A year ago, Kolton Eischens was caught in a numbers crunch. Although he was fresh off a trip to the state tournament, Eischens had hit a growth spurt. Right into the heart of the Pierz lineup. With teammate Brandon Sullivan at the same weight as him, and Chris Ortman and Evan Woitalla occupying the two [...]
Pierz had been to state the past three years. But each time, the Pioneers had come home empty-handed. Not this time. While it had to shake off a first-round defeat at the hands of the eventual champion, Pierz powered back to win its next two duals, and took home some hardware in the process. The [...]
Area wrestlers seeded in the top four for Saturday’s Section 7A individual wrestling tournament in Pierz. The top two individuals in each weight class advance to the state tournament. 106: 3. Brandon Ortman (Pierz) 113: 1. Michael Petron (Royalton-Upsala) 3. Jamie Koetter (Holdingford) 120: 1. Brandon Sullivan (Pierz) 3. Jackson Held (Royalton-Upsala) [...]
It seemed like a foregone conclusion going in. And if it wasn’t, it was by the time Pierz stepped on the mat. Any thoughts of an opponent springing a monumental upset were dashed early on by the ninth-ranked Pioneers, Feb. 14, as Pierz clinched its fourth Section 7A championship in a row. After a 77-0 [...]
They took different paths, but Pierz and Holdingford each moved on to the Section 7A team tournament semifinals, Tuesday. Top-seeded Pierz shut out visiting eighth-seeded Nashwauk-Keewatin/Greenway 77-0, while fifth-seeded Holdingford edged fourth-seeded host Royalton-Upsala 38-37. Pierz had eight wrestlers rack up pins in the dual, including seniors Brandon Sullivan, Evan Woitalla and Curtis Brisk, junior [...]
Wrestling is among the most grueling sports. Athletes must handle its physical nature, while often trying to shed any excess pounds. So when a wrestler struggles, it can often push them away from the sport. For Jordon Goebel, it pushed him to become one of the state’s best. Goebel has gone from a middle-weight sophomore [...]
Pierz added another lopsided win to the ledger as it overmatched host Aitkin 53-21 in a Section 7A match-up, Tuesday. The Pioneers racked up bonus points in each of the 10 matches they won, including pins from Brandon Sullivan, Andrew Tomala, Kolton Eischens, Teddy Dehler, Ryley Smude and Curtis Brisk. Chris Ortman won with a [...]
Pierz maintained its perfect dual record with a 59-15 home rout of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (LPGE), Thursday. Junior Austin Gall won with a pin, sophomore Kolton Eischens earned a 20-4 technical fall, freshman Andrew Tomala won 4-3 and senior Evan Woitalla won 9-7 for the Pioneers, who also received seven forfeits.
Pierz sailed to first at Saturday’s 16-team South St. Paul Veldman Invite. Seniors Chris Ortman and Curtis Brisk won individual titles for Pierz, with sophomore Kolton Eischens and senior Jordon Goebel finishing as runners-up.