Wrestling: Ranked Perham wrestlers lead Jackets to second place at Rick Lee Invite
Jesse Hein, Cody Nylander and Luke Sailer all went undefeated at the Rick Lee Wrestling Invitational in Bemidji Saturday leading the Yellowjackets to a second place finish.
Perham senior heavyweight Hein improved to 23-0 on the season winning three matches in a variety of ways.
Hein had little trouble in his opening match pinning Terrance Horton, of Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena/Indus, at 42 seconds.
Hein dominated Aitkin's Cooper Blau for a major decision, 17-4, to advance to the finals where he met a familiar foe in Alex Yeager of Badger/Greenbush-Middle River.
Yeager is the defending Class A state champion. They met in December when Hein won 4-3.
This time, Hein made another statement winning 7-3.
At 220 pounds, Nylander was even more dominant over his opponents winning both his matches by fall and improving his record to 20-1 on the season.
Nylander pinned Kieran Oksanen of Roseau at 5:07. He stuck Cory Wensmann of Royalton/Upsala with a fall at 5:46. Nylander was the benefactor of a first round bye.
"Jesse and Cody did what everybody expected," Perham Head Coach Robb Moser said.
Sailer had an even more prominent day as he reached his 100th career victory in the championship match at 138 pounds.
Sailer won the title 3-1, in overtime, against hometown 138-pounder Craig Maas, of Bemidji.
Sailer improves to 17-2 on the season. He pinned Nate Scofield, of Royalton/Upsala, at 3:00 in the first round and was awarded a forfeit in the semifinals over Adam Jackson of Aitkin.
113-pounder Sam Pirrotta brought home a runner-up finish. He advanced with a first round pin at 5:38 over Casey Warner of Roseau and a 3-1 decision over Dylon Sauceda, of Bemidji. Devin Dostal of Badger/Greenbush-Middle River barely bested Pirrotta 9-7 in overtime.
Pirrotta is 12-10 this year.
Brandon Lueders dropped his first match, but rallied to win the remainder of his contests, improving to 18-6 on the season with a third place finish at 126 pounds.
Ty Haverland, 16-8, was 3-1 on the day finishing in third place at 152 pounds. His only loss was a 2-1 decision to runner-up Kodi Craft, of Bemidji.
Garrett Biegler finished 2-1 on the day, improving to 13-11 on the season, with a runner-up result at 182 pounds.
He won his first two matches by decision 6-3 and 9-3, before dropping an overtime loss in the finals, 3-2, to Timm Ingle, of Badger/Greenbush-Middle River.
Gio Garcia brought home another third place finish at 195 pounds. He was pinned in his first match but rallied to a 2:49 fall over Dylan Aas, of Nashwauk-Keewatin/Greenway and a 7-3 decision over Joe Reis, of Little Falls, in the third place match.
Bemidji Rick Lee Invite
1. Badger/Greenbush-Middle River 204.5
2. Perham 182.5
3. Little Falls 152.0
4. Bemidji 146.5
5. Aitkin 143.0
6. Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena/Indus 124.0
7. Royalton/Upsala 94.0
8. Roseau 78.5
9. Nashwauk-Keewatin/Greenway 22.5
10. Cloquet-Esko 9.0