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Novak, Hein take individual titles at Barrel O' Fun Invite

Perham's James Harlow had a chance to put New York Mills' Shane Novak away, but Novak would come back for a 12-7 decision in one of the many entertaining tourney matches.1 / 2
In a seesaw match, Novak puts Harlow in a rather uncomfortable position. Novak went on to take the 112 championship. Harlow finished third. This was his only loss on the day.2 / 2

Shane Novak, of New York Mills and Jesse Hein, of Perham were the two local stars, both going undefeated, at the Barrel O' Fun Monsters of the Mat Invitational Tournament held in Perham over the weekend.

Novak won all three of his matches on way to the top spot at 112 pounds.

He was pitched against Perham's James Harlow in the semi-finals and the two wrestlers dueled each other to a 12-7 decision in Novak's favor. Both wrestlers were in trouble during the match, which saw both grapplers flipping each other all over the circle.

Harlow would finish third with the loss to Novak being his only tally outside of the win column. He finished 3-1.

Hein was the only Perham individual champion at heavyweight. With only four heavyweights at the tournament, it was short work early to defend his #2 state ranking.

Hein made quick work of New London-Spicer's Zach Borka pinning Borka at 1:20.

In the finals, Hein was pitted against #5 ranked Donaldo Martinez of Sauk Centre/Melrose.

The duo battled to a 1-1 stalemate before Hein took the title with a takedown in overtime.

Brandon Lueders made a run to the finals at 119 pounds for the Yellowjackets.

He pinned Roseau's Darius Sikorski at 3:01; stuck Mille Lacs' Nik Borchert at 5:20, but dropped a major decision in the finals, 13-3, to Ben Henle, of New London-Spicer.

New London-Spicer took the team title with 263 points. Mille Lacs was second with 169.5. Detroit Lakes finished third with 140.5. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley-Nevis was fourth, 133. Perham was four points back in fifth, 129. New York Mills finished one point behind the Yellowjackets at 128. United North Central, Sauk-Centre-Melrose and Roseau rounded out the field, 87, 79 and 53.5 points respectively.

Josh Werner-125, Luke Sailer-130, Ty Haverland-140, William Parks-160 and David Langlie-215 all finished in fourth place, individually, for Perham.

Tyler Patron finished second at 189 pounds for New York Mills. Tommy Selander was third at 103. Seth Hofland was third at 152. Peter Stark finished fourth at 145 pounds for the Eagles.

New York Mills finishes:

(Name, record, place, points)

103 Selander, 3-1, 3rd, 18 pts.

112 Novak, 3-0, 1st, 23 pts.

119 Ehnert, 2-2, 5th, 9 pts.

125 Ericksrud, 1-2, N/A, 1 pt.

130 Vorderbruggen, 0-2, N/A, 0 pts.

135 Mindermann, 2-3, 6th, 5 pts.

145 Stark, 2-2, 4th, 11 pts.

152 Hofland, 3-1, 3rd, 20 pts.

160 Bell, 2-2, 5th, 9 pts.

171 Pesola, 2-2, 5th, 10 pts.

189 Patron, 2-1, 2nd, 19 pts.

215 Carlson, 0-3, 6th, 3 pts.

Perham finishes:

(Name, record, place, points)

103 Pirotta, 0-2, N/A, 0 pts.

112 Harlow, 3-1, 3rd, 16 pts.

119 Lueders, 2-1, 2nd, 22 pts.

125 Werner, 2-2, 4th, 12 pts.

130 Sailer, 3-2, 4th, 18 pts.

135 Sazama, 0-2, N/A, 0 pts.

145 Haverland, 1-2, 4th, 9 pts.

152 Hofland, 3-1, 3rd, 20 pts.

160 Schleeter, 3-2, 5th, 9 pts.

171 Jordahl, 1-3, 6th, 5 pts.

189 Biegler, 0-2, N/A, 0 pts.

215 Langlie, 2-2, 4th, 9 pts.

285 Hein, 2-0, 1st, 20 pts.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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