Opening day at State Tournament both sweet and bitter for area wrestlers


(Pictured: Craig Luberts, twists BOLD’s Dustin Fischer into a painful demonstration of origami. Luberts pinned Fischer in 2:19. Staff photo by Adam Brisk)

Unfortunately, that lead wouldn’t hold. Tony Andres, 145, was set back with a 7-3 decision, followed by 10-4 loss by Zach Solinger at 152 pounds. Tim Young, 160 pounds, came close but lost a 4-3 decision to put BOLD in striking distance at 19-15.

Strike they did. Pierz’s Jesse Zajac (4:34), Josh Otremba (:41), and John Brenny (1:05) found themselves on the wrong side of the canvas. Behind those pins and a 5-2 decision against Tyler Stumpf, 275. BOLD advanced to the championship round while Pierz will face New Richland on Feb. 28 in the consolation bracket.

Individual results – Pierz
Kyle Bednar, 103 pounds, dropped Andrew Levos of St. Clair 4-1 to advance. Bednar lost a 14-8 decision in the quarterfinals to Davey Kosen of Dilworth.

Nathan Janson, 112, stuffed Nate Wilaert of Mankato-Loyalo with a :54 pin. Janson advanced through the quarterfinals behind a 3-2 decision over Joey Grasser of LeCenter.
Warren Gall, 125, stomped Gary Salmela of Kimball on a 6-0 decision. He was, unfortunately at the wrong end of a 3-2 decision against Bryan Pietig of BOLD in the quarterfinals.

Kyle Girtz, 130, fell to Wabasso Chad Altematt in a 4-2 decision and was eliminated from the tournament.

Craig Luberts put Seth Moenkedick of Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale on his back in 1:34 for a pin and entry into the second round. There he mauled Corey Schunk of Wabass, advancing with a pin in 1:50.

Tony Andres, 145, was eliminated in the opening round. Joe Gunderson of Montgomery-Lonsdale pinned Andres in 3:32.

Zach Solinger’s tournament run ended in the first round after a 17-3 major decision against 152 pound Jed Loftus of Dover-Eyota.

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