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Area Wrestling: Pierz tops Gobblers by four

AITKIN — Riley Smude’s pin at 220 pounds helped Class 1A’s seventh-ranked Pierz Pioneers hold on to defeat the Aitkin Gobblers 37-33 in a non-conference match Thursday.

The Gobblers defeated Ogilvie 67-9 to offset the close loss and improve to 2-0 in the Great River Conference.

Aitkin’s Shawn Philipp, Brian Wold, Adam Jackson, Adam Bast and Cooper Blau were all double winners. Nobody wanted to wrestle the Gobblers’ Jordan Chouanard or Travis Bare, who picked up two forfeit victories.

Pierz’s Colton Eischens, Evan Woitalla, Nathan Tomala, Dustin Waytashek each pinned their opponent. Smude got his pin in 20 seconds improving Pierz to 5-3.

Pierz 37, Aitkin 33

106: Colton Eischens (P) pinned Colton LaPlante 5:08

113: Evan Woitalla (P) pinned Zach Braton 4:48

120: Chris Ortman (P) maj. dec. over Noah Landrus 16-4

126: Brandon Sullivan (P) dec. Jerod Novak 5-3 (OT)

132: Shawn Philipp (A) dec. Brett Kapsner 3-2

138: Brian Wold (A) dec. Jordan Goebel 7-4

145: Adam Jackson (A) pinned Alex Julich 2:57

152: Jordan Chouanard (A) wins by forfeit

160: Travis Bare (A) wins by forfeit

170: Nathan Tomala (P) pinned Chris Baker 1:00

182: Adam Bast (A) wins by forfeit

195: Dustin Waytashek (P) pinned Alan Bast 1:40

220: Ryley Smude (P) pinned Roy Wigton :20

285: Cooper Blau (A) maj. dec. over Travis Johnson 9-0

Overall: Prz 5-3. Next: Pierz hosts Albany, Mora Jan. 5.

Aitkin 67, Ogilvie 9

106: Colton LaPlante (A) wins by forfeit

113: Jack Braton (A) wins by forfeit

120: Noah Landrus (A) wins by forfeit

126: Jerod Novak (A) wins by forfeit

132: Shawn Philipp (A) pinned Dylan DeVaeminck 3:05

138: Brian Wold (A) maj. dec. over Jake Hickerson 9-0

145: Adam Jackson (A) wins by forfeit

152: Jordan Chouanard (A) wins by forfeit

160: Travis Bare (A) wins by forfeit

170: Chris Baker (A) pinned Zach Anderson 2:44

182: Adam Bast (A) dec. Brian Hoff 13-11

195: Wyatt Hippie (O) dec. Alan Bast 7-4

220: Kyle Carda (O) pinned Roy Wigton :51

285: Cooper Blau (A) wins by forfeit

Conference: A 2-0. Overall: A 4-3. Next: Aitkin at Mora tournament Jan. 7.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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