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Eighth-grader Patrick Glynn leveled the opening match with Border West at 15 pinning Gage Cronen at 1:01. Glynn's pin was a pivotal momentum swing in the Perham victory.

Perham wrestlers fourth at Les Kertscher Dual Tournament

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The Perham wrestling team beat a testy Border West squad, 37-25, in the opening round of Frazee's Les Kertscher Dual Tournament before dropping duals to Minneota in the championship semis, 54-15, and the third place match with rival Frazee, 60-6, for a fourth place finish.

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Josh Werner and Brandon Lueders had their hands full against state-ranked Border West opponents Mitch Andrews and Gus McCarthy. Their ability to stave off bonus points kept Perham in the match early.

Brady Sazama won a tight 8-5 decision at 135 pounds over Taylor McCalip and Patrick Glynn, as an alternate, turned the momentum in Perham's favor with a fall at 1:01 against Gage Cronen.

The match was tied at 15.

Ty Haverland dropped a 9-3 decision to Nick Stafford and Border West's Nic Stafford scored a major decision over Andrew Moberg, 12-2, before Perham's advantage in the heavier weights took over the match.

Perham won four of the final five matches to move into the semifinals.

Gene Schleeter scored a fall at 2:49. Garrett Biegler pinned Neal Sear at 1:12. Cody Nylander made quick work of Jamie Wenker at 36 seconds. The anchor of the Yellowjackets squad, Jesse Hein, was forced to go the distance taking a 13-2 major decision.

Perham moved on to battle number three ranked Minneota.

James Harlow gained a 9-4 decision at 112 pounds. Lueders won by fall at 125 and Hein won again by fall over Doug Van Keulen to comprise Perham's scoring.

Frazee dominated the third place match pitching a shutout to the heavyweight match where Hein kept the goose egg off the board pinning Tyler Hanson in a mere 47 seconds.

"Jesse continues to look dominating," Head Coach Robb Moser said.

Perham has youth and inexperience at a few weights.

"The one thing they need is more mat time," Moser said.

Kimball beat Minneota for the tournament title. Frazee took third over Perham. Border West took fifth place over Fargo North. Bemidji finished seventh beating Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale.

Quarterfinals

Perham 37 Border West 25

103 Cameron Sykora (BW) Dec. Sam Pirrotta (PER) 10-3

112 James Harlow (PER) Fall Peder Schmitz (BW) 3:12

119 Mitch Andrews (BW) Fall Josh Werner (PER) 5:29

125 Gus McCarthy (BW) Dec. Brandon Lueders (PER) 6-0

130 Will McCarthy (BW) Dec. Luke Sailer (PER) 4-0

135 Taylor McCalip (BW) Brady Sazama (PER) Dec. Taylor McCalip (BW) 8-5

140 Patrick Glynn (PER) Fall Gage Cronen (BW) 1:01

145 Nick Stafford (BW) Dec. Ty Haverland (PER) 9-3

152 Austin Maanum (BW) Maj. Dec. Andrew Moberg (PER) 12-2

160 Gene Schleeter (PER) Fall Chalmer Combellick (BW) 2:49

171 Charlie Naanum (BW) Dec. Payton Jordahl (PER) 7-0

189 Garrett Biegler (PER) Fall Neal Sear (BW) 1:12

215 Cody Nylander (PER) Fall Jamie Wenker (BW) :36

285 Jesse Hein (PER) Maj. Dec. Billy Connelly (BW) 13-2.

Semifinals

Minneota 54 Perham 15

103 Landyn VanOverbek (MIN) Maj. Dec. Sam Pirrota (PER) 15-5

112 James Harlow (PER) Dec. Nicholas Esping (MIN) 9-4

119 Alec Engler (MIN) Josh Werner (PER) 9-4

125 Brandon Lueders (PER) Fall Dallas Muhl (MIN) 3:41

130 Christian Skillings (MIN) Tech. Fall Luke Sailer (PER) 5:42

135 Beau Buysse (MIN) Fall Patrick Glynn (PER) :55

140 Andrew Swedzinski (MIN) Brady Sazama (PER) 1:08

145 Isaac Josephson (MIN) Dec. Ty Haverland (PER) 7-1

152 Alex Lessman (MIN) Fall Andrew Moberg (PER) 3:31

160 Sawyer VanHecke (MIN) Fall Gene Schleeter (PER) 2:46

171 Blake Abraham (MIN) Maj. Dec. William Parks (PER) 10-0

189 Adam Josephson (MIN) Fall Garrett Biegler (PER) :47

215 Josh Van Overbeke (MIN) Maj. Dec. Cody Nylander (PER) 11-0

285 Jesse Hein (PER) Fall Doug Van Keulen (MIN)

Third Place Match

Frazee 60 Perham 6

103 Isaac Schermerhorn (FR) Fall Sam Pirrotta (PER) 1:18

112 Trevor Stilke (FR) Default James Harlow (PER)

119 Jordan Ketter (FR) Dec. Josh Werner (PER) 8-3

125 Jordan Kohler (FR) Brandon Lueders (PER) 4-2

130 Tanner Ellenberg (FR) Dec. Luke Sailer (PER) 6-0

135 Wade Hukriede (FR) Maj. Dec. Brady Sazama (PER) 11-3

140 Myrel Schermerhorn (FR) Tech. Fall Jacob Monson (PER) 1:18

145 Cody Piper (FR) Fall Ty Haverland (PER) 3:20

152 Cody Nunn (FR) Andrew Moberg (PER) 1:22

160 Brandon VanWatermulen (FR) Fall Gene Schleeter (PER) 2:37

171 Jake Galbrecht (FR) Dec. Payton Jordahl (PER) 6-4

189 Nate Sandberg (FR) Dec. Garrett Biegler (PER) 9-3

215 Cody Lefraniere-Sorenson (FR) Dec. Cody Nylander (PER) 2:49

285 Jesse Hein (PER) Fall Tyler Hanson (FR) :47

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Robert Williams
Robert has been the Sports Editor for the Focus since 2010 covering multiple state and national championship teams and is a mainstay at state tournaments each season covering the successful, athletic programs of Perham and New York Mills High Schools.
(218) 346-5900 x223
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