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Paynesville Press - March 13, 2002

Wrestlers distribute awards at banquet

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville wrestling team wrapped up their season with a banquet on Sunday, March 3.

The Bulldogs finished the season 29-3, losing in the section final to Litchfield, who went on to take second in the state in Class AA.

The Bulldogs advanced five individuals to state and had two state placewinners: junior Marty Engen, who took first at 189, and senior Jeremy Sogge, who took sixth at 125.

Engen and Sogge won team awards at the banquet. Engen was named Hardest Worker, and Sogge was named Most Aggressive.

Eighth grader Sean Glenz, who also advanced individually to state, split the honors for Most Improved with junior Brad Person.

Sogge led the team with 119 takedowns this year, yielding 22, and moved into the top five in a number of career categories, including takedowns and wins. He won 170 matches in his five-year career, second all-time for the Bulldogs.

Engen, who wrestled previously at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa High School, went 43-1 this year. He yielded only nine takedowns all season, while getting 65 himself. He led the team with 24 reversals, while only allowing two to his opponents.

The Bulldogs will lose eight wrestlers to graduation this year: Sogge, Nathan Glenz (another individual state entrant), Jeremy Fuchs, Nick Fuchs, Ben Lang, Max Meagher, Jake Nyffeler, and Josh Schreifels.

Three awards to seniors were also announced at the wrestling banquet. Sogge was given the Greg Schwartz Memorial Scholarship, Meagher was given the David Bast Memorial Award, and Schreifels was given the Dahl/Schwartz Award for the top contribution to wrestling and football.

Varsity records this year were: Engen 43-1; Sogge 41-5; junior Ryan Glenz 35-9; Nathan Glenz 31-7; senior Jeremy Fuchs 30-10; Sean Glenz 29-12; junior Adam Christian 28-7; Schreifels 21-7; junior Pat Noonan 21-19; junior Josh Kerzman 20-16; Meagher 19-8; Person 14-28; sophomore Matt Kerzman 8-6; junior Justin Reeck 8-23; eighth grader Andrew Christian 4-8; ninth grader Cory Christensen 4-17; eighth grader John Hemingson 5-3; ninth grader Jack Mueller 2-2; junior Josh Johnson 0-4; and Nick Fuchs 0-1.

The junior varsity team finished the season with a record of 16-6, and Steve Fuchs was named the Coach of the Year among junior varsity coaches in Section 5AA. Victory leaders on the junior varsity this season were: Nick Fuchs 18-3; sophomore Pat Utsch 17-1; Mueller 15-5; and eighth grader Dustin Utsch 13-7.

Junior varsity awards went to sophomore Derrick Burris for Most Improved, Jack Mueller for Hardest Worker, and sophomore Pat Utsch for Most Aggressive.

Junior high awards went to Aaron Bachman, Hardest Worker; Cody Block, Positive Attitude; and Keith Klein, Most Aggressive.

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