Laker junior Charles Barnett needed to stave off a technical fall to avoid criteria and a fall to avoid a team loss in a full, three-period, heavyweight slugfest with No. 5A Tony Malikowski of Frazee with the dual in the balance Thursday night at Frazee high school.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud to lose a match,” said Barnett.
Malikowski won the match 20-9, but the four-point major decision left the Hornets a point shy as Barnett’s effort preserved a 27-26 thrilling victory for the Lakers.
Malikowski dominated the first period leading 7-1 and had Barnett on his back a couple times. The Laker junior found a way to persevere to a 15-6 deficit after two periods.
“He was gassing midway through the second and I thought even if I go to my back I can still get out so I kept fighting in there and the team walked away with the win,” said Barnett.
Barnett controlled much of the third period with more energy and rode out the victory by keeping a tired Malikowski attack at bay.
The victory is the second in a row for Detroit Lakes after defeating Frazee at home in last year’s season finale.
“That’s huge,” Barnett said. “Everybody was saying last year’s dual was just a fluke, but we came in here, wrestled hard, and showed ‘em who is number one.”
Christian Carlson and Michael Miller staked Frazee to a 6-0 lead to start the dual.
DL’s Blake Weber rode Landon Byer the length of the second period in a scoreless match before earning a pin at 5:52 to tie the score at six-all.
A third period reversal gave Lucas Volstad a 4-1 win of DL’s Blaine Henderson and No. 3A Tanner Schermerhorn defeated DL’s Payton Jackson 10-3 for a 12-6 Hornet lead after 132.
Fabyon Greer answered for the Lakers with a 9-4 win over Kaden Hiemenz, but Frazee clung to a 15-9 advantage after Carter Shipman scored in the final 10 seconds to defeat Brennen Sather 7-4 at 145.
The Hornets’ Hudson Hiemenz had DL’s No. 3AA Austin Baker on his back, but it was Baker who flipped the match and Hiemenz with a pin at the end of the second period to knot the score 15-15.
No. 2AA Braydon Ortloff dispatched Frazee’s Ricky Roforth with a follow-up pin at 2:42 of the 160-pound match. Frazee had moved Ortloff’s pre-dual announced opponent No. 3A Tanner Eischens up to 170 to face DL’s No. 9AA Isaiah Thompson.
Thompson was brilliant on the mat showcasing quickness of attack while Eischens held his own and a 1-0 lead after the first period. Tied 2-2 in the third, Thompson scored a late takedown but Eischens answered with a reversal with 5.7 seconds remaining. Thompson was down in referee's position and at the whistle leaped away from Eischens for an escape at the buzzer and a 24-15 Laker lead.
Noah Olds won DL’s last match of the night in a 4-1 decision over Brett Graham to head to the final three matches up 12 points.
Andrew Annette stalled his way to a 21-7 major decision loss to Luke Tweeton and Gabe Drewes defeated DL’s Jordan Skadsem 11-4 at 220 to cut the DL lead to 27-22 heading into the heavyweight match.
Frazee finishes the season 19-7 and heads to the Section 8A tournament as the clear favorites and defending champions.
Detroit Lakes ends 18-5 and looks for a return trip to the Section 8AA finals.
Detroit Lakes 27, Frazee 26
106: Christian Carlson 6, Cade Jackson 3.
113: Michael Miller (F) 7 Brody Ullyott (DL) 4.
120: Blake Weber (DL) pin 5:52 over Landon Byer (F)
126: Lucas Volstad (F) 4, Blaine Henderson (DL) 1.
132: Tanner Schermerhorn (F) 10, Payton Jackson (DL) 3.
138: Fabyon Greer (DL) 9, Kaden Hiemenz (F) 4.
145: Carter Shipman (F) 7, Brennen Sather (DL) 4
152: Austin Baker (DL) pin 3:59 over Hudson Hiemenz (F).
160: Braydon Ortloff (DL) pin 2:42 over Ricky Roforth (F).
170: Isaiah Thompson (DL) 4, Tanner Eischens (F) 3.
182: Noah Olds (DL) 4, Brett Graham (F) 1.
195: Luke Tweeton (F) 21, Andrew Annette (DL) 7.
220 Gabe Drewes (F) 11, Jordan Skadsem (DL) 4.
285 Anthony Malikowski (F) 20, Charles Barnett (DL) 9.