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Cody Nylander takes down No. 6 Riley Trnka of Waconia. Nylander pinned Trnka but suffered a knee injury in the process. He is being evaluated before the 6 p.m. matches. His return is questionable. Bob Williams/FOCUS

State Wrestling: Hein OT loser in quarters; Nylander injury default loss


ST. PAUL - Brandon Lueders, Luke Sailer and Ty Haverland all went down in defeat in the first round. Each of Perham's first three wrestlers had draws that matched them up with No. 1 or No. 2 ranked state wrestlers.


At 126 pounds, Brandon Lueders (33-9) fell behind 8-0 to No. 2 ranked Eric Madson (40-3) of Hutchinson. Lueders, who typically wrestles best as the match goes on was unable to mount a comeback falling 8-2 by decision.

Madson was defeated by John Weeding of Dawson-Boyd Lac Qui Parle eliminating Lueders from entry in the consolation bracket.

No. 6 Luke Sailer was matched up with No. 1 ranked Nate Lynn (32-1) of Adrian Area. Lynn led the entire match. Sailer trailed 8-5 going into the third period and chose down looking for an escape and takedown to even the match but the third period was scoreless resulting in an 8-5 final.

Lynn was defeated in the quarterfinals by Coltan Langaniere of Kasson-Mantorville 6-5. Lynn's loss eliminated Sailer from consolation contention.

Ty Haverland had the unenviable task of taking on Simley's No. 1 ranked Jake Short. Short pinned Haverland at 1:12.

Haverland will meet Mora's Brent Nelson in the consolation bracket to stay alive.

Cody Nylander got a scare at the end of his match. The No. 1 seed pinned No. 6 Riley Trnka of Waconia but in the process tweaked a knee. Nylander was down on the mat for several minutes after the referee had counted Trnka out. He was taken to the trainer's room and his knee was iced. He was walking gingerly on the way out of the stadium.

According to Head Coach Robb Moser, Nylander's return is questionable. He has a few hours before the next set of matches begin at 6 p.m. to recuperate. Nylander is scheduled to face Tyler Petit (38-2) of Plainview/Elgin-Millville.

Nylander lasted well into the third period against Petit but was down 14-3 before succumbing to the knee injury. Nylander was obviously hampered by the knee and was able to defend himself at best, but his attack was limited. Petit moves on to the semifinals by injury default. Unfortunately, Nylander's tournament appears to be finished. He is scheduled for wrestlebacks against Monticello's Nic Grimley.

No. 4 ranked Jesse Hein shutout No. 7 Brandon Schmitt of Dawson Boyd/Lac Qui Parle 3-0 to advance in the 285 pound class.

Hein met Simley's Matt Kadrlik in the quarterfinals and the pair tied at three in regulation. Hein elicited two big responses from the Xcel Energy Center crowd throwing Kadrlik around the mat midway through the match. In overtime. Hein dove for a leg and Kadrlik was able to evade Perham's big man and switch around for a two-point takedown and a 5-3 OT victory.

Hein will try to keep Perham wrestling alive in the tournament. He will have a grudge rematch with Sam Stoll of Kasson-Mantorville. Stoll defeated Hein Thursday night in the team competition 5-3 handing Hein his first loss of the season.

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.
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