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Jacket wrestlers off to good start

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The Perham wrestling team will have to find out about their team on the road, as they will be traveling until their home opener, next year, on January 7, when they host the Perham Invitational.


Perham returns three state ranked wrestlers: Luke Sailer, ranked eighth at 126 pounds; Cody Nylander, second at 220 pounds and heavyweight Jesse Hein, third-ranked in Minnesota AA.

All three made state meet appearances last season, along with Brandon Lueders.

Sailer, Nylander and Hein are defending section champions at their designated weights. Hein is also the Heart O' Lakes Conference defending heavyweight champion and looks to make his third trip to the state tournament.

The addition of College National Champion and former Perham standout Phil Moenkedick to the coaching staff will boon an already seasoned group.

Robb Moser enters his 11th season at the helm with a winning percentage near .800. Wayne Werner and Terry Weller will also assist him, along with a number of volunteer coaches.

Jacket wrestles off to good start

Cody Nylander and Jesse Hein backed up their state rankings at 220 pounds and heavyweight. giving the Perham wrestling team quite a one-two punch at the big guys, leading Perham to a second place showing at the first tournament of the season.

Both wrestlers took titles at the season opening Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational, Saturday, Dec. 3.

Nylander defeated the host Wolverines' Tony Reurink 9-8. Hein took out the Class A defending state champion Alex Yeager, of Badger/Greenbush-Middle River 4-3.

Brandon Lueders, who made a trip to state with Hein, Nylander and Luke Sailer last season, brought home the third Perham title at 132 pounds defeating Thief River Falls' Austin Hjelle 7-0.

In all, 13 of Perham's 14 wrestlers placed. The Jackets (189.5 points) were only toped by tournament champs Badger/Greenbush-Middle River (201.5).

Other Perham notables: Elliot Werner was third at 106 pounds. Sam Pirrotta was fifth at 113 pounds. 120 pounds was the only weight with no Jacket placing. John Huber was fifth at 126 pounds. Sailer was second at 138 pounds. Ty Haverland was second at 145 pounds. Patrick Glynn finished fifth at 152. Andrew Moberg was sixth at 160. William Parks took fifth at 170. Garrett Biegler was second at 182 and Gio Garcia took sixth at 195.

Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverine Invitational, Saturday, December 3.

1. Badger/Greenbush-Middle River (BGM) 201.5

2. Perham (PER) 189.5

3. Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus (PLP) 169.0

4. Thief River Falls (TRF) 136.5

5. Staples-Motley (STM) 136.0

6. United North Central (UNC) 103.0

7. Wadena-Deer Creek (WDC) 101.5

8. Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale (BHV) 97.0

9. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (LPG) 70.0

Fastest Pin went to Tony Reurink of Wadena-Deer Creek :19

106 pounds

1. Becker, Wyatt (BGM) Maj. Dec. 13-5

2. Godel, Tristin (WDC)

3. Werner, Elliot (PER) Maj. Dec. 11-1

4. Middendorf, Nicholas (LPG)

5. Bendson, Jake (STM) Fall 2:50

6. Bacon, Austin (UNC)

113 pounds

1. Rubner, Triston (PLP) Fall 3:46

2. Waln, Sam (WDC)

3. Dostal, Devin (BGM) Maj. Dec. 9-1

4. Tellers, Tommy (UNC)

5. Pirrotta, Sam (PER) Dec. 2-0

6. Gordon, Justin (BHV)

120 pounds

1. Novacek, Isaac (BGM) Dec. 7-3

2. Steffens, Mitch (WDC)

3. Bernier, Noah (TRF) Maj. Dec. 13-1

4. Brown, Gage (STM)

5. Willis, Marshall (BHV) Fall 1:32

6. Donabauer, Greg (LPG)

126 pounds

1. Waage, Brandon (BGM) Dec. 5-4

2. Miller, Blake (STM)

3. Barthel, Devin (WDC) T. F. 6:00

4. Kimber, Ethan (BHV)

5. Huber, John (PER) Fall 1:33

6. Cochran, Aiden (UNC)

132 pounds

1. Lueders, Brandon (PER) Dec. 7-0

2. Hjelle, Austin (TRF)

3. Loge, Jace (PLP) Fall 4:09

4. Hasbrouck, Corey (BGM)

5. Becker, Josh (STM) Dec.

6. Tellers, Sam (UNC)

138 pounds

1. Pajari, Max (UNC) Dec. 1-0

2. Sailer, Luke (PER)

3. Gust, Gunner (BGM) Dec. 5-3

4. Botello, Miguel (LPG)

5. Jordan, Kyle (PLP) Default

6. Redemske Austin (STM)

145 pounds

1. Loge, Drey (PLP) Dec. 4-0

2. Haverland, Ty (PER)

3. Jenson, Jake (BGM) Dec. 2-0

4. Flickinger, Brandon (STM)

5. Eldidy, Rene (LPG) Dec. 8-6

6. Puttonen,, Wyatt (UNC)

152 pounds

1. Nelson, Holden (TRF) Dec. 6-0

2. Heldman, Jordan (STM)

3. Johnson, Trevor (PLP) Dec. 8-6 OT

4. Johnson, Mike (UNC)

5. Glynn Patrick (PER) Dec. 8-7

6. Dostal, Brendan (BGM)

160 pounds

1. Harrison, Peter (PLP) Maj. Dec. 9-1

2. Lisson, Brent (STM)

3. Ingle, Tomm (BGM) Maj. Dec. 8-0

4. Huttunen, Dylan (UNC)

5. Ludovissie, Jacob (WDC) Dec. 6-4

6. Moberg, Andrew (PER)

170 pounds

1. Wojchowski, Tejay (BGM) Dec. 9-4

2. Rubner, Darian (PLP)

3. Alten, Logan (TRF) Dec. 3-1

4. Wright, Jamie (LPG)

5. Parks, William (PER) Maj. Dec. 8-0

6. Palmer, Tristan (UNC)

182 pounds

1. Williams, Craig (TRF) Fall 2:54

2. Biegler, Garrett (PER)

3. Card, Dillon (BHV) Fall :25

4. Bennett, Lenard (LPG)

5. Westman, John (BGM) Fall 3:41

6. Bacon, Tanner (UNC)

195 pounds

1. Petrich, Blake (STM) Fall 4:35

2. Kucera, Ben (TRF)

3. Carlson, Taylor (UNC) Dec. 8-1

4. Bounds, Andrew (BHV)

5. Mackenthun, Justin (PLP) Fall 2:39

6. Garcia, Gio (PER)

220 pounds

1. Nylander, Cody (PER) Dec. 9-8

2. Reurink, Tony (WDC)

3. Aidkins, Jared (PLP) Dec. 5-4

4. Baker, Dalton (BHV)

5. Myhre Taylor (TRF) Fall 2:04

6. Peterson, Tony (LPG)

285 pounds

1. Hein Jesse (PER) Dec. 4-3

2. Yeager, Alex (BGM)

3. Turchin, Colin (BHV) Fall :26

4. Erickson, David (TRF)

5. Kunerth, Kody (LPG) :27

6. Kramp, Nick (PLP)


Robert Williams
Robert is the Sports Editor of Detroit Lakes Newspapers. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 
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