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|Paynesville Press - December 10, 2003|
Wrestlers take fifth at Foley tournament
The Paynesville Bulldogs opened their 2003-04 season, wrestling their way to fifth place at the Foley Tournament on Saturday.|
The Bulldogs lost to state-rated Hibbing in the first round, 39-35, but beat Rocori (45-28) and Boyceville, Wis., (51-27) in the consolation rounds to take fifth place out of eight teams in the tournament.
Pierz, a section rival of the Bulldogs who is rated #2 in Class A, and host Foley, rated #12 in Class AA, tied 29-29 in the championship. Hibbing, #4 in Class AA, beat Becker for third.
Hibbing jumped to a 21-0 lead against the Bulldogs, getting three pins and a decision in the first four weights. Paynesville rallied to take the lead, 23-21, getting pins from junior Jack Mueller (130), from sophomore Joel Kerzman (135), and from senior Matt Kerzman (145) and a technical fall from sophomore Sean Glenz (140).
Hibbing scored an overtime decision and another pin to retake the lead, but again Paynesville rallied, getting pins from sophomore Aaron Bachman at 160 and from senior Pat Utsch at 215 to take a 35-33 lead. But Hibbing's state-rated heavyweight scored a pin to win the match.
Against Rocori, Paynesville won four of the first five matches, built a 21-4 lead, and never trailed. Junior Todd Thielen recorded a pin at 125, and Mueller won by fall at 130.
The Bulldogs won another three straight matches from 140-152, with Glenz winning by fall at 140 and sophomore Keith Klein (145) and Matt Kerzman (152) recording major decisions.
Rocori got within ten points with two matches to go, but Utsch won a major decision at 215, and senior Derek Burris won by fall at 275 to clinch the victory.
Against Boyceville, Wis., the Dogs broke open a close match with five straight wins from 130-152. Mueller won a decision at 130, and then the Dogs got four straight pins from Joel Kerzman (135), Glenz (140), Klein (145), and Matt Kerzman (152).
The Bulldogs also got pins from sophomore Joe Sheridan (112), Tebben (189), and Utsch (215).
Paynesville's varsity had four undefeated wrestlers on Saturday: Mueller, Joel Kerzman, Glenz, Matt Kerzman, and Utsch.
This week, the Bulldogs hosted their first home meet on Tuesday night. On Saturday, the Dogs will wrestle in a tourney at Minneapolis Edison, and on Tuesday, Dec. 16, the Bulldogs will host Mille Lacs, a new section rival for the Dogs.
Hibbing 39, Paynesville 35
Paynesville 45, Rocori 28
Paynesville 51, Boyceville 27
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