PIERZ -- Nobody's perfect, but you would be hard-pressed to find a flaw in Pierz wrestler Chris Young.
Going into the Section 6A individual wrestling tournament Young boasted a 31-0 record and a No. 1 seed. He beat Scott Braun of Paynesville in his first match.
"The section tournament went pretty good," said Young. "The first time I wrestled Braun I got a technical fall. The score was 16-0 and this time I pinned him in the first period.
"I took him down and let him up and brought him down again and pinned him."
In the final Young wrestled Adam Stenstrom of Ogilvie. It was the first time the two had faced each other.
"He's a tough kid," said Young. "In the first period there was no score. He was really tough on his feet. Then in the second it was tied up 3-3. Then in the third I took him down a couple times to end it 10-3."
After it was all said and down, Young came out with his fourth section title and a 33-0 record.
"He's developed into a total wrestler," Pierz head coach Mark Jensen said. "He can score in any situation. He's really good at putting people on the ground. He's real aggressive.
"His work ethic is tremendous. He's a good kid you like to have in the room and be an example for everyone else."
Young, a senior, is the first four-time section winner. He holds the school record with 163 career wins. Young is heading to his fifth state tournament. As an eighth-grader he went with the team. Two years ago Young took second and last year he was third at state.
"It was my biggest goal this year to be an undefeated state champ," said Young. "In 10th grade I was undefeated and I lost in the finals. It's really my biggest goal."
Young's team goals were to help the Pioneers make it to state as a team, but they were eliminated by Paynesville in the final round of sections.
"That was pretty hard to take after we already beat them once," said Young. "A few of our early wrestlers got upset and we couldn't come back."
As Young prepares to wrestle at 160 pounds at state he will face some pretty stiff competition.
"He's got a pretty good draw down there," said Jensen. "When you get to the semi-finals and finals you're wrestling guys with the same ability. He's been there before and I think his chances are pretty good. Right now it's a mental game."
Young has been wrestling close to his peak as of late. He said he went through a slight slump after Christmas but will be ready to go this weekend.
"My chances of winning it are looking good," said Young. "It's a tough bracket. There's three former state runner-ups in my weight class so it will be a good tournament."
Young was voted to the Brainerd Dispatch all-area football team. Besides his excellence on the mat, Young excels in the classroom and as the team captain.
"He's a good student," said Jensen. "He's an excellent role model. If there was someone you wanted to emulate it would be him. He's just a great all-around kid. If I was to have a son I would like him to be like Chris Young.
"He's got to be one of the best. He's right up there with the top ones I've ever coached."
Young is still undecided on where he wants to go to college. He's waiting to see how the state tournament goes and after that he plans to go to the national tournament in Pittsburgh at the end of March.
Other notable performances:
Basketball -- Verndale's Zach Hinkle scored 21 points in a win over Nevis.
Nate Miller of Little Falls dropped in 28 points in a loss to Alexandria. Miller added 38 points in a win over Willmar.
Trent Carr led Verndale with 22 points in a win over Pine River-Backus.
Staples-Motley's Tim Rutten knocked in 22 points to help the Cardinals beat Wadena-Deer Creek.
Ben Fowlds scored 27 points and had six assists to help the Aitkin Gobblers clinch the Park Region Conference title over Isle.
Pequot Lakes' Matt Royer scored 22 points in a win over Northland-Remer.
Hockey -- Chris Dobis recorded a hat trick for the Little Falls Flyers despite losing to Fergus Falls.
Wrestling -- Graig Lubberts and Aaron Kloss of Pierz earned Section 6A champion honors.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Nathan Berry, Leland Brincefield, Peter Hayes and Matt Lowers wrestled to Section 7AA championships.
Ben Keen and Luke Abraham of Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus won their section's weight class.
J.R. Ferrier of Crosby-Ironton earned the right to go to state with his section championship.
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