Wrestling: Pierz 37, Holdingford 21
In a potential preview of the Section 7A finals, the 10th-ranked Pierz wrestling team knocked off 11th-ranked Holdingford 37-21 Friday.
Seven of the 14 individual matches in the dual were decided by five points or less.
Kolton Eischens (4-0), Evan Woitalla (Fall 5:06), Chris Ortman (12-5) and Brandon Sullivan (7-2) earned consecutive wins to open the dual for Pierz, giving the Pioneers a 15-0 lead.
Trevor Scott (Fall 3:45), Jake Knettel (5-3) and Kyle Gerads (8-4) responded with wins to get the Huskers on the board and pull within three, but Pierz won five of the final seven matches to close the dual.
Ryley Smude and Travis Johnson recorded falls for Pierz, Nathan Tomala won with a 13-0 major decision and Brad Meyer and Nick Lochner earned decisions.
Holdingford’s top-ranked Mike Jarnot pinned his opponent and Mitch Messman won by a 5-3 decision.
106: Kolton Eischens (PZ) 4-0, (PZ, 3-0)
113: Evan Woitalla (PZ ) Fall 5:06, (PZ, 9-0)
120: Chris Ortman (PZ) 12-5, (PZ, 12-0)
126: Brandon Sullivan (PZ) 7-2, (PZ, 15-0)
132: Trevor Scott (HOLD) Fall 3:45, (PZ, 15-6)
138: Jake Knettel (HOLD) 5-3, (PZ, 15-9)
145: Kyle Gerads (HOLD) 8-4, (PZ, 15-12)
152: Brad Meyer (PZ) 4-3, (PZ, 18-12)
160: Mike Jarnot (HOLD) Fall 1:02, (TIE, 18-18)
170: Nathan Tomala (PZ) 13-0, (PZ, 22-18)
182: Nick Lochner (PZ) 4-0, (PZ, 25-18)
195: Mitch Messman (HOLD) 5-3, (PZ, 25-21)
220: Ryley Smude (PZ) Fall 4:32, (PZ, 31-21)
285: Travis Johnson (PZ) Fall 0:39, (PZ, 37-21)
Boys Basketball: Zimmerman 71, Little Falls 66
Seniors Tom Smith (23), Matt Valentine (18) and Grant Bell (12) reached double figures, but Zimmerman edged Little Falls 71-66 in Friday’s match-up of top Granite Ridge Conference teams.
Little Falls defeated Zimmerman 105-85 earlier in the season.
Valentine added nine rebounds and Bell had seven.
Juniors Collin Eckman and Spencer Lubbers netted five points, sophomore Troy Scott had two and junior Josh Wenzel added one.
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