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Neitzke, Parks win titles in Perham wrestling opener at W-DC

WADENA — A pair of juniors won individual titles for Perham leading the Yellowjackets to a runner-up finish at the Dennis Kaatz Wrestling Invitational Saturday.

Colin Neitzke (152) and William Parks (182) swept their respective brackets.

Neitzke was only tested once in a 7-4 decision over United North Central senior Sam Tellers. After receiving a bye, Neitzke cruised to the 152-pound title win wins over a pair of freshman. In the finals, Nietzke defeated Ethan Kimber of Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 14-5. Nietzke opened his day with a pin at 3:16 over Remington Meager of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.

Parks won a decision over fellow junior Hayden Truax of Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale for the 182-pound crown by fall at 3:12. Parks opened with a win by fall at 2:50 over Wadena-Deer Creek junior Isaac Malone.

Like Nietzke, Parks was tested in the semifinals. Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Justin Mackenthun took Parks to a tie at two after regulation with an escape point in the third period. Parks won the match in overtime 3-2.

Mackenthun did get somewhat of a last laugh as Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus took the team title with 211 points. Perham scored 180 for second place followed by Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale with 157 and Thief River Falls with 145.

Other top Perham finishes:

Senior Sam Pirrotta reached finals losing to Thief River Falls junior Noah Bernier of Thief River Falls in a 3-1 decision.

Sophomore 195-pounder Jesse Klatt used a pin and a 12-0 shutout to reach the finals. United North Central junior Tristan Palmer won the 195 title with a 14-0 victory.

Junior Jesse Bucholz finished in third place at heavyweight. Bucholz got off to a rough start thanks to Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale senior Dalton Baker who pinned Bucholz at 11 seconds. Bucholz bounced back with a fall of his own at 1:25 over United North Central junior Landon Oshie. Bucholz took third place with a 43-second stick of Douglas Pederson, a junior from Badger/Greenbush-Middle River.

At 160, junior Patrick Glynn resumed action after suffering a season-ending injury last year and finished in third place.

Glynn opened with an 11-4 decison over Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale senior Andrew Cihlar. An 11-5 loss to Thief River Falls junior Jake Brinkman, Glynn pinned Isaac Funes, of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle at 2:31 and took consolation honors by technical fall at 3:53 over Tyler Eckman, a junior from United North Central.

Sophomore Chase Curtis also added a third place finish at 126 pounds.

Curtis defeated Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus senior Brandon Mager by fall at 5:02, lost to Thief River Falls’ junior and eventual champ Stephen Holocek 4-1.

In the consolation, Curtis pinned Lee Hotakainen, a Wadena-Deer Creek freshman, at 2:28 and defeated Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale junior Marshall Willis by a 6-2 decision.

Zach Peterson (145), and Cole Schmitz (170) had fourth place finishes for the Yellowjackets.

Dennis Kaatz Invitational

1. Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus 211

2. Perham 180

3. Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 157

4. Thief River Falls 145

5. Badger/Greenbush-Middle River 140

6. United North Central 132.5

7. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 83

8. Staples-Motley 76.5

9. Wadena-Deer Creek 34

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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