Five individuals advance to state wrestling

This article submitted by Jesse Spates on 2/25/97.

The Bulldogs finished the area season off by wrestling in the section individual tournament on Friday and Saturday. Three rounds were held on Friday and the rest were held on Saturday with the finals Saturday evening. The Bulldogs placed 10 wrestlers and five of those will be wrestling in the state tournament. State qualifiers are Tim Roberg (125), Ryan Stoneburner (130), Zach Welle (160), Jesse Spates (189), and Lee Hiltner (heayweight). Roberg, Stoneburner, Welle and Spates each won the Section 5AA championship in their weight class.

Hiltner, who is the defending Class AA state champion, won a return trip to the state as the Section 5AA runner-up. The heavyweight championship match came down to a flip of the coin which Hiltner lost.

Hiltner and Brad Ackerman from Litchfield each scored a point when the other escaped, tying the score at the end of three periods at 1-1. The first overtime started with the wrestlers in the neutral position and neither was able to execute a takedown. In the second overtime, there was a coin flip, Ackerman won and chose down. Hiltner, unable to hold him, lost the match 2-1. This was Hiltner's first loss of the season.

Colby Scheierl wrestled for the 135- pound championship Saturday evening. He lost to Jason Bartels of Annandale-Maple Lake and then had to wrestle for true second. In that match he lost 11-4 to Drew Braseth of Litchfield, also losing a chance to return to the state as an individual.

This state appearance will be Roberg's fourth as an individual, going every year from his freshman through senior years. This is the third year in a row for PHS senior Hiltner and the second for Spates, also a senior, but it will be the first individual state appearance for Stoneburner, a PHS junior, and Welle, a PHS senior.

Jeremy Reiter (30-0) and Spates (27-0) are still undefeated for the season. Roberg (34-1), Welle (34-1) and Hiltner (35-1) only have only one loss each as they move on to the state tournament.

Individual results
At 103 Dave Kerzman won his first match by an injury default. This placed him in the quarterfinals where he lost to his New London opponent who had a record of 25-1. Kerzman wrestled back and won his next match, but then lost. This placed him against his New London opponent again but this time he came out on top and took fifth place.

At112 Chris Welle lost his third place match by a score of 7-3.

At 119 Josh Frenchick won his first match, but then lost his next two matches and was eliminated.

At 125 Tim Roberg was Paynesville's first Section champ.

At 130 Ryan Stoneburner was the Bulldogs second champ. In the finals, he came out on top in an exciting 2-1 victory.

At 135 Colby Scheierl in the finals lost to Jason Bartels, and was forced to wrestle a true second match, and lost. He finished in third place.

At 140 Justin Mueller won his first match by a pin, then lost and was eliminated.

Andy Binsfeld, at 145, won his first match in the wrestlebacks, but then lost his third place match by a score of 3-1 in overtime.

At 152 Andy Heinen ended with fourth place.

At 160 Zach Welle was the third champ of the night.

At 171 Karl Sanborn lost in wrestlebacks and was eliminated from the tournament.

At 189 Jesse Spates was Paynesville's last champion.

At HWT Lee Hiltner lost a close match that went into double overtime 2-1 and was the runner-up, but still a trip to state.

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