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Paynesville Press - January 30, 2002

Glenz get his 100th career win

By Michael Jacobson

Senior Nate Glenz Senior Nathan Glenz became the 23rd Bulldog wrestler to get 100 career wins on Saturday night.

Glenz (18-4) defeated state-rated Doug Noyes of Minnewaska 7-4 to earn the milestone victory. On Friday night, he won two matches to earn the conference championship at 135. Glenz, in his fourth year in the varsity lineup, entered the season with 82 wins.

Nathan Glenz beat Sauk Centre's Cody Olson on Friday night in the conference final at 135 for his 99th career victory, then got his 100th win on Saturday against Minnewaska.

His career record now stands at 100-46 with a little more than a month remaining in his last high school season. Three of his losses this season have been to wrestlers who placed in state a year ago.

"Any wrestler who gets 100 career wins has had an outstanding career, and Nathan has," said coach Virg Vagle. Though Glenz has sometimes been overshadowed by other team members, he has been one of the guys the team has counted on for points, Vagle added. "He's been one of our real steady wrestlers over the past four years," said Vagle.

Glenz said he was proud of the accomplishment. "It's pretty exciting to have done that," he explained, considering all the good wrestlers in the history of the Paynesville program and especially since only a couple dozen have reached this career mark.

Glenz, the son of Brad and Debbie Glenz, broke into the varsity lineup as a ninth grader at 103. He wrestled at 112 as a sophomore, and at 119 last year as a junior. He has qualified for state individually the last two years.

This year he is wrestling mostly at 135 and planning to help the Bulldogs get back to state as a team. The Bulldogs have made it to state in all three of his previous varsity seasons, placing fourth in Class AA in 1999, first in Class A in 2000, and fourth in Class A in 2001.

Glenz is a second-generation wrestler at Paynesville Area High School. His dad wrestled for the Bulldogs back in the late 1970s.

Nathan started wrestling with his older brothers at home and enrolled in the youth wrestling programs with them. "They were in it, so I was in it, and all my friends were in it," he explained. "So I just kept going with it."

Glenz joins senior Jeremy Sogge as 100-match winners in the Bulldog lineup this year.

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