Nine Detroit Lakes wrestlers advance to state prelims
Five wrestlers advance in championship bracket, four through wrestlebacks.
Detroit Lakes will send nine wrestlers to the state preliminary tournament in Foley this weekend after qualifying at the Section 8AA tournament in Pequot Lakes Tuesday, March 16.
Advancing to the tournament will be: Cole Weber; Tyson Ullyott; Bradly Swiers; Cade Jackson; Brody Ullyott; Thad Schlauderaff; Blaine Henderson; Jacob Ehnert and Andreas Barnett.
Five Lakers advanced with two victories.
Weber advanced at 120 pounds with a second period pin of Carsten Fronning of Fergus Falls and a 7-0 decision over Liam Hennessy of Pierz.
At 132, Bradly Swiers won his first round match by fall in the second period over Camden Mustachia of D-G-F and defeated Thief River Falls’ Kale Geiser 6-2.
Cade Jackson (138) needed just over two minutes of mat time to move on, pinning Carson Byer of Perham in 1:19 and Jacob LeBlanc of Pierz in 51 seconds.
Brody Ullyott pinned Perham’s Jacob McCleary at 2:59 and won an 8-3 decision over Alexandria’s Kelly Johnson.
Both Jackson (4th) and Ullyott (2nd) are returning state placewinners.
Blaine Henderson pushed his undefeated record to 26-0 with a pair of falls. He opened with a 92-second pin of D-G-F’s Logan Johnson and was a semifinal victor in 5-minutes over Thief River Falls’ Brandon Zuniga.
Heavyweight Andreas Barnett made quick work of both his opponents, Ethan Pantoja of Perham (1:15) and Collin Bruggeman of Thief River Falls (0:36).
The other four wrestlers made their way to state through wrestlebacks.
Tyson Ullyott advanced at 126 pounds with a second period pin of United Clay Becker’s Jackson Mikkelson in the first round. He was defeated by Alexandria’s Blaze Nelson 10-3 in the semis, but defeated D-G-F’s Roy Rude 15-10 to grab a top four spot.
At 160, Thad Schlauderaff won a tight 10-9 decision over Alexandria’s JP Rodel and pinned Roseau’s Connor Eidsmoe to advance in wrestlebacks. Top seed Cody Wienen of Thief River Falls defeated Schlauderaff in the semis 15-4.
Jacob Ehnert had the longest road to qualify at 220 pounds. Ehnert lost the opener to top-seeded Hunter Fischer of D-G-F by fall, but pinned both Kevin Raya (0:38) of Sauk Centre-Melrose and Jolson Sargent of Thief River Falls (3:38) to advance.
An 8-person bracket was used with full wrestlebacks to determine the top four qualifiers from the two sections wrestling in Pequot Lakes (8AA and 7AA).
This year’s format is significantly different from the usual state tournament, according to The Guillotine .
There are no section champions with the top four advancing. The State prelims will be held with 8 individuals—the four individuals from each of the two sections (8AA and 7AA).
Brackets for State prelims will be pre-set based on seedings of qualifiers from the section competition No. 1 seed vs opposite section No. 4, No. 2 seed vs opposite section No. 3.
State prelims are scheduled for Saturday, March 20 beginning at 11 a.m., at Foley high school.
Wrestlers advancing to the state semifinals and finals will compete at St. Michael-Albertville High School. The Class AA individual tournament will be held Friday, March 26 at 2 p.m.
Section 8AA State prelim qualifiers:
2nd Place – Chandler Mickelson of Perham
2nd Place – Mason Mcgrane of Alexandria Area
4th Place – Parker Zutter of PLPRB
4th Place – TJ Fuller of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
2nd Place – Derek Stangl of Pierz
2nd Place – Easton Miller of PLPRB
4th Place – Taylor Johnson of United Clay Becker Badgers
4th Place – Noah Jacobson of Thief River Falls
2nd Place – Cole Weber of Detroit Lakes
2nd Place – Mitchell Christen of Sauk Centre-Melrose
4th Place – Liam Hennessy of Pierz
4th Place – Nick Svir of Thief River Falls
2nd Place – Owen Carlson of PLPRB
2nd Place – Blaze Nelson of Alexandria Area
4th Place – Tyson Ullyott of Detroit Lakes
4th Place – Gareth Covington of Perham
2nd Place – Trevor Radunz of Pierz
2nd Place – Bradly Swiers of Detroit Lakes
4th Place – Kale Geiser of Thief River Falls
4th Place – Sam Helgeson of United Clay Becker Badgers
2nd Place – Griffin Lundeen of Thief River Falls
2nd Place – Cade Jackson of Detroit Lakes
4th Place – Jacob LeBlanc of Pierz
4th Place – Korey Kinyon of PLPRB
2nd Place – Brady Kasprick of Thief River Falls
2nd Place – Brody Ullyott of Detroit Lakes
4th Place – Kelly Johnson of Alexandria Area
4th Place – Zeke Noel of United Clay Becker Badgers
2nd Place – Jack Fudge of Perham
2nd Place – Tate Runge of Alexandria Area
4th Place – Race Knochenmus of Roseau
4th Place – Chance Abraham of PLPRB
2nd Place – Cody Wienen of Thief River Falls
2nd Place – Jordan Summers of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
4th Place – Blake Lorentz of Perham
4th Place – Thad Schlauderaff of Detroit Lakes
2nd Place – Connor Tulenchik of PLPRB
2nd Place – Blaine Henderson of Detroit Lakes
4th Place – Brandon Zuniga of Thief River Falls
4th Place – Mason Teaser of Alexandria Area
2nd Place – Brian Ramos of Perham
2nd Place – Kaden Hartwell of Fergus Falls
4th Place – Zander Jenson of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
4th Place – Ross Boser of Pierz
2nd Place – Mason Iverson of Thief River Falls
2nd Place – Preston Johnson of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
4th Place – Corbin Knapp of PLPRB
4th Place – Gordon Enyart of Perham
2nd Place – Hunter Fischer of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
2nd Place – Wyatt Dunham of United Clay Becker Badgers
4th Place – Luke Maanum of Alexandria Area
4th Place – Jacob Ehnert of Detroit Lakes
2nd Place – Andreas Barnett of Detroit Lakes
2nd Place – Riley Peters of PLPRB
4th Place – Blake Cota of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
4th Place – Collin Bruggeman of Thief River Falls