Wrestlers win WCC Tournament, 8 champions

This article submitted by Jesse Spates on 1/28/97.

The Bulldog wrestling team probably had one of their busiest weeks in history as the team wrestled on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. All of the matches were very important, as they either dealt with the conference title or section seedings. The Bulldogs handled it well though, and came out on top in every meet and tournament.

On Monday, the Bulldogs traveled to Long Prairie to wrestle another conference match. The Bulldogs won handily as Paynesville recorded nine pins out of thirteen matches. Paynesville closed off the match with three pins to end the score at 67-5.

Paynesville, 67

Annandale Triangular
On Tuesday, the Bulldogs traveled to Annandale to compete in a triangular with Annandale and Rocori. The Bulldogs wrestled Rocori first. The Bulldogs went on to win by a score of 48-12. Paynesville then had to wrestle Annandale-Maple Lake, who had gotten beaten earlier by Rocori.

Unlike the last match, Paynesville won by a forfeit at 103. Lee Hiltner recorded his 100th win at the Annandale Tournament.

Paynesville, 48
Rocori, 12

Paynesville, 46
AML, 18

Litchfield match

Paynesville's final dual match of the week was at home against Litchfield. The final score was 36-12.

Paynesville, 36
Litchfield, 12

WCC Tournament

Paynesville's last tournament was at home on Friday night. The Bulldogs were host to the conference individual tournament, and came away with eight of the 13 individual titles.

At 103, Dave Kerzman was one of eight champions for the day.

At 112 Chris Welle continued to wrestle very well. He went on to win the conference championship.

At 119, Josh Frenchick took third place.

At 125 Jeremy Reiter stayed undefeated as he won the title. He also recorded his 100th win.

At 130 Tim Roberg rolled through the tournament by recording a pin in the semis, and a major decision in the finals.

Colby Scheierl, at 135, also won a title when he decisioned his opponent in the finals by a score of 7-0. Prior to this he also won in the semis by a pin in 2:21.

At 140, Andy Binsfeld ended the day in third place by winning his final match by the score of 4-3.

Ryan Glenz, at 145, wrestled well in his first varsity individual tournament. In the wrestlebacks Glenz received a bye and won a close match by 3-2 to give him third place.

At 152 Karl Sanborn lost both his first and second match by close scores, but ended the day with fifth place as he received a bye in the final round.

Zach Welle continued to roll as he won his first match of the night by a score of 8-5. He then went on to win in the finals by a pin to gain the conference title.

At 171, Billy Stanger won his first match by a pin. After losing his next match, Stanger came back by winning his next two matches and took third place.

Jesse Spates also won a championship by pinning his opponent in the finals.

Lee Hiltner was the final champion as he won his match in the finals by a score of 5-3.

The final team standings were as follows:

Paynesville: 247.5
Sauk Centre: 187.5
Litchfield: 178.0
Albany: 139.0
LPGE: 114.0
Melrose: 61.0

This gave Paynesville the West Central Conference team title.

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