THIEF RIVER FALLS — The No. 10AA Perham wrestling team (19-7) was awarded the top seed in Section 8AA and will begin Saturday’s 12-team tournament with a bye.
The seeds are:
2. Detroit Lakes
3. Thief River Falls
4. Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus
5. Sauk Centre/Melrose
8. Ottertail Central
9. Fergus Falls
10. East Grand Forks/Sacred Heart
12. United Clay-Becker
The top four seeds all have first round byes as the eight remaining teams face elimination matches.
Perham’s first match will be at 2 p.m. against the winner of Ottertail Central and Fergus Falls.
Perham was undefeated in six matches during the regular season against section opponents.
The Yellowjackets are the two-time defending 8AA champions. Thief River Falls was the last team other than the Jackets to advance to state, doing so in 2010-11, defeating Perham in the semifinals and Staples-Motley in the finals.
The Section 8AA team tournament begins at 11 a.m. at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls this Saturday, Feb. 15.