Peaking at the perfect time, the Detroit Lakes wrestling team came up short of earning a state berth in the Class 2A meet after falling to Perham 36-26 in the Section 8-2A championship in Thief River Falls Saturday.
The Lakers were coming off of two impressive and close wins over Fergus Falls 34-31 in the quarterfinals and Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus in the semifinals by the score of 33-22.
The No. 3 seeded DL squad wrestled the top-seeded Yellowjackets even in the title match, but Perham keyed its victory by winning from 160-pounds to 220.
"I was very pleased with the kids' effort, I thought they wrestled outstanding all day," said DL head coach Rob Ullyott. "I didn't think bonus points came into play, it just came down to the close matches, in which we came up short in a few of them."
The Lakers led 20-15 after Parker Jackson recorded a 23-8 technical fall on Jacob Monson at 145 pounds and Jarett Nosal picked up a big 4-3 decision over Collin Nietzke at 152.
But after that, the Yellowjackets went on a five-match winning streak, which included two pins and three decisions.
"We knew we had a battle on our hands against Perham and it pretty much went the way we had it down on paper beforehand," Ullyott said. "It was close all the way through."
The Lakers avoided early elimination in the quarterfinals, thanks in due to freshman heavyweight James Huwe, who stuck Otter Taylor Tenner in 3:17 to secure the 34-31 victory.
Trailing 31-28 heading into the heavyweight bout, Huwe needed to gain some bonus points, since neither team knew how the tie-breaker was going to fall.
The match was scoreless after the first period and Huwe took the up position in the second period and eventually was able to turn Tenner for the pin.
"James was certainly favored in the match, but it's always hard to gain bonus points, especially in the heavyweight class," Ullyott said.
The Lakers faced Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus in the semifinals, the same team which defeated the Lakers just a week ago for the Mid-State Conference championship and the No. 2 seed in the section.
But things went differently Saturday, as Luke Payne scored a big win at 120 with a 7-5 decision over Nate Adkins, while 182-pounder Jeff Gailfus recorded a takedown with one second left for a 5-4 upset win over Justin Mackenthun.
"We got the wins where we needed them and I thought it was our best dual of the season," Ullyott said.
The Section 8-2A individual meet will be in Fergus Falls Friday and Saturday.
Section 8-2A team tournament in Thief River Falls, Saturday, Feb. 16.
Detroit Lakes 34, Fergus Falls 31
106 Tyler Bellefuille (DL) major decision over Nathan Hilbrand (FF) 12-4
112 Payton Jackson (DL) decision over Spencer Sikkink (FF) 6-1
120 Abbot Aho (FF) fall over Marcus Jaskens (DL) 4:37
126 Tyler Giza (FF) major decision over Luke Payne (DL) 11-0
132 Nathan Francis (DL) decision over Ben Schindler (FF) 5-2
138 Zach Baker (DL) fall over Joe Wedll (FF):14
145 Parker Jackson (DL) fall over Jake Antrim (FF) :12
152 Jarett Nosel (DL) fall over Justin Buss (FF) 1;!8
160 Dane Ringquist (FF) decision over Brandon Dahring (DL) 4-3
170 Walker Heinen (FF) decision over Jeff Galifus (DL) 6-4
182 Gus Makovsky (FF) decision over Jason Griego (DL) 3-2
195 Abram Aho (FF) fallover Kavon Schumacker (DL) 1:56
220 Tommy Weaver (FF) fall over Cameron Fitz (DL) 1:32
Hwt James Huwe (DL) fall over Taylor Tenner (FF) 3:17.
Detroit Lakes 33, Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus 22
106 Anthony Philipson (PL) major decision over Tyler Bellefeuille (DL) 12-4
112 Brandon Mager (PL) fall over Payton Jackson (DL) 1:46
120 Luke Payne (DL) decision over Nate Adkins (PL) 7-5
126 Trisiton Rubner (PL) decision over Logan Twigg (DL) 10-5
132Nathan Francis (DL) decision over Nick Gravdahl (PL) 8-2
138Zach Baker (DL) major decision over Jace Loge (PL) 14-6
145 Jackson Parker (DL) technical fall over Trevor Johnson (PL) 20-3
152 Drey Loge (PL) fall over Cole Hegg (DL) :35
160 Jarrett Nosal (DL) decision over Osmund Miller (PL) 3-1
170 Brandon Dahring (DL) decision over Kyle Jordan (PL) 10-8
182 Jeff Gailfus (DL) decision over Justin Mackenthun (PL) 5-4
195 Jason Griego (DL) fall over Cadel Roeder (PL) 3:12
220 Cameron Fitz (DL) decision oer Kurt kent (PL) 4-0
Hwt Jared Adkins (PL) decision over James Huwe (DL) 3-2.
Perham 36, Detroit Lakes 26
106 Tyler Bellefeuille (DL) fall Gage Paurus (PER) 2:27
112 Sam Pirrotta (PER) fall Payton Jackson (DL) 2:31
120 Chase Curtis (PER) dec Luke Payne (DL) 2-1
126 Nathan Francis (DL) dec Jake Guehna (PER) 7-0
132 Josh Werner (PER) fall Logan Twigg (DL) 3:07
138 Zach Baker (DL) dec Luke Sailor (PER) 5-4
145 Jackson Parker (DL tech fall Jacob Monson (PER) 23-8
152 Jarett Nosal (DL) dec Collin Nietzke (PER) 4-3
160 Brady Sazma (PER) dec Brandon Dahring (DL) 3-2
170 Cole Schmitz (PER) dec Jeff Gailfus (DL) 4-3
182 William Parks (PER) dec Jason Griego (DL) 6-1
195 Gio Garcia (PER) fall Cameron Fitz (DL) 3:51
220 Cody Nyladner (PER) fall Mike Renteria (DL) :58
Hwt James Huwe (DL) fall Jesse Bucholz (PER) 1:22