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|Paynesville Press - February 1, 2006|
Five wrestlers earn All Conference honors
Senior Sean Glenz and sophomore Kevin Klein won individual titles at the West Central Conference North meet on Friday at Albany as five Bulldog wrestlers earned All Conference honors by placing first or second.|
Glenz won the title at 152, and Klein won the title at 189. Senior Joe Sheridan (112), ninth grader Jon Kerzman (125), and senior Dustin Utsch (171) all reached the finals but lost at their weights, taking second and also earning All Conference honors.
The Dogs finished fifth at the conference meet, despite wrestling with two open weights. Minne-waska won the conference tourney and the overall conference title.
Glenz earned All Conference honors for the fourth straight year, pinning his way to the title at 152. He finished as a conference runner-up as a ninth grader, won a title as a sophomore, and was chosen for All Conference honors last year (when a conference meet was not held due to the weather).
In the final this year, he pinned Kurt Schlangen of Albany and set a new school record for career wins. (See story.)
Klein won two matches at 189 - by pin in his first match and by decision in the final - to claim the conference title and earn All Conference honors for the first time.
Sheridan, who earned All Conference honors for the second straight year, lost in the final to Matt Dowell of Albany, 2-1. Kerzman also lost a close final, 7-6 to Brad Maciejewki of Albany. Utsch lost in the final by fall to Mitch Ainali of LPGE. Both Kerzman and Utsch earned All Conference honors in wrestling for the first time.
Two Dogs narrowly missed earning All Conference honors, by placing third. Sophomore Jeff Albright lost to the eventual champion in the first round and came back to take third at 103.
Senior Keith Klein also his opening match, yielding a takedown and near fall in the last five seconds when he paused to look at the referee's stalling call, said coach Tim Woehler. Klein won his next two matches but placed third.
Four other Bulldog wrestlers placed at the tourney: sophomore senior Aaron Bachman (fifth at 160), junior Joe Fry (fifth at 275), senior A.J. Christian (sixth at 135), and Calvin Weber (sixth at 130).
Minnewaska wrapped up the overall conference title by winning the conference meet. Teams are awarded two points for each dual win, and then eight points for placing first at the conference meet, seven for second, sixth for third, etc. Minnewaska (5-1) finished with 18 points in the final conference standings. NL-S (4-2) finished second with 15 points, LPGE third with 14 points, and Paynesville fourth with 12 points. Albany was fifth with nine points, Sauk Centre sixth with seven, and Melrose seventh with two.
Minnewaska and LPGE each had three conference champions, while Albany, NL-S, Paynesville, and Sauk Centre each had two. Paynesville was third with five finalists, while Minnewaska and LPGE had six each. This week, the Dogs (15-7) will host section rival Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City on Friday night. ACGC is ranked fourth in Class A, while the Dogs are ranked eighth. The Dogs have moved into Section 5A this year, which includes ACGC.
On Saturday, the Dogs will host their annual Paynesville Duals, with matches starting at 10 a.m. with three rounds of varsity action. Matchups will not be set until the seeding meeting that morning, but participating teams are: BOLD (rated #5 in Class AA); Grand Rapids; LPGE, Milaca (#3 in AA); Paynesville; Perham (#2 in AA); Sauk Centre; and Watertown-Mayer.
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