Wrestling: Pierz knocks off 11th-ranked Mora

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Pierz eighth grader Kolton Eischens (standing) lifts Albany junior Matt Schlangen before returning him to the mat for a takedown. Eischens earned bonus points in both of his matches Thursday, helping lead the Pioneers to a pair of wins.

After making quick work of Albany, the Pierz wrestling team held off Class AA’s 11th-ranked Mora to sweep Thursday’s home tri.


Pierz 57, Albany 17

The Pioneers opened the night with an easy 57-17 win over Albany.

Junior Brad Meyer won by fall at 152 pounds, sophomore Brandon Sullivan earned a 15-0 technical fall and eighth grader Kolton Eischens picked up a 13-3 major decision for Pierz.

The Pioneers also received seven forfeits.


Pierz 36, Mora 31

There would be no free wins when Pierz, the 10th-ranked team in Class A, squared off against Mora in the final dual of the night.

Pierz sophomore Brandon Sullivan, left, keeps his feet inbounds to earn a takedown against Albany freshman Leo Kerfeld, Thursday. Sullivan won the bout 15-0, before rallying from a 9-1 deficit to win 11-9 in overtime later in the night versus Mora.

Eischens and sophomore Chris Ortman recorded quick pins to give Pierz an early 12-3 lead.

Then, at 126, Sullivan rallied from a 9-1 deficit to score the final 10 points, winning 11-9 in overtime.

Mora took the next three bouts before Meyer tied the team score at 19-19 with a 9-1 major decision.

The Mustangs regained a 25-19 lead to set up a clash of ranked wrestlers at 170.

After giving up the opening takedown, senior Nathan Tomala dominated the remainder of the match, earning an 11-2 win over the fifth-ranked wrestler in AA.

Junior Nick Lochner followed with an 18-5 win and senior Dustin Waytashek pinned his opponent to give Pierz a 33-25 lead with two weights remaining.

Locked in a close match with the dual on the line, sophomore Ryley Smude delivered a crucial 4-2 win at 220, sealing the win 36-31 win for Pierz.

Pierz wrestles at a tri in Little Falls, Friday, along with Litchfield.


Pierz 57, Albany 17
106: Kolton Eischens (P) 13-3, (P, 4-0)
113: Winkels (A) 9-7, (P, 4-3)
120: Chris Ortman (P) Forfeit, (P, 10-3)
126: Brandon Sullivan (P) 15-0, (P, 15-3)
132: Merger (A) Fall 3:44, (P, 15-9)
138: Holthaus (A) 7-0, (P, 15-12)
145: Alex Julich (P) Forfeit, (P, 21-12)
152: Brad Meyer (P) Fall 3:42, (P, 27-12)
160: Maus (A) 16-0, (P, 27-17)
170: Nathan Tomala (P) Forfeit, (P, 33-17)
182: Nick Lochner (P) Forfeit, (P, 39-17)
195: Dustin Waytashek (P) Forfeit, (P, 45-17)
220: Ryley Smude (P) Forfeit, (P, 51-17)
285: Travis Johnson (P) Forfeit, (P, 57-17)

Pierz 36, Mora 31
106: Kolton Eischens (P) Fall 1:16, (P, 6-0)
113: Hischer (M) 9-3, (P, 6-3)
120: Chris Ortman (P) Fall 2:16, (P, 12-3)
126: Brandon Sullivan (P) 11-9 OT, (P, 15-3)
132: N. Kastenbauer (M) Fall 1:34, (P, 15-9)
138: K. Kastenbauer (M) 9-0, (P, 15-13)
145: Schroeder (M) Fall 5:35, (M, 19-15)
152: Brad Meyer (P) 9-1, (TIE, 19-19)
160: Smith (M) Fall 3:32, (M, 25-19)
170: Nathan Tomala (P) 11-2, (M, 25-23)
182: Nick Lochner (P) 18-5, (P, 27-25)
195: Dustin Waytashek (P) F 3:57, (P, 33-25)
220: Ryley Smude (P) 4-2, (P, 36-25)
285: Richard (M) Fall 3:34, (P, 36-31)