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Kerry Collins, Published March 06 2009

Minnesota state wrestling tournament team roundup: Perham, Frazee fall in quarterfinals

ST. PAUL – Maybe the size of the dog in the fight doesn’t really matter.

Both Frazee and Perham lost in the team quarterfinals at the Minnesota state wrestling tournament, and it was a bunch of little guys that knocked them both out.

“People always talk about the big guys at the end, but this one was the little guys,” Perham coach Robb Moser said. “We lost at 103, 112 and 119, and it was too much to overcome.”

In Class 2A, Foley took four of the first five weights to set up a 39-18 win over the second-seeded Yellow Jackets.

In Class 1A, second-seeded Kenyon-Wanamingo won the first six matches to open a 25-0 lead on the way to a 35-22 win.

Perham’s slow start came from an upset at 112, and some bad luck at 119.

Foley’s Sam Keeler upended Andrew Gorentz at 112 with a 7-5 decision, and then heavily favored Jacob Werner went down at 119 with an injury.

After landing awkwardly on his right ankle in the second period, Werner couldn’t put any weight on it and couldn’t continue. That gave Foley a win by injury default, and a 14-0 lead.

“That was a huge swing because it was a match we thought we could get bonus points out of,” Moser said. “That was potentially a 10-point swing.

“We’re a little disappointed, but on the other side, they out-wrestled us.”

Frazee just ran into an early buzzsaw with the brand name Lexvold.

Mitchel Lexvold scored a pin at 103. Chad Lexvold tallied a major decision at 119, and Drew Lexvold got another pin at 125 to make it 19-0 through four matches.

“They’re very good. But we didn’t get pinned by all of them, so that was a good thing,” Frazee coach John Barlund said with a laugh.

After the Knights started up 25-0, Frazee won the next five to make it 25-19. That run included technical falls from Tyler Blauert at 160 and Cody Nunn at 171.

But Kenyon-Wanamingo closed things out with a major decision and a pin in the final three matches.

“They were solid across the board,” Barlund said. “They won eight of the matches, and we were hoping for a 7-7 split. It just didn’t work out this time.”

Class 2A

Foley 39, Perham 18

103: Dunlap, F, tech. fall Sailer, 5:56.

112: Keeler, F, dec. Gorentz, 7-5.

119: Sustercich, F, inj. def. J. Werner.

125: Warne, P, dec. Gehling, 5-2.

130: Foss, F, dec. I. Werner, 6-3.

135: Berns, P, dec. Fitzpatrick, 8-2.

140: Seppelt, F, dec. Jenne, 4-1.

145: Gilyard, F, pin Biegler, 2:46.

152: C. Schmitz, P, dec. Weber, 5-0.

160: Bowland, F, maj. dec. Meyer, 19-6.

171: N. Schmitz, P, dec. Lewandowski, 3-2.

189: Linn, F, pin Brill, 3:32.

215: Sazama, P, pin Bialke, :30.

285: Siegler, F, dec. Hein, 6-3.

Class 1A

Kenyon-Wanamingo 35, Frazee 22

103: M. Lexvold, KW, pin Stilke, 2:53.

112: McLain, KW, dec. Ellenberg, 7-1.

119: C. Lexvold, KW, maj. dec. Lemon, 9-1.

125: D. Lexvold, KW, pin Myrle Schermerhorn, 3:16.

130: Wunderlich, KW, dec. Huckriede, 5-1.

135: Quamme, KW, dec. Koehnen, 2-0.

140: Piper, F, dec. Cordes, 3-0.

145: Lucero, F, dec. Baalson, 7-2.

152: Ca. Nunn, F, dec. Groth, 3-2.

160: Blauert, F, tech. fall Melhouse, 4:00.

171: Co. Nunn, F, tech. fall Dahlgren, 6:00.

189: Jacobson, KW, maj. dec. Sandberg, 10-0.

215: Lafreniere-Sorenson, F, dec. Langer, 5-4.

285: Hainka, KW, pin Holmer, :40.

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