Wrestling: Lakers peaked at the right time
The escalator went up and up for the Detroit Lakes wrestling team, and they ended the 2013-14 season with one of their best endings yet.
The Lakers qualified a DLHS record-high six wrestlers for the Class 2A state meet, while advancing to the Section 8-2A team championship, before losing to Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus.
“The guys continued to get better each week,” said DL head coach Rob Ullyott. “They were at their best by the end of the year and as they continued to be successful, they started to believe they could win.”
That was the case in the section competitions, as the Lakers advanced six to the state meet, including seniors Jarett Nosal and Kirby Siewert, junior Parker Jackson, sophomore James Huwe, and eighth graders Payton Jackson and Braydon Ortloff.
Out of those six, three placed: Parker Jackson (fourth, 152 pounds), Huwe (third, heavyweight) and Ortloff (sixth, 106).
Parker Jackson (42-5 record) also broke the all-time win record during the section meet and will have his entire senior season to add to it.
“Parker placing for the second year in a row is just another step for him,” Ullyott said.
“We return four of our six state qualifiers and all of our state placers, but they can’t be satisfied with that, because next year they need to start all over again.”
The Lakers will lose four seniors who were important contributors to the 2013-14 success of the team.
Both Nosal (26-8) and Siewert (28-15) ended their careers in the state meet, while Luke Eggebraaten and Cole Hegg were integral parts to the team, as well.
“Down the stretch, our seniors did a great job,” Ullyott said.
“We counted on our unheralded seniors like Cole and Luke, who each were significant contributors.”
Experience will be a strength next season, but it’s the offseason where the younger Lakers will need to get better.
Other under classmen who broke the 20-win mark included junior Luke Payne (22-13), and Payton Jackson (21-16), while junior Nathan Francis was close with a record of 18-13.
“We will have a good balance through our lineup, but we do lose quite a bit in our upper weights,” Ullyott said. “But I hope with a good offseason, these guys can gain strength and take in some Greco and Freestyle to get better.”
The Detroit Lakes wrestling 2013-14 season records
Team record: 17-8
Individual season records: Austin Baker 10-17; Luke Eggebraaten 12-8; Nathan Francis 18-13; Fabyon Greer 2-2; Trey Greer 1-0; Jacob Hanson 1-1; Cole Hegg 1-16; Jame Huwe 36-10; Parker Jackson 42-5; Payton Jackson 21-16; Rayne Jacobson 11-14; Marcus Jasken 10-13; Jordan Mackner 3-0; Jarett Nosal 26-8; Braydon Ortloff 26-17; Luke Payne 22-13; Tanner Schnathorst 5-11; Kirby Siewert 28-15; Bryant Swiers 12-14; Logan Twigg 15-20. TOTAL: 316-220.