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Lakers thump Thunderbirds in first home dual

Brody Ullyott picked up a third period pin over Garret Eiynk as the first three Laker wrestlers to hit the mat won by fall Thursday against Mahnomen-Waubun at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium. Robert Williams / Tribune

Detroit Lakes opened the home wrestling dual season with a dominating 60-6 victory over the Mahnomen-Waubun Thunderbirds Thursday night at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium.

“We’re a pretty experienced group,” said Laker head coach Rob Ullyott. “We’ve got some expectations but we’ve just got to keep getting better. The kids have been working really hard.”

The team has bought into putting in that effort and have included extra morning practices to get extra work.

“We’re getting our weights shuffled around a little bit,” said Ullyott. “Our focus right now is all technique.”


The Lakers’ lightweights showed that and got the dual off to a hot start with three consecutive pins. At 106, Cade Jackson pinned Will Olson in 43-seconds. After a double forfeit at 113, Brody Ullyott got a third period pin over Garet Eiynk and in the 126-pound match, Blaine Henderson pinned  Chris Cukla at 2:45 for a quick 18-0 lead.

Blake Weber and senior co-captain Payton Jackson followed up with major decisions. Weber defeated Sam Olson 14-1; Jackson controlled the match in a 10-2 win over Adam Syverson.

Jackson is one of three seniors on the squad with co-captain Fabyon Greer and top-ranked 145-pounder Braydon Ortloff.

“We’ve got the three seniors this year that are going to row our boat somewhat, but last year we got some good experience and competed really well at the end,” said Ullyott.

The Lakers were the section runners-up to Perham last season and had a strong offseason with a number of Greco Roman wrestlers competing and DL also won a 64-team tournament in Wisconsin last summer.

“I think they have high hopes and expectations,” Ullyott said. “We’ve got a little bit of depth.”

There are 43 wrestlers on the team which makes for competitive and fun practice sessions.

“It’s fun because it’s a group that has been wrestling a long time, even our young guys,” he said. “They know what they’re doing and that helps a lot.”

Four of the Lakers capable of putting together exciting matches did not see the mat Thursday. Greer, Austin Baker and Isaiah Thompson all received forfeits. Ortloff is out until December recovering for an injury and is preparing for deep run at state in 2018. Baker is also seeking a return to the state tournament.

Brennen Sather won his 152-pound match in a major 13-4 decision.


Both heavies, Jordan Skadsem and Charles Barnett recorded first period pins to close out the match.

Nick Podlak had the lone victory for the Thunderbirds and the fastest pin of the night taking down Andrew Annette in 11 seconds.

“We’ve had a decent start with no hiccups,” said Ullyott. “If we work hard I really think we can improve a lot and if we can do that, in the end, we could be in the hunt.”

The Lakers face former 8AA rivals Bemidji at home Thursday, Dec. 12 in their next dual. Bemidji bumped up to 8AAA this season. In the Lumberjacks’ place, the Pierz Pioneers, last year’s Class A state runners-up moved up to 8AA and should make for a battle to get to the section finals with Perham and DL returning as the favorites.

Detroit Lakes 60, Mahnomen-Waubun 6

106: Cade Jackson(DL) over Will Olson(MW) pin :43

113: Double Forfeit

120: Brody Ullyott(DL) over Garet Eiynk(MW) pin 5:37

126: Blaine Henderson(DL) over Chris Cukla(MW) pin 2:45

132: Blake Weber(DL) over Sam Olson(MW) major decision 14-1

138: Payton Jackson(DL) over Adam Syverson(MW) major decision 10-2

145: Fabyon Greer(DL) win by forfeit

152: Brennen Sather(DL) over Case Doeman(MW) major decision 13-4

160: Austin Baker(DL) win by forfeit

170: Isaiah Thompson(DL) win by forfeit

182: Double Forfeit

195: Nick Podlak(MW) over Andrew Annette(DL) pin :11

220: Jordan Skadsem(DL) over Shaw Yates(MW) pin 1:33

285: Charles Barnett(DL) over Logan Bendickson(MW) pin :42

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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