Ortloff ranked No. 1 in preseason wrestling rankings; Frazee No. 2A; DL top 15 in AA
The Detroit Lakes wrestling team earned a top 15 preseason ranking in Class AA and senior Braydon Ortloff will begin the season the top-ranked wrestler at 145 pounds, according to rankings released Friday by The Guillotine.
Ortloff is coming off a 32-3 season and a second state finish placing fourth at 145. He finished sixth at 106-pounds back in 2014. Ortloff recently committed to wrestle at Minnesota State University Moorhead next fall on National Signing Day, Wednesday, Nov. 8.
No. 1AA Ortloff and the Lakers (17-6) were Section 8AA runners-up last year to No. 5 Perham in a fourth trip to the finals in the last decade-and-a-half.
DL has not won a section championship since 2004-05 and will certainly be in the hunt to unseat the Yellowjackets again this season.
The Lakers also had a milestone win last season defeating Frazee for the first time in program history in a dual late in the season.
Austin Baker was the second Laker to qualify for state in 2016. He lost both matches at Xcel Energy Center but brings back big stage experience and a 31-8 overall record. Baker begins the year ranked No. 5 at 160 pounds.
Also earning preseason accolades are Laker underclassmen Fabyon Greer, a junior at No. 10 (138) and sophomore Isaiah Thompson No. 10 at 170.
Detroit Lakes has a scrimmage at Pelican Rapids Saturday, Nov. 25 and opens the year at the Park Rapids Jamboree Friday, Dec. 1.
Hornets No. 2, seven wrestlers ranked
Frazee is back where Hornet wrestling fans expect them to be, near the top of the Class A rankings a No. 2 to start the year.
The Hornets are senior-heavy with five of the seven ranked wrestlers in their final season preparing for a 25th state appearance as a team. Frazee is pursuing a sixth consecutive Section 8A championship and looking to improve on a third place state showing.
Tanner Schermerhorn was a state runner-up last year and is one of two wrestlers ranked No. 2 in their respective weight class. Schermerhorn is second to Michael Suda of Pipestone at 126. Fellow senior Landon Byer is ranked No. 2 at 113 behind only Westfield’s Ethan Arett.
Sophomore Luke Tweeton and junior Tony Malikowski are both ranked sixth at 220 and 285 respectively. The Hornets will be strong at the end of matches with those two heavies.
Last June, Tweeton was selected to compete on the Cadet National Dual wrestling team competing against the top wrestlers in the country in York, Pennsylvania.
Three other senior Hornet wrestlers are ranked: Tanner Eischens No. 5 at 160; Logan Wacker No. 8 at 182; Michael Miller No. 10 at 120.
The Hornets sent eight wrestlers to state individually last season with six returning: Schermerhorn, Miller, Byer, Eischens, Wacker, and Malikowski.
Frazee opens the season at the Dan Unruh Memorial Tournament in Wahpeton Dec. 1-2.
Class AA Rankings
(Section in parenthesis)
Class AA Teams
1. Kasson-Mantorville (1)
2. Simley (1)
3. Scott West (2)
4. Foley (6)
5. Perham (8)
6. Grand Rapids (7)
7. Hutchinson (2)
8. Waconia (2)
9. Litchfield (6)
10. Totino-Grace (5)
11. Fairmont/Martin County West (3)
12. Worthington (3)
Lean and Mean
Annandale/Maple Lake (6), Delano (2), Detroit Lakes (8), Pierz (8), Princeton (7), South St. Paul (4)
138 - 10. Fabyon Greer, Junior
145 - 1. Braydon Ortloff, Senior
160 - 5. Austin Baker, Senior
170 - 10. Isaiah Thompson, Sophomore
Class A Rankings
Class A Teams
1. Zumbrota-Mazeppa (1)
2. Frazee (8)
3. West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville (6)
4. Kenyon-Wanamingo (2)
5. Goodhue (1)
6. Sibley East (4)
7. Minneota (3)
8. Blue Earth Area (2)
9. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (5)
10. Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena (7)
11. Westfield (2)
12. LPGE-Browerville (5)
Lean and Mean
Ottertail Central (6), Canby (3), Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove (3), Fosston/Bagley (8), Staples-Motley (6), Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (5), Badger/Greenbush-Middle River (8), Maple River (2), Royalton/Upsala (7), Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (4)
113 - 2. Landon Byer, Senior
120 - 10. Michael Miller, Senior
126 - 2. Tanner Schermerhorn, Senior
160 - 5. Tanner Eischens, Senior
182 - 8. Logan Wacker, Senior
220 - 6 Luke Tweeton, Sophomore
285 - 6. Tony Malikowski, Junior