(Updated) Perham's Ty Moser wins Class AA Championship at 195.
Perham's Ty Moser said to his corner prior to his Class AA Championship match that he's got this. Moser delivered with a commanding 5-1 victory over Kasson-Mantorville's Grant Parrish to capture the school's first individual title since 2007.
Perham’s Ty Moser said to his corner prior to his Class AA Championship match that he’s got this. Moser delivered with a commanding 5-1 victory over Kasson-Mantorville’s Grant Parrish to capture the school’s first individual title since 2007.
“It’s unbelievable,” Moser said. “It’s been years and years in the making. Finally, for all that hard work and hours and hours of training to pay off in one moment, it’s incredible.”
After the clock hit zero, Moser flexed and looked into the crowd to his cheering section, which has been following him throughout the years.
“It’s pure happiness to see how proud I could make them and repay all of the support they have given me all of these years,” Moser said. “It’s amazing. It’s a good confidence booster, win or lose, to know that I have a support system that extends outside of my family. I have people who are outside of his program that support me and people that aren’t even in wrestling that support me. To be able to rely on a group like that to help me achieve my goals and my dreams is something that’s truly special.”
Moser had some time to think about his match prior as the previous weights were still taking place. He said he was soaking in the experience of being on the big stage for the first time in his career. Moser and Parrish wrestled a scoreless first period, but Moser got an escape to start the second and followed it up with a take down. His game plan was to stay aggressive as that’s what brought him to the big stage. He stuck to the game plan and ended up with a late take down in the third period to secure the win.
“We just had to be aggressive and that’s been my style all season,” Moser said. “I really wanted to stick to it. It took me a little while to get in there, but once i started feeling it I knew that I was in the right spot and that I could get it done.”
After his hand was raised, Moser shook the hands of the opposing coaches and ran over and gave his father and head coach, Robb, a big hug, a moment he said he will cherish forever.
“Those are the moments you live for,” Moser said. “He has been there every step of the way for me. To hug him after that is something that will last me a lifetime.”
The victory capped off a perfect season for Moser. The senior finished the season with a 46-0 record. He finishes his career with a 196-30 mark.
Peterson, Fudge take second
For the second straight year, Perham’s Zach Peterson ran into a buzzsaw at the Class AA Championships. Last year, Kasson-Mantorville’s Patrick Kennedy defeated Peterson in the third place match on his way to a state championship. This year, it was Kennedy earning a fall win over the senior to win the championship at 182 pounds.
“It’s a surreal moment. I know I didn’t accomplish my goal of what I set out for at the beginning of the year, but I’m satisfied with how I did,” Peterson said. “I want to keep moving forward and keep working. I can’t thank my teammates and my coaches enough. It’s a surreal moment and an awesome opportunity. It’s a memory that will stay with me the rest of my life to be with my teammates and having six guys place with one champion is unbelieveable. I’m so happy to be a part of Perham wrestling right now.”
Peterson became the school’s all-time wins leader during the year and finished the 2018-19 season with a mark of 50-2 overall. He advanced to the finals with a thrilling victory over Simley’s Quayin Short.
“It’s a bittersweet moment. It was an awesome season and an awesome career,” Peterson said. “It’s bitter because it’s coming to an end, but it’s sweet because I know I put in a ton of work and I’m happy leaving the program where it’s at. It’s in a great place and I’m very excited to see where this program moves forward and super excited to see the kids I have trained with wrestle the next couple of years.”
Perham’s Dylan Fudge capped off his career with a second place finish at 152 pounds when he was defeated by Waconia’s Timothy Stapleton in the Class AA Championships.
Stapleton was able to block a couple of turn and throws from Fudge and extended a close lead late to earn the 11-2 major decision.
“It felt good. It’s my senior year and making it to the finals was something special,” Fudge said. “It’s not what I wanted in the finals, but still can’t complain on what I have done and still got to achieve from this program here at Perham. I can’t think my family and my coaches for pushing me through and getting me to where I’m at.”
Fudge said it feels pretty nice to have his high school career come to an end at the biggest stage at the state championships.
Fudge picked up his 200th career win during the individual tournaments and said it was nice to kick the tournament off with that win. He wished it would have came the day before on his birthday during the team tournament against Stapleton.
Fudge entered the individual tournament as the No. 10 seed overall. He was ranked second, but wasn’t seeded due to the formula for seeding wrestlers.
Fudge finished his career with a record of 44-7 overall.
Fourth place for Kellogg
Dawson Kellogg’s run at the Class AA championships came to an end in overtime in the third place match at 220 against Delano’s Edward Hajas during the third place contest.
Kellogg thought he had the two points in overtime, but was ruled that they were off the mat. Hajas took advantage of the opportunity and got his second overtime victory over Kellogg during the tournament when he was able to take Kellogg down in the closing seconds of the sudden victory period. It was the second time Hajas earned a sudden victory over Kellogg. The first time he defeated the junior in the quarterfinals 5-3.
Kellogg finished the tournament with a 4-2 mark and ends his junior season with a 45-6 mark.
Rach finishes fourth
Leighton Rach’s high school wrestling career came to a close with a fourth place finish at the Class AA Championships on March 2. The senior wrestler capped off his high school career against a familiar opponent, Thief River Falls’ Cade Lundeen.
The two wrestlers have wrestled each other many times throughout their career. It was a rematch of the Section 8AA Championship finals. It was a strong display of wrestling for Section 8AA at 132 pounds in the Class AA Tournament. Two of the top four in the state came from Section 8AA.
Lundeen repeated the Section 8AA victory with one at the state meet. He defeated Rach 5-1. Rach trailed going into the third and got the escape to cut into the lead. However, Lundeen got a late two points as Rach was trying to even the match in the closing seconds.
Rach finished the season with a 39-11 record and capped off his career with a fourth place finish to go along with his sixth place finish from 2016 while ending his career with four straight individual appearances at the championships.
Bellefeuille takes sixth
Perham junior Gabe Bellefeuille reached the podium for the first time in his wrestling career when he earned a sixth place finish at the Class AA Championships at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on March 2.
In his third trip to the tournament as an individual, Bellefeuille posted a 3-3 mark overall after being defeated by Jake Nelson of Becker in the fifth place match. Becker was able to get an early take down and built on the lead for a 5-0 decision victory.
It was the second time that Nelson was able to defeat Bellefeuille. Nelson earned a 6-2 decision in the quarterfinals. Bellefeuille responded by winning his next two matches, ensuring he would get a medal.
Class AA Championship Results
152: Timothy Stapleton (WAC) def. Dylan Fudge (PER) (Maj. Dec. 11-2)
182: Patrick Kennedy (KM) def. Zach Peterson (PER) (Fall 1:54)
195: Ty Moser (PER) def. Grant Parrish (KM) (Dec. 5-1)
Class AA Third Place
132: Cade Lundeen (TRF) def. Leighton Rach (PER) (Dec. 5-1)
220: Edward Hajas (DEL) def. Dawson Kellogg (PER) (S-V 3-1)
Class AA Fifth Place
126: Jake Nelson (BECK) def. Gabe Bellefeuille (PER) (Dec. 5-0)