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|Paynesville Press - January 9, 2002|
Wrestlers take second against top Class AA teams
The Bulldog wrestling team won three matches and took second place on Saturday at the Farmington Tournament, which is considered one of the top dual tournaments in the state and featured four of the top five teams in Class AA, including Paynesville.|
Northfield, though, rated 15th in Class AAA, was the only team to better the Bulldogs, defeating Paynesville in the final 35-26. Earlier, Paynesville, ranked fourth in Class AA, had beaten #3 Scott West 33-24, Rochester John Marshall 66-3, and host Farmington 35-24.
Sean Glenz won four matches at 112 on Saturday. He was one of four Bulldogs to go undefeated.
The Bulldogs finished as the top Class AA school in the tournament, above #1 Blue Earth Area (who finished fifth), #3 Scott West (tied for third), and #5 St. Michael-Albertville (tied for third). The Dogs also finished higher than last year's Class A champion, Goodhue, now ranked #1 in Class A, who tied for seventh.
Paynesville facing Northfield in the finals was a surprise on both sides, according to Bulldogs head coach Virg Vagle. The strength of the tournament was so strong that Blue Earth and Goodhue, both defending state champions currently ranked #1 in Class AA and Class A, failed to win their pool.
The Bulldogs' second-place finish was an improvement from last year, when they ended up sixth. "I was real pleased with the way our kids wrestled," said Vagle.
Northfield has five state-rated seniors and got pins from three of them - Skip Sandberg (160), Josh Holm (171), and Mark Setterstrom (275). The Raiders won seven matches and outpinned the Bulldogs 4-2.
Senior Jeremy Sogge recorded a major decision against another state-rated Raider at 125, beating Ryan Jacobson 17-9. Junior Adam Christian nearly beat state-rated Tony Rezac, who rallied in the third period and won in overtime.
Paynesville got pins from senior Nathan Glenz at 135 and senior Josh Schreifels at 152. Both gave the Bulldogs the lead, but after Schreifels' put the Dogs ahead 23-17 Northfield won three of the final four matches.
Other victorious Bulldogs against Northfield were eighth grader Sean Glenz with a major decision at 112; senior Jeremy Fuchs with a decision at 140, and junior Marty Engen with a decision at 189. Glenz, Fuchs, Engen, and Sogge finished the day undefeated at 4-0.
Against Scott West, the Bulldogs won only seven matches, to six for Scott West. But the Bulldogs had four pins while yielding only one.
The Dogs built a 21-9 lead after pins by Sean Glenz at 112, Christian at 125, and Sogge at 130, and a decision by Nathan Glenz at 135. Fuchs added a pin at 145.
Juniors Ryan Glenz and Engen put the match away with victories over at 171 and 189. Glenz won a 9-5 decision over state-rated senior Ryan Valek, and Engen won 7-2 to seal the match.
Scott West had two other state-rated wrestlers in their lineup: senior David Whipps at 152 and senior Jason Schoenbauer at heavyweight, but the Dogs yielded only one bonus point to them.
In their opening match in the three-team pool portion, the Bulldogs beat host Farmington 35-24, again winning only seven matches but getting four pins.
The Bulldogs rallied from a 21-19 deficit by getting pins from junior Josh Kerzman at 160, a major decision from Ryan Glenz at 171, and a pin to seal the match from Marty Engen at 189.
Also recording pins for the Dogs were Sean Glenz at 112 and Adam Christian at 125. Sogge won a major decision at 130, and Fuchs won 8-7 in double overtime.
Rochester John Marshall effectively forfeited their team match in the pool play, forfeiting seven weights. Of the six weights that were wrestled, the Bulldogs won five, including three by pins: from Sean Glenz (112), Pat Noonan (119), and Ryan Glenz (171). Junior Justin Reeck added a major decision at 140, and Fuchs had a decision at 145.
The Bulldogs' junior varsity finished third at the Farmington Tournament.
The Bulldogs wrestle a WCC match at Sauk Centre on Thursday, Jan. 10. They will host the Paynes-ville Invite on Saturday, with Dassel-Cokato, Deer River, Forest Lake, Minneota, Park Rapids, Scott West, and Sartell scheduled to compete.
Junior varsity squads will wrestle in a team dual starting at 9:30 a.m. An individual tournament will be held for varsity wrestlers with the first round at 12:30 p.m., semifinals starting at 2:30 p.m., wrestlebacks at 4:30 p.m., and finals scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.
Paynesville 35, Farmington 24
Paynesville 66, Rochester JM 3
Paynesville 33, Scott West 24
Northfield 35, Paynesville 26
Paynesville 58, Big Lake 9
Starting at 152, state-rated Big Lake junior Ryan Lumley edged senior Josh Schreifels, 9-7. This was Schreifels second loss of the year and it gave Big Lake a short-lived 3-0 lead.
The Bulldogs won the next seven matches - including pins by junior Josh Kerzman (160), junior Ryan Glenz (171), and eighth grader Andrew Christian (103) - to take a 37-3 lead. Junior Marty Engen (189) and eighth grader John Hemingson (112) added technical falls, and eighth grader Sean Glenz (119) won a 8-4 decision in the run.
The Bulldogs won the last four weights, too, including three more pins by senior Jeremy Sogge (130), senior Nathan Glenz (135), and junior Justin Reeck (140). Senior Jeremy Fuchs (145) won a 5-2 decision in the final match.
Paynesville 58, Big Lake 9
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