Six Bulldogs earn conference honors

This article submitted by Michael Jacobson on 1/31/01.

The Bulldogs proved themselves to be the undisputed champions in the West Central Conference over the weekend. After finishing the regular season undefeated in dual meets in the north half, the Bulldogs won the individual conference tournament on Friday night in Long Prairie, and then beat Minnewaska, the south half champion, in a dual meet 39-28 on Saturday night in Paynesville.

Trailing 4-3 to Minnewaska, the Bulldogs pinned their Laker opponents in six of the next seven weights to earn 36 team points.

The match sped along as five of these pins were recorded in the first period. The other pin lasted just 25 seconds into the second, and Paynesville's only loss in that stretch was by forfeit.

The string of pins started with Nathan Glenz at 119 and continued with Jeremy Sogge at 125, David Kerzman at 130, Jeremy Fuchs at 135, Joe Hiltner at 145, and Ryan Glenz at 152.

Paynesville's only other victory was a decision by Adam Christian at 112. Max Meagher and Josh Kerzman lost tight matches in overtime at 160 and 171 respectively.

The Bulldogs travel to Canby to face their annual foe on Thursday. The junior varsity is scheduled to start a half hour earlier than normal, at 6 p.m., so the varsity should get under way early.

Next Saturday, the Bulldogs will host eight teams at the Paynesville Duals. The format will be a three-dual match tournament for both the varsity and junior varsity. Seeding will be done at 9 a.m., with the first round of junior varsity matches starting at 9:30 a.m. The first round of varsity matches will follow that.

The rest of the tournament will continue with that pattern, with a junior varsity round followed by a varsity round. Teams scheduled to participate are: Buffalo, Dawson-Boyd, Milaca, Paynesville, Perham, Renville County West, Sauk Centre, and Simley.

Paynesville 39, Minnewaska 28 103-Joe Swartz (M) maj. dec. Sean Glenz, 18-6; 112-Adam Christian (P) dec. Wes Tessmer, 8-3; 119-Nathan Glenz (P) pinned Mark Mitchell, 1:30; 125- Jeremy Sogge (P) pinned Brett Braaten, 1:54; 130-David Kerzman (P) pinned Doug Noyes, 2:25; 135-Jeremy Fuchs (P) pinned Matt Mitchell, 0:42; 140-Craig Cihlar (M) won by forfeit; 145-Joe Hiltner (P) pinned Corey Cihlar, 0:45; 152-Ryan Glenz (P) pinned Jeremy Macho, 0:56; 160-Jacob Bryce (M) dec. Max Meagher, 11-6 OT; 171-Mitch Piekarski (M) dec. Josh Kerzman, 6-4 OT; 189-Nathan Stoen (M) pinned Chris Rohe, 3:55; HWT-George Guggisberg (M) pinned Brad Person, 0:40.

WCC Tournament
The Bulldogs, paced by three individual champions and seven finalists, won the West Central Conference North individual tournament on Friday in Long Prairie.

Jeremy Sogge (125), David Kerzman (130), and Joe Hiltner (140) won titles for Paynesville. They were part of a seven-weight run, from 112 to 145, where the Bulldogs had a wrestler in the final at every weight.

These three earned All Conference honors, as did runners-up Adam Christian (112), Nathan Glenz (119), Jeremy Fuchs (135), and Josh Schreifels (145).

Kerzman set a school record for career wins with his technical fall in the semifinals. He won three matches to move into first with 159 career wins.

The Bulldogs also had four thirds and two fourths to easily win the team scoring. Paynesville had 223.5, followed by Sauk Centre with 183 and Albany and Litchfield with 165.

Third-place finishers for Paynesville were Max Meagher (160), Josh Kerzman (171), Chris Rohe (189), and Brad Person (275). Sean Glenz (103) and Ryan Glenz (152) each took fourth.

WCC Tournament
1. Paynesville - 223.5
2. Sauk Centre - 183
3. Albany - 165
3. Litchfield - 165
5. LPGE - 94
6. Melrose - 82

Individual Results 103-Sean Glenz (P) lost 9-6, won 8-4, lost by technical fall...Fourth place; 112- Adam Christian (P) won 17-3, won 8-7, lost 7-4...Second place; 119-Nathan Glenz (P) pinned in 0:32, lost 3-1... Second place; 125-Jeremy Sogge (P) won 17-2, pinned in 3:35, won 19-3...First place; 130-David Kerzman (P) pinned in 3:52, won 26-9, pinned in final...First place; 135-Jeremy Fuchs (P) pinned in 1:03, pinned in 5:55, lost 5-4...Second place; 140-Joe Hiltner (P) pinned in 0:28, won 6-2... First place; 145-Josh Schreifels (P) pinned in 2:43, won 4-2 in OT, lost 15-2...Second place; 152-Ryan Glenz (P) pinned in 1:32, lost by pin in 2:57, lost 3-2...Fourth place; 160-Max Meagher (P) pinned in 1:21, lost 12-3, won 11-5, won 7-5 in OT... Third place; 171-Josh Kerzman (P) pinned in 5:00, lost 16-2, pinned in 4:30... Third place; 189-Chris Rohe (P) lost 9-0, pinned in second period, pinned in 3:42...Third place; HWT-Brad Person (P) won 3-2, pinned in 0:14, pinned in 1:31...Third place.

Pierz Quadrangular
The varsity wrestling team ran their winning streak to 10 matches with a sweep at the Pierz Quadrangular on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

The Bulldogs topped Meadow Creek Alliance Academy 47-20, Braham 48-19, and Pierz 35-21. Last year, Pierz defeated Paynesville in their dual at the quadrangular 30-29, but the Bulldogs reversed the result when it counted, winning the section final 39-24 on their way to a fourth state title.

This time around, the Bulldogs broke a 6-6 tie by getting 23 points at the four weights from 130 to 145. Jeremy Sogge and David Kerzman pinned their opponents at 130 and 135 respectively, Jeremy Fuchs won a 21-6 technical fall at 140, and Joe Hiltner won by forfeit at 145 for a 29-6 advantage.

Pierz won four of the last five matches, but three were decisions by two points or less. Pierz's only pin was offset by Paynesville's Max Meagher, who pinned his foe in the first period at 160.

Adam Christian at 112 and Pat Noonan at 119 provided early decisions for Paynesville against Pierz.

Meadow Creek won the first three weights against Paynesville and led 10-0. Paynesville came roaring back, though, winning the next seven matches. Six were by pin.

Nathan Glenz started the run with a second-period pin. Sogge, Fuchs, Hiltner, Josh Schreifels, and Meagher all needed less than two minutes to record a pin. Kerzman won by technical fall.

The Bulldogs didn't win a decision against Meadow Creek. Their other points came on a forfeit.

Paynesville had five pins among their nine victories against Braham. Sean Glenz and Adam Christian started the contest with pins at 103 and 112. Sogge, Kerzman, and Ryan Glenz added pins to the Bulldogs' cause.

Fuchs and Meagher won by technical fall, and Nathan Glenz and Hiltner won with major decisions.

Coach Virg Vagle credited the Bulldogs' winning ways to overall improvement by the wrestlers. "During this last stretch, we've shown better team balance," he said.

At the start of the year, the Bulldogs depended heavily on its most experi-enced wrestlers. "Now we've got another four or five guys that are really stepping up," he added.

Paynesville 35, Pierz 21 103-Joe Hyatt (Pz) dec. Sean Glenz, 11-7; 112-Adam Christian (Pay) dec. Tony Andres, 5-3; 119-Pat Noonan (Pay) dec. Adam Gahl, 5-1; 125-Craig Lubberts (Pz) dec. Nathan Glenz, 8-2; 130- Jeremy Sogge (Pay) pinned Tim Young; 135-David Kerzman (Pay) pinned Gene Hyatt, 1:53; 140-Jeremy Fuchs (Pay) tech. falled Keith Janson, 21-6; 145-Joe Hiltner (Pay) won by forfeit; 152-Steve Andres (Pz) dec. Josh Schreifels, 5-3; 160-Max Meagher (Pay) pinned T.J. Marshile, 1:43; 171-Dan Britz (Pz) dec. Ryan Glenz, 6-4; 189-Kevin Smude (Pz) dec. Chris Rohe, 1-0; HWT-Treg Swanson (Pz) pinned Brad Person, 0:38.

Paynesville 48, Braham 19 103-Sean Glenz (P) pinned Dennis Gregerson, 1:08; 112-Adam Christian (P) pinned Amer Bukhowa, 3:35; 119-Matt Morgan (B) maj. dec. Pat Noonan, 8-0; 125-Nathan Glenz (P) maj. dec. David Shockman, 10-0; 130-Jeremy Sogge (P) pinned Ernie Loerzel, 1:48; 135-David Kerzman (P) pinned Donald Neville, 3:11; 140-Jeremy Fuchs (P) tech. falled Ashley Saczech, 15-0; 145-Joe Hiltner (P) maj. dec. Chris Betsinger, 15-7; 152-Dan Kelling (B) dec. Josh Schreifels, 5-0; 160-Max Meagher (P) tech. falled Tony Bacon, 18-2; 171-Troy Heaton (B) pinned Chris Rohe, 1:00; 189-Ryan Glenz (P) pinned Josh Nestrud, 0:54; HWT-Kory Siltman (B) pinned Brad Person, 0:17.

Paynesville 47, MCAA 20 103-David Cunningham (MC) dec. Sean Glenz, 8-2; 112-Jason Cayette (MC) dec. Adam Christian, 6-2; 119-Aaron Solberg (MC) maj. dec. Pat Noonan, 13-0; 125-Nathan Glenz (P) pinned Jake Nussbaum, 3:53; 130-Jeremy Sogge (P) pinned Nate Biederman, 1:46 135-David Kerzman (P) tech. falled Jeremy Luciano, 24-9; 140-Jeremy Fuchs (P) pinned Nate Hagner, 1:00; 145-Joe Hiltner (P) pinned Matt Sutton, 1:52; 152-Josh Schreifels (P) pinned Eric Lewis, 0:52; 160-Max Meagher (P) pinned Brandon Morten, 1:13; 171-Jared Schut (MC) pinned Ryan Glenz, 5:07; 189-Chris Rohe (P) won by forfeit; HWT-Cesar Griep (MC) maj. dec. Brad Person, 10-1.

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