Wrestling: Pierz misses placing at state by less than a point

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Pierz junior Nick Lochner (top) locks up Jackson County Central's Tanner Menke in the third period in Thursday's state team quarterfinal. Lochner pinned Menke before earning another third-period pin in the consolation semifinals.

After falling 52-15 to eventual Class A state champion Jackson County Central in the opening round, the Pierz wrestling team was edged 35-34 on criteria by Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial in the consolation semifinals at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Thursday.

Jackson County Central 52, Pierz 15

For the second consecutive season, the Pioneers had the misfortune of drawing the top-seeded Huskies in the quarterfinals.

Pierz started strong, taking three of the first five matches, but Jackson County had too much firepower in the remainder of its line-up.

Eighth grader Kolton Eischens scored nine unanswered points after surrendering the first takedown to earn a 9-2 decision at 106 pounds.

Sophomore Chris Ortman picked up the second win for Pierz with a 10-4 decision at 120, tying the score at 6-6.

Sophomore Brandon Sullivan claimed a 7-2 win at 132 before Jackson County began pulling away, building a 37-9 lead with four matches left.

Junior Nick Lochner battled back from a late deficit to wear down and eventually pin his opponent in the third period for Pierz’ final win of the dual.

LCWM 35, Pierz 34

Pierz eighth grader Kolton Eischens provided a spark for the Pioneers at Thursday’s state meet, winning both of his matches. Pictured is Jackson County freshman Devin Phaly, left, and Eischens in the 106-pound match of the team quarterfinals, which Eischens won 9-2.

Each team won seven matches and each accumulated 13 bonus points, but Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial (LCWM) advanced to the placing round on criteria in the consolation semifinals.

Eischens and Ortman again started the dual with wins, this time recording falls to give Pierz an early 12-3 lead.

Sullivan won 12-3 by major decision at 126 and junior Jordon Goebel won with a fall in 1:38 to extend the advantage to 22-9.

The Knights rebounded to take a 24-22, but Lochner recorded a pin and senior Nathan Tomala won 7-2 to give Pierz a 31-24 lead with three matches to go.

LCWM came back to win the next two to go ahead 34-31 heading into 285.

Junior Travis Johnson then took the mat for Pierz.

Down 2-0 with less than 30 seconds to go, Johnson earned a stalling point, then escaped as time expired to send the match into overtime.

Johnson forced another stall call in the extra period, but LCWM earned the final team point to move on.

The individual state competition takes place Friday and Saturday.


Jackson County Central 52, Pierz 15

106: Kolton Eischens (P) 9-2, (P, 3-0)
113: Henning (J) Fall 3:06, (J, 6-3)
120: Chris Ortman (P) 10-4, (TIE, 6-6)
126: Jurries (J) Fall 1:40, (J, 12-6)
132: Brandon Sullivan (P) 7-2, (J, 12-9)
138: K. Moore (J) Fall 3:46, (J, 18-9)
145: P. Moore (J) Fall 4:27, (J, 24-9)
152: Norlund (J) 4-1, (J, 27-9)
160: Vancura (J) Fall 0:24, (J, 33-9)
170: C. Moore (J) 12-4, (J, 37-9)
182: Nick Lochner (P) Fall 5:24, (J, 37-15)
195: Hanson (J) Fall 0:48, (J, 43-15)
220: Tewes (J) Fall 2:30, (J, 49-15)
285: Edwards (J) 8-6 OT, (J, 52-15)


LCWM 35, Pierz 34 (LCWM wins by criteria)

106: Kolton Eischens (P) Fall 2:24, (P, 6-0)
113: Sanders (L) 10-3, (P, 6-3)
120: Chris Ortman (P) Fall 3:32, (P, 12-3)
126: Brandon Sullivan (P) 12-3, (P, 16-3)
132: Trembley (L) Fall 0:51, (P, 16-9)
138: Jordon Goebel (P) Fall 1:38, (P, 22-9)
145: Yarger (L) Fall 5:34, (P, 22-15)
152: Gunderson (L) Fall 3:02, (P, 22-21)
160: Corey (L) 5-4, (L, 24-22)
170: Nick Lochner (P) Fall 5:59, (P, 28-24)
182: Nathan Tomala (P) 7-2, (P, 31-24)
195: Meixell (L) 11-3, (P, 31-28)
220: Johnson (L) Fall 5:26, (L, 34-31)
285: Travis Johnson (P) 3-2 OT, (TIE, 34-34)
LCWM awarded team point on tiebreaker