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Paynesville Press - December 7, 2005

Wrestlers take second at Wayzata tourney

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs wrestling team continued their strong start, taking second place in another dual tournament on Saturday before losing to Wayzata in the final.

The Dogs beat Stillwater 48-23 in the opening round on Saturday, edged Cambridge-Isanti (ranked #13 in Class AAA) in the semifinals, but lost 54-19 to Wayzata (ranked #11 in Class AAA) in the finals.

Against Stillwater, also a AAA school, the Dogs built a lead of 45-6 before winning 48-23. The Dogs won eight of the first ten weights in building that 45-6 lead before losing three of the final four to make the final 48-23.

Recording pins for the Dogs were senior Joe Sheridan (112), ninth grader Jon Kerzman (130), senior A.J. Christian (135), senior Keith Klein (140), sophomore Ryan Gale (145), and senior Sean Glenz (152). Glenz's pin, coming after senior Joel Kerzman earned six points for winning by injury default, gave the Dogs a 45-6 lead.

Also winning decisions for the Dogs were sophomore Calvin Weber at 119 and sophomore Kevin Klein at 189.

Against Cambridge-Isanti, the Dogs rallied from deficits of 15-5 and 21-11 to win 38-37 and advance to the tournament finals.

Clinging to a 32-31 lead, Kevin Klein won by injury default at 215 to seal the match with a 38-31 lead. (Cambridge-Isanti got a pin at 275 to make the final 38-37.)

Sheridan gave the Dogs an early 5-3 lead with a technical fall at 112.

Then, after Cambridge-Isanti took a 15-5 lead, Jon Kerzman got a pin at 130.

Still trailing at 21-11, the Dogs won four straight matches to take a 32-21 lead. Captains Keith Klein (140), Joel Kerzman (145), and Glenz (160) had pins in that stretch, and junior Aaron Burris added a key 7-6 decision at 152.

In the finals, Wayzata jumped to a 30-0 lead, and after the Dogs got within 30-16, won four of the last five weights to win 54-19. The Dogs won only four of 14 matches against the Trojans, the Class 5A football champions and state-rated wrestling team (#11 in Class AAA).

The first five Trojans (103-130) are rated individually in state, and Wayzata won the first six matches to take a 30-0 lead.

Keith Klein scored the first points for the Dogs with a major decision at 140. Joel Kerzman and Glenz, who were named outstanding wrestlers for the tournament, got falls to get the Dogs within 30-16, but Wayzata won the big weights, too.

Senior Aaron Bachman scored the final points for Paynesville with a decision at 171.

The Dogs are now ranked #4 in Class A.

This week, the Dogs (5-2) hosted a quadrangular with BBE, NL-S, and Norwood Young America on Tuesday. They will wrestle on Thursday at a triangular at Eden Valley-Watkins starting at 6 p.m.

Next Tuesday, Dec. 20, the Dogs will travel to Minnewaska for a key conference showdown against the Lakers, who have moved from the South to the North this year. The Lakers were the South champions in wrestling last year and beat Sauk Centre in the WCC playoff.

Paynesville 48, Stillwater 23
103-Ethan Secor (S) dec. Hayden Spaeth, 7-2; 112-Joe Sheridan (P) pinned Cody Madison, 1:29; 119- Calvin Weber (P) dec. Tom Powers, 14-9; 125-Andy Murphy (S) dec. Cody Fuchs, 8-2; 130-Jon Kerzman (P) pinned Dan MacSwain, 3:49; 135-A.J. Christian (P) pinned Bryan Rerer, 3:08; 140-Keith Klein (P) pinned Brian Wolfgram, 0:30; 145-Ryan Gale (P) pinned Nathan Tracy, 0:41; 152-Joel Kerzman (P) won by injury default over Steve Shade; 160-Sean Glenz (P) pinned Jake Olson, 1:32; 171-Andy Staberg (S) tech. falled Dustin Utsch, 19-3; 189-Kevin Klein (P) dec. Matt O'Keefe, 7-5; 215-Matt Briol (S) pinned Luke Frank, 1:25; 275-Colin Goulett (S) won by forfeit.

Paynesville 38, Cabridge-Isanti 37
103-Derek Swanson (CI) dec. Hayden Spaeth, 9-2; 112-Joe Sheridan (P) tech. falled Dain Olson, 5:48; 119-Chad Larson (CI) pinned Calvin Weber, 4:40; 125-Alex Geving (CI) pinned Cody Fuchs, 0:28; 130-Jon Kerzman (P) pinned Sam Watson, 5:18; 135-Carl Richard (CI) pinned A.J. Christian, 3:20; 140-Keith Klein (P) pinned Jason Ingberg, 1:02; 145-Joel Kerzman (P) pinned Ryan McFarland, 5:13; 152-Aaron Burris (P) dec. Dalton Lillindahl, 7-6; 160-Sean Glenz (P) pinned Chris Sjodin, 3:38; 171-Aaron Bachman (P) pinned Ross Dankers, 4:47; 189-Matt O'Connor (CI) maj. dec. Dustin Utsch, 11-0; 215-Kevin Klein (P) won by injury default over Forrest Becklin; 275-Josh Olson (CI) pinned Luke Frank, 0:48.

Wayzata 54, Paynesville 19
103-Danny Zilverberg (W) pinned Hayden Spaeth, 2:38; 112-Derek Schreiner (W) maj. dec. Joe Sheridan, 14-3; 119-David Zilverberg (W) pinned Calvin Weber, 0:59; 125-Brian Litch (W) pinned Cody Fuchs, 0:26; 130-Isiah Harris (W) tech. falled Jon Kerzman, 20-5; 135-Carl Lymangood (W) dec. A.J. Christian, 7-6; 140-Keith Klein (P) dec. Alex Hanson, 13-4; 145-Joel Kerzman (P) pinned Ryan Flynn, 0:36; 152-Sean Glenz (P) pinned Mickey Kocemba, 3:16; 160-Brett Landrum (W) pinned Aaron Burris, 1:33; 171-Aaron Bachman (P) dec. Aaron Demro, 9-4; 189-Blake Bergeson (W) pinned Dustin Utsch, 0:34; 215-Max Sawochla (W) pinned Luke Frank, 1:17; 275-Jon Fischer (W) won by forfeit.

Paynesville 49, Albany 19
The Bulldogs won their first conference match of the year, easily defeating the Albany Huskies 49-19 on Tuesday, Dec. 6, on the road.

The Dogs won six weights in a row (and eight of nine) in erasing a 10-9 deficit and building leads of 40-10 and 49-13 before winning 49-19.

Ninth grader Jon Kerzman gave the Dogs the lead for good at 12-10 with a decision at 130. Senior A.J. Christian then pinned his opponent at 135, senior Keith Klein won by major decision at 140, the Huskies forfeited at 145 and 152, and senior Sean Glenz clinched the match with a fall at 160, giving the Dogs an insurmountable 40-10 lead.

At 189, sophomore Kevin Klein added another pin, and at 215 sophomore Jordan Spaeth won by decision to give the Dogs a 49-13 lead. In the lower weights, sophomore Jordan Christian won by fall at 112 and senior Joe Sheridan won a decision at 119, giving the Dogs a short-lived 9-4 lead.

The Dogs won 10 of the 14 weights in avenging a conference loss from last year, when the Huskies upset the Dogs for the first time in years 37-27.

Paynesville 49, Albany 19
103-Nathan Jopt (A) maj. dec. Hayden Spaeth, 10-2; 112-Jordan Christian (P) pinned Bryan Schlangen, 2:35; 119-Joe Sheridan (P) dec. Matt Dowell, 3-2; 125-John Bredick (A) pinned Cody Fuchs, 5:01; 130-Jon Kerzman (P) dec. Jacob Sand, 5-3; 135-A.J. Christian (P) pinned Taylor Holthauf, 0:48; 140-Keith Klein (P) maj. dec. Sergei Krouguv, 16-7; 145-Joel Kerzman (P) won by forfeit; 152-Aaron Burris (P) won by forfeit; 160-Sean Glenz (P) pinned Matt Eickhoff, 0:26; 171-Kurt Schlangen (A) dec. Aaron Bachman, 7-3; 189-Kevin Klein (P) pinned Andrew Nienaber, 1:42; 215-Jordan Spaeth (P) dec. Keith Maciejewski, 3-0; 275-Jacob Thielman (A) pinned Luke Frank, 2:15.

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