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|Paynesville Press - January 8, 2003|
Wrestlers take second at Farmington
The Bulldog wrestling squad took second place at the Farmington duals. The Bulldogs, who are currently ranked ninth in Class AA, lost in the championship to the third ranked Class AA team, Scott West, 29-28. |
The Bulldogs had three wrestlers win each of their matches on Saturday. Senior Marty Engen, sophomore Sean Glenz, and senior Justin Reeck each went 4-0.
In their first match, the Bulldogs crushed Jackson County Central 67-6. The Bulldogs got off to a fast start scoring two early pins from freshman Andrew Christian (103) and sophomore Cory Christensen (112). Senior Brad Person (275) scored the only other pin for the Bulldogs. Junior Pat Utsch had a major decision, and senior Marty Engen won by decision.
In the second match, the Bulldogs defeated St. Michael-Albertville, who was ranked #5 in Class AA, 32-28.
The Dogs started slow, losing their first four matches, but two pins from sophomore Sean Glenz and senior Justin Reeck, along with a major decision from senior Adam Christian brought the Bulldogs within 2 points, 18-16. After a loss at 145, freshman Joel Kerzman (152) picked up a win, but the Bulldogs were still down 22-19.
Sophomore Sean Glenz helped the Bulldogs' second place finish in the Farmington duals on Saturday by going 4-0 with two pins. In the championship against South West, Glenz beat state-rated Dominic Dvorak 6-2. Glenz earned an individual trip to state last year and hopes to have another this season.
The Bulldogs lost matches at 160 and 171, making the score 28-19. Engen picked up a major decision at 189, bringing the score to 28-23. Utsch picked up a decision win at 215, making the score 26-28 prior to the heavyweight match.
Person needed a win of any kind and Paynesville would win the match. He picked up a pin in the second period lifting #9 Paynesville over #5 St. Michael-Albertville, 32-28.
In the Bulldogs' third match of the day, they blew past Blue Earth 54-13. After losing the first two matches, the Dogs won 11 of the last 12 matches in route to an easy victory.
Pins were recorded by sophomore Jack Mueller (125), Sean Glenz (130), Reeck (140), senior Josh Kerzman (160), Engen (189), and Utsch (215).
Adam Christian, Joel Kerzman, and junior Matt Kerzman scored major decisions for Paynesville, while seniors Ryan Glenz and Pat Noonan won decisions.
The third win sent the Bulldogs to the championship match against Scott West, the third ranked Class AA team. The Bulldogs wrestled well, but Scott West squeezed out a one-point victory, 29-28.
The Dogs started slow, losing by pinfall at 103 and 112, but Noonan got a pin at 119 to get the Bulldogs back on track. Sean Glenz beat state ranked Dominic Dvorak 6-2, and the Bulldogs were coming back.
Reeck scored his third pin of the day at 135 tying the score at 15 a-piece. Adam Christian and Matt Kerzman picked up decision wins for the Bulldogs at 140 and 145 giving Paynesville the lead 21-15, but Scott West took the next two matches and the lead at 23-21.
Ryan Glenz won a major decision giving the lead back to the Bulldogs, 25-23. Engen won by decision, increasing the Bulldogs' lead to five, 28-23.
At 215, Scott West's state ranked Kevin Robling picked up a decision win over Utsch, making the score 28-26 in favor of the Bulldogs.
This was the exact same score going into heavyweight as the St. Michael match, only this time the Bulldogs were on top.
Person had to defeat Scott West's state ranked heavyweight Jeff Lucas for the Bulldogs to win. Person lost 5-0 and the Bulldogs lost 29-28, giving them second place.
The Bulldogs wrestle at Albany on Thursday and Saturday in the Paynesville Invitation.
Paynesville 67, Jackson County Central 6
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