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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Sports Chargers fall to Edgerton Wednesday, March 10, 2004 Page 1{ RRC/WWG wrestlers' Regional Tournament Last Thursday evening, March 4, 2004, the WWG boys basketball team trav- eled to Fulda to take on the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen in the first round of the South Section 3A playoffs. A much bigger and more experienced Edgerton team took advantage of some early Charger mis- takes and never looked back. The early momentum swing gave Edergton a 16-0 lead after 4 minutes of play and a 27-7 lead after one quarter. The Chargers played them close to even for the final three quarters. The final score was WWG 49, Edgerton 79. Nine Chargers scored on the evening, led by 12 from Victor Vondracek and 10 from Josh Byers. Dominick Madson chipped in 9, Jake Wahl 7, and Alex Johnson 3. Jordan Dibble, Cody Jarmer, Daniel Schneider, and Jonathan Kells each contributed 2 points. The Charges end the season with 2 wins and 21 losses. Commenting on the seasons' end, Coach Jenniges said, "I am not really concerned with how we finished record wise. The important thing is that we were able to improve some part of our game everyday. There were a lot of young players who gained some very valuable experience and once we learn to play the full 32 minutes, we will be a very dangerous basketball team." Players scrambled for a loose ball in the sub section game last Thursday night at Fulda. Charger Josh BYers put up a shot against Edgerton last Thursday night. Charger fans watched with concern as their team got off to a very slow start last Thursday night. Bowling News Tracy Wednesday Night Ladies Bowling--3/3/04 Horner Auto 35-5 Landuyt Constr. 30-10 Knakmuhs Agency 25-15 Hoyt Oil 19-21 Carlson Racing 17-23 Leversedge Auct. 17-23 M & K Constr. 16-24 High Games: JoAnn Carlson 255 Deb Pacholl 226 Dawn Hanson 221 High Series: Dawn Hanson 594 Deb Pacholl 593 JoAnn Carlson 559 Chargers Alex Johnson and Jordan Dibble fought for a rebound against Edgerton last Thursday night. Charger C-squad TheCharger C-squad ended their season at Mt. Lake with an overtime victo- ry 42-37. It was another nice win for the squad. David Schulz led the way with 10 points, followed by Zach Merrick and Layne Kockelmann with 7 each, Jon Kells and Marcus Nelson 6, while Jordan Winter and Josh Knakmuhs contributed 3. In the rebounding cate- gory, Jared Schmidt pulled down 9 boards, followed by Jon Kells with 8. Zach Merrick added 7 big steals with 5 assists, while Kells added 3 assists and 5 steals. This squad racked up a nice number of victories this year. Nice season boys! Charger B-squad TheCharger B-squad ended their season with two hard-fought losses; one to MLBO 34-49 and Adrian 36- 58. The boys were down by only three at the half against MLBO, but lost the momentum in the second half. Brian Theisen led in the scoring with 9 points, followed by Brennan Enstad 6, Zach Merrick 5, Prestin Parker and Jon Kells 4, while "Alex Johnson and Layne Kockelmann 3 a piece. Prestin Parker and Brennan Enstad hauled down 6 rebounds each. Brian Theisen added 4 assists, while Enstad added 2 steals. The final game against Adrian found the boys down by a basket 13-15 after one quarter, and down 21-29 at the half, then the bottom fell out, losing 36-58. Offensively, the Chargers were led by Brian Theisen and Zach Merrick with 8 points, Alex Johnson and Prestin Parker 6, Layne Kockelmann and Jared Schmidt 3, while Jon Kells added a basket. Prestin Parker pulled down 8 rebounds and added 4 steals. Zach Merrick added 4 assists. The team worked hard all year and a lack of conti- nuity of players playing con- sistently together played a part in the low number of victories. The Chargers fin- ished with 3 victories for the year, but were in every game for at least 2-3 quarters. Keep working hard in the off season! RRC/WWG youthwrestlers travel to Sioux Falls RRC/WWG youth wrestlers traveled to Sioux Falls, SD to wrestle wrestlers from South Dakota, Iowa, North Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota. It was a big tournament and one of the best tourna- ments the wrestlers have been to. The team placed 5th. There were 30 teams from 5 states. RRC/WWG came home with 4 individ- ual championships; Brody Williams, 67 lbs., Brady Bierl 78 lbs., Nathan Mattison 92 lbs., Zach Doty 60 lbs. Placing lst: Brody Williams, 2 pins; Brady Bierl, 3 pins; Nathan Mattison, 1 pin; Zach Dory, 3 pins. Placing 2nd: Derek Christians, 1 pin; Taylor Keairnes, 2 pins; Bryan Bierl, 1 pin; Ryan Schroepfer, 1 pin; Spencer Jenniges 2 pins (5 man bracket); Caleb Cohrs, 2 pins. Placing 3rd: Brakken Bierl, I pin (5 man bracket); Jordan Schroepfer, 1 pin; Cody Wehmeyer. Placing 4th: Tyler Pankonin (5 man bracket), Troy Schoenenberger. Youth Wrestling at Clarkfield Results from the youth wrestling held at Clarkfield, MN on March 7, 2004 are: Placing lst: Ryan Schroepfer, 3 pins; Derek Christians, 1 pin. Placing 3rd: Brody Williams, Taylor Vollmar. By Head Coach Chad Irlbeck On February 27-28,. 2004, the RRC/WWG wrestling team traveled to Montevideo for their individ- ual debut in the Region tour- nament. Teams present were YME, Marshall, Montevideo, Adrian, Pipestone, FMCC, TMB, RRC/WWG, Worthington, Redwood Valley, LHBCE, and LQPV. All the RRC/WWG wrestlers wrestled very well. The competition was very tough and everyone knew they had to wrestle their best 6 minutes of their careers, because this is the last chance for everyone. As coaches, we knew we had guys that had a very good chance of placing as long as we showed up to wrestle aggressively, with no mercy. Everyone did, as RRC/WWG placed 5 wrestlers; both Mike Hubert (HWT) and Kirk Nelson (215) got 1st place, Donavon Walz (135) placed 3rd, Joe Pfarr (160) placed 5th and Brent Christiansen (189) placed 6th. Mike Hubert, our heavy- weight, with a record of 27-5 going into the tournament was seeded third behind Josh Winselman from Adrian, seeded second and Ben Khali from YME seeded 1st. First round Hubert had a bye, second round Hubert pinned Russell Vermillion (RWV) 1:27. This put Hubert into the semi finals against Josh Winselman (ADR). Hubert and Winselman went throtlgh the first period scoreless. Second period Hubert got the flip and chose to go down, Hubert got an escape for 1 point, leading 1-0. Both wrestlers were nailed with a penalty point, so now the score was 2-1 with Hubert still in the lead. Third peri- od Winselman (ADR) chose down and scored an escape tying the score 2-2, sending the match into overtime. Both wrestlers started neu- tral, at this time Huberts nose was spilling blood everywhere, both wrestlers were pounding each other. Another penalty point was awarded to both wreslers, still tied at 3-3, sending the match into double OT. Hubert had the flip call, so he chose down again. Hubert got an escape, win- ning 4-3. This advanced Hubert into the finals against Ben Khali, another giant from YME. First peri- od Khali (YME) took Hubert down right away scoring 2 points, leading 2-0. Hubert quickly answered back, get- ting an escape and then throwing Khali out-of- bounds, but keeping his body in, scoring the take down, ending the first period lead- ing 3-2. Second period Khali deferred to us, Hubert chose down. Hubert scored anoth- er escape before the end of the period, now leading 4-2. Third period Khali chose down, Hubert rode Khali to the end until Khali finally scored an escape. Hubert won championship 4-3. Kirk Nelson went into the Region tournament seed- ed 1st at 215, with a record of 25-6. First round Nelson had a bye. Second round Nelson pinned Brad Bentele (Worthington) 1:26 sending Nelson into the semi finals. Nelson then pinned Adam Dvorak (LQP) 1:20 seconds, sending Nelson into the finals against Paul Panizke (RWV). In the final match, both wrestlers went score- less through the first period. Second period, Panitzke (RWV) chose down, Nelson cradled Panitzke up quickly and turned him to his back for a 3-point near fall. Panitzke then reversed Nelson for 2 points before the end of the period. The score now was Nelson lead- ing 3-2. Third period Nelson chose down and. scored an esca ing 4-2. Nelson penalty point of the match but win the clam Donavan RRC/WWG's 135 went into the ment with a Walz was an wrestler, but I was going to be thef this tournament. Walz was placed bracket to his knew that number q ed ally face couldn't be by anyone, this Walz hopefully a match later on. bye his first round, ing him to the against the seeded wrestler, Bullerman from Walz was the in the tournament with Bullerman day! Walz Bullerman (ADR) sent Walz into backs the next daY. faced Tony for his first Bovenga up for taking him down right, back. Walz Bovenga 17-4. in the wrestle faced Tom Walz wrestled (YME) hard, sive, not getting defeated Third round Walz faced (MON). Wald the number 2 wrestler in the with a record was a taken Wald (MON). never let Wald the match and Walz now was position that he in, and was Evans from Earlier in the lost twice to Needless to say, very nervous this match. down for 2 period, leading period Evans to Donavon Walz chose down. wal Evens, now Evans, before the period reversed back and now Walz 5-4. showed not getting Donavon was over 50 seconds. od Donavon points, ending winning 6-5. It was Donavon's best year! Donavon 3rd place and drivers seat. (ADR) just Carruth (LO) created a true for Donavon. geared up and match giving his meet that if he was headed Only the 1st and wrestlers adva State Walz wrestled the score tied in tl period 2-2. But slipped away ended up Donavon is a be a tremendous year. We are all and honored our team. Other in the were Joe er at 160, defeating Brent from WorthingtO Brent 9th grader at Jeff Home fro$ receiving 6th plaCe, WORK