MINNEAPOLIS -- In the history of Pierz wrestling, the Pioneers have been unable to claim an individual champion at the state tournament.
Within the course of 1 1/2 hours Saturday afternoon on mat No. 1 at Target Center, they went from zero to two.
Aaron Kloss become the Pioneers' first champion when he won the Class A crown at 119 pounds, while senior Chris Young took the title at 160.
"I'll take it; I don't care what it was," Young said about becoming the second Pierz wrestler to win a state championship.
Young, who was competing in his fourth straight state tourney individually and fifth overall, fell behind 2-0 to Billy Morgan of West Central but came back to easily win 9-4.
"It's been a long time coming for Chris," said Pierz coach Mark Jensen. "You'll never find a harder worker in the gym. He set his goals early."
Young, who finished 37-0 and was ranked No. 1 all year at 160, was third in state last season and second the year before.
"It's unbelievable," Young said. "It's been my dream for the last six years. I slept about 1 1/2 hours last night and I went through my match about 500 times in my head."
Jensen said Morgan is very quick and caught Young by surprise at the outset of their match. Morgan then proceeded to allow Young to his feet in an attempt to score points.
"A lot of people know I've been known for wrestling on the bottom," Young said. "He was looking for his chance to take me down."
After falling behind his semifinal match on Friday, Kloss (25-2) dominated early and cruised past Jake Anderson of Pelican Rapids 13-2.
"I wasn't even nervous because I didn't have anything to lose," Kloss, a sophomore who was third last year and fifth the year before. "I went out and I did what I had to do. I got him to his back and you just have to hold him there in the finals."
Kloss recorded a takedown only 20 seconds into the match and then again early in the second period and led 9-1 after two.
"Aaron really dominated his match; he was in control from the beginning," Jensen said. "We had a disappointing end of the year as a team. I thought when we were going on 13 cylinders earlier in the year, we were one of the top three teams in the state. But this puts icing on the cake for the individuals."
Rach falls in title match
Reggie Rach, a junior from Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale, fell in the championship match at 135-pounds to Dustin Speltz of Lewiston-Altura 14-8.
Speltz (36-0) earned his 14 points by continually allowing Rach to his feet and then charging in hard to force Rach to the mat again and again.
"He's really good on his feet," said Rach, who was fourth last year at state. "I should have tried to ride him more."
Rach (31-3) was only down 4-3 in the second period when Speltz picked him up and slammed him to the mat, reaggravating a previous shoulder injury. Speltz scored four points in the period.
"I thought I had a good season," Rach said. "It wasn't me out there wrestling today."
Raiders coach Steve Techam said Rach is scheduled to have surgery on the shoulder in three weeks. Rach suffered the injury -- a tear between the joint and sockets -- in the Park Region Conference tournament.
In his three years in the tournament, Rach has lost to the undefeated Speltz, four-time state champion Matt Nagel of Frazee and this year's 140-pound winner Thad Pike of Hayfield.
"Reggie's a gutsy kid," Techam said. "He comes down here injured and still takes second."
Class A finals
119 -- Aaron Kloss (Pierz) def. Jake Anderson (Pelican Rapids) 13-2
135 -- Dustin Speltz (Lewiston-Altura) def. Reggie Rach (Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale) 14-8
160 -- Chris Young (Pierz) def. Billy Morgan (West Central) 9-4
Class A third place
125 -- Jake Richter (B-H/V) pinned Jacob Malone (New York Mills) 4:38
189 -- Jake Elgin (B-H/V) def. Jon Wheelock (Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton) 6-4
Class A fifth place
112 -- Joeb Oyster (B-H/V) def. Ryan Zabka (St. James) 2-1
Class A consolation semifinals
112 -- Derek Zieske (BDRSH) def. Oyster 3-1
125 -- Richter def. Brent Reinhard (Medford) 7-5
189 -- Elgin pinned Chad Hansen (MACCRAY) 3:20
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