Four champions for Perham at HOL tournament
HAWLEY -- Frazee won their 40th Heart O' Lakes team wrestling championship and Perham had eight finalists and four individual champions.
The Yellowjackets finished second in the team standings with 195.5 points to the Hornets' 242.5.
Perham wrestlers with individual titles were: Sam Pirrotta at 113 pounds; Josh Werner at 132 pounds; Brady Sazama at 152 pounds and 220-pounder Cody Nylander.
No. 3-2A Nylander defeated Frazee's No.3-A ranked Tony Reurink for the second straight meeting between the two. With a 4-1 lead after the first period, Nylander pinned Reurink at 2:13.
"Each year he wrestles highly-ranked kids in this tournament," Perham Head Coach Robb Moser said.
Nylander is a three-time Heart O' Lakes champion.
In the semis, Nylander made quick work of D-G-F's Drew Hawk, pinning the sophomore in 11 seconds.
Sazama advanced tot he finals with a 3-2 decision over Barnesville junior Jace Nosal.
Josh Peterson, of Breckenridge, awaited Sazama in the final. Sazama, who has been trending late in matches this season, trailed 3-1 after two periods. The first was scoreless.
Sazama has owned third periods and he did again outscoring Peterson 7-2 in the final frame for an 8-5 decision.
"Brady continues to have the breakout season. Nobody would have predicted an HOL title for him a year ago."
Werner won three matches on the day, a tech fall at 5:00 over UCB's Nick Wamre and he pinned Robert Mazorlegos of Pelican Rapids at 3:11 to earn a match-up with No. 8-A Hunter Sorenson of Frazee.
Werner was in command early busting out to a 5-0 lead but Sorenson owned the second minute of the first period and came out with a 6-5 lead.
The second was scoreless and Werner commanded enough of the third period to win with a 10-7 decision.
"He doesn't get rattled in many situations. Huge improvement from the beginning of the year."
Sam Pirrotta won both of his matches by decision and allowed one escape to his opponent in each match.
The Perham junior advanced to the finals with a 9-1 major decision over Barnesville sophomore Zac Anderson 9-1.
In the finals he faced Byron Byer, who had done the 113-pound bracket a favor knocking off Conrad Kondos of Breckenridge in the semis.
Kondos was a fourth-place finisher at 106-pounds at last year's state tournament.
Byer defeated him by decision 4-2.
He led Pirrotta 1-0 heading to the third period but Pirrotta controlled the final two minutes winning by decision 3-1.
"Good to see Sam Pirrotta wrestle well," Moser said. "He beat two very good kids Saturday. Hopefully, that catapults him into the post season."
No. 9-2A Luke Sailer, William Parks, Cole Schmitz and Gio Garcia all reached the finals.
Sailer was defeated by UCB's Mason Swegarden 4-2 at 138 pounds.
At 170, Parks defeated No. 8-A Tyler Ziegler of Frazee by decision 8-5, and lost a tight 2-1 final to Barnesville's Isaac Goedtke, ranked No. 10 in Class A.
Parks led 1-0 after two periods. Much of the second period was a stalemate between both wrestlers with neither leaving their feet.
Goedtke scored a reversal with a minute remaining for the winning points.
Schmitz blanked his first two opponents, Alex Lindsay 8-0 and Maverick Brady 4-0 before Frazee's No. 10-A Kody Vandenykle won the final by major decision 10-2.
Gio Garcia pinned Tyler Vold at 3:00 and reached the finals with a 9-5 decision over Barnesville's Dana Berg.
A Hornet was in the way in the finals and Brett Gildersleeve and Garcia forced overtime to decide the 195-pound title.
The match was tied at the end of all three periods, zeroes in the first, one in the second and both wrestlers scored three points in the third.
Garcia got an early takedown to take a 3-1 lead and allowed Gildersleeve an escape to give up a free point.
Garcia got the point back escaping late in the match after Gildersleeve had gone up 4-3. Gildersleeve scored early in overtime for the 6-4 victory.
Tournament note: Patrick Glynn, Perham's 160-pounder left the tournament with an upper body injury. Lakes Radio reported it as a dislocated elbow. Glynn won his first match 12-3 over D-G-F's Alex Fuchs before the injury default to Breckenridge's Michael Whitney.
Other Perham finishes: 106-Gage Paurus sixth place; 120-Chase Curtis third place; 126-Jacob Guehna fifth place; 145-Jacob Monson fourth place; 160-Patrick Glynn sixth place; 285-Trent Jahnke fifth place.
Full brackets can be found at www.perhamfocus.com in the online version of this story.
HOL Team Totals:
Pelican Rapids 82
United Clay Becker 79