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|Paynesville Press - December 7, 2005|
Wrestlers take second at Wayzata tourney
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
Paynesville 38, Cabridge-Isanti 37
Wayzata 54, Paynesville 19
Paynesville 49, Albany 19
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
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