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|Paynesville Press - February 2, 2005|
Wrestlers host dual tournament
The Bulldogs wrestling team took seventh place at its home dual tournament on Saturday. |
The tournament featured four teams ranked in Class AA - Milaca (fourth), Perham (seventh), Sauk Centre (15th), and Watertown-Mayer (21st) - and two Class AAA teams (Hutchinson and New Ulm).
Milaca dominated its two matches, defeating Watertown-Mayer in the final 48-13.
The Bulldogs went 1-2 at the tournment, losing to Watertown-Mayer 37-21 and to Hutchinson 37-29 before beating Milaca's JV 50-25.
Against Watertown-Mayer, the Dogs led early but the Royals won four early decisions to take a 16-5 lead and clinched the match with three pins from 152 to 275.
Junior Sean Glenz won three matches on Saturday, including this tech fall against Milaca JV. Senior Jack Mueller also went undefeated on Saturday.
Five weights in this match were decided by two points or less, and the Dogs won only one, with ninth grader Jordan Christian winning 4-2 at 103. If the Dogs could have reversed the outcomes in three of these matches, they could have won.
Seniors Jack Mueller (160) and Josh Tebben recorded the only pins for the Dogs against Watertown-Mayer, with Mueller getting his pin in overtime. Junior Sean Glenz earned a major decision at 145, and eighth grader Jon Kerzman at 119 and Christian scored decisions. The Dogs lost a team point in this match due to penalty.
The Dogs led 29-24 against Hutch, but the Tigers won the last three weights to prevail 37-29 in the consolation semifinal.
After trailing 18-4, the Dogs won five of the next six matches to tie the match at 18-18 and then take a brief 29-24 lead. Junior Joel Kerzman, returning to action after missing several matches due to injury, started the string with a major decision at 135. Junior Keith Klein following with another major decision at 140, and then Glenz added a pin at 145 and Mueller a technical fall at 152, giving the Dogs a 23-18 lead.
Hutch took a 24-23 lead, forfeited at 171, and then scored 13 points over the last three weights to win.
Junior Joel Kerzman returned to the Dogs' lineup on Saturday and squeezed this head lock to get a pin in 44 seconds against Milaca JV.
Junior Joey Sheridan won a major decision at 112, the Dogs' only points as Hutch won four of the first five weights.
The Dogs won easily against Milaca's JV, building leads of 18-3 and 38-13 and winning 50-25. Milaca's JV lineup featured a number of juniors and seniors, and the Wolves were more experienced than their Bulldog varsity counterpart at several weights.
Recording pins for the Dogs against Milaca were Christian (103), Sheridan (112), Joel Kerzman (135), Mueller (160), ninth grader Jordan Spaeth (189), and Tebben (275). Glenz added a technical fall at 145, and Klein won a decision at 140.
Glenz and Mueller both went undefeated for the Bulldogs on Saturday, each winning three matches. Glenz raised his season record to 25-2, and Mueller raised his record to 21-5. Other win leaders for the Dogs this year are Christian (22-4) and Sheridan (20-4).
Ninth grader Jordan Spaeth pinned his Milaca JV opponent in 30 seconds on Saturday afternoon at the 2005 Paynesville Duals.
The Bulldogs (12-13) wrestled at NL-S on Tuesday, Feb. 1. They will wrestle in a quadrangular on Friday, Feb. 4, at Kimball against the host Cubs, Maccray, and Rocori. Wrestling will start at 5 p.m.
Next week, the Dogs will host the first round of the team sections on Tuesday, Feb. 8, starting at 7 p.m.
Watertown-Mayer 37, Paynesville 21
Hutchinson 37, Paynesville 29
Paynesville 50, Milaca JV 25
Against the Falcons - who have qualified for state in two of the past three years under coach Tim Roberg, a former PAHS standout and Paynesville resident - the Dogs managed only three decisions. Junior A.J. Christian won 7-0 at 125, junior Sean Glenz won 11-5 at 145, and ninth grader Kevin Klein won 3-2 at 171 for the Dogs.
ACGC won eight decisions and got one pin in building a 30-9 lead against the Dogs, and then the Falcons added pins at the last two weights to make the final score 42-9.
ACGC has seven state-rated wrestlers, who all won, but only by decisions, against Paynesville. State-rated Ben Meyer scored three points in the third period to beat ninth grader Jordan Christian 5-2 at 103. State-rated Bill Wheeler took a 6-2 lead against junior Joe Sheridan at 112, who rallied and lost 7-5. State-rated Adam Hoeper beat Jon Kerzman 9-3 at 119.
ACGC senior Jason Losing, rated first in the state in Class A, was tied 2-2 with junior Keith Klein before outscoring him 5-1 in the third period and winning 7-3.
State-rated senior Spencer Lund used a single escape to defeat senior Jack Mueller 1-0 at 160. And state-rated Nic Leither beat Jordan Spaeth 5-1 at 189.
BOLD/BL-H, ranked eighth in Class AA, won eight weights, to six for the Dogs, in winning their match 34-26. BOLD/ BL-H won five of the first six weights to build a 22-5 lead. Sheridan's five-point technical fall at 112 provided the only points for the Dogs.
Paynesville won five of the last eight weights and still had a chance to win entering 215, but BOLD/BL-H got a decision to clinch the match. Glenz, at 145, and senior Josh Tebben, at 275, provided the only pins for the Dogs. Keith Klein (140), Mueller (160), and Spaeth (189) won decisions for the Dogs.
Among the Dogs' losses, Jordan Christian lost 1-0 to Pat LeVasseur, rated third at 103 in Class AA, and A.J. Christian lost 4-2 at 125 on a three-point third-period near fall.
ACGC 42, Paynesville 9
BOLD 34, Paynesville 26
*Junior Sean Glenz has risen to the top of the Class A rankings at 145 by the Guillotine. Glenz, who was ranked third, is now ranked first. Junior Joel Kerzman is still ranked third at 140 in Class A.
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