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|Paynesville Press - December 1, 2004|
Wrestlers take second at Foley
The Bulldogs wrestling team won two of three matches and took second place at the Foley Tournament on Saturday.|
The Dogs, seeded second, beat third-seeded Rocori 35-34 and beat Pequot Lakes 54-25 in the pool wrestling but lost to Foley, rated #8 in Class AA, 59-13 in the final. The Foley Tournament normally has eight teams, but Becker and Pierz pulled out because they played in the Prep Bowl on Friday.
Against Rocori, senior Josh Tebben recorded a first-period pin at 215 with Paynesville leading 29-28 to seal the match, giving the Dogs an insurmountable 35-28 lead with one match to go.
Just as important, said coach Tim Woehler, who got his first varsity victory in the tight match, were ninth graders Jordan Spaeth and Kevin Klein wrestling well at 171 and 189. Both lost decisions to upperclassmen from Rocori but neither yielded any bonus points, which was key in the one-point win.
The Dogs built a 29-15 lead against Rocori by winning six of the first nine weights. Ninth grader Jordan Christian scored a pin at 103 for the Dogs' first points. Junior Joel Kerzman recorded a major decision over a state-rated opponent at 140, junior Keith Klein added another major decision at 145, senior Todd Thielen won a decision at 130, and the Dogs received two forfeits from Rocori in building that lead.
Senior Jack Mueller appeared to be heading to a key victory at 160, taking a 7-1 lead over his Rocori opponent, but he suffered a cut above his eye while shooting for a takedown and had to forfeit the match due to injury. That reversal made the score 29-21 entering the final four weights instead of 35-15.
Against Pequot Lakes, the Dogs won eight of the first ten weights and built a 48-9 lead before winning 54-25. Christian (103), Thielen (130), junior Cody Block (135), Kerzman (140), Klein (145), junior Sean Glenz (160), and Tebben all recorded pins for the Dogs, who also received two forfeits from Pequot Lakes.
Against Foley, the Dogs only won three matches. Glenz recorded a first-period pin at 160, Kerzman major decisioned another state-rated wrestler at 140, and Christian won a decision at 103. All three were undefeated for the Dogs on Saturday.
Klein came the closest to adding a fourth victory for the Dogs against Foley, losing 4-3 on a third-period takedown at 152.
The Dogs (2-1) do not wrestle competitively this week. Next week, they will open their conference schudule with a match at Albany on Tuesday, Dec. 7.
Paynesville 35, Rocori 34
Paynesville 54, Pequot Lakes 25
Foley 59, Paynesville 13
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