Both Detroit Lakes and Frazee received expected seedings in the upcoming Section wrestling tournaments at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls Saturday, Feb. 16.
The Lakers (25-3) look to build on a school record in dual victories en route to a potential section final with top-seeded and four-time defending champions Perham (26-1).
Two of the Lakers’ three losses have come at the hands of the Yellowjackets by scores of 36-21 and 39-19 in mid-January.
The two teams have met in the last two 8AA title matches with Perham advancing 61-19 in 2017 and clinching last year’s championship in the final match 32-27.
Perham is undefeated against Minnesota teams this season.
The Jackets’ only loss came to Waverly-Shell Rock, Iowa 35-33 at The Clash tournament in Rochester on Jan. 4.
The 8AA tournament begins with the bottom four seeds No. 9 Park Rapids versus No. 8 Fergus Falls. The winner gets Perham in the quarterfinals.
The Lakers will face the winner of No. 7 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and No. 10 Sauk Centre/Melrose.
DL defeated D-G-F 58-9 on Jan. 10 and walloped Sauk Centre-Melrose 75-6 on Dec. 6.
Quarterfinal matches are scheduled for 12:30 p.m., with semifinal matches at 2:30 p.m. and the championship at 4:30 p.m.
Frazee (8-7) lost six of its last 10 duals and seven all together but can thank DL and Perham for four of those losses.
The Hornets were defeated early in the season by the current No. 1-ranked team in Class A Long Prairie-Grey Eagle and also lost to AA Big Lake and AAA Bemidji.
The Hornets dominated fellow Class A teams this year and have wins over AA teams from Kenyon-Wanamingo, D-G-F, and Thief River Falls, the No. 3 seed in the 8AA tournament.
Frazee is chasing a 26th overall section championship and have the lone bye in the first round. The winner of No. 8 Mahnomen-Waubun and No. 9 Red Lake County Central will face the Hornets in the quarterfinals.
Badger-Greenbush-Middle River is the No. 2 seed on the other end of the bracket.
The Gators gave the Hornets a run in a 36-30 Hornet victory Jan. 11 at the Rick Lee duals in Bemidji.
BG-MR is the last team to represent the section at state besides Frazee doing so in 2011-12.
The Hornets were the state runners-up last season, 2016 and 2013, placed third in 2017 and finished fourth in 2014 and 2015.