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Yellowjackets second at STMA Invitational

The Perham wrestling kick started the new wrestling season with a second place finish at the St. Michael-Albertville Invitational on Dec. 1. The Yellowjackets finished with 168.5 points, while Waconia captured the title with 226.5 points.

The Yellowjackets captured three first place finishes, three runner-up finishes and a third place finish on their way to the second place finish. St. Michael-Albertville came in third, followed by Forest Lake in fourth and Dassel-Cokato came in fifth. St. Cloud Tech, Sauk Rapids-Rice and Elk River rounded out the field at the strong season-opening individual tournament.

Owen Werner, Jack Fudge and Zach Peterson started the new campaign with individual wins at 113, 152 and 182, respectively, for Perham.

Werner earned a fall win and a pair of major decisions on his way to the 113 title. He defeated Waconia’s Tyson Peitz in the finals by a 13-2 major decision.

Fudge won a pair of decisions and a major decision on his way to the title at 152. He out-pointed Waconia’s Mitch Garnatz 11-7 in the finals to capture the individual title.

Zach Peterson rolled to the title at 182 when he captured a pair of major decision wins and a decision win in his three matches. He closed out with an 11-4 decision win over St. Michael-Albertville’s Carl Leuer in the championship.

Leighton Rach earned a second place finish at 145. He picked up a 12-5 decision win and a 5-3 decision win before falling in the finals to Dassel-Cokato’s Prestin Bradley 7-1.

Dylan Fudge came in second place at 160. He earned a tech fall win and a 10-8 decision win. He was edged out by Waconia’s Tim Stapleton by fall in the championship match.

Dawson Kellogg came in second place at 195 pounds. He opened with a fall win and a 5-0 decision win in the semifinals. He was defeated by Dassel-Cokato’s Jacob Schmitz by a 3-2 decision in the championship match.

Aaron Lorentz finished in fifth place at 106, while Blaze Brady was third at 120. Blake Lorentz came in sixth at 126. Gabe Bellefeuille came in fifth place at 132, while Braylon Rach was sixth at 138. Isaac Lung came in sixth at 145, while Colton Hackel was fifth at 170 pounds. Colton Kostynick finished in sixth place at 220, while Rowdie Lindquist did not place at 285 pounds.

The Yellowjackets will host their first set of dual meets when they host a triangular on Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. The Yellowjackets welcome the Thief River Falls Prowlers and the Bemidji Lumberjacks to the Hive.

STMA Invitational

Team Results

Waconia 226.5, Perham 168.5, St. Michael-Albertville 162.5, Forest Lake 150.5, Dassel-Cokato 115.5, St. Cloud Tech 75.5, Sauk Rapids-Rice 72.5, Elk River 68.

Perham Individual Results

106: Aaron Lorentz (1-2) fifth place

113: Owen Werner (3-0) first place

120: Blaze Brady (2-1) third place

126: Blake Lorentz (1-3) sixth place

132: Gabe Bellefeuille (2-2) fifth place

138: Braylon Rach (1-3) sixth place

145: Leighton Rach (2-1) second place

145: Isaac Lung (1-3) sixth place

152: Jack Fudge (3-0) first place

160: Dylan Fudge (2-1) second place

170: Colton Hackel (2-2) fifth place

182: Zach Peterson (3-0) first place

195: Dawson Kellogg (2-1) second place

220: Colton Kostynick (1-3) sixth place

285: Rowdie Lindquist (0-2) did not place

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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