Wrestling: Nine still alive in state wrestlebacks

Pierz and Holdingford advanced four wrestlers to the consolation quarterfinals and Royalton-Upsala moved one wrestler through during Friday’s opening day of the state tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Still alive for Pierz are juniors Brandon Sullivan, Chris Ortman, Ryley Smude and Curtis Brisk.

Advancing for Holdingford were senior Trevor Scott, juniors Jordan Gombos and Mitch Messman and sophomore Zach Scott.

Junior Mitch Lange remains in action for Royalton-Upsala.