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|Paynesville Press - February 6, 2002|
Dogs top Milaca for title at dual tourney
The Bulldogs wrestling team defeated Milaca 27-26 in the finals of the Paynesville Duals on Saturday afternoon at the high school. |
The Dogs won the title for the third time in the past four years, meeting Milaca in the finals each time. The Bulldogs also beat West Central Area 51-13 in the opening round on Saturday and Sauk Centre 40-14 in the semifinals.
The Bulldogs rallied from deficits of 13-0 and 23-12 to beat Milaca. The Bulldogs are ranked #2 in Class AA and the Wolves are rated #6.
First, the Dogs got four decisions over five weights from 125 to 145 to cut Milaca's initial 13-0 lead to 19-12. Seniors Jeremy Sogge, Nathan Glenz, and Jeremy Fuchs and junior Adam Christian won hard-fought decisions during this run.
Then, trailing 23-12, senior Max Meagher and juniors Ryan Glenz and Marty Engen from 160 to 189 provided 15 points to give the Bulldogs a 27-23 lead. Meagher defeated state-rated Brian Flatland to start the winning rally. Glenz followed with a third-period pin, and Engen won by injury default.
Milaca got a decision at heavyweight on a last-second takedown, but the Wolves needed a technical fall or pin to win.
Against Sauk Centre, the Bulldogs won nine matches and got four pins. Sean Glenz (112), Fuchs (140), Engen (189), and Brad Person (275) got pins for Paynesville. Sogge (125) added a major, and Cory Christensen (103), Christian (130), Josh Kerzman (152), and Ryan Glenz won decisions. Ryan Glenz beat state-rated Ethan Vogt for the third time this season.
Against West Central Area, the Bulldogs won ten matches, including five pins. Winning by fall were Pat Noonan (119), Sogge (125), Nathan Glenz (130), Ryan Glenz (171), and Engen (189).
Sogge, rated second individually in Class AA, pinned Adam Bertram, rated second at 125 in Class A. The win was Sogge's 29th of the year and 158th of his career, which moved him into second place on the Bulldogs' career victory list.
Winning by decision against West Central Area were Christian (130), Fuchs (140), and Josh Kerzman (152), who beat a 19-3 wrestler.
This week, the Bulldogs will wrestle at ACGC on Thursday, starting at 6:30 p.m. They start the section playoffs on Tuesday, Feb. 12, with an opening round of the team competition, most likely at home. The first round on Tuesday starts at 6:30 p.m., with the Dogs wrestling in the second round starting around 8 p.m.
Paynesville 27, Milaca 26
Paynesville 40, Sauk Centre 14
Paynesville 51, West Central Area 13
Paynesville 37, Canby 25
Senior Max Meagher started the run with a decision at 160, giving Paynesville a 17-16 lead, and juniors Ryan Glenz and Marty Engen extended the advantage to 12 with a technical fall and a pin respectively.
After Canby, which is rated #11 in Class A, closed within three points again at 28-25, the Bulldogs won the last two matches to seal the victory. Eighth grader Sean Glenz got a pin at 112 and junior Pat Noonan added a decision at 119.
The Dogs started fast, winning the first three weights. Junior Adam Christian started with a pin at 125, senior Jeremy Sogge won by technical fall at 130, and senior Nathan Glenz won a decision at 135.
The Bulldogs might have won by more, but Canby got pins in two matches where the Bulldogs led.
Paynesville 37, Canby 25
Paynesville 50, Rocori 10
Against Rocori, the Dogs won ten matches, including four pins. Starting at 130, the Bulldogs got a pin from senior Jeremy Sogge 16 seconds into the first match. Senior Nathan Glenz and junior Josh Kerzman added decisions at 130 and 152 to give the Dogs a 12-7 lead.
The Bulldogs then blew the match open by getting six points at each of the next five weights, including three pins. Senior Max Meagher started the run by winning by injury default at 160. (Meagher led 4-0 when the match stopped.)
Juniors Ryan Glenz, Marty Engen, and Brad Person delivered pins for Paynesville, and Rocori forfeited at 103. At the end of the run, the Bulldogs led 42-7.
Junior Pat Noonan added a decision at 119, and junior Adam Christian ended the match with a technical fall at 125.
The Dogs also won ten matches against Annandale/Maple Lake, including seven pins. Paynesville jumped to a lead of 12-3, thanks to a lead-off pin by sophomore Matt Kerzman and decisions by Sogge and Nathan Glenz.
The Dogs then won four straight matches from 152 to 189 to push the lead to 34-3 and won 52-11. Junior Josh Kerzman (152), Meagher, and Engen had pins in that stretch and Ryan Glenz added a major decision.
The Bulldogs ended the match with three straight pins, from eighth grader Sean Glenz at 112, Noonan at 119, and Christian at 125.
Paynesville 50, Rocori 10
Paynesville 52, A/ML 11
Charter bus to sections
The bus will leave the high school around 4:15 p.m. and stay for both matches. The cost is $7.50 per person. Call Debbie Meagher at 320-276-8211 to sign up.
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