Wrestlers distribute awards at banquet

This article submitted by Michael Jacobson on 3/21/01.

The wrestling team wrapped up its successful winter season with a banquet on Sunday night. The team finished fourth in Class A and had three individual placewinners, including two-time state champion David Kerzman.

The team's seniors, Kerzman and Joe Hiltner, who was fourth individually, each earned a team award and a scholarship. Kerzman was the varsity's Most Valuable Wrestler and a co-winner of the Schwartz Scholarship with Hiltner.

Kerzman rewrote the record book for Paynesville wrestling in his senior year. He now holds a share of 13 team records out of the 15 main career categories. He holds team records for wins (178), winning percentage (.894), falls (113), championships (30), takedowns (571), state tournaments (4), state medals (3), and state individual championships (2).

Hiltner tied a school record with 44 wins in a single season and reached the 100-win mark for his career at the state tournament. He shared the varsity's Most Aggressive award with junior Jeremy Sogge. Sogge also passed the 100-win mark this season and finished second in state.

Other varsity award winners were: sophomore Adam Christian as Most Improved, junior Max Meagher as Hardest Worker, junior Nathan Glenz with the David Bast Award, and junior Josh Schreifels with the Dahl/Schwartz Award.

Junior varsity awards went to: freshman Matt Kerzman (Most Valuable Wrestler), sophomore Pat Noonan (Most Aggressive), sophomore Justin Reeck (Hardest Worker), and eighth grader Jack Mueller (Most Improved).

Junior high awards went to seventh graders Joel Kerzman (Hardest Worker), Aaron Bachman (Most Improved), and Dustin Utsch (Most Positive Attitude).

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