WRESTLING: Pierz’s season ends at state
The unranked Pierz Pioneers had a difficult time in the Class 1A state team tournament Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Top-ranked and top-seeded Jackson County Central, the defending state champion, hammered the Pioneers 59-16 in the quarterfinals.
Eighth-ranked Zumbrota-Mazeppa ended 12th-ranked Pierz’s season with a 47-26 win over the Pioneers in the consolation semifinals.
Evan Woitalla and Clint Poster scored falls and Sean Huls registered a major decision for the Pioneers’ only wins against JCC.
“They were physical, they were aggressive, they were just a little bit too much for us to handle today,” Pierz coach Simon Waltman said.
Against Z-M, Huls’ technical fall at 160 pulled Pierz within 30-20 with four matches remaining. But the Cougars won the next two matches to build an insurmountable 41-20 lead.
Other Pierz winners against Z-M were Brett Brausen, Brad Meyer and Nathan Tomala by decision, and Poster and Ryley Smude by fall.
“I knew it was going to be a tough match down below,” Waltman said. “I wasn’t sure if we could get any of the first four matches. When we got pinned in the first three I thought we were in trouble.
“When we won at 125 (Brett Brausen) and 130 (Brad Meyer) I thought that gave us a chance. Then we ran into trouble. We were winning 10-0 at 145, got caught in a headlock and got put on our back. That was a big turn in the match.”
The Pioneers finished the dual meet season 22-7 in their first trip to state since 2006.
“Obviously, when you come down here you want to win a match,” Waltman said, “but looking back at the entire season our kids had a great year. Any time you make the state tournament you’ve had a a good year.
“I’m proud of our kids. A lot of other teams want to be in our situation. I was proud of our effort. We just ran into some good teams down here.”
Class 1A consolation semifinal
Zumbrota-Mazeppa 47, Pierz 26
103: Joey Majerus, Z-M, pinned Kolton Eischens 2:54
112: Hunter Prodzinski, Z-M, pinned Evan Woitalla 3:15
119: Nick Majerus, Z-M, pinned Brandon Sullivan 5:20
125: Brett Brausen, Prz, dec. Mitchell Watkins 5-3
130: Brad Meyer, Prz, dec. Cody Heitman 6-4 ot
135: Grant Kyllo, Z-M, pinned Mitchell Boser 2:33
140: Clint Poster, Prz, pinned Austin Walstad 1:15
145: Nate Bennett, Z-M, pinned Josh Lanners 4:31
152: Nathan Tomala, Prz, dec. Dillon Downes 9-4
160: Sean Huls, Prz, tech. fall Joe Sorensen
171: Brandon Klindworth, Z-M, tech. fall Nick Lochner 5:32
189: Chad Matthees, Z-M, pinned Dustin Waytashek 1:43
215: Ryley Smude, Prz, pinned Taylor Parker 1:59
285: Cole Nelson, Z-M, pinned Travis Johnson 1:04
Class 1A quarterfinal
Jackson County Central 59, Pierz 16
103: Evan Woitalla, Prz, pinned Dakota Rossow 4:12
112: Jordan Biehn, JCC, pinned Cody Meyer 5:03
119: Eliot Jurries, JCC, tech. fall Brandon Sullivan 5:28
125: Kegan Moore, JCC, dec. Brett Brausen 9-8
130: Paden Moore, JCC, pinned Brad Meyer 3:20
135: Bronson Steuber, JCC, pinned Mitchell Boser 3:04
140: Clint Poster, Prz, pinned Dylan Riggle 3:24
145: Darick Vancura, JCC, pinned Josh Lanners :40
152: William Baker, JCC, dec. Nathan Tomala 6-5
160: Sean Huls, Prz, maj. dec. Patrick Hanson 14-1
171: Cooper Moore, JCC, pinned Nick Lochner 1:43
189: Tanner Menke, JCC, pinned Dustin Waytashek 2:49
215: Alex Tewes, JCC, pinned Ryley Smude 1:09
285: Brandon Pygman, JCC, pinned Travis Johnson 4:37
Record: Pierz finishes 22-7.
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