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|Paynesville Press - January 23, 2002|
Wrestlers claim WCC North title
The Bulldogs won a showdown with the Litchfield Dragons 33-20 for the West Central Conference North title on Tuesday, Jan. 15, in Litch. Both teams were unbeaten in the conference going in and rated in state in Class AA, but the Bulldogs prevailed to win their fourth straight conference title.|
The Bulldogs, rated second in Class AA, won eight matches in the victory, including four of the last five matches. The match started at 189, so when the 140-pound match started the Bulldogs led only 18-17 with five matches to go.
Senior Nathan Glenz recorded a pin at 140 for Paynesville to give the Dogs a 24-17 lead. Senior Jeremy Fuchs lost a 9-4 decision to state-rated Erik Flowers to cut the Dogs' advantage to 24-20.
Three straight wins from 152 to 171 sealed the match for Paynesville. Senior Josh Schreifels won 5-1 at 152, senior Max Meagher won 7-4 over state-rated Travis Gottschalk at 160, and junior Ryan Glenz won 5-2 at 171 to end it.
The Bulldogs also got pins from junior Marty Engen at 189 to start the match and from sophomore Matt Kerzman at 130, both of which gave Paynesville a lead.
Eighth grader Sean Glenz added a 4-0 decision at 112, and junior Adam Christian rallied with 12 third-period points to win 13-8 at 125.
The Bulldogs (16-2) finished 5-0 in the WCC North. Litchfield (15-3) finished 4-1. Both teams compete in the Section 5AA.
This week, the Bulldogs will host the conference individual tournament on Friday night. The action starts at 4 p.m. with the finals scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs victory over Litch gives them the inside track to wrestle in the WCC playoff against the south division champion. The Bulldogs must seal it at the conference tourney on Friday. The WCC playoff will most likely be against the Lakers at Minnewaska on Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs will also host Rocori and Annandale-Maple Lake in a triangular on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Action starts with the Bulldogs wrestling Annandale-Maple Lake at 5 p.m. Rocori wrestles A-ML at 6:30 p.m., and the Dogs face Rocori at 8 p.m.
Paynesville 33, Litchfield 20
A week ago, the Bulldogs - rated #2 in Class AA - beat the #5 Chargers by nearly 30 points in the Paynesville Invitational, an individual tournament. This time, the Bulldogs beat the Chargers in a dual meet.
The Bulldogs won seven matches to the Chargers' six and recorded 14 bonus points to the Chargers' eight. Of the seven matches Paynesville won, three were by pin, two were by technical fall, one by major decision, and only one by decision. Dassel-Cokato got two decisions, two majors, and two pins.
The Bulldogs won three matches from 112 to 125 to take a lead they would never relinquish. Sean Glenz started the run with a pin at 112, Adam Christian majored his opponent at 119, and Jeremy Sogge got another pin at 125 as the Bulldogs took a 16-6 lead.
After the Chargers narrowed the gap to 21-13, Jeremy Fuchs and Josh Schreifels won back-to-back technical falls at 140 and 145 to extend the lead to 13 points at 26-13.
After the Bulldogs lost a penalty point and two matches, Ryan Glenz and Marty Engen sealed the victory. Glenz had a decision at 171, and Engen had a pin at 189.
The Bulldogs beat Eastview 33-19 in the semifinals and dominated Prior Lake 70-4 in the opening round.
Against Eastview, the Bulldogs also won seven matches and lost six. This time, bonus points were even more in Paynesville's favor. The Dogs got three pins, a technical fall, and a major decision, earning 12 bonus points. But they yielded only one for a major decision. Five of the Bulldogs' six losses were decisions, including to three state-rated Eastview wrestlers: Mick Fornicoia (130), Steve Davis (135), and Ryan Langlais (152).
The Bulldogs actually trailed 13-11, but won five of the last seven weights. Sogge (125), Fuchs (140), and Ryan Glenz (171) recorded pins for Paynesville. Christian (119) added a technical fall, and Engen (189) a major decision. Winning decisions were Schreifels (145) and Max Meagher (160).
The Bulldogs blitzed Prior Lake 70-4, winning ten weights by fall or forfeit and recording two technical falls. Winning by pin were Cory Christensen (103), Sean Glenz (112), Sogge (130), Nathan Glenz (135), Fuchs (140), Ryan Glenz (171), and Brad Person (275). Christian (125) and Schreifels (145) added technical falls. Prior Lake's only victory came from Josh Lindquist, a third-place winner at state last year.
Paynesville 70, Prior Lake 4
Paynesville 33, Eastview 19
Paynesville 34, Dassel-Cokato 26
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