Wrestlers end season with banquet

This article submitted by Zac Spates on 3/24/99.

On March 14, the Paynesville wrestlers wrapped up another successful season at the annual banquet. The Bulldogs gathered together at the Hill Top Restaurant to comment on their season.

First of all, 19 wrestlers lettered for the Bulldogs and 12 earned their numerals.

The letterwinners for the Bulldogs were: Justin Mueller, Karl Sanborn, Josh Bork, Matt Brauchler, Scott Braun, Shaun Fleischhacker, Jim Mehr, Chris Sogge, Zac Spates, Chris Welle, Joe Hiltner, Dave Kerzman, Brandon Wendlandt, Nathan Glenz, Bryan Kotten, Max Meagher, Josh Schreifels, Jeremy Sogge, and Ryan Glenz.

Wrestlers that earned numerals were: Rich Lang, Luke Christian, Nick Fuchs, Jason Leyendecker, Jamie Wendlandt, Pat Noonan, and Tony Spates.

Some of the letterwinners were first-year numeral winners also.

Several other awards were presented.

The winners of the Schwartz Scholarship this year were captains Justin Mueller and Karl Sanborn. Joe Hiltner received the David Bast Award, and Sanborn also received the Dahl/Schwartz Award.

The junior varsity awards included the hardest worker, the outstanding wrestler, the positive attitude award, and the most aggressive.

Scott Braun won the hardest worker award this year, and Shaun Fleischhacker received the outstanding wrestler award.

Rich Lang and Ryan Glenz received the positive attitude and the most aggressive awards respectively.

Awards for the varsity were:
Chris Sogge: the most aggressive award;
Chris Welle: outstanding wrestler;
Josh Schreifels: positive attitude;
Karl Sanborn: hardest worker.

Two wrestlers received Pride awards for being at practice and tournaments 100 percent of the time. Recipients of that award were Chris Welle and Jason Leyendecker.

Six wrestlers finished the season off with 30 or more wins. Chris Welle and Chris Sogge topped the list with 35 wins. Other wrestlers with 30 or more wins were: Dave Kerzman, 34; Karl Sanborn, 33; Jeremy Sogge, 31; and Justin Mueller, 30 wins.

The varsity finished off the year with a record of 26-5-1 and took fourth place at state. The junior varsity had a record of 19-3.

Another part of wrestling that usually doesn't get as much publicity as the varsity and junior varsity is the junior high. The junior high finished off the season with 11 dual meet wins and they also finished second in the Rocori JH tournament, finishing behind a very strong BOLD team.

Six wrestlers for the junior high had 10 or more wins for the year. They were: Adam Christian, Matt Kerzman, Justin Spanier, Justin Reeck, Josh Kerzman, and Nic Fuchs..

All the wrestlers would like to thank the fans for supporting us in our various tournaments. We would also like to thank the parents for putting up with the weight cutting, also.

Hopefully, next year will be even better . . .

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