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Paynesville Press - December 10, 2003

Wrestlers take fifth at Foley tournament

By Michael Jacobson

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
103-Will Johnson (H) pinned Jordan Christian, 3:27; 112-Nick Spotts (H) pinned Andrew Christian, 3:03; 119-Travis Timmerman (H) dec. Joe Sheridan, 8-2; 125-Karl Mannes (H) pinned Todd Thielen, 1:51; 130-Jack Mueller (P) pinned Eric Mattson, 5:23; 135-Joel Kerzman (P) pinned Chris Mattson, 0:34; 140-Sean Glenz (P) tech. falled Kyle Downs, 20-4; 145-Matt Kerzman (P) pinned Jared Showater, 3:55; 152-Josh Nyhus (H) dec. Keith Klein, 10-8 (OT); 160-Dan Vitali (H) pinned Greg Person, 2:23; 171-Aaron Bachman (P) pinned Matt Anderson, 1:37; 189-Jake Beinger (H) dec. Josh Tebben, 5-2; 215-Pat Utsch (P) pinned Evan Osterhoudt, 1:50; 275-Elliott Osterhoudt (H) pinned Derek Burris, 1:22.

Paynesville 45, Rocori 28
103-Jordan Christian (P) dec. Travis Schorer, 5-0; 112-Joe Sheridan (P) won by forfeit; 119-Sam Howe (R) maj. dec. Andrew Christian, 15-2; 125-Todd Theilen (P) pinned Tyler Peternell, 1:24; 130-Jack Mueller (P) pinned Gary Lutgen, 1:21; 135-Grant Johnson (R) pinned Scott Millner, 0:59; 140-Sean Glenz (P) pinned Darren Nathan, 1:27 145-Keith Klein (P) maj. dec. Nate Klein, 9-0; 152-Matt Kerzman (P) maj. dec. Max Johannes,12-2; 160-Chris Mackedanz (R) pinned Aaron Bachman, 3:32; 171-Ian Schorn (R) pinned Jordan Spaeth, 1:59; 189-Kyle Schroeder (R) pinned Josh Tebben, 1:05; 215-Pat Utsch (P) maj. dec. Matt Hesse, 10-2; 275-Derek Burris (P) pinned Justin Heuring, 0:33.

Paynesville 51, Boyceville 27
103-Jordan Christian (P) won by forfeit; 112-Joe Sheridan (P) pinned Kyle Swenson, 5:19; 119-Aaron Kristen (B) pinned Andrew Christian, 1:37; 125-Steve Heifner (B) dec. Todd Thielen, 13-6; 130-Jack Mueller (P) dec. Brendan Heifner, 8-4; 135-Joel Kerzman (P) pinned Jerry Webb, 2:20; 140-Sean Glenz (P) pinned Brent Fish, 0:38; 145-Keith Klein (P) pinned Josh Webb, 0:54; 152-Matt Kerzman (P) pinned Brandon Horuisch, 0:45; 160-Kevin Kurshrer (B) pinned Aaron Bachman, 0:35; 171-Tony Harvey (B) pinned Jordan Spaeth, 0:48; 189-Josh Tebben (P) pinned Robert Deurst, 0:42; 215-Pat Utsch (P) pinned Tyler Bird, 3:32; 275-Andy Schoenecker (B) pinned Derek Burris, 0:58.

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