Wrestling: Jackets take second at HOL: Hein, Nylander, Werner, Lueders conference champs
FRAZEE-- The Perham wrestlers finished runners-up to Frazee at the 54th annual Heart O' Lakes Conference Wrestling Tournament Saturday. The Hornets won the title with a total score of 214 to Perham's 191.
"I was thinking that we would have finished over the 200-point mark," Perham Head Coach Robb Moser said. "It was a little disappointing to be under that. I thought we underperformed in the semifinal round. We thought that we should have had seven guys or so in the finals."
Five Perham wrestlers made the finals with four Yellowjackets coming away with individual titles: Brandon Lueders at 126 pounds; Josh Werner at 132 pounds; Cody Nylander at 220 pounds and Jesse Hein, 285 pounds.
Lueders, ranked #7 in Class 2A, pinned Carlos Gutierrez, of Pelican Rapids, at 3:22. Lueders dominated the match leading 9-2 after the first period. Both wrestlers rolled each other in the second period before Lueders locked Gutierrez up in a cradle to end the match.
Lueders, who has a knack for starting slowly and wrestling his best in the third period came out and took the title from Gutierrez quickly.
"Brandon wrestled much more aggressively than in the past," Moser said.
Werner shut out his opponent, Hunter Sorenson, of Frazee. Werner led 2-0 after the first period, 4-0 after the second and held Sorenson in check for the third period winning by the same score.
"Josh is coming out of his shell some," Moser said.
Nylander, ranked #2 in Class 2A matched up with Frazee's #2-ranked 1A Rick Brandt.
Nylander never trailed leading 3-2 after one and 4-2 after the second period. The match ended 4-2 with Nylander in control.
"Cody had a great match," said Moser.
Third-ranked Hein, as expected, grabbed his third Heart O'Lakes title winning by fall at 1:03 over Pelican Rapids' Anwar Sharmarke.
The 138-pound final set up a much-anticipated match between #5-2A Luke Sailer and Frazee's #2-1A Bruce Lemon.
Sailer put the only point on the board for two periods. Sailer broke a zero-zero tie after one period with an escape and a 1-0 lead after the second. Lemon scored a reversal in the third and hung on for a hard-fought 2-1 victory.
"I was happiest with Elliot Werner and Patrick Glynn," said Moser. "Both guys had good weights and very tough draws."
Elliot Werner drew the #1 and the #2-seeded wrestlers and still reached the third-place match.
Glynn wrestled tough for a ninth grader in an upperclassman's weight class. Glynn finished fifth at 152 pounds.
Elliot Werner, Sam Pirrotta, Ty Haverland and Garrett Biegler added third place finishes for the Yellowjackets.
Perham finishes the regular season at Fergus Falls--a triangular with the host Otters and St. Cloud Apollo Thursday, Feb. 9.
Nine days later, the Team Section Tournament will be held in Thief River Falls and Individual Section matches will be held a week after that, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25 in Fergus Falls.
"We like where we are sitting right now," said Moser. "I do not think we have wrestled our best matches yet and we are still in the driver's seat. We still have to take care of Fergus next week though. We have seen/will see all of the teams in our section (with the exception of Pequot Lakes-Pine River-Backus) and we feel we can match up well with all of them. Other than having to go up to Thief River Falls, we are excited about sections and we certainly have something to prove as we feel we underperformed in the last two section team tourneys."
54th Annual Heart of Lakes Conference Tournament
1. Frazee 214; 2. Perham 191; 3. Breckenridge 112; 4. Barnesville 98; 5. Dilworth/Glyndon/Felton 95.5; 6. United Clay Becker 73.5; 7. Pelican Rapids 63
Conrad Kondos (BRECK) Fall Byron Byer (FRA) 4:12
Elliot Werner (PER) Dec. Jarret Lange (UCB) 1-0
Zac Anderson (BAR) Fall Camron Greenley (DGF) 2:22
Austin Skillings (FRA) Dec. Connor Meyer (BAR) 2-0
Sam Pirrotta (PER) Bye
Jesus Romero (PR) Dec. Grant Jepson (PR) 8-2
Stuart Brandt (BAR) Dec. Chase Curtis (PER) 1-0
Jimmy Kohler (UCB) Bye
Brandon Lueders (PER) Fall Garlos Gutierrez (PR) 3:22
Kyler Votava (BAR) Fall John Gies (FRA) 3:08
Josh Werner (PER) Dec. Hunter Sorenson (FRA) 4-0
Alex Johnson (DGF) Fall Logan Gage (UCB) 4:31
Travis Miranowski (BRECK) Bye
Bruce Lemon (FRA) Dec. Luke Sailer (PER) 2-1
Ryan Hamernik (DGF) Fall Ray Elizondo (PR) 4:20
Jonah Lange (UCB) Default Jesse Differding (BRECK)
Rij Koehnen (FRA) Dec. Wyatt Wixo (UCB) 8-1
Ty Haverland (PER) Maj. Dec. Cole Sogge (DGF) 12-2
Josh Stuehrenberg (BRECK) Fall Jace Nosol (BAR) 2:14
Chad Johnson (DGF) Dec. Eric Moltzan (FRA) 9-2
Hunter Olson (BAR) dec. Josh Peterson (BRECK) 11-4
Patrick Glynn (PER) Dec. Elijah Beaudine (UCB) 6-2
Stephen Erlandson (BRECK) Maj. Dec. Isaac Goedtke (BAR) 13-3
Tyler Ziegler (FRA) Fall Andrew Moberg (PER) 2:27
Jacob Oschner (DGF) Fall Alex Diaz (PR) 4:31
Cole Praus (BRECK) Dec. Cody Piper (FRA) 5-2
Kole Nygaard (DGF) dec. William Parks (Per)
Alex Lindsay (UCB) Dec. Ben Barragan (PR) 14-7
Greg Erlandson (BRECK) Dec. Jacob Galbrecht (FRA) 6-1
Garrett Biegler (PER) Dec. Dana Berg (BAR) 3-1
Drew Hauk (DGF) Bye
Max Pepper (UCB) Fall Brett Gildersleeve (FRA) 5:27
Mason Remund (DGF) Dec. Gio Garcia (PER) 3-1
Derek Nordick (BRECK)Dec. Maverick Brady (BAR) 8-6
Cody Nylander (PER) Dec. Rick Brandt (FRA) 4-2
Kyle Johnson (BAR) Fall Jake Hanson (DGF) 2:34
Jesse Hein (PER) Fall Anwar Sharmarke (PR) 1:03
Brandon DeGroat (FRA) Fall Ryen Kisch (BAR)_2:45