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|Paynesville Press - January 18, 2006|
Scott West claims invite title over Dogs
Four Bulldog wrestlers claimed individual titles at the home invitational on Saturday, but Scott West defeated Paynesville for the team title, 285-241.5.|
Scott West, rated #7 in Class AA, won its fourth straight title at the Paynesville Invitational.
With only five teams, the tourney this year was done on a round-robin basis, meaning each varsity wrestler faced the other four competitors at his weight. The top two seeds at each weight were slated to meet in the final round.
Senior Sean Glenz improved to 21-0 this season by winning the individual title at 152 at the Paynesville Invitational on Saturday. For a change, the tournament was done in a round-robin fashion this year. Glenz pinned this opponenet in the fourth round and then defeated a state-rated wrestler from Thief River Falls in the final round.
The Bulldogs, rated #6 in Class A, led going into the final round, but Scott West had all 14 of its wrestlers going in the last round and 11 won. The Dogs had only eight in action in the final round, and only two won.
Senior A.J. Christian (135), senior Sean Glenz (152), and senior Joe Sheridan (119) were undefeated for the Dogs, going 4-0 and claiming first place in their weights. Christian improved to 13-8 with four wins, including two pins and two technical falls. Glenz also recorded two pins, as well as a major decision and a decision in the final, where he handed senior Daniel LeDuc of Thief River Falls, rated #2 at 152 in Class AA, his second loss of the season 6-4. Sheridan won two matches by fall, one by major decision, and by a 3-2 decision in the final at 119.
Sophomore Jordan Christian (112) also took first place at his weight, despite losing his final match. Three wrestlers at 112 finished 3-1, but Christian had two pins and a major decision before losing a close 3-1 decision in the final round.
Three Dogs took second at their weights, all going 3-1: senior Keith Klein at 140, senior Dustin Utsch at 171; and sophomore Kevin Klein at 189. Keith Klein won two decisions and a pin before losing in the final 4-1. Utsch had two pins and a major decision before losing in the final round 8-2. Kevin Klein won two major decisions and a pin before falling in the final round 2-1 in double overtime. Klein and his opponent traded escapes to be tied 1-1 after regulation time and after the first overtime. But, because his opponent scored first, he got to choose down in double overtime and scored another escape to win 2-1.
Senior Joe Sheridan lifted his opponent in the final round on Saturday. Sheridan scored a 3-2 decision and finished unbeaten to win the title at 119.
Ninth grader Jonathan Kerzman was the only other Bulldog wrestler to place in the top three. He went 2-2 and placed third at 130.
This week, the Dogs (13-4 overall, 3-0 in the WCC North) will decide the conference title. They hosted LPGE, Litch, and Trinity School at River Ridge on Tuesday, with the match against LPGE being a conference contest. On Thursday, the Dogs will travel to Sauk Centre for another conference match, and on Friday, they will travel to Minnewaska for a make-up date with the Lakers.
This match against Minnewaska was originally scheduled for December but postponed until now. The Lakers, like the Dogs, are undefeated, so far, in the conference.
Senior Keith Klein got pushed away by Dassel-Cokato's Kurt Salmen in the final round on Saturday. Salmen won 4-1 to win the championship at 140, while Klein finished 3-1 and took second.
112-Jordan Christian (P)... maj. dec. Dvorak (SW), 10-1...pinned Aho (D-C), 0:53...pinned Engen (TRF), 0:54 ...lost to Flintrop (W), 3-1...First Place;
119-Joe Sheridan (P)...maj. dec. Bartell (W), 15-7...pinned Adamek (SW), 1:19 ...pinned Anderson (TRF), 5:07...dec. Dobmeier (D-C), 3-2...First Place;
125-Justin Wendlandt (P)...pinned by Grams (W), 0:30...pinned by Fitzer (D-C), 3:12...pinned by Pudwill (SW), 1:32 ...pinned by Iverson (TRF), 0:49...Fifth Place;
130-Jon Kerzman (P)...pinned Dokken (W), 2:27...dec. Thompson (D-C), 8-2...lost to Fynboh (TRF), 9-4... lost to Edberg (SW), 7-0...Third Place;
135-A.J. Christian (P)...tech. falled Kallnoski (TRF), 18-1...pinned Mosaks (W), 5:28...pinned Worm (SW), 1:08 ...tech. falled Opsahl (D-C), 15-0...First Place;
140-Keith Klein (P)...dec. Fossen (W), 15-8...dec. Fogarty (SW), 11-5...pinned Nelson (TRF), 1:19...lost to Salmen (D-C), 4-1...Second Place;
145-Ryan Gale (P)...pinned by Hentges (SW), 5:49...pinned by Swenson (D-C), 1:37...pinned by Milbrett (W), 3:49...Fourth Place;
152-Sean Glenz (P)...pinned Boumeester (SW), 5:05...maj. dec. Aho (D-C), 22-8...pinned Sommers (W), 1:55...dec. LeDuc (TRF), 6-4...First Place;
160-Cory Spanier (P)...pinned Laackmann (W), 4:58...lost to Brandt (SW), 13-6...lost to Peralta (TRF), 17-0 ...pinned by Rahkola (D-C), 1:19 ...Fourth Place;
171-Dustin Utsch (P) ...pinned Deling (W), 1:53...pinned Larson (D-C), 4:34...maj. dec. Mattison (TRF), 13-0...lost to Eischens (SW), 8-2...Second Place;
189-Kevin Klein (P) ...maj. dec. Brittten (W), 12-4...maj. dec. Larson (D-C), 14-2...pinned Sorvig (TRF), 1:35...lost to Stoutland (SW), 2-1 (OT-2)...Second Place;
215-Luke Frank (P)...pinned Iverson (TRF), 1:36...lost to Bayuk (D-C), 6-1...pinned by Krauldremer (SW), 3:30...lost to Consath (W), 3-1...Fourth Place;
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