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Jackets finish seventh at Kertscher Dual Invite

Jesse Hein was the only Perham wrestler with a perfect 3-0 record at the weekend tournament in Frazee. Bob Williams/FOCUS

The Perham wrestling team ran into a buzz saw in their opening match versus #5 Class A Kimball. The Cubs, with nine state-ranked wrestlers, got up early and cruised to a 46-15 victory sending Perham to the consolation bracket.

In the loss to Kimball, Perham got victories from Chase Curtis, Luke Sailer and Jesse Hein.

Hein was undefeated in three matches during the tournament. He pinned Kimball's Austyn Schlueter at 56 seconds.

"Kimball was as good as advertised," Head Coach Robb Moser said. "All of our kids got some good, hard matches, which is ultimately what you are there for. The test of any athlete after they lose is whether they work harder and improve or start coming up with excuses. Hopefully our kids recognize that these tough matches can be really beneficial to their development."

Sailer, at 145 pounds, won a 3-0 decision and 120-pound Curtis pinned Brady Mehr at 2:37. All nine of Kimball's ranked wrestlers were victorious against the Yellowjackets, including Alex Thurber, No.6 Class A, who won a 12-7 decision over Perham's No. 2 Class 2A Cody Nylander at 220 pounds.

Kimball would eventually win the Invitational defeating Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial 39-22 in the final. The Knights advanced to face the Cubs after defeating host Frazee 31-29 in the semifinals.

The semifinal came down to heavyweights. Matt Johnson of LCWM pinned Frazee's Brandon Degroat at 1:21 to give the Knights the victory.

Perham faced Bemidji for seventh place. The Jackets won 10 of 14 matches against the Lumberjacks.

No. 3 Hein faced No. 10 Alex Johnson and Hein pinned Johnson in 2:57.

"Jesse has been very consistent this year," Moser said. "I said it before, eventually we will get in trouble relying on six points from him every time, but until then, it is fun knowing you have the big hammer at the end of the lineup."

Curtis won his second match of the weekend with a major decision over Dylon Sauceda, 10-1. Sailer picked up his second victory with a 3-1 decision over Craig Maas.

"Chase Curtis did have a good day. I think he is figuring out that he should win lots of matches at this level--that is a big step for any eighth-grader on varsity."

Brandon Lueders, Josh Werner, William Parks all won by fall.

"I really like William Park's desire. He is a young guy wrestling in an upperclassman's weight (170) and is not backing down from anybody. He had a very nice match against Bemidji to end his day. His day to be a star will come."

Bemidji gave up forfeits at 152, 182, 195 and 220 pounds.

In the consolation semifinals, Perham had only five victories in 14 matches but came out on the losing end by only two points to Brainerd, 31-29.

"I thought we really underperformed against Brainerd and I think our kids thought so too," said Moser. "They were more physical than we were."

Pins by Hein and Nylander were too late after Casey Beiver pinned Gio Garcia at 5:37 in the 195-pound match.

Perham scored on a forfeit to John Huber combined with major decision wins by Sam Pirrotta, 10-0, over Drew Bruen and Brandon Lueders, 12-1. Josh Werner added an 8-1 decision over Tyler Spangler.

Perham held a 17-7 advantage until Brainerd ripped off six consecutive match victories to put the score out of reach, up 14, with Perham's two big guys to go.

The tournament was held just a day after funeral services for Frazee wrester Myrel Schermerhorn in the same gymnasium.

Each wrestler wore a T-shirt in honor of Schermerhorn. Frazee Coach John Barlund conducted a speech before the tournament started in memory of Schermerhorn, along with a minute of silence in his memory.

Kimball Area 46 Perham 15

106 Mitchell McKee (KIM) Fall Elliot Werner (PER) 3:34

113 Quinton Berres (KIM) Fall Sam Pirrotta (PER) 1:49

120 Chase Curtis (PER) Fall Brady Mehr (KIM) 2:37

126 Tanner Mills (KIM) Fall John Huber (PER) 1:50

132 Marcus Hamer (KIM) Dec. Brandon Lueders (PER) 8-5

138 Markus Mehr (KIM) Dec. Josh Werner (PER) 5-3

145 Luke Sailer (PER) Dec. Troy Filzen (KIM) 3-0

152 Quentin Bryce (KIM) Dec. Ty Haverland (PER) 1-0

160 Caramon Hanson (KIM) Dec. Andrew Moberg (PER) 10-7

170 Jordan Joseph (KIM) Maj. Dec. William Parks (PER) 13-4

182 Travis Wills (KIM) Dec. Garrett Biegler (PER) 4-2

195 Austin Schiefelbein (KIM) Fall Gio Garcia (PER) 3:34

220 Alex Thurber (KIM) Dec. Cody Nylander (PER) 12-7

285 Jesse Hein (PER) Fall Austyn Schlueter (KIM) :56.

Seventh Place

Perham 55 Bemidji 20

106 Tyler O'Beirne (BEM) Dec. Elliot Werner (PER) 4-2 OT

113 Brian Maas (BEM) Fall Sam Pirrotta 2:54

120 Chase Curtis (PER) Maj. Dec. Dylon Sauceda (BEM) 10-1

126 Logan Crosby (BEM) Fall John Huber (PER) 2:36

132 Brandon Lueders (PER) Fall Robert Treuer (BEM) 2:40

138 Josh Werner (PER) Fall Ryle Masterson (BEM) 1:37

145 Luke Sailer (PER) Dec. Craig Maas (BEM) 3-1

152 Ty Haverland (PER) Won by Forfeit

160 Kade Johnson (BEM) Tech. Fall Andrew Moberg (PER) 4:00

170 William Parks (PER) Fall Dustin Greenman (BEM) 3:06

182 Garrett Biegler (PER) Won by Forfeit

195 Gio Garcia (PER) Won by Forfeit

220 Cody Nylander (PER) Won by Forfeit

285 Jesse Hein (PER) Fall Alex Johnson (BEM) 2:57.

Consolation Semifinals

Brainerd 31 Perham 29

106 Andy Schlosser (BRD) Maj. Dec. Elliot Werner (PER) 15-5

113 Sam Pirrotta (PER) Maj. Dec. Drew Bruen (BRD) 10-0

120 Jake Zelinske (BRD) Dec. Chase Curtis (PER) 6-5

126 John Huber (PER) Won by Forfeit

132 Brandon Lueders (PER) Maj. Dec. Dan Babineau (BRD) 12-1

138 Josh Werner (PER) Dec. Tyler Spangler (BRD) 8-1

145 Shane White (BRD) Dec. Luke Sailer (PER) 4-3

152 Nate Adams (BRD) Dec. Ty Haverland (PER) 8-4

160 Jeff Flickinger (BRD) Dec. Andrew Moberg (PER) 6-0

170 Levi Ruben (BRD) Fall William Parks (PER) 4:41

182 Jace Engelmann (BRD) Dec. Garrett Biegler (PER) 3-2 OT

195 Casey Beiver (BRD) Fall Gio Garcia (PER) 5:37

220 Cody Nylander (PER) Fall Sam Adams (BRD) 3:29

285 Jesse Hein (PER) Fall Cory Anderson (BRD) 1:00.

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