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|Paynesville Press - January 25, 2006|
Grapplers drop two conference matches
The Bulldogs missed a chance to tie for the conference lead heading into the WCC North tourney, falling at Minnewaska 34-31 on Friday. |
The match, originally scheduled for December, was tied at 28-28 before the Lakers got a pin at 215. Sophomore Luke Frank won a decision at 275 for the Dogs, who lost by three.
The Dogs trailed 25-15 before rallying to tie the match at 28-28, winning three of four matches from 152 to 189. Senior Sean Glenz got a major decision at 152, sophomore Kevin Klein won a decision at 171, and senior Dustin Utsch got a pin at 189 to tie the match.
Earlier, the Dogs jumped to a 9-0 lead with a pin from sophomore Jeff Albright at 103 and a decision by sophomore Jordan Christian at 112. After the Lakes won three straight matches, senior Keith Klein gave the Dogs their last lead, at 15-13, with a pin at 135.
Senior Dustin Utsch delivered a pin at 189 to tie the Bulldogs' match at Minnewaska on Friday night, but the Dogs lost the conference clash 34-31.
Both the Dogs and the Lakers entered the match with one conference loss each. (LPGE also has one loss.) The Dogs dropped to 4-2 in the WCC North with the loss.
The Dogs wrestled without four upperclassmen regulars out with injuries: seniors Aaron Bachman, A.J. Christian, and Joel Kerzman and junior Aaron Burris.
This week, the Dogs (15-7) will wrestle in the WCC North tourney at Albany on Friday, starting at 4 p.m. with the quarterfinals. The semifinals - as well as the first round of wrestlebacks - are scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. The second round of wrestlebacks is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the championship round - first-, third-, and fifth-place matches - are scheduled to start at 8 p.m.
This tourney will not only determine All Conference honors but will determine the team placings (in combination with the dual match records).
Senior Sean Glenz (25-1) could tie and break the school record for career wins at the tourney. Glenz (176-49 for his career) trails assistant coach David Kerzman (178-21) by two victories entering the conference tourney.
Minnewaska 34, Paynesville 31
Dogs 45, Sauk Centre 19
After falling behind 3-0, the Dogs got three straight pins from sophomore Jordan Christian at 112, senior Joe Sheridan at 119, and eighth grader Justin Wendlandt at 125. Ninth grader Jon Kerzman followed with a decision at 130 for a 21-3 lead for the Dogs.
Senior Keith Klein (140), senior Sean Glenz (152), and junior Joe Fry (215) also recorded pins for the Dogs.
Sophomore Kevin Klein added a decision at 189. Eighth grader Andrew Moser got his first career varsity win with a decision at 160. And seventh grader Tyler Hemmesch also saw his first varsity action, losing a hard-fought major decision at 135.
Paynesville 45, Sauk Centre 19
LPGE won five of six matches from 135 to 171, turning a 12-9 deficit into an insurmountable 36-16 lead. The Thunder got four pins in this stretch, including from defending state champion Sam Schad at 135. Senior Pat Jenkins of LPGE also upset senior Sean Glenz 5-2 in double overtime at 160, handing Paynesville's defending state champ his first loss of the season.
The Dogs got pins from sophomore Kevin Klein and sophomore Luke Frank at 189 and 215, as well as from senior Joe Sheridan at 125. Senior Keith Klein added a major decision at 140, and sophomore Jeff Albright and ninth grader Jon Kerzman had decisions.
Litchfield broke a 29-29 tie with pins at the final two weights to win 41-29. The Dogs had tied the match with Kevin Klein's decision at 189.
Earlier, the Dogs had taken a 20-12 lead with three back-to-back wins rom 125 to 135. Sheridan won a major, Kerzman got a pin, and senior A.J. Christian got a major to give the Dogs their largest lead.
Sophomore Jordan Christian added a pin at 112, and Keith Klein and Glenz both added decisions to temporarily keep the Dogs in the lead at 145 and 160 respectively.
Against Trinity School at River Ridge, a new section rival, sophomore Jeff Albright, Jordan Christian, and Sheridan scored back-to-back-to-back first-period pins to open the match, giving the Dogs an 18-0 lead. The Dogs led for the entire match.
Trinity won three straight matches to get within 18-11, but Keith Klein had a technical fall at 140 and senior Cody Block a key pin at 145 to stretch the lead to 29-11 again. Glenz and Kevin Klein added pins before Trinity forfeited the last two weights to make the final 53-20.
LPGE 42, Paynesville 28
Litchfield 41, Paynesville 29
Paynesville 53, Trinity School 20
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