The Pierz Pioneers had a heck of a Class A wrestling tournament.
First, the Pioneers earned a runner-up finish in the team tournament, Thursday. Pierz won over 44-19 over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sundberg in the quarterfinals and then West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville, 35-21, in the semifinals.
In the final, the Pioneers trailed only 23-16 at one point, but fell 35-16 to Zumbrota-Mazeppa in the finals.
The success continued in the individual portion of state, where the Pioneers sent nine individuals.
Pierz senior Brett Kapsner led them all, earning another runner-up finish for the Pioneers at 182 pounds. Falling to Zumbrota-Mazeppa’s Caden Steffen.
Fellow senior Brandon Ortman finished in sixth place at 132 pounds, winning his first two matches, but then losing two in a row.
Pierz’ Brandon Funk (106), Reese Kapsner (138) Andrew Tomala (145) and Jalen Jansen (152) all lost in opening consolation matches. Jake Andres and Carson Huls were defeated in their opening matches, but those who lost to them also lost, and they were done.
Lastly for Pierz, senior Matt Kummet was beaten by Jason Kasella of Royalton-Upsala in the consolation quarterfinals.
Kasella then proceeded to win his next two matches and earned a third place finish.
The two other Royalton-Upsala wrestlers, senior Michael Petron (138) and Jackson Held (132) were both defeated in the consolation quarterfinals.
For the Little Falls wrestlers, senior Lane Rutten (138) and AJ Jenks (182), they both were beaten in the first round of the Class AAA tournament. Jenks was then beaten in the first consolation round.
Lastly, Tony Kierstead (220) and Nolan Prokott (182) of Holdingford were beaten in the opening consolation round after losing in the first round. The Huskers’ senior Walker Nienaber won his first round, but lost in the quarterfinals. He then won his first consolation match ,but lost in the quarterfinals as well.
In girls basketball section action Saturday night the final area team still alive, Upsala, was beaten by top-seeded Kimball, 69-42.