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|Paynesville Press - December 15, 2004|
Bulldogs wrestle to fifth at Minneapolis Edison
The Bulldogs wrestling team split four dual matches at a tournament at Minneapolis Edison on Saturday, taking fifth place.|
The Dogs lost to Dassel-Cokato 38-30 and to Owatonna, rated #5 in Class AAA, 43-25, and then defeated the Ellsworth (Wis.) JV 57-18 and St. Paul Highland Park 40-32.
Against DC, the Dogs built leads of 9-0, 15-12, and 30-26, but the Chargers won the last two weights to claim the match. Trailing 26-15, the Dogs got a pin from junior Sean Glenz at 152 followed by three straight decisions by senior Jack Mueller at 160 and ninth graders Kevin Klein at 171 and Jordan Spaeth at 189 to take a brief 30-26 lead. DC got pins at 215 and 275 to win 38-30.
The Dogs also got pins from sophomore Joe Sheridan (112) and junior A.J. Christian (125), along with a decision by ninth grader Jordan Christian (103).
Senior Todd Thielen at 130 got the only pin for the Bulldogs against Albany on Tuesday, Dec. 7, sticking his opponent in 2:47 in the Dogs' 37-27 loss.
The Dogs led 7-0 against Owatonna, but the Class AAA school then six straight weights to build a 29-7 lead. Jordan Christian won a decision at 103, and Sheridan got a pin at 112 to give the Dogs the early lead. Glenz and Mueller added back-to-back pins at 152 and 160, and the Dogs also got a forfeit at 275.
Against the Ells n worth JV, the Dogs turned a 21-18 advantage into a 57-18 victory by winning the last six weights by pin. Mueller (152), Glenz (160), Klein (171), Spaeth (189), senior Josh Tebben (215), and ninth grader Luke Frank (275) all got pins for the Dogs. Jordan Christian and Sheridan started the match with back-to-back pins for the Dogs at 103 and 112, and A.J. Christian added a technical fall at 125 and junior Keith Klein added a major decision at 140.
The Dogs used another strong start and closing run to beat St. Paul Highland Park 40-32. The Dogs trailed 20-16 with six weights to go but got pins from Glenz (152), Mueller (160), and Tebben (215) and a forfeit at 189 to win.
Jordan Christian started the match with a pin at 103, Sheridan won a decision at 112, A.J. Christian won an overtime decision at 125, and Keith Klein won a major decision at 140 for the rest of the Dogs' points.
Senior Jack Mueller works for a takedown in his match at 160 last week. He won a 4-2 decision for the Dogs'.
Jordan Christian, Sheridan, Mueller, and Glenz all finished undefeated for the Dogs on Saturday. They combined for 11 pins in their 16 victories, including four by Glenz, three by Sheridan, and two each by Christian and Mueller.
Paynesville's JV had two undefeated wrestlers on Saturday: senior Jeff Schaefer and ninth grader Nathan Kranz.
This week, the Dogs wrestled at LPGE on Tuesday night. The Dogs will travel to Pierz on Thursday for a triangular, wrestling Kimball at 6:15 p.m. and Pierz, the defending Class A champion and the Section 6A favorite, at 7:45 p.m.
Dassel-Cokato 38, Paynesville 30
Owatonna 43, Paynesville 25
Paynesville 57, Ellsworth JV 18
Paynesville 40, Highland Park 32
Against Glencoe-Silver Lake, the Dogs won the first four weights, including three straight pins to start the match by ninth grader Jordan Christian at 103, sophomore Joe Sheridan at 112, and eighth grader Jon Kerzman at 119.
Senior Todd Thielen added a decision at 125. Then, after G-SL scored ten points, the Dogs won three straight again from 140-152. Junior Joel Kerzman (140) and junior Sean Glenz (152) sandwiched pins around a decision by junior Keith Klein (145).
The Dogs, leading 37-10, lost four of the last five weights to G-SL, who had five seniors among their final six wrestlers, including two-time individual state champion Nate Matousek at 160. Senior Josh Tebben provided the final points for Paynesville with a decision at 215.
Against Litchfield, the Dogs built another early lead, but the Dragons were able to rally for the victory. The Dogs led 28-27 with two weights to go, but the Dragons won the last two weights and the match 38-28.
Christian (103) and Sheridan (112) started the Dogs with pins again, and Thielen added another decision at 125 as the Dogs led 15-6 early.
Litch tied the match 15-15 and then won a close match at 140 between state-rated wrestlers. Junior Beau Penk of Litch, rated fourth in Class AA at 130, defeated Joel Kerzman, rated third in Class AA at 140, 9-5. Kerzman led 5-1 before Penk took a 6-5 lead in the second period. Penk led 7-5 after a third-period escape and scored a late takedown to win 9-5.
Trailing 18-15, the Dogs won three straight weights to take a 28-18 lead. Junior Keith Klein started the streak with a major decision at 145, senior Jack Mueller won a narrow 2-1 decision at 152, and Glenz won another battle of state-rated wrestlers with a pin at 160. Glenz, rated third at 145 in Class A, trailed 2-1 entering the second period but pinned Litch senior A.J. Werner, rated sixth at 160 in Class AA, a minute and a half into the period.
Litch won the last four weights, turning that 28-18 deficit into a 38-28 victory.
Coach Tim Woehler was pleased with the team effort at the triangular. With the Dogs fielding nearly their full lineup for the first time this season, Woehler said the team wrestled pretty well against both Glencoe-Silver Lake and Litch.
Paynesville 40, Glencoe-SL 28
Litchfield 38, Paynesville 28
Albany 37, Paynesville 27
The Huskies won seven straight matches, including three pins, in erasing an 18-10 deficit and building a 37-18 lead. The Dogs, without several regulars, won the final two weights but lost the conference match 37-27.
Senior Todd Thielen got the only pin for the Dogs at 130. Senior Jack Mueller won 4-2 at 160, ninth grader Kevin Klein won 7-4 at 189, and junior A.J. Christian won 11-5 at 135 for the Dogs. (The match started at 140.) Albany forfeited to both Sean Glenz and Joel Kerzman, the Dogs' two state-rated wrestlers.
Albany 37, Paynesville 27
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