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|Paynesville Press - January 19, 2005|
Scott West wins third straight invite
The Bulldogs wrestled to third place at their annual invitation on Saturday - led by ninth grader Jordan Christian, who won the title at 103 - as Scott West won the tourney for the third straight year.|
Scott West had six individual champions and scored 270.5 points, easily beating the six-team field. Eden Prairie was second with 202.5 points, including five individual champions. Scott West is rated fourth in Class AA, and Eden Prairie is rated eighth in Class AAA.
The Dogs (174) edged Jackson County Central (171) for third. Paynesville, Jackson County Central, and Dassel-Cokato (fourth at 146) each had one champion.
Christian won three matches by fall to claim the title at 103 and improved to 20-1 this season.
Last year, Christian finished fifth at the invitational.
Senior Jeff Schaefer celebrates after pinning an opponent taking third place in the varsity tourney.
Four Dogs - including Christian - reached the finals, but only Christian prevailed. Taking second for the Dogs were junior Sean Glenz at 145, senior Jack Mueller at 152, and ninth grader Kevin Klein at 171. Glenz (20-2) lost 6-3 in the finals to state-rated Jacob Roberts, a senior from Scott West. Mueller (17-4) lost 5-1 in the finals to a Eden Prairie junior, and Klein (9-11) lost 10-0 in the finals to a Scott West junior.
Three Dogs took third place: junior Joe Sheridan at 112, junior Keith Klein at 140, and senior Josh Tebben at 215. Other wrestlers to place for the varsity were ninth grader Neil Osendorf (fourth at 130), sophomore Aaron Burris (fourth at 160), junior A.J. Christian (fifth at 125), and senior Jimmy Jansen (sixth at 275). Eleven of Paynes-ville's 14 varsity wrestlers placed in the tournament.
Because Deer River did not attend the meet due to the cold weather, two teams of junior varsity wrestlers were compiled from all six participating teams and used to fill out the brackets. Four JV wrestlers from Paynesville placed in the tournament, led by senior Jeff Schaefer, who took third at 189. Other JV wrestlers from Paynesville who placed were ninth grader Cory Spanier (130), ninth grader Ryan Gale (140), and senior Greg Person (160).
This week, the Dogs will wrestle in the West Central Conference meet at Benson on Saturday, starting at 9:30 a.m. Next week, the varsity will wrestle in a triangular at ACGC High School in Grove City. The Dogs will wrestle state-rated ACGC at 6:45 p.m. and will wrestle BOLD at 8 p.m.
Sauk Centre 40, Paynesville 26
The Dogs led 6-0 after ninth grader Jordan Christian started the match with a pin for Paynesville, but the Mainstreeters won six of the next seven weights to build a 27-9 lead. The Dogs' only win during this stretch was a decision by junior Joel Kerzman, who returned to the lineup following an injury.
The Dogs (2-2 in the WCC North) got 11 points from senior Jack Mueller and junior Sean Glenz, who had a pin and technical fall at 152 and 160 respectively, getting the Dogs within seven at 27-20. But Sauk Centre (3-0 in the WCC North) won three of the last four weights. The Dogs' final points came from senior Josh Tebben's pin at 215.
Paynesville lost three close decisions against Sauk that would have swung the match. At 112, junior Joey Sheridan lost 5-2 to a state-rated Streeter; at 119, eighth grader Jon Kerzman lost 6-4; and at 189, ninth grader Jordan Spaeth lost 1-0 on a penalty point.
Sauk Centre 40, Paynesville 26
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