Lakers send seven to state
The Detroit Lakes wrestling team produced three champions and four runners-up sending seven wrestlers to the state tournament after Saturday’s Section 8AA individual tournament at Hawley high school.
Eighth-grader Cade Jackson (113), senior Fabyon Greer (138) and junior Isaiah Thompson (170) all claimed section championships at their respective weight classes.
Eighth-grader Cade Okeson (106), freshman Bradly Swiers (120) and seniors Noah Olds (182) and Charles Barnett (285) placed second to earn trips to state.
Jackson (36-10) advanced winning by fall in the quarterfinals and a 1-0 ultimate tiebreaker victory in the semis over Griffin Lundeen of Thief River Falls. In the finals, Jackson outlasted Perham’s Blaze Brady 5-4 to win the 113-pound title.
Greer (30-4) pinned Lance Joe Graff of Fergus Falls in the first period and took out PLPRB’s Connor Tulenchik 7-2 to advance to the 138-pound final. D-G-F’s Jack Fuchs failed to score against Greer in a 2-0 victory for the Laker senior. Greer is the top returning medal winner from last year's tournament in his bracket.
Thompson (41-3), the Class AA defending 170-pound champion, scored big in three victories to clinch the section title. He defeated Tanner Young of Pierz by tech fall 18-2, Perham’s Brian Ramos by major decision 14-5 and D-G-F’s Preston Johnson by fall at 1:17 of the championship match. Thompson is the top seed in the 170-pound state bracket and the only returning medalist from last year.
Olds (41-9) was only on the mat for 41 seconds before facing Perham’s Zach Peterson for the 182-pound championship. Olds pinned Kevin Jensen of Thief River Falls in the first period and advanced to the finals on a disqualification of PLPRB’s Keenan Dahl. Peterson defeated Olds 8-2 in the final and Olds pinned Park Rapids’ Jack Hensel in the true second match at 1:49 to punch a ticket to state.
Swiers (24-10) faced last year’s 113-pound state runner-up Ashton Clark of Park Rapids in the 120-pound final. Clark blanked Swiers 8-0 after he advanced with a major in the quarters and a 5-1 decision in the semifinals. Swiers took out Brandon Funk of Pierz 3-0 for true second to get a state bid.
Barnett (30-11) pinned his way to the heavyweight finals before losing by fall to Fergus Falls’ Dustin Portales. Barnett avoided a true second match having already defeated third place finisher Sam Sjogren of Sauk Centre-Melrose earlier in the tournament.
Okeson (35-8) made his way to the 106 final by fall in the quarterfinal and a 5-4 decision over Trevor Radunz of Pierz in the semis. Perham’s Owen Werner won a 4-2 decision to take the championship and Okeson’s victory over Radunz eliminated the Pierz third place finisher.
Four other DL wrestlers just missed state trips with third place finishes: Brody Ullyott at 126 pounds, Blake Weber (132), Blaine Henderson (145) and Jordan Skadsem (195).
Ullyott lost a pair of close matches 3-2 in overtime to Jake Andres of Pierz in the 126-pound final and 8-6 to Perham’s Gabe Bellefeuille in the true second match.
Weber worked his way through wrestlebacks to get a shot at second place but Perham’s Leighton Rach lost the 132-pound championship match to Cade Lundeen of Thief River Falls 8-2 after defeating Weber 4-2 in the semifinals.
Henderson had a similar fate after losing to the eventual 145-pound runner-up Jake Davis of Thief River Falls by major decision in the semis. Davis lost to Perham’s Jack Fudge in the final to eliminate Henderson.
Perham’s Ty Moser remained undefeated on the season taking the 195-pound title. Skadsem faced Brenan Peralta of Thief River Falls in the semis for a chance to face Moser but Peralta got away with a 4-3 decision and stranded Skadsem with third place and no chance at true second.
Brennen Sather placed fourth at 160 pounds. Andrew Annette finished fifth at 220.
The Lakers had four wrestlers named to the section 8AA academic all star team Ullyott, Weber, Olds and Skadsem.
Todd Jackson was named the Section 8AA Assistant Coach of the Year.
The Minnesota Class AA state team tournament begins Thursday, Feb. 28 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul with the individual tournament beginning on Friday and running through to the championship matches Saturday night.
First round matchups:
106: Cade Okeson vs Tyson Peitz (Waconia)
113: Cade Jackson vs Logan Vaughan (Kasson-Mantorville)
120: Bradly Swiers vs Robby Horsman (Kasson-Mantorville)
138: Fabyon Greer vs Joe Gardas (Zimmerman)
170: Isaiah Thompson vs Elijah Sterner (Marshall)
182: Noah Olds vs Christian Kurth (Hutchinson)
285: Charles Barnett vs Chad Maddock (Redwood River Valley)