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Paynesville Press - December 11, 2002

Wrestlers stick LPGE

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs wrestling team won 12 of 14 matches and got their first conference win of the season on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle. Paynesville recorded six pins, a forfeit, a technical fall, and four decisions in their victory.

The Dogs got rolling to a 21-4 lead with pins at 112, 119, and 125 by junior Cory Christensen, senior Pat Noonan, and sophomore Jack Mueller and by a 3-2 decision by Sean Glenz at 130. Glenz edged state-rated Travis Pesta.

After LPGE cut their lead to 21-10, the Bulldogs won the last eight matches of the night, sweeping the weights from 140 to 275. The Dogs had another string of three pins from 145 to 160 from senior Justin Reeck, junior Matt Kerzman, and ninth grader Joel Kerzman.

They also got a technical fall from senior Adam Christian at 140, a forfeit to senior Marty Engen at 215, a major decision from senior Josh Kerzman at 160, and decisions from seniors Ryan Glenz at 189 and Brad Person at 275.

The Bulldogs are now 1-0 in the West Central Conference North, which has only five teams this year - Albany, LPGE, Melrose, Paynesville, and Sauk Centre - since Litchfield has moved to the Wright County Conference.

The Bulldogs wrestled Melrose on Tuesday, Dec. 10. They will wrestle at a tournament at Minneapolis Edison on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. They will host their first home match against Sauk Centre on Tuesday, Dec. 17, with the junior varsity starting at 6:30 p.m. and the varsity following.

Paynesville 60, LPGE 10
103-Derek Pesta (LPGE) maj. dec. Andrew Christian, 9-0; 112-Cory Christensen (P) pinned Salvador Morelas, 5:13; 119-Pat Noonan (P) pinned Joe Morisch, 1:27; 125-Jack Mueller (P) pinned Brad Twardowski, 3:10; 130-Sean Glenz (P) dec. Travis Pesta, 3-2; 135-Samuel Schad (LPGE) pinned John Hemingson, 5:32; 140-Adam Christian (P) tech. falled Jacob Zeis, 20-4; 145-Justin Reeck (P) pinned Alex Rasumussen, 1:26; 152-Matt Kerzman (P) pinned Grant Schad, 5:47; 160-Joel Kerzman (P) pinned Josh Pesta, 2:56; 171-Josh Kerzman (P) maj. dec. Pat Jenkins, 10-2; 189-Ryan Glenz (P) dec. Scott Twardowski, 9-5; 215-Marty Engen (P) won by forfeit; 275-Brad Person (P) dec. Kurt Jenkins, 13-6.

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