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|Paynesville Press - December 19, 2001|
Bulldogs take second at tourney to Owatonna
The Bulldog wrestling team suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday against Class 3A power Owatonna, but not before giving coach Virg Vagle (pictured at left) his 600th career victory.|
In the eight-team tournament at Minneapolis Edison, the Bulldogs beat Benilde-St. Margaret's 65-6 and Austin 41-23 before losing to Owatonna in the final, 31-24.
The victory over Austin was the 600th of Vagle's career, all at PAHS. Vagle leads the state and the nation in career victories. His career record is now 600-122-5. His teams have won four state titles.
Owatonna, ranked second in Class 3A after a runner-up state finish last year, rallied for victory against the Bulldogs. The Dogs led 24-22, but the Huskies won the final three matches by decision to win the match.
Two of those matches were decided by one point, as state-rated Eric Seykora of Owatonna beat junior Ryan Glenz by a point at 171 and state-rated Justin Sorenson of Owatonna won by a point in double overtime against junior Marty Engen at 189.
In all, the Huskies featured five state-rated wrestlers on Saturday. In addition to Seykora and Sorenson, they were Mike Meger (112), Mark Butler (140), and Brad Busho (145).
The only Bulldog to beat one of these state-rated wrestlers was senior Jeremy Fuchs, who beat Busho 10-6 at 145. Fuchs was undefeated for the day, winning three matches, including two pins.
Senior Nathan Glenz (135) and junior Josh Kerzman (160) also won three matches, each with two pins.
The Bulldogs won only five matches against Owatonna, but got three pins: from junior Pat Noonan at 119, senior Jeremy Sogge at 125, and Kerzman at 160. Glenz and Fuchs added decisions.
The Bulldogs lost eight matches but yielded only one pin.
Against Austin in the semifinals, they rallied from a 20-11 deficit by winning five straight matches by pin. The Bulldogs got 30 points from five straight first-period pins.
Fuchs started the run with a pin at 145 in 39 seconds, senior Josh Schreifels gave the Dogs the lead with a pin at 152, Kerzman pinned at 160, Ryan Glenz pinned at 171, and Engen ended the run with a 26-second pin at 189.
The Bulldogs also got a pin from Nathan Glenz at 135 and got their first points from eighth grader Sean Glenz with a technical fall at 112.
The closest individual match came at 125, where Austin sophomore T.J. Parlin, a third-place winner last year and ranked first in his weight class in Class 3A, handed Sogge his first loss of the season, 7-6. Sogge got a third-period takedown to tie the score, but Parlin got an escape to win by a point.
The Bulldogs won 11 of 13 matches against Benilde-St. Margaret's in the opening round. Ten of those victories were by pin or forfeit, and the other was a technical fall. Sean Glenz (112), Pat Noonan (119), Nathan Glenz (135), Matt Kerzman (140), Fuchs (145), Schreifels (152), and Ryan Glenz (171) recorded pins. Josh Kerzman won by technical fall, 21-6, at 160.
The Bulldogs hosted Melrose, BBE, and Glencoe-Silver Lake in a home meet on Tuesday night. The team does not wrestle again competitively until January.
Owatonna 31, Paynesville 24
Paynesville 41, Austin 23
Paynesville 65, Benilde-St. Margaret's 6
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