By PATRICK SLACK
The Pierz wrestling team emerged on top of the 16-team field at the South St. Paul Veldman Invite, Saturday, led by a pair of individual champions.
Senior Nathan Tomala took first place at 170 pounds and junior Brad Meyer was the champion at 152.
Sophomores Chris Ortman and Brandon Sullivan also reached the finals, finishing in second.
Senior Dustin Waytashek placed third, sophomores Ryley Smude and Evan Woitalla earned fourth, junior Travis Johnson took fifth and senior Trent Davis was sixth.
The 10th-ranked Pioneers host a tri against Osakis and Staples-Motley, Thursday.
South St. Paul Veldman Invite
106: Kolton Eischens, seventh place
113: Evan Woitalla, fourth place
120: Chris Ortman, second place
126: Brandon Sullivan, second place
152: Brad Meyer, first place
160: Trent Davis, sixth place
170: Nathan Tomala, first place
195: Dustin Waytashek, third place
220: Ryley Smude, fourth place
285: Travis Johnson, fifth place