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Brady Sazama got Perham on the board with pin at 5:24 of his 152-pound match. Photo by Robert Williams/FOCUS

Yellowjackets finish with sixth place at state

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ST. PAUL -- The Class 2A Consolation Final nearly had the same ending as Perham's victory in the semis, but the Yellowjackets came out on the short end of a 33-30 defeat to Chisago Lakes Area.


The No. 10-ranked Yellowjackets finished in sixth place.

There were five lead changes, four after Chisago Lakes jumped out to a 12-0 lead.

Perham tied the match thanks to pins from Jacob Guehna at 126 pounds and Dylan Perrine at 132 pounds. Both pins came in the first period to tie the score at 12.

Luke Sailer pinned Kyle Merry at 1:01 to bump Perham's lead to 18-15. Colin Neitzke produced a late flurry of points after trailing for two periods to defeat Carson Velaski 7-5 and the lead grew to 21-15.

Brady Sazama's match at 160 was all over the mat. Sazama led 5-0 after one period. Mark Sontag scored five of his own to tie the match after two. Both wrestlers had time on their backs in the third, including a ferocious slam by Sazama which the referee ruled out of bounds. Sontag stormed back late for a 10-7 win cutting the Perham lead to 21-18.

Joe Virga tweaked a knee early in the 170 pound match with Perham's Cole Schmitz. Virga was attended to and returned to pin Schmitz at 3:08 to give the lead back to Chisago Lakes 24-21.

William Parks may have been Perham's most valuable wrestler on the day going 3-0 and giving Perham the lead right back with a 3:12 pin of Mike Sampson. Perham led 27-24.

Jesse Klatt lost a tough match at 195 and with Cody Nylander and Jesse Bucholz to go the match was tied at 27.

Nylander joined Parks with an undefeated day taking a hard-fought 6-1 decision over Daniel Sargeant. Nylander scored four of the six points in the third period. He led 2-0 after one and 2-1 after four minutes.

Sophomore Jesse Bucholz sent Perham to the consolation finals with a must-win in the semis and was called upon to hold Perham's 30-27 lead against Jonah Westbury, a senior, and the No. 4 ranked heavyweight in Class 2A. Westbury pinned Bucholz at 1:15 to give Chisago Lakes Area the three-point victory.

Kasson-Mantorville defeated Simley 30-27 to capture the Class 2A wrestling team title. Foley defeated New Prague 33-24 for third place.

According to the Minnesota State High School League's John Millea, 14 Kasson wrestlers were stuck in an elevator for more than an hour prior to state title match.

2013 Class AA All-Tournament Team

Following is the 2013 Class AA Minnesota State Wrestling All-Tournament team, presented by Wells Fargo and the Minnesota State High School League. The team was selected by a panel of coaches attending the tournament.


Gabe Shea - Kasson-Mantorville

Nate Thomas - Kasson-Mantorville

Broc Berge - Kasson-Mantorville

Colton Laganiere - Kasson-Mantorville

Sam Stoll - Kasson-Mantorville

Kyle Glira - Simley

Mack Short - Simley

Jake Short - Simley

Wayne Voss - Simley

Nick Wanzek - Simley

Griffin Parriott - New Prague

Nathan Preston - New Prague

Joe Virga - Chisago Lakes Area

Kyle Schoenecker - Chisago Lakes Area

The League re-introduced all-tournament teams in 1990.

Bucholz pin sends Perham to Consolation Finals

With Perham's season on the line, sophomore heavyweight Jesse Bucholz took to the mat against fellow sophomore Tony Sieve, of Adrian, with Perham clinging to a 27-25 lead.

Bucholz pinned Sieve at 1:41 to assure Perham of advancing to the State 2A Consolation Finals, which will take place at 5 p.m. against Chisago Lakes Area.

Perham trailed the entire match until Cody Nylander won a 10-4 decision over Adam Garms to give the two-point advantage to Bucholz.

"As Cody's match progressed, I just tried to put some more confidence in my head and give it all I got," Bucholz said.

Bucholz was visibly nervous at the start of the 225-pound match but had calmed before taking the mat with the season on the line.

"I thought it was going to come down to heavyweight - pin or be pinned," Perham Head Coach Robb Moser said. "You just can't count on a heavyweight match going six minutes."

Other Yellowjackets getting wins in the match were:

Sam Pirrotta 7-3 over Ryan Elias.

Jacob Guehna 8-6 in overtime over Michael Pruess.

Luke Sailer 7-1 over Hunter Heitkamp.

Brady Sazama won by fall at 4:21 over Justin Elias.

William Parks won by fall at 3:16 over Andy McCann.

Perham won the final four matches to advance. Sazama, Parks and Nylander are all undefeated (2-0) on the day.

In the Class 2A Championship Semifinals Simley defeated Foley 42-23. Kasson-Mantorville beat New Prague 37-18.

In Class A, Jackson County Central moves to the championship match with a 39-25 win over Chatfield. JCC will face Frazee, which beat Sibley East 40-16. The Championship matches will begin at 7 p.m.

Kasson-Mantorville defeats Perham 56-15

Top-ranked Kasson-Mantorville defeated Perham 56-15 in the Minnesota Class 2A championship wrestling quarterfinals Thursday morning at Xcel Energy Center.

Three Yellowjackets had wins in 14 matches against the heavily-favored KoMets.

Brady Sazama and No. 4-2A Cody Nylander won their respective matches by fall. William Parks won a 6-1 decision over Noah Ryan at 170 pounds.

Kasson-Mantorville built a 35-0 lead before Sazama got Perham on the board in the 152-pound match.

Perham will wrestle again this morning at 11 a.m. in the consolation semifinals.

Match results:


Winners are displayed on the top line.

33 Chisago Lakes Area

30 Perham

106 5 points TF 536

Aaron Sistrunk Chisago Lakes Area

Gage Paurus Perham

113 3 points 4-1

Kyle Schoenecker Chisago Lakes Area

Sam Pirrotta Perham

120 4 points 11-3

Dylan Connell Chisago Lakes Area

Chase Curtis Perham

126 6 points Fall 158

Jacob Guehna Perham

AJ Harrington Chisago Lakes Area

132 6 points Fall 137

Dylan Perrine Perham

Mike Bliskowski Chisago Lakes Area

138 3 points 7-3

Quade Zupko Chisago Lakes Area

Josh Werner Perham

145 6 points Fall 101

Luke Sailer Perham

Kyle Merry Chisago Lakes Area

152 3 points 10-5

Colin Neitzke Perham

Carson Velaski Chisago Lakes Area

160 3 points 10-7

Mark Sontag Chisago Lakes Area

Brady Sazama Perham

170 6 points Fall 308

Joe Virga Chisago Lakes Area

Cole Schmitz Perham

182 6 points Fall 312

William Parks Perham

Mike Sampson Chisago Lakes Area

195 3 points 7-3

Eric Brown Chisago Lakes Area

Jesse Klatt Perham

220 3 points 6-1

Cody Nylander Perham

Daniel Sargeant Chisago Lakes Area

285 6 points Fall 115

Jonah Westbury Chisago Lakes Area

Jesse Bucholz Perham


Winners are displayed on the top line.

33 Perham

25 Adrian Area

106 6 points Fall 52

Skylar Hieronimus Adrian Area

Gage Paurus Perham

113 3 points 7-3

Sam Pirrotta Perham

Ryan Elias Adrian Area

120 6 points Fall 07

Jayden Bullerman Adrian Area

Chase Curtis Perham

126 3 points OT8-6

Jacob Guehma Perham

Michael Preuss Adrian Area

132 3 points 6-4

Tony Lynn Adrian Area

Josh Werner Perham

138 3 points 7-1

Luke Sailer Perham

Hunter Heitkamp Adrian Area

145 3 points 8-3

Logan Rogers Adrian Area

Colin Neitzke Perham

152 6 points Fall 421

Brady Sazama Perham

Justin Elias Adrian Area

160 3 points 9-3

Matthew Slater Adrian Area

Jacob Monson Perham

170 4 points 16-8

Jesse Slater Adrian Area

Cole Schmitz Perham

182 6 points Fall 316

William Parks Perham

Andy McCann Adrian Area

195 3 points 9-7

Jesse Klatt Perham

Gavin Engelkes Adrian Area

220 3 points 10-4

Cody Nylander Perham

Adam Garms Adrian Area

285 6 points Fall 141

Jesse Bucholz Perham

Tony Sieve Adrian Area


Winners are displayed on the top line.

56 Kasson-Mantorville

15 Perham

106 6 points Fall 150

Gabe Shea Kasson-Mantorville

Gage Paurus Perham

113 3 points 3-2

Jesse Johnson Kasson-Mantorville

Sam Pirrotta Perham

120 6 points Fall 559

Ryan Erdmann Kasson-Mantorville

Chase Curtis Perham

126 5 points TF 342 20-0

Nate Thomas Kasson-Mantorville

Evan Guck Perham

132 5 points TF455 20-5

Brady Berge Kasson-Mantorville

Dylan Perrine Perham

138 4 points 12-3

Coltan Laganiere Kasson-Mantorville

Luke Sailer Perham

145 6 points Fall 125

Branden Schorr Kasson-Mantorville

Colin Neitzke Perham

152 6 points Fall 524

Brady Sazama Perham

Aaron Berge Kasson-Mantorville

160 4 points 14-5

Andrew Bigelow Kasson-Mantorville

Jacob Monson Perham

170 3 points 6-1

William Parks Perham

Noah Ryan Kasson-Mantorville

182 5 points TF17-1

Corben Hansen Kasson-Mantorville

Jesse Klatt Perham

195 6 points Fall 46

Borc Berge Kasson-Mantorville

Trent Jahnke Perham

220 6 points Fall 118

Cody Nylander Perham

Bryce Seljan Kasson-Mantorville

285 6 points Fall 34

Sam Stoll Kasson-Mantorville

Jesse Bucholz Perham

Robert Williams
Robert is the Sports Editor of Detroit Lakes Newspapers. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 
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