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|Paynesville Press - December 4, 2002|
Wrestlers take third at Foley
The Bulldogs wrestling team opened their season by winning two matches and taking third at the annual Foley Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 30.|
The tournament only had five teams, instead of six, with Grand Rapids dropping out at the last minute. The Bulldogs lost to Becker 38-30 in the opening round, beat a fill-in team of junior varsity wrestlers from Foley and Becker 59-12, and defeated Hibbing, rated second in the state in Class AA, for third 36-25.
Against Hibbing, the Bulldogs overcame a 12-0 deficit with five consecutive wins from 119 to 145, building a 21-12 lead. Sophomore Jack Mueller got a pin at 130 during that stretch, and senior Justin Reeck won a close match 11-9.
Then the Dogs, rated #7 in the state, sealed the win with pins from ninth grader Joel Kerzman at 152, junior Pat Utsch at 189, and a decision from senior Marty Engen at 215.
Coach Virg Vagle noted that Mueller, Reeck, Kerzman, and Utsch scored key points for the Bulldogs in their upset of Hibbing. "In addition to the guys we really count on for wins, these four guys really delivered against Hibbing," he said.
Two matches against Hibbing pitted state-rated wrestlers. Engen, a defending state champion rated #1, decisioned senior Skip Johnson, rated #4, 13-7 at 215. Hibbing got the upper hand in the other match as senior Ethan Osterhodt, rated #1, decisioned Paynesville senior Ryan Glenz, rated #3, 6-3 at 171.
Against the junior varsity team, the Bulldogs won 11 of the 14 weights and won 59-12. Recording pins for Paynesville were freshman Sean Glenz at 130, senior Josh Kerzman at 160, Ryan Glenz at 171, senior Brad Person at 215, and junior Derek Burris at 275. The Bulldogs also won three weights by forfeit.
Paynesville, seeded third, lost to Becker, seeded second, in the first round, 38-30. Becker jumped out to a 10-0 lead, and the Bulldogs cut that to 10-9 with a decision by senior Pat Noonan at 119 and a pin by Sean Glenz at 125. Becker, though, won five of the next six matches, with the Bulldogs' only win being a decision by senior Adam Christian at 135.
After the 160 match, Becker led 32-12. The Bulldogs got two pins and a forfeit in the last four weights - with Ryan Glenz pinning at 171, Engen winning by forfeit at 189, and Person pinning at 275. Becker, though, moved Jeremy Pederson, rated #2 in the state at 189, up to 215, where he recorded a pin to seal the victory.
This week, the Bulldogs wrestled at LPGE on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Next week, they will wrestle at Melrose on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Paynesville 36, Hibbing 25
Paynesville 59, Foley JV 12
Becker 38, Paynesville 30
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