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|Paynesville Press - December 17, 2003|
Wrestlers take fifth at Edison tourney
The Bulldogs took fifth place, going 2-2, at a tournament at Minneapolis Edison on Saturday, beating Edison 50-30 and Nicollet 51-21 but losing to Class AAA schools Owatonna 45-28 and to Eagan 34-33. |
Owatonna is ranked #3 in Class AAA, while Edison is ranked #19 in Class AAA. Paynesville, ranked #11 in Class A, is now 7-3 this season.
The Bulldogs beat Edison, then lost to Eagan and Owatonna, before beating Nicollet for fifth place in the eight-team tournament. Owatonna was first, Eden Prairie second, Foley third, Eagan fourth, and Paynesville fifth in the tournament.
Bulldog wrestlers celebrate a pin in their 34-19 victory against BBE in their home quadrangular on Tuesday, Dec. 9.
Against Edison, the Dogs erased an early 18-4 lead by getting four pins and two forfeits from 130 to 160. Junior Jack Mueller (130), sophomore Joel Kerzman (135), senior Matt Kerzman (152), and sophomore Aaron Bachman (160) recorded pins for Paynesville.
The Bulldogs also got a pin from junior Josh Tebben at 215. Senior Pat Utsch added a major decision at 189, and sophomore Joe Sheridan started the scoring for Paynesville with a major decision at 103.
Against Eagan, the Bulldogs again dominated the middle weights, winning six of eight matches from 119 to 160, taking a 27-19 lead, but Eagan won three of the last four matches to win 34-33.
Junior Todd Thielen started the scoring for Paynesville with a decision at 119, followed by two more decisions at 130 by Mueller and 135 by Joel Kerzman. Sophomore Sean Glenz started a run of three pins in four matches for the Bulldogs with a fall at 140, and Matt Kerzman and Bachman had back-to-back pins at 152 and 160 to give the Dogs a 27-19 lead.
After Eagan took the lead, Josh Tebben recorded a pin at 215 to regain the lead for Paynesville but Eagan got a pin with 20 seconds to go at 275 to win 34-33.
Against Owatonna, the Dogs won six of 14 matches, but Owatonna outpinned the Bulldogs 5-3. All of Owatonna's victories earned bonus points.
Junior Jack Mueller drives for a takedown in his 17-2 win by technical fall against BBE on Tuesday, Dec. 9.
Mueller, Joel Kerzman, and Glenz recorded consecutive pins at 130, 135, and 140 to give Paynesville a short 21-16 lead. After Owatonna tied the score, Matt Kerzman gave the lead back to the Dogs with a major decision at 152, but Owatonna won four of the last five matches. Pat Utsch got the last points for the Bulldogs with a 1-0 decision at 189. Joe Sheridan got the first points for the Bulldogs with a 10-8 decision at 103.
Against Nicollet, the Dogs built a 42-6 lead and cruised to victory. Thielen started a string of six pins in seven weights at 119. Also recording pins were Mueller at 130, Joel Kerzman at 135, Glenz at 140, Matt Kerzman at 145, and sophomore Keith Klein at 152.
Josh Tebben and Pat Utsch added back-to-back pins at 189 and 215.
This week, the Bulldogs wrestled Mille Lacs on Tuesday. They will wrestle at Sauk Centre on Thursday.
Paynesville 50, Edison 30
Owatonna 45, Paynesville 28
Paynesville 54, Nicollet 21
Eagan 34, Paynesville 33
The Dogs beat Melrose 39-18, Rush City 51-21, and BBE 34-19 despite agreeing to seven double forfeits in the three matches. Paynesville trailed early in the BBE match, but otherwise led throughout the night.
Against Melrose, the Bulldogs got pins from sophomore Andrew Christian at 119, junior Jack Mueller at 135, sophomore Joel Kerzman at 140, sophomore Sean Glenz at 145, and senior Matt Kerzman at 152. Eighth grader Kevin Klein added a decision at 189.
Of the ten contested weights, the Dogs won six and lost four but had five pins to two for Melrose.
This was a conference match, with the Bulldogs now 1-0 in the West Central Conference North.
Against Rush City, Paynesville won nine of the 13 contested weights, getting seven pins, a technical fall, and a major decision. Recording pins were eighth grader Jordan Christian at 103, sophomore Joe Sheridan at 112, junor Todd Thielen at 125, Mueller at 135, Joel Kerzman at 140, Glenz at 145, and senior Pat Utsch at 215. Sophomore Keith Klein added a technical fall at 152, and eighth grader Jordan Spaeth had a major decision at 171.
Against BBE, the Jaguars won two of the first three weights to take an early lead, but the Bulldogs responded by winning the next five contested matches. Thielen and ninth grader Aaron Burris started the roll by recording pins at 125 and 130 respectively. Mueller added a technical fall at 135, and brothers Joel and Matt Kerzman had pins at 140 and 152. Sheridan got the first points of the match for the Dogs with a technical fall at 112.
In the other rotations, BBE beat Rush City 33-30 and Melrose 46-18, and Rush City beat Melrose 38-30.
Paynesville 39, Melrose 18
Paynesville 51, Rush City 21
Paynesville 34, BBE 19
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