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Ullyott and Henderson both place at state wrestling

Detroit Lakes seniors finish high school wrestling careers with state medals.

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Detroit Lakes senior Brody Ullyott followed up a 2020 run to the 138-pound state Class AA finals with a third place finish at 145-pounds at the state tournament Friday, March 26, 2021. Robert Williams / Tribune
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Detroit Lakes seniors Brody Ullyott and Blaine Henderson both medaled at the Class AA state wrestling tournament at St. Michael-Albertville high school Friday, March 26.

Ullyott followed up a 138-pound second place finish in 2020 with a third place medal at 145-pounds.

Ullyott dominated his quarterfinal match defeating Lake City junior Jonathan Harvey in an 8-1 decision. After a scoreless first period, Ullyott scored six points in the second, escape, takedown and a three-point nearfall to put a comfortable lead on the scoreboard.

Kasson-Mantorville junior Logan Vaughan, the eventual runner-up, held a lead for the entirety of an 8-3 semifinal victory.

The loss sent Ullyott to the third place match, where he defeated senior Connor Simmonds of Fairmont-Martin County West 6-3.


Ullyott scored a first period takedown and a 2-0 lead he carried to the third period. The duo combined for seven points scored in the final two minutes, with Ullyott putting up four of those points and a pair of escapes and a takedown.

Ullyott finished the season with a record of 29-4. He was ranked second for most of the season until the COVID pause for Detroit Lakes at the end of the regular season dropped him to 7th by the start of sections.

Detroit Lakes senior Blaine Henderson finished off his Laker wrestling career by medaling at state Friday, March 26, 2021 in St. Michael. Robert Williams / Tribune

Henderson went 1-2 in three 170-pound matches running into a familiar foe in the semifinals.

After scoring three points in the second and third period of a 6-1 first round win over Simley sophomore Travis Smith, Henderson squared up against Pequot Lakes-Pine River-Backus Connor Tulenchik for a spot in the finals.

Henderson had won 30 of 31 matches up to that point, the one loss coming from Tulenchik at sections.

Tulenchik led 2-1 after the first period and 3-2 after two. Henderson’s escape in the third was the only point scored forcing sudden death overtime, where Tulenchik scored a takedown to advance.


Henderson and Kasson-Mantorville junior Kail Wynia dueled to a 2-all tie after the first period of the fourth place match. Wynia prevailed, outscoring Henderson 4-1 in both of the final two periods to win 10-4 and capture third place.

Henderson finished the year with an excellent record of 30-3 and improved on a state ranking of 8th heading into the postseason.



1st Place – Brady Kasprick of Thief River Falls

2nd Place – Logan Vaughan of Kasson-Mantorville

3rd Place – Brody Ullyott of Detroit Lakes

4th Place – Connor Simmonds of Fairmont-Martin County West


5th Place – Bryce Burkett of Watertown Mayer -Mayer Luth.

6th Place – Jonathan Harvey of Lake City

1st Brady Kasprick (Thief River Falls) 34-1, Jr. over Logan Vaughan (Kasson-Mantorville) 27-2, Jr. (Dec 4-3)

3rd Brody Ullyott (Detroit Lakes) 29-4, Sr. over Connor Simmonds (Fairmont-Martin County West) 31-3, Sr. (Dec 6-3)

5th Bryce Burkett (Watertown Mayer -Mayer Luth.) 34-5, 8th. over Jonathan Harvey (Lake City) 27-6, Jr. (Dec 3-2).


1st Place – Adam Sylvester of Totino-Grace

2nd Place – Connor Tulenchik of Pequot Lakes-Pine River-B

3rd Place – Kail Wynia of Kasson-Mantorville

4th Place – Blaine Henderson of Detroit Lakes

5th Place – Cale Luthens of Hutchinson

6th Place – Travis Smith of Simley

1st Adam Sylvester (Totino-Grace) 28-0, Sr. over Connor Tulenchik (Pequot Lks-Pine River-B) 40-2, Jr. (MD 11-3)

3rd Kail Wynia (Kasson-Mantorville) 27-3, Jr. over Blaine Henderson (Detroit Lakes) 30-3, Sr. (Dec 10-4)

5th Cale Luthens (Hutchinson) 34-1, Sr. over Travis Smith (Simley) 27-6, So. (Dec 6-5)

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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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