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Both Frazee and Perham enter Section 8 as the top seeds in their respective classes. Both tournaments will be held at the REA in Thief River Falls this Saturday, Feb. 16. Photo by Robert Williams/FOCUS

Perham enters Section 8AA wrestling tournament as top seed

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The defending Section 8AA champion Perham Yellowjackets will enter Saturday's tournament as the No. 1 seed after a 19-6 regular season, including an undefeated 5-0 record in the section.

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Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus (14-3, 4-1) nabbed the second seed. Detroit Lakes (20-6, 9-2) is three; Thief River Falls (10-6, 6-3) fourth. All four teams receive a first-round by awaiting the four winners of the bottom eight seed.

Those match-ups are:

No. 5 Crookston versus No. 12 United Clay Becker. Winner faces Thief River Falls.

No. 8 Fosston/Bagley versus No. 9 Roseau. Winner faces Perham.

No. 6 Fergus Falls versus No. 11 Staples-Motley. Winner faces Detroit Lakes.

No. 7 Park Rapids Area versus No. 10 East Grand Forks/Sacred Heart. Winner faces Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus.

The preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. The quarterfinals will follow at 12:30 p.m.; semis at 4 p.m. and the finals at 6 p.m., in a huge day of wrestling, as the Section 8A tournament will be taking place at the REA, as well.

Perennial favorite Frazee (11-0, 3-0) is the top seed in 8A. Badger/Greenbush-Middle River (16-1, 6-0) is seeded second.

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