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|Paynesville Press - February 4, 2004|
Wrestlers take third at joint WCC meet
Sophomores Sean Glenz and Joel Kerzman earned individual conference championships as the Bulldogs wrestling team finished third in the combined conference meet on Saturday at NL-S.|
In previous years, both the north and the south divisions have held separate conference tournaments in wrestling, but this year all 11 teams combined to have one meet.
Minnewaska, the dual meet champ in the south, won the tournament with 213.5 points. Sauk Centre, the north champion, was second with 190.5. Both are state ranked in Class AA.
Paynesville was third with 156.5 points, followed by LPGE and Morris Area.
Sophomore Sean Glenz (25-0) won the West Central Conference title at 140, pinning all three of his opponents on Saturday at NL-S. He earned All Conference honors for the second straight year.
The larger tournament provided tougher competition. Last year, in the five-team north tournament, 13 of 14 Bulldogs placed third or better and nine earned All Conference honors by placing second or first.
This year, six Paynesville wrestlers earned All Conference honors: Glenz, Joel Kerzman, senior Matt Kerzman, senior Pat Utsch, junior Josh Tebben, and senior Derek Burris.
Kerzman, now 21-4, won three matches at 135, one by pin, to claim his title. Glenz, still undefeated at 25-0, recorded pins in all three matches to win at 140.
Both earned All Conference honors a year ago, too, by finishing as runners-up, Glenz at 130 and Kerzman wrestling up at 152.
Three Bulldogs finished third, also earning All Conference honors. Matt Kerzman won three of four matches at 145, losing 11-10 in the semifinals, and took third. Tebben, at 215, and Burris, at 275, rebounded from opening losses and each won three matches in the consolation bracket to take third.
Utsch was fourth at 189 to earn All Conference honors.
In all, nine Bulldogs placed in the tournament. Junior Jack Mueller was fifth at 130, junior Todd Thielen was sixth at 119 and sophomore Keith Klein was sixth at 152.
This week, the Bulldogs will wrestle at Osseo on Thursday. They will host the Paynesville Duals on Saturday with three rounds of wrestling starting at 9:30 a.m. Participating teams are ACGC, Hutchinson, Milaca, New Ulm, Paynesville, Perham, Renville County West, and Sauk Centre.
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