Elliott sets school record
Prairie du Chien
wrestling wins record
By Ted Pennekamp
Prairie du Chien senior Taylor Elliott continues to have an excellent season while also adding to his career total as Prairie du Chien High School’s all-time winningest wrestler.
Taylor recorded his 135th win on Jan. 25 at the Monroe Invitational to break the record of 134 set by heavyweight Mike Lenzendorf in 2005. As of Saturday, Taylor had 142 wins against only 23 career losses. The 113-pounder is 33-1 so far in the 2013-2014 season. His only loss this season was to an Iowa high school wrestler whom Taylor beat the following week.
“It’s good because Mike went on to become state champion,” said Taylor about his record-breaking career. “I looked up to him as a kid, and I watched him win state and now to break his record is exciting.”
Taylor was second at the state championships last year and is aiming to become state champion this year. He is also looking forward to becoming a four-year state qualifier, something that has never been done by a Prairie du Chien High School wrestler. Taylor is also a two-time Bi-State Classic champion, having won last season and this season.
In helping his team to a third-place finish in the SWC this season, behind perennial powers Lancaster and River Valley, Taylor has enjoyed mentoring some of the younger wrestlers on the Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben team. In addition, Taylor lends his time and experience to teaching youth wrestlers twice a week.
“I like to work with the youth wrestlers,” said Taylor, who will continue with his outstanding wrestling career by competing as a member of the UW-La Crosse wrestling team next season.