Pioneer wrestlers top Mora and Mille Lacs at Pierz Quad
Andres victory at 145 pounds lifts Pierz over section rival Mille Lacs 38-32

Pierz 51, Mora 24
The Pierz wrestling team rolled to an impressive victory over Mora at the Pierz Quadrangular. The Pioneers had little trouble roping the Mustangs with a score of 51-24.

Darren Stangl pinned his opponent in 28 seconds and Joe Hyatt earned a technical fall, 16-0.

Pierz 51, Mora 24
152 – Dylan Rosenberg (M) dec. Craig Luberts 3-2
160 – Tim Young (P) pinned Kim Thompson 2:53
171 – Jesse Zajac (P) maj. dec. Jake Sallblad 12-4
189 – Ed Rodenberg (M) pinned Josh Otremba 5:06
215 – John Brenny (P) pinned Pete Swanson 2:27
HWT – B. Jackson (M) pinned Tyler Stumpf 5:36
103 – Chris Sawatzky (M) dec. Corey Eagan 13-7
112 – Scott Janson (P) win by forfeit
119 – Steve Johnson (M) pinned Benny Andres 1:29
125 – Joe Hyatt (P) tech fall Tom Olstad 5:28
130 – Darren Stangl (P) pinned Zan Van Vlert :28
135 – Kyle Girtz (P) maj. dec. Tim Patenaude 11-0
140 – Nick Gruber (P) pinned Sam Thompson 2:29
145 – Mark Lust (P) maj. dec. Mike Mackedanz 20-8

Pierz 38, Mille Lacs 33
The confrontation between the Milaca and Pierz wrestling teams played out like a hollywood production as the outcome wasn’t decided until the final match. A packed gymnasium full of rabid fans cheered on Pierz and Mille Lacs, early season picks to meet in the Section finals. In true blockbuster fashion Pierz triumphed in the final match as Tony Andres pinned Joe Esterm.

In spite of a victories by Jesse Zajac and Craig Luberts, Pierz fell behind 23-7 after six weight classes. But the Pioneers won their next five matches to pull ahead 32-23. Mille Lacs then rallied to win the 135 and 140 pound classes for 33-32 lead.

With only one match left and a one-point deficit, Pierz’s Tony Andres couldn’t afford to make any mistakes. He didn’t disappoint, pinning Tom Esterm with 3:08.

Pierz improved its overall record to 6-1, 2-1 in the conference.

Pierz 38, Mille Lacs 33
152 – Craig Luberts (P) dec. Matt Steffenson 4-2
160 – Nick Wilkes (M) tech. fall Tim Young 4:31
171 – Jess Zajak (P) maj. dec. Tyler Walters 13-1
189 – Nolan Boucher (M) pinned Josh Otremba 2:29
215 – Paul Osternand (M) pinned John Brenny 5:45
HWT – Jon Odle (M) pinned Tyler Stumpf 4:42
103 – Kyle Bednar (P) dec. Nick Pfaff 11-9
112 – Nathan Janson (P) won by forfeit
119 – Jon Andres (P) pinned Jim Thoen 2:19
125 – Joe Hyatt (P) pinned Dustin Bretzman 1:10
130 – Warren Gall (P) maj. dec. Geoff Springer 12-2
135 – Ryan Lovaas (M) maj. dec. Kyle Girtz 11-3
140 – Justin Jones (M) pinned Nick Gruber 4:28
145 – Tony Andres (P) pinned Tom Estrem 3:02


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