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Perham's Brandon Lueders works on locking a cradle on New York Mills' Josh Bernu. Lueders won the 119-pound match, 14-12, as the Yellowjackets beat the Eagles in a Hwy. 10 dual, 53-12. Bernu had beaten Lueders for 3rd place at 119 pounds at the BOF Tournament on Jan. 9.

Wrestling: Hornets win 'Battle'

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John George

Losing three-straight to one of their biggest rivals was enough for Frazee. The Hornets, ranked No. 2 in Class A, came into Prairie Wind Gymnasium Tuesday night with bad intentions and six ranked wrestlers. They left with victories by five of those wrestlers, and a 42-18 win over No. 12-AA Perham in the 'Battle of the Bees'.

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Frazee's No. 6 ranked 103 pounder Trevor Stilke started the match with a first period pin over James Harlow. Luke Sailer put Perham on the board at 112 with an 8-2 win, but the Hornets picked up wins by No. 7 Tanner Ellenberg at 119 and No. 9 Bruce Lemon at 125 to take a 16-3 lead.

In the first battle of ranked wrestlers, Perham's Sam Warne, ranked No. 2 at 125 pounds in Class AA, earned a 12-6 win over No. 9-A Myrel Schermerhorn.

Frazee then won the next three, starting with a tech fall by No. 6 Rij Koehnen over Ty Haverland at 135 pounds.

Charlie Schmitz, ranked No. 4 at 152 for Perham, broke the string with an 8-3 win. But Frazee would put the match away by winning the next three, capped by No. 4-A Kody Lafraniere-Sorenson's 5-0 win over No. 8-AA Chris Scheidecker at 189 pounds.

Ben Brill and Jesse Hein won the final two matches for the Jackets.

Eagles rally at OTC

New York Mills won the final three matches Tuesday night in Henning to come from behind to beat Otter Tail Central, 37-30.

"We had to count on our younger wrestlers to come through," NYM coach Eric Niemi said. "Towards the end, Tyler Patron put us in a position to win."

Patron, an eighth grader wrestling at 189 pounds, picked up an 11-7 decision to cut OTC's lead to 30-25. Jarrod Norton followed with a pin at 215 to put the Eagles ahead by one point. Landyn Saewert finished off the match wit ha pin at heavyweight.

Mills opened the match with pins by Shane Novak and Tyler Ehnert. OTC rallied, winning six of the next eight matches to go up 30-22 going into the final three matches.

With his 14-2 over Tyler Olson at 140 pounds, Jordan Novak moved into fifth place on the school's all-time wins list. Novak is now 19-2 on the year and 159-37 in his career. The school's all-time leader is Peter Mursu, who had a 168-42-1 record.

Next on the list for Novak to pass is Mike Weller with 162 wins.

Perham 2nd in Bemidji

The Badger/Greenbush-Middle River Gators returned to the throne of the Rick Lee Wrestling Tournament Saturday in Bemidji, rallying late in the finals to shade defending champion Perham by seven points.

The two leaders dominated the field all day. Perham sent nine wrestlers to the finals and BGMR seven . The Gators had made up a 12 point deficit in the third and-fifth place matches. BGMR ended with 228.5 points to 221.5 for Perham. Aitkin took third at 163 with Royalton fourth at 135 and Bemidji fifth at 121. Roseau Nashwauk-Keewatin-Greenway, Cloquet and BCLB trailed.

Five of the nine teams produced a champion with BGMR getting five, Perham four, Aitkin and Bemidji two and Cloquet one. Isaac Novacek, the No. 1-A ranked 103 pounder from B/G-MR drew the Most Valuable Wrestler Award.

Jackets winning individual titles included: Sailer (112), Warne (125), Schmitz (152), and Scheidecker (189). Runner-ups included: Harlow (103), Brandon Lueders (119); Taylor Doll (145), Cody Palubicki (160) and Brill (215).

Perham retained its JV Division title with a 54-34 win over BLCB in the final after earlier wins over Bemidji and Royalton.

"I really like the fact that they have a JV dual team tournament there," Moser said. "Our young guys get to learn how to win as a team."

Hwy. 10 battle

It looked like a close match on paper. But that's why they play the games.

In a battle of traditional Hwy. 10 powers, Perham went to the New York Mills Sports Center Thursday night and grounded the Eagles with a 53-12 win.

"Heck, there were more than a few people that said we would lose," said Perham coach Robb Moser. "Our kids looked good."

New York Mills was hurt by a pair of forfeits. But they lost four matches by fall, and weren't able to pick up wins in any of the close matches.

Shane Novak gave the Eagles an early lead with a pin at 103 pounds. Sailer got the Jackets on the board with a pin of his own at 112 pounds. Lueders followed that up with a 14-12 win over NY Mills' Josh Bernu. Bernu had beaten Lueders at the BOF Tournament on Jan. 9.

Brady Sazama was next at 125 pounds for Perham and he picked up a 3-2 win over Maison Roberts

After a 10-2 win by Ty Haverland at 135 pounds, Perham went ahead 25-6 when Payton Jordahl beat Peter Stark, 5-4.

"I was particularly impressed with Brandon who beat a kid that he lost to on Saturday," Moser said. "Also, Brady had a huge win--the first time he has ever beaten that kid. Ty Haverland is improving and Payton Jordahl's heart is great.

Later in the match, Perham came out on top in two more closely fought decisions. Doll beat Seth Hofland at 152 pounds, 6-2. And at heavyweight, Jesse Hein beat Landyn Saewert, 5-3.

"We had some chances in a few matches but we just didn't win the close ones." Eagles head coach Eric Niemi said.

Perham now has a 30-24 edge in the all-time series with New York Mills, and have won five in a row over the Eagles.

"We have a long ways to go but they look like they are heading in the right direction," Moser said of his squad.

Slow week for Jackets

Perham will have a slow week with one event, the Staples-Motley Tournament on Jan. 23, on the schedule. They will follow that up with an important Section 8AA dual at Thief River Falls on Jan. 28.

Eagles remain on road

New York Mills will be on the road this week with back-to-back dual's. Tonight (Jan. 21), the Eagles will travel to Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale to take on their Park Region Conference rival.

B-H/V won last year's dual, 39-38, then went on to finish third at the PRC Tournament behind Browerville/Eagle Valley and Osakis.

On Jan. 22, they head to Lake Park-Audubon for a dual with the Raiders.

New York Mills will return home Jan. 26 to host Wadena-Deer Creek.

Thursday, January 14

Perham 53, New York Mills 12

103--Shane Novak (NYM) def. James Harlow, fall 3:24

112--Luke Sailer (P) def. Tyler Ehnert, fall 3:35

119--Brandon Lueders (P) def. Josh Bernu, 14-12

125--Brady Sazama (P) def. Maison Roberts, 3-2

130--Sam Warne (P), W-FF

135--Ty Haverland (P) def. Michael Meyer, 10-2

140--Payton Jordahl (P) def. Peter Stark, 5-4

145--Jordan Novak (NYM) def. Andrew Moberg, fall :46

152--Taylor Doll (P) def. Seth Hofland, 6-2

160--Charlie Schmitz (P), W-FF

171--Cody Palubicki (P) def. Max Carlson, fall 3:26

189--David Langlie (P) def. Tyler Patron, fall 1:19

215--Chris Scheidecker (P) def. Jarrod Norton, 11-3

HWT--Jesse Hein (P) def. Landyn Saewert, 5-3

Saturday, January 16

Bemidji Invitational

1. Badger/Greenbush-Middle River 228.5, 2. Perham 221.5, 3. Aitkin 163, 4. Royalton 135, 5. Bemidji 121, 6. Roseau, 7. N-K-G, 8. Cloquet, 9. B/CL-B.

103--Harlow--2nd Place (2-1)

112--Sailer--1st Place (3-0)

119--Lueders--2nd Place (2-1)

125--S. Warne--1st Place (2-0)

130--M. Warne (0-2)

135--Haverland--4th Place (2-2)

140--Jordahl--5th Place (0-2)

145--Doll--2nd Place (2-1)

152--Schmitz--1st Place (3-0)

160--Palubicki--2nd Place (2-1)

171--Schleeter--5th Place (2-2)

189--Scheidecker--1st Place (3-0)

215--Brill--2nd Place (2-1)

HWT--Jon Langlie--3rd Place (3-1)

Tuesday, January 19

#2-A Frazee 42, Perham 18

103--#6 Stilke (F) def. Harlow, fall 1:41

112--Sailer (P) def. Ketter, 8-2

119--#7 Ellenberg (F) def. Lueders, 14-0

125--#9 Lemmon (F) def. Sazama, fall 3:32

130--S. Warne (P) def. #9 M. Schermerhorn, 12-6

135--#6 Koehnen (F) def. Haverland, 15-0 TF, 5:25

140--Piper (F) def. Jordahl, fall 3:45

145--Nunn (F) def. Doll, 8-2

152--Schmitz (P) def. J. Schermerhorn, 8-3

160--VanWatermulen (F) def. Palubicki, 4-2 (OT)

171--Brandt (F) def. D. Langlie, fall 4:55

189--#4 Lafraniere-Sorenson (F) def. Scheidecker, 5-0

215--Brill (P) def. Sandberg, 5-2

HWT--Hein (P) def. Hanson, fall :37

Thursday, January 19

NY Mills 37, Otter Tail Central 30

103--S. Novak (NYM) def. Schwartz, fall 1:37

112--Tyler Ehnert (NYM) def. Erlandson, fall 1:40

119--Johnson (OTC) def. Bernu, fall 5:59

125--Blum (OTC) def. Roberts, 3-2

130--Meder (OTC) def. Meyer, fall 3:39

135--Matthys (OTC) def. Vorderbruggen, 10-1

140--J. Novak (NYM) def. Olson, 14-2

145--Hart (OTC) def. Stark, 8-0

152--Hofland (NYM) def. Montgomery, fall 1:19

160--Nilson (OTC) def. Carlson, fall 1:42

171--Grasswick (OTC) def. Pesola, 6-2

189--Patron (NYM) def. Minten, 11-7

215--Norton (NYM) def. Haugrud, fall 1:27

HWT--Saewert (NYM) def. Roggenkamp, fall 1:09

Class AA Poll Section

1. Simley 4

2. Foley 6

3. Plainview-Elgin-Millville 1

4. Kasson-Mantorville 1

5. Scott West 2

6. Mora 7

7. Totino-Grace 5

8. Adrian 3

9. Dassel-Cokato 6

10. New London-Spicer 6

11. Milaca 7

12. Perham 8

14. Fergus Falls 8

15. Thief River Falls 8

21. Staples-Motley 8

23. Detroit Lakes 8

Perham Ranked Individuals

125--Sam Warne (#2)

152--Charlie Schmitz (#4)

189--Chris Scheidecker (#8)

HWT--Jesse Hein (#8)

Class A Poll Section

1. Kenyon-Wanamingo 1

2. Frazee 8

3. Zumbrota-Mazeppa 1

4. Minneota 3

5. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 5

6. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunberg 3

7. Jackson-County Central 2

8. Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memroial 4

9. Sibley East 4

10. BOLD 3

11. Badger/Greenbush-Middle River 8

12. Crookston 8

20. New York Mills 6

NYM Ranked Individuals

103--Shane Novak (#2)

135--Jordan Novak (#3)

HWT--Landyn Saewert (#5)

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