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West Fargo defeats Perham in finals, earns second straight Sertoma tourney title

GRAND FORKS - West Fargo and Perham are no strangers to the championship match of the annual Sertoma wrestling tournament.

This year, like last year, the two met in the championship match Saturday at the Grand Forks Central gymnasium. Again, West Fargo won, winning this time 52-18 in the 39th edition of the tournament.

"Perham has been tough for a long time and is extremely well coached," West Fargo coach Kayle Dangerud said. "But we knew if we could take care of the things we could control, good things would happen for us, and they did."

Perham won the title from 2005 to 2007 and was a co-champion with Thief River Falls in 2008. West Fargo has been in the championship round the last three years, winning in 2009 and coming in second in 2010.

"I thought we wrestled much better than the weekend before," Perham Head Coach Robb Moser said. "West Fargo is the real deal but it was good for us to see them. I don't think we exceeded our expectations in any of the duals but we were more consistent from top to bottom this weekend."

Dangerud said highlight matches came at 145 and 113 pounds.

At 145, Packers' alternate Christian Ramberg managed to lift and throw his opponent, Luke Sailer, to the mat twice to take a 6-4 win.

At 113, Reed Cronin downed Perham's Sam Pirrotta 5-3 on the strength of a second-period takedown and a near fall in the third.

"We always try to pick up little things here and there, but our backbone is our work ethic," Dangerud said. "We try to keep our technique simple."

Chase Curtis (120) Trent Jahnke (220) and Cody Nylander (285) all scored for Perham in the final.

"We really cut down on the number of early season mistakes," said Moser. "Chase Curtis and Cody Nylander both went undefeated for the weekend. Sam Pirrotta had a very good weekend winning three out of four and beating two really tough wrestlers."

Perham advanced out of the first round with a 47-24 victory over Central Cass. West Fargo thumped Bismarck St. Mary's 71-3.

Detroit Lakes, Bismarck Century, Turtle Mountain, Jamestown and Minot all advanced to round out the championship pool of eight teams.

In quarterfinal action, Jamestown got by Minot 47-28; West Fargo defeated Turtle Mountain 57-16. Bismarck Century defeated Detroit Lakes 45-30. Perham upended Grand Forks Central 45-18.

Both finalist teams had comfortable semifinal victories. West Fargo took out Bismarck Century 46-24. Perham beat Jamestown 42-33.

106: K. Cronin, WF, pin Guck 1:29

113: R. Cronin, WF, dec. Pirrotta 5-3

120: Curtis, P, pin Haring 1:27

126: Jo. Shearer, WF, pin Fudge 1:17

132: Je. Shearer, WF, pin Germolus 1:23

138: Ko. Kragnes, WF, maj. dec. Werner 12-2

145: Ramberg, WF, dec. Sailer 6-4

152: Ky. Kragnes, WF, maj. dec. Sazama 16-5

160: Shepherd, WF, maj. dec. Monson 20-5

170: Kuznia, WF, dec. Parks 5-3

182: Scholl, WF, pin Garcia 1:56

195: Lehmann, WF, pin Klatt 1:51

220: Jahnke, P, won by forfeit

285: Nylander, P, pin Metz 0:56

Other scores

Third place

Bismarck Century 59, Minot 18

Consolation championship

Badger-G-MR 45, GF Red River 21

Consolation third place

Central Cass 36, Valley City 35

Consolation fifth place

Wahpeton 41, Fertile-Beltrami 34

Consolation rounds

Detroit Lakes 57, Turtle Mountain 14

Wahpeton 39, Bismarck St. Mary's 31

Bismarck Century 59, Minot 18

Wahpeton 60, Central Cass 21

Detroit Lakes 42, Jamestown 25

GF Central 37, Turtle Mountain 36

Badger-G-MR 33, Central Cass 27

GF Red River 47, Valley City 24

Minot 41, GF Central 37

Valley City 38, Fertile-Beltrami 28

Bismarck St. Mary's 51, GF Central 30

Sandstrom writes for the Grand Forks Herald