Both Perham and Frazee juggled lineups, as they renewed a heated wrestling rivalry Tuesday night in Perham. The Hornets managed to put enough points on the board late in the match to avoid the almost assured 12 points from Perham studs Jesse Hein and Cody Nylander in a 34-28 victory.
"It was a fun match to watch," Perham Head Coach Robb Moser said. "For the diehard wrestling fan, it had a state tournament feel."
The Hornets took an early 12-0 lead on shutout decisions by Byron Byer over Elliott Werner, 6-0, and Austin Skillings over Sam Pirrotta, 7-0. Isaac Schermerhorn pinned Perham's Dylan Perrine at 4:49 to put a dozen points up after the first here matches.
Brandon Lueders stopped the rally battling back against a quick and determined Jordan Ketter. Ketter led 2-1 after the first period but Lueders turned the tables to win by fall at 3:09, cutting Frazee's lead in half, 12-6. Once Lueders got Ketter on his back there was not getting away from Perham's #8-state ranked 126-pounder.
Josh Werner cut the Frazee lead to just three after hanging on to a 1-0 victory over Hunter Sorenson. The match was tight the entire six minutes and one escape was enough to get the three points for Perham.
The 138-pound match presented a dilemma for both coaches and fans alike.
Everyone in the room wanted to see #2-1A Bruce Lemon, of Frazee, take on #6-2A Luke Sailer.
Perham bumped Sailer to the 145-pound match and both he and Lemon won major decisions to keep the score differential the same.
Lemon defeated Brady Sazama 13-0. Sailer defeated Tyler Wacker 12-1. After the two matches, the score remained a three-point spread, 16-13.
The #3-1A Frazee 152-pounder Rij Koehnen made quick work of Perham's Cole Schmitz, winning by fall at 0:56 to up the Hornet lead to nine.
Ty Haverland scored back for Perham with a 10-4 win at 160 pounds. The Yellowjacket bench bellowed for a major decision as Haverland held a seven-point advantage late in the match, but Kody Vandenykle did his job keeping extra points off the board and keeping the score 22-16.
The next three matches were critical, for, if Perham could get to Nylander and Hein, even down 12, the Yellowjackets were looking at a tie, at worst.
"We've improved a lot in the past month," said Moser. "Our season isn't measured by this match. We're going right toward the section title."
Andrew Moberg battled #10-1A 170-pounder Tyler Ziegler for a full six minutes. A late reversal by Moberg tied the score at two after one period. Moberg chose down to start the second and Ziegler controlled him to a point he was on his back but the referee stopped a potential fall with a dangerous move call to loud boos from the Hornet faithful.
The score remained tied at deuces after two periods. Ziegler held a 5-2 lead to the final 10 seconds of the match before a late deuce made the match score 5-4 and put a big three up for the Hornets, now leading 25-16.
The 180-pound match brought bedlam to the stands as Evan Wendt and Perham's William Parks battled to overtime. A Parks victory of any kind would have kept the Yellowjackets in striking distance.
Wendt, however, had other ideas, scoring a late takedown to secure the victory. Wendt got a leg early in overtime and hung on to control in the extra period.
Parks rallied late in the third period just to force overtime gaining a stall call on Wendt on an escape to knot the score 4-4 as time ticked down.
Up 28-16, Frazee sent #2-1A Rick Brandt to the mat to seal the victory against Garrett Biegler. Any points by Brandt and there was nothing Nylander and Hein could do to catch the Hornets.
Brandt ended the match by fall at 0:28 to secure the win.
Nylander and Hein, undeterred, put on a show to end the match.
Nylander pinned Roderick McKay in only 0:26.
Hein pinned Brandon DeGroat in a startling six seconds.
"Certainly, we're disappointed," Moser said. "We thought we had a good chance to pull this out."
The score alone shows the improvements made by the Perham wrestling team. Last year's match versus Frazee was one to forget--a 60-6 blowout in Frazee.
"Last year it was flat-out embarrassing," said Moser. "That wasn't the case today. It's good to have good competition that close."
Proceeds were raised from two events held earlier this season in Perham for a trophy/plaque for the most valuable player of the Frazee team to hang in the Hornets' wrestling room.
Perham Athletic Director Fred Sailer announced the gift from the Perham community, which also included renewing the traveling trophy between the two schools in memory of Myrel Schermerhorn and in recognition of the 55th meeting of the two teams.
"This has been a good rivalry, ultimately; we're still all wrestlers and have to stick together," said Moser.
106 Byron Byer (FR) Dec. Elliot Werner (PER) 6-0
Frazee 3, Perham 0
113 Austin Skillings (FR) Dec. Sam Pirrotta (PER) 7-0
Frazee 6, Perham
120 Isaac Schermerhorn (FR) Fall Dylan Perrine (PER) 4:49
Frazee 12, Perham
126 Brandon Lueders (PER) Fall Jordan Ketter (FR) 3:09
Frazee 12, Perham 6
132 Josh Werner (PER) Dec. Hunter Sorenson (FR) 1-0
Frazee 12, Perham 9
138 Bruce Lemon (FR) Maj. Dec. Brady Sazama (PER) 13-0
Frazee 16, Perham 9
145 Luke Sailer (PER) Maj. Dec. Tyler Wacker (FR) 12-1
Frazee 16, Perham 13
152 Rij Koehnen (FR) Fall Cole Schmitz (PER) :56
Frazee 22, Perham 13
160 Ty Haverland (PER) Dec. Kody Vandenykle (FR) 10-4
Frazee 22, Perham 16
170 Tyler Ziegler (FR) Dec. Andrew Moberg (PER) 5-4
Frazee 25, Perham 16
182 Evan Wendt (FR) Dec. William Parks (PER) 6-4 OT
Frazee 28, Perham 16
195 Rick Brandt (FR) Fall Garrett Biegler (PER) :28
Frazee 34, Perham 16
220 Cody Nylander (PER) Fall Roderick McKay (FR) :26
Frazee 34, Perham 22
285 Jesse Hein (PER) Fall Brandon DeGroat (FR) :06
Final: #8-1A Frazee 34, #11-2A Perham 28