Jacket wrestlers finish perfect regular season
By John George
The Yellowjacket wrestlers completed their second straight perfect regular season with a 49-14 win at Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday night.
One of the biggest matches of the night came in a loss for Perham. Gavin Bieler had a 9-4 lead over No. 8-A Trey Van Orsdel in the second period before Van Orsdel turned Biegler on his back for a pin in 3:23.
Mac Stoll and Casey Sazama each picked up wins by fall and Jacob Werner and Dwight Jenne each earned tech fall wins.
The win improved the Jackets to 25-0 on the season with Section 8AA playoffs starting Feb. 12. The first two rounds of the South Sub-Section tournament will be held in Little Falls. As the No. 1 seed, Perham will get a bye before wrestling in the quarterfinal round at 7:30 p.m. against the winner between No. 4 Little Falls and No. 5 Detroit Lakes. Little Falls and Detroit Lakes will face-off at 6 p.m.
In the other half of the bracket, No. 3 Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus will take on No. 6 Park Rapids at 6 p.m. in Little Falls with the winner going against No. 2 Fergus Falls at 7:30 p.m.
The Section 8AA semifinals will be wrestled off in Detroit Lakes on Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. with the championship scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Detroit Lakes High School.
Thursday, February 7
Perham 49, Wadena-Deer Creek 14
103--Andrew Gorentz (P) def. Steffen, 8-5
112--Isaac Werner (P) def., 12-4
119--Jacob Werner (P) def. Rudy, TF 19-6
125--Sam Warne (P) def. Wegscheid, 12-5
130--Hagen (WDC) def. Joe Berns, 4-2
135--Barry Nelson (P) def. Wegscheid, 10-1
140--Dwight Jenne (P) def. Monson, TF 19-4
145--Van Orsdal (WDC) def. Gavin Biegler, fall 3:23
152--Charlie Schmitz (P), W-FF
160--Sam Meyer (P) def. Revering, 15-4
171--Mac Stoll (P) def. Lustilla, fall 3:31
189--Wegscheid (WDC) def. Ben Brill, TF
215--Casey Sazama (P) def. Sweere, fall 3:42
HWT--Jesse Hein (P) def. Lustilla, 15-6