Area Male Athlete: Pierz's Andres prepped to outlast the rest

Winning 100 career matches wasn't a goal for Jake Andres, but he still did it. The Pierz Pioneers' junior picked up career win No. 100 during the Pierz quadrangular Jan. 4. He pinned Eden Valley-Watkins' Taylor Ludwig in 5:14, propelling the Pion...

Jacob Andres
Jacob Andres


Winning 100 career matches wasn't a goal for Jake Andres, but he still did it.

The Pierz Pioneers' junior picked up career win No. 100 during the Pierz quadrangular Jan. 4. He pinned Eden Valley-Watkins' Taylor Ludwig in 5:14, propelling the Pioneers to a 70-10 victory. He scored an 18-2 technical fall over Carsten Jacobson of Osakis in a 50-18 win and pinned James Mann in 3:51 to help Pierz to a 46-27 victory over Rocori.

"I'm not going to lie, that wasn't one of my goals this year," Andres said. "I knew it would just come with wrestling well and learning new moves and expanding my wrestling. I knew that would come with time."

Andres scored a forfeit victory over Little Falls, helping Pierz to a 37-36 victory during the Little Falls Quadrangular Jan. 5. He scored a 9-2 decision against Sartell and picked up another win over Annandale to finish the week 6-0.


He owns a 19-2 record with seven pins, three technical falls and three major decisions after Pierz's 55-18 blowout of Kimball Thursday.

"He's one of those guys that will do anything he can," Pierz head coach Skip Toops said. "He works his butt of every single day. You never have to question his effort. You never have to question how much he cares. In that aspect, he's a very fun kid to coach."

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Jake Andres

  • Year: Junior
  • School: Pierz
  • Sport: Wrestling
  • Position: 120 pounds
  • Highlights: Finished last week 6-0 and earned his 100th career victory

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While 100 wins wasn't a goal, Andres does have a list of goals pinned in his bedroom. They include advancing to state, placing at state, being a team leader, scoring as many points for his team as he can and earning all-conference honors.

He also wants to expand his arsenal of wrestling moves to become a more complete wrestler.

"I'm trying to wrestle better on my feet because that's where a lot of wrestling is done at the state tournament," Andres said. "I watched a lot of film from last year and that's where I struggled so wrestling on my feet is important. A better riding technique as well. Not even scoring points with the riding, but just being able to hold opponents down.


"I really wanted to expand my arsenal or expand my toolbox, I guess. That way I can reach in and have different moves throughout the match."

Toops said Andres doesn't have many weaknesses on the mat. When the junior finally cuts weight and lands in the 120-pound bracket, he'll be a tough opponent for anyone.

"I would say first of all in his weight class he's a really strong kid, but he's good at every position," Toops said. "He's good on his feet. He's got good offensive attacks. He's deadly from the bottom position with reversals and five-point moves from the bottom and from the top he's able to turn people.

"I don't think there is a weakness in his game."

This is Andres' fourth varsity season and with that has come a lot of state experience, but even Andres will admit not enough state success.

He finished 1-2 in last year's Class 1A state team tournament as Pierz finished second. As a freshman, he finished 2-1 to help the Pioneers place third in the 1A state tournament. He went 1-2 in the 113-pound division of the state individual tournament.

As an eighth-grader, Andres posted a 1-1 record in the state team tournament and lost his lone match in the individual tournament.

With Pierz moving up to Class 2A this season, Andres knows advancing to his fourth state tournament won't be easy.


"I won't lie, Perham is a very tough team," Andres said. "We've struggled with injuries the first half of the season, but our coach is pushing us very hard to the point where we can maybe match up with them this year, if not next year. Perham is a difficult team.

"Being up in 2A I can tell 1A wrestling is not as intense. You have full lineups on every 2A team and talented wrestlers throughout."

But Andres is a grinder as he showed last fall by finishing 35th in the Class 1A state cross country meet.

"He's one heck of a runner and he's a guy that as a match goes on, he continues to get stronger," Toops said. "There are some guys that might stay with him for a period, but as he keeps putting the pressure on and pours on the intensity, his points just start racking up as the match goes.

"Having a guy with a motor like that who doesn't quit or doesn't get tired is a lot of fun."


Other notable performances:

Basketball: Noah Ross, Wadena-Deer Creek, finished with 28 points against Frazee.

Griffin Webster, Staples-Motley, scored 21 points against Royalton.

Jonathan Jacobson, Crosby-Ironton, finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds against International Falls.

Bereket Loer, Wadena-Deer Creek, finished with 25 points Crookston.

Hockey: Preston Warren, Wadena-Deer Creek, finished with three goals and an assist against Park Rapids.

Jake Dykhoff, Wadena-Deer Creek, reached 100 career points against Northern Lakes with a goal in the second period

Wrestling: Simon Brice, Little Falls, earned his 100th career victory as he went 3-1 for third place at the Cambridge-Isanti Invite.

Leo Wilczek, Little Falls, won the 132-pound division at the Cambridge-Isanti Invite.

Jake Gravelle, Aitkin, won the 132-pound championship at the Mora Tournament.

Cedric Farnsworth, Aitkin, won the 195-pound title at the Mora Tournament.

Nate Williams, Crosby-Ironton, won the 132-pound title at the Ogilvie Tournament.

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