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AREA WRESTLING: Pierz returns to Class 1A state tournament
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Pierz returns to Class 1A state tournament


OGILVIE — Four falls helped the top-seeded Pierz Pioneers repeat as champions Friday night with a resounding 48-16 win over No. 2 Holdingford in the Section 7-1A team final.

Evan Woitalla, Brad Meyer, Nathan Tomala and Travis Johnson registered pins for the Pioneers, who improved to 26-4 and advance to the 1A state tournament March 1-3.

In a lopsided 53-20 win over No. 4 Mille Lacs in Friday’s semifinals, the Pioneers received pins from Kolton Eischens, Woitalla, Brandon Sullivan, Dustin Waytashek, Ryley Smude and Johnson.

Pierz, which has won nine straight dual meets, is ranked 10th in 1A.


Pierz 53 Mille Lacs 22

106: Kolton Eischens, P, pinned Kris Kohlgraff 1:48

113: Evan Woitalla, P, pinned Luke Thompson :33

120: Chris Ortman, P, tech. fall Tim Kent 3:15

126: Brandon Sullivan, P, pinned Colton Boozell :22

132: Cody Whitney, ML, pinned Brett Kapsner 2:57

138: Nik Borchert, ML, dec. Jordan Goebel 6-0

145: Alex Julich, P, inj. default over Rodney Ellis

152: Brad Meyer, P, inj. default over Zac Virnig

160: Matthew Petty, ML, maj. dec. Trent Davis 9-1

170: Nathan Tomala, P, by forfeit

182: Andy Sammis, ML, dec. Nick Lochner 8-5

195: Dustin Waytashek, P, pinned Joey Jensen 2:46

220: Ryley Smude, P, pinned Mikey Bidlen :42

285: Ben Sam, ML, pinned Travis Johnson 4:46


Pierz 48 Holdingford 16

106: Kolton Eischens, P, tech. fall over Andrew Zachman 5:26

113: Evan Woitalla, P, pinned Zach Scott 3:35

120: Chris Ortman, P, dec. Adam Lane 6-2

126: Brandon Sullivan, P, dec. Galen Piwowar 5-0

132: Trevor Scott maj. dec. Brett Kapsner 16-4

138: Jake Knettel, H, pinned Jordan Goebel 2:53

145: Alex Julich, P, dec. Kyle Gerads 9-7

152: Mike Jarnot, H, pinned Trent Davis 1:15

160: Brad Meyer, P, pinned Tyler Schwartz, H, 4:35

170: Nick Lochner, P, maj. dec. Nathan Brinker 10-2

182: Nathan Tomala, P, pinned Kyle Kolstad 2:53

195: Dustin Waytashek, P, dec. Mitch Messman 11-4

220: Ryley Smude, P, dec. Mitch Merten 5-3

285: Travis Johnson, P, pinned Malcolm Dewar :40

Overall: Prz 26-4. Next: Pierz in Class 1A state tournament, March 1-3, Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul; Pierz in Section 7-1A individual tournament at Royalton Feb. 24-25.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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