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|Paynesville Press - December 21, 2005|
Wrestlers sweep home quadrangular
The Bulldogs swept a home quadrangular on Tuesday, Dec. 13, beating section rival Norwood Young America 46-24, conference rival New London-Spicer 29-25, and neighboring Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 44-15.|
Against Norwood Young America the Dogs scored six points at seven straight weights from 125 to 160, getting five pins and two forfeits to turn a 6-4 deficit into a 46-6 lead. Sophomore Cody Fuchs started the run with a pin at 125, giving the Dogs the lead for good at 10-6.
Senior A.J. Christian had his foe wiggling to escape his cradle before pinning him during his match against Norwood Young America last week.
The Dogs got a forfeit at 130, senior A.J. Christian added a quick pin at 135, senior Keith Klein recorded a third-period pin at 140, and the Dogs got another forfeit at 145 before senior Joel Kerzman and senior Sean Glenz completed the Dogs' streak with pins at 152 and 160 respectively.
Senior Joe Sheridan scored the first points for the Dogs against Norwood Young America, a Section 5A rival for the Dogs this year. He won a major decision at 112.
Against New London-Spicer, the Dogs improved their conference record in the WCC North to 2-0 by beating the Wildcats 29-25.
Sophomore Kevin Klein sealed the victory for the Dogs with a major decision at 215, giving the Dogs a 29-19 lead heading into the final weight, where NL-S senior heavyweight Stephen Westby is rated #1 in Class AA.
The Dogs won eight of 14 matches against NL-S and rallied from a 13-3 deficit to beat the Wildcats. Aside from Klein's major decision, the only bonus points the Dogs earned were a major decision by Keith Klein at 140 and a forfeit at 152.
Winning by decision for the Dogs were Sheridan at 112, ninth grader Jon Kerzman at 130, Joel Kerzman at 145, Glenz at 160, and junior Aaron Burris at 171. Burris also had a key decision, giving the Dogs a 25-16 lead heading into the final three weights.
In beating BBE 44-15, the Dogs led 17-15 before BBE forfeited at five of the last six weights.
Sophomore Ryan Gale scored an 18-12 decison at 145 to give the Dogs a 17-15 lead. BBE only had one wrestler in the upper weights, who was beaten by Kevin Klein by decision at 189. BBE forfeited at 152, 160, 171, and 215, while both teams forfeited at 275.
Sophomore Cody Fuchs pinned his opponent from Norwood Young America on Tuesday, Dec. 13, and recorded another pin against BBE.
Other winners for the Dogs were Sheridan by technical fall at 112, Fuchs by fall at 125, and Christian by decision at 135.
This week, the Dogs wrestled at Minnewaska on Tuesday night, in a key matchup for the conference race, though the Dogs are expected to be without a couple key wrestlers due to injuries.
The Dogs (9-3 overall and rated fourth in Class A) do not wrestle competitively again until January.
Dogs 46, Norwood Young America 24
Dogs 29, New London-Spicer 25
Dogs 44, BBE 15
The Dogs won nine of 12 weights against Meadow Creek, with two weights being double forfeits. They built leads of 24-3 and 48-7 before winning 48-13.
The Dogs got back-to-back pins at 135 and 140 from seniors A.J. Christian and Keith Klein and then back-to-back-to-back pins from senior Sean Glenz, junior Aaron Burris, and senior Dustin Utsch from 152-171.
Also winning for the Dogs were senior Joe Sheridan by decision at 112 and ninth grader Jon Kerzman by decision at 130. And the Dogs also won two weights by forfeit.
Against EV-W, the Dogs - shorthanded due to injuries to sophomore Jordan Christian and senior Joel Kerzman, due to a band concert that same night, and due to failing to make weight - trailed throughout and lost 50-17. The Dogs have not wrestled the Eagles, rated #19 in Class A, in years, and EV-W, a new rival in Section 5A, won the final five weights, turning a 26-17 lead into a 50-17 victory.
The Dogs trailed 9-0 before Sheridan got a pin at 119, cutting the Eagles' lead to 9-6. The Dogs never got any closer. Jon Kerzman won a decision at 130 to make it 15-9, Keith Klein won a major decision at 140 to make it 21-13, and Glenz scored the Dogs' last points with a major decision at 152, making it 26-17 before the Eagles' ending run.
Paynesville 48, Meadow Creek 13
EV-W 50, Paynesville 17
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