THIEF RIVER FALLS – Four Laker seniors shined at Thief River Falls’ Prowler invite on Saturday.
Tyson Ullyott, Cade Okeson, Cade Jackson and Jeffrey Moen capped off an impressive week with top-two finishes in Thief River Falls.
Ullyott won the 145-pound title. He beat Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale-Parkers-Prairie’s David Revering by a 5-2 decision. Jackson also picked up a first-place finish at 182 pounds. He beat Crookston’s Hunter Knutson by major decision (8-0).
Moen cruised through the heavyweight bracket to a first-place finish. He pinned Thief River Falls’ Jackson Ingram in the final minute to claim the top spot. Okeson also wrestled in a class title match. He fell to Bemidji’s Dane Jorgenson by fall (3:22).
Detroit Lakes had five other wrestlers finish in the top eight in their respective divisions. LeRoy LaCrosse (132) and Zach Carlson (195) each took fourth. Colby Ortloff (170) finished in fifth place. Tynan Simpson (225) and Nathan Lembke (182) took sixth, while Donovan Zima (106) claimed eighth.
Detroit Lakes also hosted the Mid-State Conference duals on Friday. The Lakers went 2-3, while five wrestlers received conference honors.
Detroit Lakes beat Park Rapids 48-36 and Crosby-Ironton 54-21. Aitkin (35-24), Staples-Motley (42-28) and Pequot Lakes-Pine River-Backus (48-32) knocked off the Lakers at Detroit Lakes High School.
Ullyott, Okeson, Jackson and Moen received Mid-State All-Conference honors. LaCrosse was also awarded an honorable mention. Crosby-Ironton’s John Pail Fitzpatrick was named Mid-State MVP for the 2022-23 season.
PROWLER INVITE TEAM SCORES- 1- Bemidji 241.5, 2- Thief River Falls 191, 3- Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale-Parkers Prairie 157.5, 4- Detroit Lakes 123, 5- Crookston 106.5, 6- United North Central 995, 7- Walker-Hackensack-Akeley-Nevis 42.5, T8- Blackduck-Cass Lake-Bena, Grand Forks Red River 30, Badger-Greenbush-Middle River 28, 1- Fertile-Beltrami 11, 12- Roseau 16, 13- Nashua-Keewatin-Greenway 15
Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.