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Detroit Lakes upsets Perham in wrestling

Detroit Lakes Jarett Nosel posted a big 16-12 decision over the Yellowjacket's Brady Sazama at 135 pounds in Thursday's season opener in Perham. The Lakers defeated the state-ranked Yellowjackets 37-28.(John George/East Otter Tail Focus)

The Detroit Lakes wrestling team received a huge shot of momentum out of the season's gates Thursday with a 37-28 upset win over defending section champion Perham on its home mat.

The Lakers led the match the majority of the way and solidified their edge with wins from 130-pound class through the 145.

DL senior heavyweight Justin Holm sealed the win after entering the final match of the evening with Perham heavyweight Jesse Hein needing a pin with his team down six points.

Holm won with an 8-5 decision.

"I was very happy with the effort last night," said DL head coach Rob Ullyott. "They were aggressive and they didn't go out to wrestle the uniform or their ranking, but wrestled the man who was on the mat."

Perham was ranked No. 10 in the preseason polls after being a dominant team the last two years.

But it were the Lakers who jumped out fast, as sophomore Gabe Foltz posted a pin in 2:45 over Yellowjacket James Harlow.

"Gabe getting that pin was a huge deal, he started us off with a bang," Ullyott said.

Mike Bellefeuille won a 9-1 major decision over Nate Francis in a match where both wrestlers were looked upon to win by their respected teams.

"It was just one of those matches which was straight up heading into it," Ullyott said.

Perham took a 10-9 advantage on state ranked Sam Warne pin on seventh grader Parker Jackson's varsity debut, but that was short-lived as Tony Sims stuck Mike Warne at 130.

"Sam Warne was No. 3 in the state, so it definitely was a tough (introduction) for Parker, but he went out and battled," Ullyott said.

The momentum shifted to the Lakers when eighth grader Jarett Nosel won his first varsity match in as many tries with a 16-12 decision over Brady Sazama.

Nosel jumped out to an 8-3 margin, but Sazama battled back, before the young Laker pulled away late in the match.

"Jarrett was exciting to watch, he was flying all over the mat, it was a solid finish by him and a big win for us," Ullyott noted.

Justin Tweeton registered another big pin at 140, while Garrett Foltz and won a last-second 8-6 decision on Taylor Doll.

"Those close one's make a big difference," Ullyott said. "I think Garrett's conditioning was what turned the tide late in the match."

Perham made a push back for the lead with a pin by Charlie Schmitz at 160, but DL's anchor senior Alex Feldt snatched it right back with a fall on Gene Schleeter in 1:48.

Ben Gailfus gave up a reversal in the last five seconds to lose 13-12 to Chris Scheidecker in the closest match of the evening.

An open weight at 215 set up Perham with a chance to tie the match, down by six, heading in the heavyweight bout, but Holm made sure that didn't happen with his 8-5 decision.

"The seniors came up big for us," Ullyott said. "As a coach, what we need to do now is to look to what we can do to get better. Our goals are not going to come at the start of the season, but at the end."

The Lakers will wrestling in a Mid-State Conference triangular Tuesday in Staples-Motley against the Cardinals and Crosby-Ironton, starting at 5 p.m.

Laker results

Detroit Lakes at Perham, Thursday, Dec. 3.

Lakers 37, Yellowjackets 28

103--Gabe Foltz (DL) def. James Harlow, fall 2:45

112--Brandon Lueders (P) def. Nate Francis, 14-4

119--Mike Bellefeuille (DL) def. Luke Sailer, 9-1

125--Sam Warne (P) def. Parker Jackson, fall 1:37

130--Tony Sims (DL) def. Mike Warne, fall 1:45

135--Jarett Nosel (DL) def. Brady Sazama, 16-12

140--Justin Tweeton (DL) def. Ty Haverland, fall 1:31

145--Garrett Foltz (DL) def. Taylor Doll, 8-6

152--Cody Palubicki (P) def. Travis Simms, 5-2

160--Charlie Schmitz (P) def. Travis Keinitz, fall 1:35

171--Alex Feldt (DL) def. Gene Schleeter, fall 1:48

189--Chris Scheidecker (P) def. Ben Gailfus, 13-12

215--Ben Brill (P), W-FF

HWT--Justin Holm (DL), def. Jesse Hein, 8-5.