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|Paynesville Press - February 8, 2006|
Wrestlers take fifth at home duals
The Bulldogs wrestling team won two of three matches and placed fifth in their eight-team home dual tournament on Saturday.|
Milaca, rated #2 in Class AA, defeated Perham, rated #4 in Class AA, 33-19 in the finals to claim the championship. Milaca won the dual title for the third straight year.
The Dogs lost to Grand Rapids 36-28 in the opening round, before rebounding to beat Sauk Centre 41-32 and Watertown-Mayer 41-36 to take fifth place.
Sophomore Luke Frank won two matches on Saturday, clinching the Dogs' wins over Sauk Centre 41-32 and over Watertown-Mayer 41-38.
The Dogs rallied from a 27-3 deficit against Grand Rapids, having a chance to win before the Thunderhawks got a pin at 275 to win. The Dogs got within 30-28 after winning three straight matches from 171 to 215, with junior Aaron Burris returning to the lineup and winning a decision with a three-point near fall in the third period, senior Dustin Utsch recording a pin at 189, and sophomore Kevin Klein getting five takedowns in the third period to win a major decision.
Sophomore Ryan Gale started the rally for the Bulldogs against Grand Rapids with a pin at 145. Senior Sean Glenz followed with a pin at 152, getting the Dogs within 27-15. After a decision for Grand Rapids, the Dogs won those three straight matches to get within 30-28 before losing 36-28.
Sophomore Jeff Albright scored the Dogs' first points with a decision at 103.
Against Sauk Centre, the Dogs won eight of 14 matches and beat the Mainstreeters for the second time this season 41-32. Wrestling without several regulars, the Dogs rallied from a 24-22 deficit by winning four of the last six weights. Glenz gave the Dogs the lead for good at 28-24 with a pin at 152. Burris followed with a decision.
After a technical fall got Sauk Centre within two points at 31-29, Utsch recorded another pin at 189. A decision for Sauk Centre cut the Dogs' lead to 37-32 entering the final match, and sophomore Luke Frank sealed the victory for the Dogs with a major decision at 275.
Eighth grader Hayden Spaeth (112) opened the scoring for the Dogs with a pin. After winning 119 by forfeit, sophomore Cody Fuchs won a major decision at 125 to give the Dogs a 16-6 lead. Sauk Centre won three of the next four weights - senior Keith Klein winning a major decision for the Dogs - to take a 24-22 lead after 145.
Junior Joe Fry yells to a teammate trying to record a pin during the Dogs' 48-13 loss to ACGC on Friday. Behind Fry are: (sitting) sophomore Jeff Albright and statistician Jessie Moser; (standing) coach Jason Mages and senior Joel Kerzman.
Frank delivered a pin at 275 to lift the Dogs to a 41-36 win over Watertown-Mayer and fifth place in the dual tournament. After jumping to a 10-0 lead, the Dogs trailed for the rest of the match until Frank's winning pin at 275.
Watertown-Mayer led 36-20 with four weights to go, but the Dogs won four straight to rally for victory. Burris got a pin at 171 to start this streak, and Utsch followed with a pin at 189, getting the Dogs within for points at 36-32. Kevin Klein added a decision at 215, cutting Watertown-Mayer's lead to one, 36-35.
Albright recorded a pin at 103, and sophomore Jordan Christian added a major decision at 112 to give the Dogs a 10-0 lead. Watertown-Mayer got three straight pins, though, to rally for an 18-10 lead. This was part of a run in which the Royals won six of eight matches, with the only wins for Paynesville being Kevin Klein's major decision at 135 and Glenz's pin at 152, as the Royals built their 36-20 lead.
Burris, Glenz, and Utsch finished unbeaten for the Dogs, each winning three matches. Both Glenz and Utsch recorded three pins.
This week, the Dogs will wrestle in a quadrangular at Rocori High School in Cold Spring on Friday night with matches against Kimball, MACCRAY, and Rocori. Wrestling starts at 5 p.m.
ACGC 48, Paynesville 13
The Dogs and the Falcons are now in the same section, with the Dogs moving from Section 6A (against Pierz) to Section 5A (with ACGC) for the next two years.
ACGC won the first five weights, building a 21-0 lead, and the Dogs never got within 15 points again.
The Dogs - rated eighth in Class A - won only four matches, three by decision, and earned only a single bonus point, from senior Sean Glenz's major decision at 152 over a state-rated opponent.
Senior Keith Klein (135), senior Joel Kerzman (140), and sophomore Kevin Klein (189) added decisions for the Dogs.
ACGC, coached by PAHS grad Tim Roberg, has four state-rated wrestlers: Jeremy Anderson at 103, Ben Meyer at 112, A.J. Frederiksen at 145, and Nic Leither at 171. Leither sealed the victory with a third-period pin. ACGC had four pins, two coming in the third period.
This is the third straight year that ACGC has beaten the Dogs. Last year, ACGC beat the Dogs 42-9. In 2004, ACGC won 36-33.
ACGC 48, Paynesville 13
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