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Laker heavyweight James Huwe (right) wrestles during the Class 2A state meet, where he placed third overall.

Lakers place three wrestlers in Class 2A state meet

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Lakers place three wrestlers in Class 2A state meet
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When the Detroit Lakes wrestling team qualified an all-time Laker high six wrestlers for the Class 2A state individual tournament, expectations of doing well when they competed inside the Xcel Energy Center remained high. 

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The half a dozen of Lakers were entering the state meet on roll and it showed, as they placed half in the top six of their respective weight classes.

“I felt the last month of the season, our guys were wrestling better and better,” said DL head coach Rob Ullyott. “I just thought we had a tremendous state meet.”

For the second year in a row, junior Parker Jackson earned a medal by placing fourth at 152 pounds.

Jackson wrestled his way to the semifinals by winning his two matches Friday over Monticello’s Carter Barnes 17-6 and Dawson-Boyd’s Keith Abraham 11-5.

But top-ranked Simley senior Mack Short ended Jackson’s quest for a state title with a pin of the Laker in the semifinals.

“If you would rank all the wrestlers in the state together, Short would be in the top 10,” Ullyott said. “At state, your margin of error is so small and Short just caught Parker on a counter and got the pin.”

Jackson ensured he was going to wrestle for a state placing by defeating Albany’s Carter Holthaus 5-1. Jackson beat Holthaus earlier in the Section 8-2A title bout.

In the third-place bout, it came down to which wrestler was going to record the takedown and unfortunately for Jackson, it was Hutchinson senior Chris Schmidt who got it for an eventual 4-2 win.

“Parker took another step by placing for the second year in a row,” Ullyott added.

The youngest ever Laker to place came Saturday, as eighth grader Braydon Ortloff surprised a few onlookers and opponents to place sixth at 106 pounds.

Ortloff, who was seeded fifth in the Section 8-2A tournament, won both his matches Friday to qualify for the semifinals.

He first beat Big Lake’s Logan Donais by fall, and then proceeded to beat Orono’s Jon Schmid in the quarters by the score of 11-4.

In the semifinals, Ortloff faced close friend in Grand Rapids’ freshman Cole Jones, who used to live in Detroit Lakes before moving with his family a couple of years ago.

Jones, who was ranked No. 3 in the state at 106 pounds, downed Ortloff 15-0, while finishing second overall after losing in the championship match to Garrett Aldrich in a narrow 10-8 defeat.

“The thing for Braydon was he wasn’t intimidated and was very offensive in his matches,” Ullyott said. “He didn’t have the big eyes some first time state wrestlers have.

“Cole and Braydon are also two very good friends, so I’m sure it was a little weird wrestling each other. But Cole is a great wrestler.”

Ortloff lost to Jake Gliva in the consolation semifinals 8-3 and to Hibbing eighth grader AJ Bethea 15-9 in the fifth place match.

The highest placer in Section 8-2A was DL sophomore James Huwe, who finished third in the heavyweight division.

Huwe pinned his way to the semifinals, where his task became a bit tougher with the nation’s top-ranked heavyweight in Kasson-Mantorville senior Sam Stoll, who came in with 64 straight pins.

Although Stoll eventually pinned Huwe, it wasn’t before the Laker was able to score the only points posted on the Iowa University recruit in the state tournament.

“James had a great state meet and it was due to his maturity,” Ullyott said. “He is more patient and has eliminated mistakes. I believe he was the second best heavyweight at state, behind Stoll (who eventually won the title).”

Huwe pinned Caledonia/Houston/Spring Grove’s Blake Mauss in the consolation semifinals and capped the bronze match with a fall on Mankato East sophomore Logan Swanson.

Senior Kirby Siewert was one win away from placing after going 2-2 at 220 pounds, which is quite the accomplishment since the Laker basically has only two years of wrestling experience underneath his belt.

He lost in the consolation quarterfinals 8-7 to Paxton Woods of South St. Paul, after Siewert nearly had a takedown to win the bout with under 20 seconds remaining.

“Kirby gives it all the full six minutes and he stays within his abilities of wrestling,” Ullyott said. “That was very effective at state for him.”

Each of eighth grader Payton Jackson and senior Jarett Nosal lost their first-round matches and were eliminated when their opponents fell in the quarterfinals.

“It was a great experience for Payton to draw on,” the DL coach said. “For Jarett, it was a great way to close out his wrestling career, by being in state.”

Class 2A state individual tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Friday-Saturday, Feb. 28-March 1.

Detroit Lakes results

106 pounds - First Round: Braydon Ortloff, Detroit Lakes def. Logan Donais, Big Lake fall 524; Jon Schmid, Orono def. Toby Semler, Marshall/Lakeview 6-5; Keaten Schorr, Kasson-Mantorville def. Tucker Sjomeling, Delano 11-9; Cole Jones, Grand Rapids def. Lorenzo Diaz, South Saint Paul fall 51; Garrett Aldrich, Albert Lea Area def. Michael Menth, Totino-Grace 12-4; Jake Gliva, Simley def. Josh Lumley, Becker 12-4; AJ Bethea, Hibbing def. Anthony Philipson, Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus 11-9; Hser Eh Pwae, Worthington def. Jackson Stauffacher, Scott West 5-2

Championship Quarterfinals: Braydon Ortloff def. Jon Schmid 11-4; Cole Jones def. Keaten Schorr 7-4; Garrett Aldrich def. Jake Gliva 4-2; AJ Bethea def. Hser Eh Pwae 12-10

Wrestlebacks: Logan Donais def. Jon Schmid 11-3; Keaten Schorr def. Lorenzo Diaz 13-6; Jake Gliva def. Michael Menth 12-8 3xot; Anthony Philipson def. Hser Eh Pwae 5-2

Consolation Quarterfinals: Keaten Schorr def. Logan Donais fall 407; Jake Gliva def. Anthony Philipson 4-2

Consolation Semifinals: Keaten Schorr def. AJ Bethea 10-3; Jake Gliva def. Braydon Ortloff 8-3

Championship Semifinals: Cole Jones def. Braydon Ortloff tf 15-0; Garrett Aldrich def. AJ Bethea 9-4

Fifth: AJ Bethea def. Braydon Ortloff 15-9

Third: Keaten Schorr def. Jake Gliva 8-0

Championship: Garrett Aldrich def. Cole Jones 10-8.

113: First Round: Ben Kelvington, Scott West def. Ryan Wacker, New Ulm fall 337; Jake Allar, Benilde-Saint Margaret’s def. Josh Tarum, Saint Thomas Academy 15-5; Paul Fitterer, Cannon Falls def. Teddy Pierce, Chisago Lakes Area 6-1; Nate Carlson, Annandale/Maple Lake def. Ben Nelson, Perham 10-0; Clayton Hartle, Fulda/Murray County Central def. Justin Swetala, Richfield fall 459; Anthony Jackson, Simley def. Jacob Jewett, Glencoe-Silver Lake/Lester Prairie 6-2; Morgan Fuenffinger, Hibbing def. Payton Jackson, Detroit Lakes fall 40; Jakob Stageberg, New London-Spicer def. Chase DeFrang, Plainview-Elgin-Millville tf 18-3 550.

152: First Round: Joe Weber, Fairmont/Martin County West def. Reed Brown-Gmahl, Mora 6-4 ot; Chris Schmidt, Hutchinson def. Marcos Perez, South Saint Paul fall 56; Carter Holthaus, Albany def. Walker Thiele, Totino-Grace 7-1; Carter Nielsen, Foley def. Andy Ness, Faribault 9-4; Parker Jackson, Detroit Lakes def. Carter Barnes, Monticello 17-6; Keith Abraham, Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle/Montevideo United def. Damarius Gilmer, Minneapolis Patrick Henry 8-3; Dereck Samudio, Albert Lea Area def. Nate Tesch, Glencoe-Silver Lake/Lester Prairie fall 414; Mack Short, Simley def. Aaron Moscho, Milaca fall 358

Championship Quarterfinals: Chris Schmidt def. Joe Weber fall 115; Carter Nielsen def. Carter Holthaus 3-1; Parker Jackson def. Keith Abraham 11-5; Mack Short def. Dereck Samudio 12-3

Consolation Semifinals: Parker Jackson def. Carter Holthaus 5-1; Chris Schmidt def. Carter Barnes fall 429

Championship Semifinals: Carter Nielsen def. Chris Schmidt 4-1; Mack Short def. Parker Jackson fall 45

Fifth: Carter Holthaus def. Carter Barnes 7-5

Third: Chris Schmidt def. Parker Jackson 4-2

Championship: Mack Short def. Carter Nielsen 7-3.

160: First Round: Charlie Schmid, Orono def. Mark Sontag, Chisago Lakes Area 10-3; Andrew Fogarty, Scott West def. Tom Halonen, Dassel-Cokato fall 309; Dane Ringquist, Fergus Falls def. Khalil Christiansen, Saint Paul Johnson 6-2; Ben Boran, WEM/JWP def. Mason Kwilinski, Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle/Montevideo United fall 145; Carter Focht, Mahtomedi def. Jared Florell, Totino-Grace 9-1; Zach Kempema, Worthington def. Joe Heinz, New Prague 11-3; Zack Zimmer, Becker def. Jarett Nosal, Detroit Lakes 4-1; Thomas Miller, Plainview-Elgin-Millville def. Jake Pramann, Princeton 9-4.

220: First Round: Jake Filk, Hutchinson def. David Nelson, Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle/Montevideo United fall 140; Clay Broze, Cannon Falls def. Max Kaping, Litchfield fall 158; Kez Flomo, Totino-Grace def. Cole Warren, Princeton 7-5; Jack Ryan, Simley def. Tyshaun Brown, Thief River Falls fall 300; Kirby Siewert, Detroit Lakes def. Will Rusch, Grand Rapids 1-0; Christian DuLaney, Benilde-Saint Margaret’s def. Paxton Woods, South Saint Paul fall 30; Dylan Winegar, Waseca def. Luis Figueroa, Fairmont/Martin County West 13-1; Dalton Clouse, Glencoe-Silver Lake/Lester Prairie def. Mason Olson, Becker fall 329

Championship Quarterfinals: Clay Broze def. Jake Filk 7-4; Jack Ryan def. Kez Flomo 7-2; Christian DuLaney def. Kirby Siewert fall 31; Dalton Clouse def. Dylan Winegar fall 122

Wrestlebacks: Jake Filk def. Max Kaping fall 241; Kez Flomo def. Tyshaun Brown fall 152; Kirby Siewert def. Paxton Woods 9-1; Dylan Winegar def. Mason Olson 7-5 ot

Consolation Quarterfinals: Jake Filk def. Kez Flomo 6-0; Dylan Winegar def. Kirby Siewert 8-7.

Heavyweight: First Round: Sam Stoll, Kasson-Mantorville def. Logan Swanson, Mankato East fall 144; Logan Zaske, Redwood Valley/Cedar Mountain def. Seamus Hunter, North Branch fall 248; James Huwe, Detroit Lakes def. Rahshad Nixon, Simley fall 124; Leandre Bauswell, Columbia Heights def. Mitch Keeler, Foley fall 47; Jared Adkins, Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus def. Sam Anderson, Totino-Grace 3-2; Jake Lehmann, Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle/Montevideo United def. Blake Mauss, Caledonia/Houston/Spring Grove 2-1; Brent Riddle, Monticello def. Jose Brito, South Saint Paul 4-0; Brandon Merten, Milaca def. Kevin Kneisl, Delano 3-2

Championship Quarterfinals: Sam Stoll def. Logan Zaske fall 40; James Huwe def. Leandre Bauswell fall 127; Jake Lehmann def. Jared Adkins 8-1; Brandon Merten def. Brent Riddle fall 409

Wrestlebacks: Logan Swanson def. Logan Zaske 9-0; Leandre Bauswell def. Rahshad Nixon fall 41; Blake Mauss def. Jared Adkins 5-2; Brent Riddle def. Kevin Kneisl fall 411

Consolation Semifinals: Logan Swanson def. Jake Lehmann 3-1 ot; James Huwe def. Blake Mauss fall 348

Championship Semifinals: Sam Stoll def. James Huwe fall 352; Brandon Merten def. Jake Lehmann 7-3

Fifth: Blake Mauss def. Jake Lehmann 4-2 4xot

Third: James Huwe def. Logan Swanson fall 547

Championship: Sam Stoll def. Brandon Merten fall 119.

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Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN. 
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