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|Paynesville Press - December 18, 2002|
Owatonna beats wrestlers at Edison
Bolstered by strength in its heaviest weights, the Bulldogs took second in an eight-team tourney at Minneapolis Edison on Saturday. After sweeping three pool matches, the Bulldogs lost to Owatonna, rated #4 in Class AAA, in the finals of the tournament, 40-24.|
From 171 to 275, senior Ryan Glenz, junior Pat Utsch, senior Marty Engen, and senior Brad Person were undefeated in 16 individual matches during the Dogs' four team matches, recording seven pins and earning 86 team points. Senior Adam Christian, at 135 and 140, was the only other varsity wrestler to win four matches on Saturday for the Bulldogs, ranked #7 in Class AA.
The Bulldogs wrestled Hastings first. After a slow start, the Bulldogs rolled over Hastings, winning 11 of the last 12 weights after trailing 9-0. Sophomore Jack Mueller (125), Adam Christian (135), Engen (189), and Person (275) had pins for the Dogs. Junior Matt Kerzman (145) won a major decision, and senior Pat Noonan (119), ninth grader Sean Glenz (130), ninth grader Joel Kerzman (152), Ryan Glenz (171), and Pat Utsch (215) won decisions.
Against Mankato West, the Dogs won the last four weights to win the match 45-23. The Bulldogs - who led 18-10 and 24-16 - had their lead cut to a point at 24-23, but got three pins in the last four weights. Ryan Glenz, Engen, and Person had the pins and Utsch won a 9-8 decision over state-rated Andrew Boyer.
Paynesville, which won nine weights, also got pins from Mueller, Adam Christian, and Matt Kerzman. Sophomore Cory Christenson (112) and Sean Glenz (130) added decisions against Mankato West.
The Bulldogs came within four points of a perfect score against Columbia Heights, winning all 14 weights and earning 80 points, just short of a perfect score of 84. The Dogs received seven forfeits, got four pins, won two technical falls, and won one major decision.
Winning by fall for Paynesville were ninth grader Andrew Christian (103), Sean Glenz, Adam Christian, and Ryan Glenz. Senior Justin Reeck (135) and Matt Kerzman (145) won by technical fall, and Engen won a major decision, in the only match to last six minutes.
In the finals, Owatonna won the first five matches, building a 25-0 lead, and eight of the first ten matches, leading 40-9, before the Dogs won the last four weights.
Paynesville got pins from Reeck, who was 3-1 for the day, at 140 and Person at 275 and decisions from Adam Christian (135), Ryan Glenz (171), Utsch (189), and Engen (215).
The Bulldogs wrestled Sauk Centre at home on Tuesday. They do not wrestle again until January.
Paynesville 49, Hastings 12
Paynesville 45, Mankato West 23
Paynesville 80, Columbia Heights 0
Owatonna 40, Paynesville 24
Paynesville 78, Melrose 0
Melrose had only eight wrestlers between the varsity and the junior varsity and forfeited nine weights in the varsity match.
Paynesville also won the five contested matches, getting three consecutive first-period pins from the Kerzman brothers. Junior Matt Kerzman won by fall at 152, ninth grader Joel Kerzman at 160, and senior Josh Kerzman at 171. Senior Pat Noonan (119) and senior Josh Johnson (145) won decisions in the only closely-contested matches.
Paynesville 78, Melrose 0
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