Perham wrestlers sweep home triangular

Perham-The new face in Section 8AA wrestling was hoping to send a message to the defending champions on Dec. 3 at the Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium in Perham.

Tyler Fudge looks to gain control of Kyle Fowler. Fudge earned a narrow, 15-11, decision victory over Fowler on Thursday. Jason Groth/FOCUS

Perham-The new face in Section 8AA wrestling was hoping to send a message to the defending champions on Dec. 3 at the Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium in Perham.

The Bemidji Lumberjacks moved into Section 8AA this season and were hoping to knock off the Perham Yellowjackets and send an early season statement to the defending champions.

The Yellowjackets withstood the pressure from the Lumberjacks at the upper weights, while controlling the lower weights and earned a 30-25 victory over the Lumberjacks.

“Sometimes good teams make you look not so good. I don’t think we looked as good against Bemidji as we have earlier in the season,” Perham Head Coach Robb Moser said. “That’s probably more to do with them than it was us. We are happy to get the win, but we have a long way to go. We have to improve a lot, because I know they will.”

The Yellowjackets had several key wins in the lower weights, which allowed them to build up a strong early lead against Bemidji.


“We had a couple of big wins in there and we have to be able to steal a couple of wins in there,” Moser said. “There were a couple of matches that we lost that I think we can win in the future. But, that’s why you are here. It’s all practice until the end of the year. It is good for our kids to eke out a win, but it’s also important for them to realize we have a lot of improvement to do.”

Jack Fudge and Gabe Bellefeuille opened with victories for Perham. Fudge won a decision over Bryce Golden, while Bellefeuille knocked off Clay Olsen by major decision.

Leighton Rach picked up a key win against Nate Golden. Rach used a reversal in the third period to break a 4-4 tie, picking up the 6-4 decision over Golden, who defeated Rach last year.

“Rach had a great match there. That was a kid who beat him last year. I was super proud of him to do that,” Moser said. “That was not easy. I think he needed that for his confidence and as the team score came out, we needed it for the team big time.”

Ben Nelson used a takedown in the first and an escape in the third to earn a 3-0 victory at 126 over John Solum.

Chase Curtis followed with a decision win at 132 when he defeated Indi Farris, 6-1.

Bemidji got on the board with a decision win at 138. Owen Lucas outpointed Gage Paurus, 10-6, earning Bemidji’s first points of the night.

Tyler Fudge returned the momentum back to the Perham side of the mat. Fudge rallied from a 1-0 deficit in the third period with multiple takedowns and near falls. He dominated the third period, 11-2, earning the 11-3 major decision win.


“He (Fudge) kept pouring it on. It got to the point where we were just thinking about going for the win, but Tyler kept putting his foot on the gas and got the major,” Moser said. “Tyler is a little wild and crazy at times. In that case, it was a good extra point that we got, not only the win and the bonus point, which was pretty neat.”

Bemidji’s Parker Beyer caught Josh Germolus early in the first period for a fall victory at 152.  

However, the momentum was short lived. Ty Moser answered with a fall victory in the second period at 160 over Calvin Sheffield.

“Ty had a solid match there. I think they thought they had a chance there. He had a very solid turn there,” Robb Moser said. “It was good for him, personally, but even better for the team. It set up Zach Peterson, who has been just a hammer this year, and he didn’t disappoint again.”

Peterson picked up the final victory for the Yellowjackets at 170. He earned a major decision victory, 13-4, over Nick Peterson.

Bemidji followed with four straight victories, closing out the match but they weren’t able to get many of the extra points that they needed to complete the comeback bid over Perham.

Gannon Strain earned an 8-4 decision over Dylan Perrine at 182. Hunter Schoeneborne earned a major decision win over Evan Guck, 12-3, at 195.

It took overtime, but Wyatt Yoeman was able to edge Jesse Klatt, 4-2, at 220. Brody Wilander closed out the match with a fall victory over Johnathan Staebler at 285.


The victory over Bemidji was the second victory of the day for the Yellowjackets. The Yellowjackets easily disposed of Thief River Falls, 61-9, in their first dual of the triangular meet between the tree teams.

“It was a good match for our guys. It started off really well. Jack Fudge was behind and went for broke, sure enough he landed a move and got the big pin,” Moser said. “That was good momentum for a lot of our guys. We did well. That was a match that we had to win a couple of those close ones. I thought our kids were ready to go.”

The Yellowjackets earned six victories by fall over Thief River Falls. Jack Fudge, Chase Curtis, Gage Paurus, Tyler Fudge, Zach Peterson, Dylan Perrine and Evan Guck earned fall victories.

The Yellowjackets are 3-0 in dual meet action. They return to the mats on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. when they compete in Wadena.


Thief River Falls                 9

Perham                               61


106: Jack Fudge (PER) def. Jake Davis (TRF) (Fall 1:22)

113: Gave Bellefeuille (PER) def. Cole Johnson (Dec. 10-3)

120: Cade Lundeen (TRF) def. Leighton Rach (PER) (Dec. 9-3)

126: Ben Nelson (PER) wins by forfeit

132: Chase Curtis (PER) def. Cody Sele (TRF) (Fall 4:45)

138: Gage Paurus (PER) def. Ian Hutton (TRF) (Fall 1:53)

145: Tyler Fudge (PER) def. Kyle Fowler (TRF) (Dec. 15-11)

152: Josh Bernier (TRF) def. Johs Germolus (PER) (Fall 3:18)

160: Ty Moser (PER) def. Kyle Miller (TRF) (Dec. 7-3)

170: Zach Peterson (PER) def. Hunter Roller (TRF) (Fall 3:37)

182: Dylan Perrine (PER) def. Trevor Matelski (Fall 1:50)

195: Evan Guck (PER) def. Conner Jensen (TRF) (Fall 3:27)

220: Jesse Klatt (PER) won by forfeit

285: Johnathan Staebler (PER) def. Connor Swanson (TRF) (Maj. Dec. 11-1)


Bemidji                               25

Perham                               30


106: Jack Fudge (PER) def. Bryce Golden (BEM) (Dec. 11-4)

113: Gabe Bellefeuille (PER) def. Clay Olsen (BEM) (Maj. Dec. 15-3)

120: Leighton Rach (PER) def. Nate Golden (BEM) (Dec. 6-4)

126: Ben Nelson (PER) def. Jon Solum (BEM) (Dec. 3-0)

132: Chase Curtis (PER) def. Indi Farris (BEM) (Dec. 6-1)

138: Owen Lucas (BEM) def. Gage Paurus (PER) (Dec. 10-6)

145: Tyler Fudge (PER) def. Chance Hinrichs (TRF) (Maj. Dec. 11-3)

152: Parker Beyer (BEM) def. Josh Germolus (PER) (Fall :32)

160: Ty Moser (PER) def. Calvin Sheffield (BEM) (Fall 2:38)

170: Zach Peterson (PER) def. Nick Peterson (BEM) (Maj. Dec. 13-4)

182: Gannon Strain (BEM) def. Dylan Perrine (PER) (Dec. 8-4)

195: Hunter Schoeneborn (BEM) def. Evan Guck (PER) (Maj. Dec. 12-3)

220: Wyatt Yoeman (BEM) def. Jesse Klatt (PER) (Dec. 4-2 OT)

285: Brody Wilander (BEM) def. Johnathan Staebler (PER) (Fall 1:19)

Perham's Zach Peterson works for the fall against Thief River Falls' Hunter Roller. He would eventually get the fall victory over Roller at 3:37 of the match. Jason Groth/FOCUS

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