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Wrestling: Top seeds knock off Detroit Lakes and Perham in Section 8-2A semifinals

The Perham and Detroit Lakes team wrestling seasons came to an end in the third round of the Section 8-2A wrestling tournament on Feb. 19.

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Detroit Lakes' Bradly Swiers beats Brady Ruhl by major decision on Feb, 19, 2022 in the Lakers' Section 8-2A semifinal match against Pequot Lakes-Pine River-Backus at Lakeshirts Fieldhouse.
Jonah Bowe / Forum News Service
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DETROIT LAKES – The Perham and Detroit Lakes wrestling teams each had a chance to send a top seed packing in the Section 8-2A semifinal wrestling tournament on Saturday at Lakeshirts Fieldhouse.

The third seed in the East, Perham, had a late push against the West’s top-seeded Thief River Falls. The Prowlers advanced to the section title match with a narrow 35-33 win over the Yellowjackets.

Chandler Mickelson (120) got Perham on the board with an 8-5 decision win over Noah Jacobson. Nicholas Peters (132) pinned Eli Wilebski in 4:54 to cut the deficit to five. TRF won three of the first five matches by fall, technical fall and decision.

Kale Geiser (138) and Ethan Lane (145) picked up major decision wins for the Prowlers before Griffin Lundeen (152) beat Blake Lorentz by decision. Cody Wienen (160) and Brady Kasprick (170) made it 35-9 with major decision and fall victories. Despite having four matches left, TRF had mathematically clinched a spot in the championship match.

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Perham's Braylon Rach, right, picks up Cody Wienen during Thief River Falls' 35-33 win over the Yellowjackets in the Section 8-2A semifinal on Feb. 19, 2022 at Lakeshirts Fieldhouse in Detroit Lakes.
Jonah Bowe / Forum News Service

Perham’s team season ended on a high note. Brain Ramos (182), Hudson Hackel (195), Jaxon Vetsch (220) and Reese Willprecht (285) closed out the night with four straight fall victories.

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Detroit Lakes had its hands full as well. The West’s third-seeded Lakers fell to the East’s top-seeded Pequot Lakes-Pine River-Backus 55-15.

PL-PR-B took a 25-0 lead by winning the opening five matches. Trevor Holmberg (106), Parker Zutter (113), Tayten Mick (120), Caleb Ruhl (126) and Owen Carlson (132) gave PL-PR-B the big lead.

Bradly Swiers (138) picked up the Lakers’ first win of the night with a 10-2 major decision win over Bradly Ruhl. Tyson Ullyott (145) followed with a 21-6 technical fall win over Kory Kinyon. Cade Okeson (160) and Cade Jackson (170) each scored decision wins for Detroit Lakes in the loss.

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Detroit Lakes' Cade Jackson beats Trey Tuchtenhagen by decision on Feb, 19, 2022 in the Lakers' Section 8-2A semifinal match against Pequot Lakes-Pine River-Backus at Lakeshirts Fieldhouse.
Jonah Bowe / Forum News Service

TRF was crowned Section 8A champions with a 36-33 win over PL-PR-B. Jolson Sargent (220) beat Austin Staricha with a 3-2 decision before Collin Briggeman (285) pinned Riley Peters in 2:46 to win the section championship.

The Section 8-2A individual wrestling tournament kicks off on Feb. 25 from Melrose High School.

THIEF RIVER FALLS 35, PERHAM 33

106 – Maverick Iverson (Thief River Falls) over Dresden Wegscheid (Perham) Fall 0:10; 113 – Nick Svir (Thief River Falls) over Carsen Zeise (Perham) TF 18-3; 120 – Chandler Mickelson (Perham) over Noah Jacobson (Thief River Falls) Dec 14-9; 126 – Keigan Hermanson (Thief River Falls) over Tiegan Detloff (Perham) Dec 8-5; 132 – Nicholas Peters (Perham) over Eli Wilebski (Thief River Falls) Fall 4:54; 138 – Kale Geiser (Thief River Falls) over Carson Byer (Perham) Maj 13-1; 145 – Ethan Lane (Thief River Falls) over Kaden Feldt (Perham) Maj 15-4; 152 – Griffin Lundeen (Thief River Falls) over Blake Lorentz (Perham) Dec 9-2; 160 – Cody Wienen (Thief River Falls) over Braylon Rach (Perham) Maj 13-5; 170 – Brady Kasprick (Thief River Falls) over Huguas Hames (Perham) Fall 3:08; 182 – Brian Ramos (Perham) over Riley Poissant (Thief River Falls) Fall 0:54; 195 – Hudson Hackel (Perham) over Paul Dehate (Thief River Falls) Fall 4:54; 220 – Jaxon Vetsch (Perham) over Jolson Sargent (Thief River Falls) Fall 2:58; 285 – Reese Willprecht (Perham) over Jackson Ingram (Thief River Falls) Fall 1:41

PEQUOT LAKES-PINE RIVER-BACKUS 55, DETROIT LAKES 15

106 – Trevor Holmberg (PLPRB) over Talan Baker (Detroit Lakes) Maj 12-3; 113 – Parker Zutter (PLPRB) over Jeremy Linn (Detroit Lakes) Fall 2:23; 120 – Tayten Mick (PLPRB) over Beau Somdahl (Detroit Lakes) Dec 4-3; 126 – Caleb Ruhl (PLPRB) over Izaiah Vargas (Detroit Lakes) Fall 1:23; 132 – Owen Carlson (PLPRB) over Cody Bartnes (Detroit Lakes) Fall 1:42; 138 – Bradly Swiers (Detroit Lakes) over Brady Ruhl (PLPRB) Maj 10-2; 145 – Tyson Ullyott (Detroit Lakes) over Korey Kinyon (PLPRB) TF 21-6; 152 – Chance Abraham (PLPRB) over Brock Swiers (Detroit Lakes) Fall 1:04; 160 – Cade Okeson (Detroit Lakes) over Earl Stockman (PLPRB) Dec 10-4; 170 – Cade Jackson (Detroit Lakes) over Trey Tuchtenhagen (PLPRB) Dec 8-7; 182 – Connor Tulenchik (PLPRB) over Charlie Zok (Detroit Lakes) Fall 0:49; 195 – Corbin Knapp (PLPRB) over Connor Zamzo (Detroit Lakes) Fall 1:56; 220 – Austin Staricha (PLPRB) over Tynan Simpson (Detroit Lakes) Fall 1:26; 285 – Riley Peters (PLPRB) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf

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The Perham wrestling team fell to Thief River Falls 35-33 in the Section 8-2A semifinal round on Feb. 19, 2022 at Lakeshirts Fieldhouse in Detroit Lakes.
Jonah Bowe / Forum News Serivce

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.
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