State-ranked battle goes to Perham

Facing a team twice in less than a week span is a daunting task. However, that wasn't the case for the third-ranked Perham wrestling team when they defeated the ninth-ranked Detroit Lakes Lakers 39-18 at the Hive on Jan. 17.

Perham's Leighton Rach works to get free from Detroit Lakes' Blake Weber. Rach defeated Weber for the second straight time in a battle of two state-ranked wrestlers at 132 pounds. Carter Jones/FOCUS

Facing a team twice in less than a week span is a daunting task. However, that wasn’t the case for the third-ranked Perham wrestling team when they defeated the ninth-ranked Detroit Lakes Lakers 39-18 at the Hive on Jan. 17.

The Yellowjackets won their 23rd dual meet of the season and second straight over Detroit Lakes. The Yellowjackets defeated Detroit Lakes 36-21.

“It was a great and exciting atmosphere and it’s what wrestling needs. It was two of the best wrestling teams in the state,” Perham head coach Robb Moser said. “We love being at home and we haven’t been at home much. I thought it was a fun crowd with a couple of real good matches in there. Sometimes when you have really good teams like that, it goes a long way because there are not many pins. I think that was the case tonight. For a novice fan, they probably didn’t see it as exciting as a regular dual, but that’s what happens when you have two really good teams.”

Perham's Blake Lorentz tries to hold off a take down attempt from Bradly Swiers. Carter Jones/FOCUS


Moser said facing the Lakers at the Rick Lee Duals changes the mindset heading into the event. He said you look at all the matches and see where they could go better than they did in the first matchup.

“They didn’t have all their horses in the lineup like they did when we saw them at the Rick Lee, but that’s what happens with late January wrestling,” Moser said. “I don’t think anyone is feeling 100 percent. If you look at our guys, it looks like a mash unit out there. There are a lot of people who are banged up. We are really happy that we a week off.”

Aaron Lorentz started the night off with a fall over Tyson Ullyott at one minute and 39 seconds. Blaze Brady followed with his second consecutive win over Cade Jackson with an 8-5 decision at 113.

Detroit Lakes got on the board with a pair of wins at 120 and 126 when Bradly Swiers defeated Blake Lorentz 4-2 and Brody Ullyott defeated Gabe Bellefeuille by decision 3-0.

One of the key matches of the evening came at 132 with Leighton Rach and Detroit Lakes’ Blake Weber. Rach entered ranked ninth in the state, while Weber was sixth. However, the rankings may flip after Rach picked up his second win in a row against Weber when he defeated him 6-2.

“I thought Leighton has come along way here,” Moser said. “If you were to ask him, he would say he underperformed at the Rumble. But, at the Clash he had a wonderful 6-0 performance and he has been on a nice roll. He has gotten used to 132 as a weight and those last two performances against Weber, who is a solid, super solid kid, that’s awesome to see from the coaching staff. We think he is heading in the right direction big time.”

Coltan Satter returned to the line up and gave Fabyon Greer a run at 138, but Greer was able to hold on for a 6-5 decision win. Perham returned to the win column with back-to-back wins from Jack Fudge, who pinned Thad Schlauderaff at 4:11, and Dylan Fudge, who won by forfeit.

Brennan Sather and Isaiah Thompson posted back-to-back wins with a 3-2 decision over Matthew Bush and a Thompson pin of Brian Ramos.


However, as teams have found out throughout the season, it’s tough to get a run on this Perham team. Perham closed out the dual with four straight wins. Zach Peterson earned a 5-2 decision win over Noah Olds. Ty Moser out-pointed Jordan Skadsem 9-3, Dawson Kellogg earned a fall win at 3:18, while Rowdie Lindquist picked up an overtime win over Andres Barnett, 2-1.

“That’s exactly the case. Our lineup is so solid that nobody is going to start getting in a big pinning situation for us. Even someone’s best wrestler is going to have to work for it, we think,” Moser said. “With that being said, we have room to improve. We have some young guys in the lineup that haven’t had much varsity experience and at the same time, we have some seniors and upperclassmen that have to understand we only have about six weeks left in the season and they want to be all in and ready for postseason time.”

The Yellowjackets will have a bit of a break before they return to the mats. Perham is back in action again when they take on Ottertail Central on Jan. 24 at the Hive.


Perham 39 Detroit Lakes 18

106: Aaron Lorentz (PER) def. Tyson Ullyott (DL) (Fall 1:39)

113: Blaze Brady (PER) def. Cade Jackson (DL) (Dec. 8-5)

120: Bradly Swiers (DL) def. Blake Lorentz (PER) (Dec. 4-2)


126: Brody Ullyott (DL) def. Gabe Bellefeuille (PER) (Dec. 3-0)

132: Leighton Rach (PER) def. Blake Weber (DL) (Dec. 6-2)

138: Fabyon Greer (DL) def. Coltan Satter (PER) (Dec. 6-5)

145: Jack Fudge (PER) def. Thad Schlauderaff (DL) (Fall 4:11)

152: Dylan Fudge (PER) wins by forfeit

160: Brennan Sather (DL) def. Matthew Bush (PER) (Dec. 3-2)

170: Isaiah Thompson (DL) def. Brian Ramos (PER) (Fall 2:45)

182: Zach Peterson (PER) def. Noah Olds (DL) (Dec. 5-2)

195: Ty Moser (PER) def. Jordan Skadsem (DL) (Dec. 9-3)

220: Dawson Kellogg (PER) def. Andrew Annette (DL) (Fall 3:18)

285: Rowdie Lindquist (PER) def. Andres Barnett (DL) (Dec. 2-1 OT)

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