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Wrestling: Yellowjackets claim second at Heart O'Lakes championships

Four Perham wrestlers won individual HOL Conference titles last Friday in Pelican Rapids.

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The Perham Wrestling team welcomes a wreslter back to the team area during a home triangular at Prairie Wind Middle School on Jan. 17, 2023.
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PELICAN RAPIDS – The Perham wrestling team took home a second place Heart O’Lakes Conference finish on Friday night

The Yellowjackets finished with 135 team points, trailing only Frazee (194.5). Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton took third (132.5), while Barnesville (120), Pelican Rapids (103.5) and United Clay Becker (91) rounded out the field.

Four Perham wrestlers won individual conference titles. Chandler Mickelson won the 132-pound crown with an 8-4 decision win over Barnesville’s Ayden Hauck. Carson Byer beat Frazee’s Josh Mellema by a 10-3 decision in the 138-pound championship match.

Braylon Rach and Hudson Hackel continued to roll into the conference championships. Rach won the 182-pound title with a fall victory over Frazee’s Max Rue (2:58). Hackel was the top 195-pounder with a 6-2 decision win over Frazee’s Daniel Graham.

Perham’s heavyweight, Jaxon Vetsch, also competed in a championship match. He fell to Barnesville’s Tim Wells by a 7-4 decision.

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Kaden Felt notched a top-three finish by taking this place at 152 pounds. Rorey Lindquist also took third at 220 pounds. Nick Peters came in fifth place at 145, while Calvin Berry was the sixth-best wrestler of the night at 160 pounds.

Perham also competed in a home triangular last Thursday. The Yellowjackets knocked off the Roadcrew of Pequot Lakes-Pine River-Backus 36-31. Perham completed the triangular sweep with a 43-26 win over Alexandria.

Last Thursday, the Yellowjackets handled their business with a 76-6 win over Ottertail Central.

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Perham's Chandler Mickelson wrestles during a home triangular at Prairie Wind Middle School on Jan. 17, 2023.
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Perham's Tiegan Detloff wrestles during a home triangular at Prairie Wind Middle School on Jan. 17, 2023.
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Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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