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Wrestling: Jackets second at 12-team Sertoma Tournament

GRAND FORKS--The Perham wrestling team stormed to the championship match of the Sertoma Tournament in Grand Forks over the weekend before meeting a salty West Fargo Packers lineup. The Packers took out Perham 52-19.

"West Fargo is the real deal," Perham Head Coach Robb Moser said. "They brought an intensity that was fun to see."

Brandon Lueders, 132, Luke Sailer, 152, Cody Nylander, 220, and Jesse Hein. 285, all brought home victories in the championship match.

"It was good for us to wrestle West Fargo, as they have the style that we want to be like in the future," Moser said. "Our kids had an eye opener about intensity and commitment after wrestling them. The days of being a dominant athlete and staying out of the weight room are over."

Hein, Nylander and Ty Haverland all went undefeated in four matches at the tournament.

"Nylander had some good competition this weekend with kids that wrestle a different style than him. If he can get a little more confident in his technique, it will be tough for someone to stay with him this year."

"Hein continues to be dominant. It was great to see him get four matches. Sometime, it will catch up with us, but it seems the team expects six points out of him every time he steps out on the mat."

"Haverland had a very good tournament. He even jumped up a weight for us. Ty is the typical story of a kid who sticks with it until he is a senior and really starts to shine."

Luke Sailer was undefeated in his three matches winning all three by way of pins.

"Two of them against real salty opponents," Moser added.

Lueders had a solid weekend going 3-1 and Josh Werner, according to Moser, was dynamic when he was in there. Werner won all three matches at the tournament.

Perham's three team victories came over Turtle Mountain, Bismarck Century and Fargo North.

"Our matches with Turtle Mountain and Bismarck Century were good measuring sticks for us. Both of those teams beat us soundly last year. Turtle Mountain wrestles a much more physical style than ours. Our kids need to see that. I think that each of (our) kids improved over the weekend."

The Yellowjackets brought all wrestlers and they all got matches--some of them as many as six matches.

"There were not nearly as many forfeits as I would have expected," said Moser. "Many teams have expressed frustration over the new weights but most teams had a full lineup."

West Fargo coach Kayle Dangerud was asked what it will take to beat Preston Lehmann, the Packers' talented 182-pound wrestler.

"I don't want to think about what it's going to take for them to beat him," Dangerud said. "We want to think about what it takes for Preston to beat them."

So far, there are few answers in what it will take to beat Lehmann.

Lehmann pinned all four of his opponents in leading West Fargo to the championship of the 38th annual Sertoma Wrestling Tournament on Saturday at the Grand Forks Central gym.

The Packers, who have won the tournament in two of the past three years, downed Perham 52-19 in the title match -- with Lehmann picking up his fourth-straight pin during the two-day event.

In the semifinals, West Fargo downed Valley City 54-11.

That dual had some significance as Lehmann pinned Wyatt Bjornson in 66 seconds. It was the 100th pin of Lehmann's career.

"For a junior, that's pretty good," Dangerud said.

It was a solid weekend for West Fargo, the state's top-ranked team. The Packers scored 52, 53, 54 and 54 points in their duals.

"We wrestled really well and our guys competed hard," Dangerud said.

Lehmann led the way.

"For someone who wrestles him a little bit in practice, he's really good," said the West Fargo coach. "He's a leader in the room, too, and a pleasure to have in our program."

But the focus is on the team, Dangerud said.

"We have a talented team," the coach said. "Our goal is to keep outworking our competition."

Bismarck Century captured third place in the 16-team tournament, while Valley City finished fifth. Grand Forks Red River picked up seventh with its 45-29 win against Central Cass.

Grand Forks Sertoma Duals


First Round:

Red River 41 Minot 27

West Fargo 54 Jamestown 11

Valley City 58 Fertile-Beltrami 22

Thief River Falls 45 Fargo Davies 35

Turtle Mountain 45 Wahpeton 29

Central Cass 51 Bismarck St. Mary's 23

Bismarck Century 56 Grand Forks Central 18

Perham 47 Fargo North 26

106 Tom Walton, F, over Elliot Werner 5:22

113 Sam Pirrolta, P, over Lukas Maughan 4:45

120 Chase Curtis, P, by forfeit

126 Esham Moses, F, over John Huber 4:35

132 Brandon Lueders, P, over Anthony Coronato 3:45

138 Brady Sazama, P, over Sam Bernstom 7-5

145 Josh Werner, P, over Clint Wagermann 16-1

152 Ty Haverland, P, over Robert Ramirez technical fall 3:22

160 Andy Walton, F, over Andrew Moberg 5-0

170 William Parks, P, over Derrick Bartholme 11-3

182 Quin Segal, F, over Garrett Biegler 6-9

195 Jeremiah Goodman, F, over Gio Garcia 3:58

220 Cody Nylander, P, over Nathan Aamold 1:52

285 Jesse Hein, P, over Olaf Hanson 1:06


West Fargo 54 Red River 12

Valley City 42 Thief River Falls 28

Bismarck Century 56 Central Cass 12

Consolation Quarterfinals

Minot 40 Jamestown 30

Fargo Davies 59 Fertile-Beltrami 15

Fargo North 39 Wahpeton 36

Grand Forks Central 63 Bismarck St. Mary's 10

Perham 45 Turtle Mountain 27

106 Elliot Warner, P, over Chris Longie 7-3

113 Sam Pirrotta, P, by forfeit

120 Terry Lavallie, T, over Chase Curtis 1:24

126 Tanner Chissler, T, over John Huber 1:45

132 Brandon Lueders, P, over Robert Poitra 9-8

138 Josh Werner, P, over Damon Silveria 5:27

145 Luke Sailer, P, over Geraldo Fox 3:38

152 Ty Haverland, P, over Jon Desjarley 1:39

160 Wyatt Azure, T, over Andrew Moberg 1:35

170 William Parks, P, over Ronald Azure 3:27

182 Brandon Rodriguez, T, over Garret Biegler 3-1

195 Briley Crissler, T, over Gio Garcia 1:59

220 Cody Nylander, P, over Skyler Poitra 6-3

285 Jesse Hein, P, over Seymour Page 1:20



West Fargo 52 Perham 19

106 Jesse Shearer, WF, over Elliot Werner 12-0

113 Jordan Shearer, WF, over Sam Pirrotta, 3:32

120 Trevor Kringlie, WF, over Chase Curtis, 3:18

126 Kollin Kragnes, WF, over John Huber, 1:29

132 Brandon Lueders, P, over Weston Dobler, 13-2

138 Anjelo Shepard, WF, over Brady Sazama, 2:31

145 Luke Sailer, WF, over Kyle Kragnes, 3:47

152 Ty Haverland, P, over Tanner Kuznia 12-3

160 Shelby Schulz, WF, over Andrew Moberg, 13-4

170 Miles Scholl, WF, over William Parks, 12-2

182 Preston Lehmann, WF, over Garrett Biegler, 3:21

195 Drew Johnson, WF, over Gio Garcia, 1:53

220 Cody Nylander, P, over Steve Sola, 2-0

285 Jesse Hein, P, over Pajtim Lika, :43

Third Place

Bismarck Century 48 Turtle Mountain 16

Fifth Place

Valley City 47 Thief River Falls 26

Seventh Place

Red River 45 Central Cass 29

Consolation Championship

Minot 35 Grand Forks Central 30

Consolation Third Place

Fargo North 39 Fargo Davies 32

Consolation Fifth Place

Jamestown 36 Wahpeton 34

Consolation Seventh

Fertile-Beltrami 42 Bismarck St. Mary's 32

Other Scores:

Perham 30 Bismarck Century 29

106 Nate Humann, BC, over Elliot Werner 6-0;

113 Hunter Echert, BC, over Sam Pirrotta 2-1

120 Chase Curtis, Per, over Chris Willits 1:41

126 Brandon Domagala, BC, over John Huber 4-1

132 Izec Neer, BC, over Brandon Lueders 5:11

138 Josh Werner, Per, over Austin Wetsch 1:22

145 Luke Sailer, Per, over Hunter Babeck 5:35

152 Ty Haverland, Per, over Brian Schaffer 5-1

160 Hunter Bondeson, BC, over Andrew Moberg 9-5

170 Tommy Moravec, BC, over William Parks 1-0

182 Landon Schmidt, BC, over Garret Biegler 5:54

195 Austin Were, BC, over Gio Garcia 5-2

220 Cody Nylander, Per, over Shawn Greenwood 13-7

285 Jesse Hein, Per, over Justice Johnson 5:14

West Fargo 56 Valley City 16

Minot 42 Fargo Davies 18

Grand Forks Central 48 Fargo North 21

Thief River Falls 40 Red River 36

Turtle Mountain 46 Central Cass 27

Jamestown 49 Fertile-Beltrami 27

Wahpeton 48 Bismarck St. Mary's 15

Bismarck Century 40 Thief River Falls 28

Turtle Mountain 39 Valley City 31

Fargo North 42 Jamestown 25

Fargo Davies 52 Wahpeton 21.

Wayne Nelson is the Sports Editor of the Grand Forks Herald, which is owned by Forum Communications.