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|Paynesville Press - February 15, 2006|
Grapplers sweep quadrangular at Rocori
The Bulldogs wrestling team swept three matches at Rocori on Friday, beating MACCRAY 52-19, Kimball 58-3, and Rocori 44-24. With the wins, the Dogs ended their regular season with a record of 20-9.|
Against MACCRAY, the Dogs jump to a 28-0 lead, thanks to four consecutive forfeits to start the match and a major decision by ninth grader Jon Kerzman at 130.
MACCRAY forfeited another two weights at 152 and 160, and the Dogs got their only pin from junior Aaron Burris at 171. Senior Keith Klein added a 3-1 decision at 145, and sophomore Luke Frank won a 2-1 decision at 215.
Against Kimball, the Dogs won 13 of 14 weights, building a 46-0 lead before winning 58-3. The Cubs forfeited seven weights to the Dogs. Senior Joe Sheridan (125), junior Brad Torborg (171), and Frank (215) provided pins for the Dogs.
Ninth grader Jon Kerzman won three matches at the Rocori Quadrangular on Friday as the Dogs went undefeated as at team.
Other winners for Paynesville were Kerzman by decision at 130, Klein in double overtime 3-2 at 145, and senior Sean Glenz by major decision 12-4 over a state-rated opponent at 152.
In the finale, the Dogs also led wire-to-wire against Rocori, this time using three pins to get an early lead. Sophomore Jeff Abright (103), Sheridan (125), and Kerzman (135) had pins over the first seven weights as the Dogs took a 26-8 lead. Eighth grader Hayden Spaeth added a technical fall at 112, and Klein won a decision at 140 during that opening run.
Rocori got within 14 points at 26-12 but a forfeit to Glenz at 152, a pin by Burris at 160, and a decision by senior Aaron Bachman at 171 gave the Dogs a nearly 30-point lead.
Frank added a decision at 215, and the Dogs forfeited to two state-ranked Spartans at 189 and 275 to make the final score 44-24.
This week, the Dogs will engage in team sections, starting on Tuesday, Feb. 14, when they host St. Croix Lutheran. The Dogs are seeded third in Section 5A - behind top-seeded ACGC and second-seeded Eden Valley-Watkins - while St. Croix Lutheran is seeded sixth. That match started at 7 p.m.
The Section 5A team semifinals and finals will be held at Norwood Young America High School on Friday, with the semifinals at 6 p.m. and the finals at 8 p.m. Paynesville should face second-seeded EV-W in the semifinals, with the winner likely challenging top-seeded ACGC in the finals. (Meadow Creek Christian Academy is seeded fourth, BBE fifth, St. Croix sixth, Norwood Young America seventh, Trinity School at River Ridge eighth, and Kimball ninth.)
Norwood Young America High School (531 N. Morse Street) is located just north of Highway 212 in Norwood Young America, just following the intersection with Highway 25.
Paynesville 52, MACCRAY 19
Paynesville 58, Kimball 3
Paynesville 44, Rocori 24
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