Wrestling: Place third in own tournament

This article submitted by Zach Spates on 2/3/98.

Paynesville dual invite

On Saturday, Jan. 31, Paynesville hosted its second and last tournament of the season. With schools like St. James, Blackduck-Cass Lake-Bena, and Wheaton-Herman-Norcross coming to the tournament, this was not an easy day. St. Cloud Apollo and Sauk Centre were also among the teams competing.

Paynesville faced St. Cloud Apollo in the first round. They moved through pretty easily losing only three matches and giving up a forfeit. The final score of the match was 48-18. The Bulldogs then moved into the championship pool and faced St. James and Blackduck.

Paynesville: 48
St. Cloud Apollo: 18

Paynesville wrestled St. James first and it turned out to be a close match. Paynesville claimed six of the 13 matches, but lost the match with a close score of 28-26.

St. James: 28
Paynesville: 26

In the last match of the day against Blackduck, the wrestlers were a little disappointed when Blackduck pulled to a 23-point lead. Blackduck eventually won that match 38-23.

Blackduck: 38
Paynesville: 23

The final round of the tournament was St. James and Blackduck. Blackduck won that match claiming first place in the tournament.

The two individual champions who remained undefeated for the day were Colby Scheierl and Jona Welle.

Buffalo Quadrangular

On Monday, Jan. 26, the Bulldog wrestlers traveled to Buffalo for a quadrangular against Buffalo, Alexandria, and Elk River.

Paynesville met Buffalo in the first round. One of the key matches in that dual was at 145 with Colby Scheierl defeating Rusty Kath, 2-0.

Paynesville: 33
Buffalo: 24

In the second round of the night, Paynesville faced a tough Alexandria team. With amazing matches at 119 and 125, the show stoppers David Kerzman and Chris Welle defeated two very tough Alex wrestlers. Leaving Alex stunned after those two matches, the Bulldog wrestlers plowed their way through the rest of the match to win with a score of 30-21.

Paynesville: 30
Alexandria: 21

The third round of the night was against a very tough Elk River team. The Bulldogs knew this would be the hardest match of the night and they were right. Paynesville only won four of the 13 matches, making the final score of that match 37-18 and leaving the Bulldogs a disappointing loss.

Elk River 37
Paynesville 18

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