was on the mat and it came down to the last match. We came out on top, and it was just intense, really intense.

WWO: Big Tens and NCAAs are right around the corner. What are you doing to get yourself ready?

JL: I guess just picturing it my mind. You got to be able to stay relaxed at the same time though. You don’t want to think about it too much and just take it one match at a time. It’s easy to start thinking about NCAAs, but [the season is] a grind. Again, just picturing the match in your mind, but the biggest thing is believing in yourself. Anything can happen so you have to be ready for things to click and believe that they’re going to happen at the right time.

WWO: If there’s a little kid that wants to be a Badger what do they have to do?

JL: You have to have fun at a young age and don’t make the sport bigger than it is. When you start to do that, pressure can get to you, and kids can’t have pressure. It’s got to be something you enjoy doing. You need to enjoy coming to practice every day, enjoy competition and have fun with it. Having fun with it is definitely the biggest thing.

The Badgers take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers this Friday, February 9th in the UW Fieldhouse. Action begins at 7pm and you can see Jens and the rest of the Badgers battle it out against another tough Big Ten opponent.

Check back next week to see what other Hometown Heroes we caught up with.

UW Badger Jens Lantz

By TomM February 7, 2018 00:11