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|Paynesville Press - January 16, 2002|
Minneota edges wrestlers at invitational
Minneota edged the Bulldog wrestling team by a half point to win the Paynesville Invitational for the second consecutive year on Saturday.|
Senior Jeremy Sogge won his third career title at the Paynesville Invitational on Saturday, using four near falls.
The Bulldogs, ranked second in Class AA thanks to their runner-up finish at the Farmington tourney the Saturday before, led going into the championship round, but Minneota won nine matches in the final round, including three champions, and had all its wrestlers place to edge the Bulldogs 171.5-171, the closest finish since 1996 when Paynesville and Forest Lake tied for the title.
Paynesville had seven wrestlers reach the finals and had three individual champions - Sean Glenz at 112, Jeremy Sogge at 125, and Marty Engen at 189 - but these were the Dogs' only wins in the final round, as they went 3-8 as a team.
Things seemed to be well in hand when Glenz captured the title at 112. Trailing 3-0 to a Minneota wrestler, Glenz tied the match with two third-period takedowns and then rode his opponent for 40 seconds to force overtime. After neither could get a takedown, Glenz rode him for 30 seconds again in double overtime to win.
Minneota wrestlers won the other three matches between them and Paynesville in the finals.
Sogge manhandled state-rated Dan Essig of Deer River in the finals at 125, getting a takedown and two near falls in the first period to lead 7-0 and finishing off a technical fall in the third period with another takedown and two more near falls, winning 15-0.
Sogge won his third career title at the invitational, becoming the 14th wrestler in the tournament's 33-year history to win three titles. Sogge won the 119-pound title as a sophomore in 2000, the 125-pound title last year as a junior, and the 125-pound title again this year as a senior.
Engen defeated state-rated Jason Schoenbauer of Scott West 4-2 in the finals at 189, giving Paynesville a momentary lead with only one match to go. Engen scored a takedown in the first period, a reversal in the second, and rode Schoenbauer for much of the rest of the match to win his title.
Eighth grader Sean Glenz won the 112-pound championship on Saturday. He had to score two third-period takedowns to tie the score, then won in double overtime to win the title.
The team title came down to the final heavyweight match between Paynesville's Brad Person and Minneota's Shawn Kosmalski for fifth place. Each scored an escape in regulation and couldn't score in overtime. Person was the aggressor, as Kosmalski was warned for stalling.
In double overtime, Person barely ran out of time before escaping Kosmalski's control, which would have won the match and the tournament for the Bulldogs. After a restart with just over a second left, Person freed himself and the referee awarded him a point, but then the ref reversed his decision believing time had run out before Person had escaped.
Still, the Bulldogs improved their finish from last year, when they tied for fifth with Forest Lake.
The tournament featured five ranked teams (#4 Minneota in Class A, #2 Paynesville in Class AA, #3 Scott West in Class AA, #5 Dassel-Cokato in Class AA, and #5 Forest Lake in Class AAA) and 21 state-rated wrestlers.
The Bulldogs wrestled at Litchfield on Tuesday in a battle of undefeated conference foes. The Dragons are rated seventh in the state in Class AA.
The Bulldogs will wrestle in a eight-team tournament at Eastview High School in Apple Valley on Saturday. Other teams are Coon Rapids, Dassel-Cokato, Eastview, Eden Prairie, Faribault, Prior Lake, and Winona.
Junior varsity rounds are scheduled for 9 a.m., 11:45 a.m., and 2 p.m. Varsity rounds are scheduled for 10:15 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Eastview is located at 6200 140th Street West in Apple Valley.
Paynesville 43, Sauk Centre 23
The Bulldogs got six points at six weights, thanks to four pins and two forfeits, and won eight weights to beat the Mainstreeters.
After falling behind 10-0, the Bulldogs took the lead with 22 points at four weights from 125 to 140. The Dogs got a forfeit at 125 followed by pins at 130 and 135 from seniors Jeremy Sogge and Nathan Glenz and a major decision from senior Jeremy Fuchs at 140.
The Bulldogs got another forfeit at 152, but led by only nine with four matches to go.
Paynesville won three straight matches from 171 to heavyweight to seal the match. Junior Ryan Glenz won a hard-fought 3-2 decision at 171, and juniors Marty Engen and Brad Person delivered the final Paynesville points with pins at 189 and heavyweight, giving the Dogs a 24-point lead.
Sauk Centre won the final match at 103 to make the final score 43-23. In a new rule, high school wrestling matches no longer automatically start at 103 this year. This match started at 112 and ended at 103.
Paynesville 43, Sauk Centre 23
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