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Greer, Ortloff, Baker end with podium finishes

Fabyon Greer made a huge run through wrestlebacks to bounce back from na opening round loss and claim third place and the second-best finish of all Laker wrestlers at the Minnesota Class AA state wrestling tournament at Xcel Energy in St. Paul Saturday, March 3. Robert Williams / Tribune

Three Lakers traversed their wrestling brackets to end the season and join Detroit Lakes’ first-ever state champion Isaiah Thompson with podium finishes completing a highly successful year for Laker wrestling.

Junior Fabyon Greer ran the table after a first round loss winning four consecutive matches in wrestlebacks to claim third place at 138-pounds.

Greer drew the top seed and dropped a 3-0 decision to Tanner Kroells of Delano to open the tournament. Kroells kept Greer in check and negated his speed.

Greer got right back on track cruising through his first two wrestlebacks winning by matching scores of 7-1 over Quinn Christofferson of South St. Paul and Matthew Pettis of St. Peter.

Dassel-Cokato’s Prestin Bradley stood in the way of a berth in the third place match. Greer and Bradley went to overtime with Greer advancing in an 8-6 victory.

Kroells lost to eventual 138-pound champion Bennett Berge of Kasson-Mantorville in the semis and set Greer up with a rematch for third place.

Greer made no mistake in taking out Kroells 8-3 to finish his season with a record of 33-9.


Ortloff and Baker place fourth

Senior two-seed Braydon Ortloff was a match away from putting two Lakers into the championship finals. Peyton Mortenson of Dawson-Boyd-Lac Qui Parle stole Ortloff’s shot at a title by one point winning 8-7 in the 160-pound semifinal.

The loss set up a rematch of the Section 8AA championship with Thief River Falls’ senior Josh Bernier. Bernier defeated Ortloff by fall at 3:46. Ortloff finished the year 25-3 making an impressive comeback after missing the first half of the season recovering from a knee injury.

Ortloff cruised to the semis with a 15-5 major decision over Brett Kirchner of St. Cloud Apollo. Ortloff led 4-1 and 10-3 after the second period in a dominating performance. He won his opening match against Zach Stahl of Marshall advancing in a 16-6 major decision. Ortloff led 6-2 after one period and 8-3 after the second


The No. 2-seed at 152 pounds Austin Baker made a deep run, much like Greer, after losing his first round match. Baker was defeated by Annandale/Maple Lake’s Walker Weege 9-4 in overtime to start the tournament. Baker held leads of 2-0 and 4-3 after the first four minutes, but Weege tied the match in the third and scored a takedown and a near fall in OT to advance.

The DL senior responded with three consecutive victories to reach the third place match. Baker defeated Gavin Christofferson in a 12-3 major decision and took out Hutchinson’s Jordan Stenzel 4-2 in overtime. To get to the third place match, Baker beat Joe Morris of Big Lake in a 13-4 major decision to set up a rematch with Weege. Weege got the better of Baker again capturing third in a 6-2 decision. Baker finished the year at 38-6 with a fourth place finish.


Other Class AA Tournament results

At 113 pounds, Detroit Lakes’ Brody Ullyott had to merely show up to move to the quarterfinals. His fellow freshman opponent Ramon Cortez of South St. Paul forfeited the match. In the second round, Ullyott was defeated by Jaxson Frohman of Fairmont-Martin County West 15-5. Ullyott pinned Bryce Erkenbrack of Totino-Grace at 1:32 in his first match in wrestlebacks before falling to Delano’s Reier Sjomeling 5-0.


Robby Hotsman of Kasson-Mantorville scored eight points in the first period and held a sizeable lead over DL’s Blake Weber in the first round 120-pound match. Weber was defeated 17-7. Weber was eliminated from contention after Hotsman was defeated 20-8 by the top-seeded Jake Svihel of Totino-Grace.

United Clay Becker’s Sam Wamre controlled his opening match with Milaca’s Craig Santema and ended it with a third period fall at 4:52. Wamre’s quarterfinal was a tight match with Kaleb Haase of Redwood-River Valley. Wamre clinch a spot in the final four of the 220-pound weight class with a 4-3 decision. Steven Hajas of Delano kept Wamre out of the championship match in a shutout 5-0 semifinal decision.


Wamre was defeated in his first wrestleback 8-3 by Reed Rasset of Annandale-Maple Lake 8-3 sending Wamre to the fifth place match. Wamre completed his high school career with a 37-6 senior season and a sixth place finish after a 6-2 loss in a rematch with Haase. 

Wamre is the first Badger wrestler to place at state two seasons in a row.


1st Place – Bennett Berge of Kasson-Mantorville

2nd Place – John Dierkes of Foley

3rd Place – Fabyon Greer of Detroit Lakes

4th Place – Tanner Kroells of Delano

5th Place – Prestin Bradley of Dassel-Cokato

6th Place – Antonio Everett of Simley

1st: Bennett Berge (Kasson-Mantorville) 42-8, 8th. over John Dierkes (Foley) 37-10, Sr. (Dec 1-0)

3rd: Fabyon Greer (Detroit Lakes) 33-9, Jr. over Tanner Kroells (Delano) 40-5, Jr. (Dec 8-3)

5th: Prestin Bradley (Dassel-Cokato) 35-8, Jr. over Antonio Everett (Simley) 32-20, Jr. (Inj. 0:00)


1st Place – Tyler Wagener of Waconia

2nd Place – Quayin Short of Simley

3rd Place – Walker Weege of Annand-M Lk Lightning

4th Place – Austin Baker of Detroit Lakes

5th Place – Carter Marx of Plainview-Elgin-Millville

6th Place – Joe Morris of Big Lake

1st: Tyler Wagener (Waconia) 53-1, Sr. over Quayin Short (Simley) 43-12, Fr. (Dec 10-3)

3rd: Walker Weege (Annand-M Lk Lightning) 35-11, Sr. over Austin Baker (Detroit Lakes) 38-6, Sr. (Dec 6-2)

5th: Carter Marx (Plainview-Elgin-Millville) 44-9, Jr. over Joe Morris (Big Lake) 30-10, Sr. (MD 15-6)


1st Place – Cade Mueller of Waconia

2nd Place – Peyton Mortenson of Dawson-Boyd-Lac Qui Parle

3rd Place – Josh Bernier of Thief River Falls

4th Place – Braydon Ortloff of Detroit Lakes

5th Place – Kole Platt of Nash-Kee-Greenway

6th Place – Jacob Hageman of Simley

1st: Cade Mueller (Waconia) 49-5, Jr. over Peyton Mortenson (Dawson-Boyd-Lac Qui Parle) 41-3, Sr. (Dec 5-1)

3rd: Josh Bernier (Thief River Falls) 48-6, Sr. over Braydon Ortloff (Detroit Lakes) 25-3, Sr. (Fall 3:46)

5th: Kole Platt (Nash-Kee-Greenway) 40-9, Jr. over Jacob Hageman (Simley) 32-15, Jr. (Dec 2-1)

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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