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Perham wrestling wins 11th Heart O'Lakes title

The Perham wrestlers won six individual championships as the Yellow Jackets won their third-straight Heart O' Lakes Conference Championship in Barnesville on Saturday.

The Jackets had champions at the first four weights. Eighth grader Luke Sailer (17-7) won the 103-pound title with wins over Seth Hirsh of Barnesville and Mason Swegarden of Lake Park-Audubon in the championship match.

At 112 pounds, No. 8 Andrew Gorentz (28-3) had two pins before winning 8-0 over No. 9-A Tanner Ellenberg of Frazee in the championship.

No. 6-AA Jacob Werner (28-4) had two wins by fall to get to the 119-pound title match against Chris Cossette of Pelican Rapids. Werner took the crown with a tech fall in 4:16.

Sam Warne (29-3), ranked No. 6-AA, had a pin and tech fall in his first two matches, then beat Frazee's Wade Hukriede in the championship, 12-5.

At 152 pounds, No. 9-AA Charlie Schmitz (22-7) also had a pair of easy matches to get to the championship. He had to earn the title with a hard fought 6-3 win over Stephen Erlandson of Breckenridge. Erlandson is ranked No. 6 in Class A.

The Jackets final title came at 215 pounds. Casey Sazama (28-3) made quick work of his three opponents, getting two first period falls, then pinning Pelican Rapids' McKale Evenson in 2:42 in the title match. Evenson is ranked No. 4 at 189 pounds in Class A.

Two Jackets got to the championship match of their weight classes, but fell short of HOL titles.

At 140 pounds, West Central Area's Jake Long beat Dwight Jenne in the championship, 9-5. Long is ranked No. 2 at 140 pounds in Class A. Jenne (19-10) had a tech fall and a 14-2 major decision to advance to the championship.

At 171 pounds, Nathan Schmitz had a tech fall and a 13-6 win to get to the championship against Frazee's Cody Nunn. Nunn, ranked No. 8 in Class A, edged Schmitz in the finals, 6-2. Schmitz (25-3) is ranked No. 2 in Class AA.

It's the 11th overall HOL Championship for the Yellow Jackets and fourth in the last five years. It's the first time since 1984-86 and just the second time in school history that they have won three-straight titles.

Tuesday at Detroit Lakes

The Yellow Jackets picked up a 41-19 win at Detroit Lakes Tuesday night.

Individual results were not available when EOT Illustrated went to press.


The Jackets (18-5) will head to Park Rapids tonight (Feb. 5) for a dual with the Panthers.

On Feb. 7, Perham will head back to the Paynesville Dual Tournament. The Jackets have won the Paynesville tournament the past two seasons.

Saturday, January 31

HOL Conference Tournament

at Barnesville

1. Perham 263, 2. Frazee 222.5, 3. D-G-F 166.5, 4. Pelican Rapids 115, 5. West Central Area 113.5, 6. Barnesville 110, 7. Breckenridge 53, 8. Lake Park-Audubon 42, 9. Hawley 28.

103--Luke Sailer--1st Place (2-0)

112--Andrew Gorentz--1st Place (3-0)

119--Jacob Werner--1st Place (3-0)

125--Sam Warne--1st Place (3-0)

130--Isaac?Werner--3rd Place (3-1)

135--Joe Berns--3rd Place (3-1)

140--Dwight Jenne--2nd Place (2-1)

145--Gavin Biegler--3rd Place (3-1)

152--Charlie Schmitz--1st Place (3-0)

160--Sam Meyer--3rd Place (3-1)

171--Nathan Schmitz--2nd Place (2-1)

189--Ben Brill--3rd Place (3-1)

215--Casey Sazama--1st Place (3-0)

HWT--Jesse Hein--6th Place (2-3)

Tuesday, February 3

Perham 41, Detroit Lakes 19

Class AA Poll Section

1. Simley 4

2. Perham 8

3. Foley 6

4. Scott West 2

5. Plainview-Elgin-Millville 1

6. St. Michael-Albertville 5

7. Thief River Falls 8

8. Totino Grace 5

9. Kasson-Mantorville 1

10. Milaca 7

11. Adrian 3

12. New London-Spicer 6

Perham Individuals

112--Andrew Gorentz (#8)

119--Jacob Werner (#6)

125--Sam Warne (# 6)

152--Charlie Schmitz (#9)

171--Nathan Schmitz (#2)

215--Casey Sazama (#6)