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|Paynesville Press - February 13, 2002|
Dogs blast ACGC to improve to 27-2
The Bulldog wrestling team finished its regular season schedule on Thursday by beating Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 56-9 in a nonconference match. |
With the win, the Bulldogs ended the regular season ranked second in the state in Class AA with a record of 27-2.
The Bulldogs won 11 matches against the Falcons, recording five pins and two technical falls. Recording pins for Paynesville were junior Adam Christian (125), junior Justin Reeck (135), senior Jeremy Fuchs (145), senior Max Meagher (171), and ninth grader Cory Christenson (103).
Meagher pinned state-rated David Blom in the third period. Blom took a 10-4 lead in the first period, but Meagher scored the next nine points to lead 13-10 when he got the pin in the third.
Blom is one of four Falcon wrestlers who are rated individually in state in Class A. Only two won on Thursday: junior Jason Litzau at 140 and junior heavyweight Chris Adams. Bulldog senior Jeremy Sogge major decisioned Devin Blom, 15-5, at 130.
Junior Josh Kerzman (152) and eighth grader Sean Glenz (112) recorded quick technical falls. Kerzman gave up a takedown and then scored 17 straight points by the middle of the second period. Glenz scored 16 points in the first period, thanks to five near falls.
Junior Pat Noonan scored two third-period takedowns to win 14-13 in the starting match at 119. And junior Marty Engen improved to 33-1 with an 11-4 decision at 189.
The Bulldogs, who are seeded first in Section 5A, hosted the first round of sections on Tuesday night, Feb. 12. The Bulldogs faced either Melrose or Glencoe-Silver Lake on Tuesday night.
Barring a major upset, the Bulldogs will wrestle for a fourth straight state appearance on Friday at Watertown-Mayer High School in Watertown. In the semifinals at 6 p.m., the Bulldogs will most likely face either #4-seed New London-Spicer or #5-seed Rocori.
In the finals at 8 p.m., the Dogs will most likely face either #2-seed Dassel-Cokato or #3-seed Litchfield. The Bulldogs beat both teams in dual meets this season but both teams are state-rated: D-C is currently rated fourth in Class AA, and Litch is rated eighth.
Paynesville 56, ACGC 9
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