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Yellowjacket wrestlers cruise in home opener

Perham's Chase Curtis gains control of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton's Jacob Arends. Curtis earned a fall victory over Arends at 1:25 of the match. Jason Groth/FOCUS

Perham-The Perham Yellowjacket wrestling team earned eight victories by pin in its 2014-15 home opener en route to a 66-6 victory over the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels at the Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium on Thursday, Dec. 11.   

“I thought our kids wrestled really well and really hard,” Perham Head Coach Robb Moser said. “It was great to have a home match. This match wasn’t originally on the schedule. It was a nice opportunity for us.”

Dylan Fudge, Ben Nelson, Chase Curtis, Tyler Fudge, Colin Neitzke, Zach Peterson, William Parks and Jesse Bucholz picked up victories by pin.

“All year long, I thought, our kids have been better at pinning than before,” Moser said. “I didn’t expect that coming into the year. It’s not something that has been a focus of ours. It might be a reflection on having an older team. Our seniors have done a great job of leading the way that way. It’s a lot of bonus points.”

Senior Patrick Glynn earned a narrow decision victory over Alex Fuchs at 170-pounds. Glynn held a 2-1 lead after a period; however, an escape evened it at two in the second. Glynn picked up a point with an escape of his own in the third to take the 3-2 decision.

“I thought that was going to be the best match of the night. One of the things that Glynn has done is really settled himself down,” Moser said. “He has been really consistent that way. It’s a great win for him. I hope it propels him into a nice weekend.”

Wyatt Guck made his return to the varsity line-up at 120-pounds. He rode a strong third period, to earn an 11-8 decision over Dacotah Coggins. Guck scored eight third period points, erasing a 5-3 deficit to Coggins.

“That’s what we talk about is big third period wins and he got that,” Moser said. “That was nice.”

The middleweights continued the momentum with three straight fall victories from Nelson, Curtis and Tyler Fudge.

“We really rely on Ben (Nelson) and Chase (Curtis). They have been a nice springboard for us to settle things down,” Moser said. “We are so young at the lower weights; they have been a great anchor for us in the middle of the line-up.”

Jesse Bucholz capped the night off in exciting fashion. He fell behind 3-0 after two periods to Drew Hawk at 285-pounds. A strong move late in the third period enabled him to get the fall victory at 5:32.

“They are sometimes the most exciting and Bucholz didn’t let us down there,” Moser said. “He had a wonderful throw and I don’t know how he did it. It was an exciting exclamation point for the night.”

The Yellowjackets take to the road for the Sertoma Invitational in Grand Forks N.D. on Friday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 13.


DGF       6

Perham 66


106: Jack Fuchs (DGF) over Leighton Rach (PER) (fall 5:36)

113: Dylan Fudge (PER) over Matthew Pollock (DGF) (fall 2:27)

120: Wyatt Guck (PER) over Dacotah Coggins (Dec. 11-8)

126: Ben Nelson (PER) over Dawson Berning (DGF) (fall 1:17)

132: Chase Curtis (PER) over Jacob Arends (DGF) (fall 1:25)

138: Tyler Fudge (PER) over Jake Schlicting (DGF) (fall 2:43)

145: Ty Moser (PER) over Trent Dufault (DGF) (Dec. 8-4)

152: Colin Neitzke (PER) over Trevor Dufault (DGF) (fall 1:55)

160: Zach Peterson (PER) over Dallas Kern (DGF) (fall 2:53)

170: Patrick Glynn (PER) over Alex Fuchs (DGF) (Dec. 3-2)

182: Colin Schmitz (PER) wins by forfeit

195: William Parks (PER) over Aaron Kern (DGF) (fall 2:34)

220: Jesse Klatt (PER) over Tyler Oberg (DGF) (Dec. 3-1)

285: Jesse Bucholz (PER) over Drew Hawk (DGF) (fall 5:32)

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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