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Nine Detroit Lakes wrestlers advance to state prelims

Five wrestlers advance in championship bracket, four through wrestlebacks.

Blaine Henderson brings an unblemished record to state and will be joined by eight Detroit Lakes teammates at this weekend's state preliminary individual wrestling tournament in Foley Saturday, March 20, 2021. Robert Williams / Tribune
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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.

Detroit Lakes state qualifiers: Front row: Brody Ullyott, Thad Schlauderaff, Jacob Ehnert, Tyson Ullyott, Cole Weber. Back row: Andreas Barnett, Blaine Henderson, Bradly Swiers, Cade Jackson. Submitted photo

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

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Robert Williams has been a sports editor for Forum Communications in Perham and Detroit Lakes since 2011.
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