Perham’s 6th trip to the State ended
all too quickly as the Jackets were knocked out in the consolation semifinals
by Milaca/Faith Christian, 32-26.
“We came here with hopes of coming home with
a medal and winning our last match, so things didn’t go like we wanted,” senior
heavyweight Jesse Hein said. “If we would have wrestled like we did
last weekend, we probably would have medaled.”
““We worked too hard to underperform like
that,” head coach Robb Moser
said. “That’s a tough deal.”
The Jackets got off to a 3-0 start with a 7-6 win by Elliot Werner at 106 pounds. M/FC picked up a pair of pins to go up
12-3 when Brandon Lueders earned his
2nd win of the day with an 8-2 decision at 126 pounds.
The Jackets had a couple of well fought losses at 132 and
138. At 132, freshman Collin Nietzke hit the mat for his 4th
varsity match and dropped a 6-3 decision to Mike Hoffman. Josh
Werner followed with a 10-5 loss to No. 2 Jonah Gahm at 138.
A pin by Luke Sailer
at 145 cut M/FC’s lead to 18-12, but the Wolves followed with 3-straight wins
to go up 28-12. After Gio Garcia won for the Jackets at 182,
No. 4 Justin Ladehoff picked up a major decision at 195 to secure the win for
Cody Nylander and
Hein capped the match with a pair of wins.
“It was a little bit mental and a little bit
physical,” Moser said of the team’s two losses Thursday at State. “We don’t cut like other teams. And when we come down here everyone is
bigger than us. We are young. That’s part of it. But teams are bigger than us. They cut more weight. They lift more weights in the
off-season. To compete down here,
our athletes have to make a commitment to get stronger in the off-season.
“That being said, mentally we weren’t ready,”
Moser added. “We set a goal just
to get here. So we achieved that
The Jackets finish the regular season 21-7.
“It was a great season,” Moser said. “Nobody. Nobody would have predicted us to get to State this
season. A lot of people thought we
wouldn’t even get close. So to
achieve this was really neat. But
I’m disappointed for this kids.
All of us, coaches included, could have done a better job to prepare us
for down here. That’s not the kind
of performance we’re used to.
“I hope that our 8th graders and 9th
graders can use this and learn from it,” Moser added. “That when they are working out and get that little boo-boo
or owwie, they won’t slow down.
They can’t let it. They
have to get tougher. It’s a good
way to whet their appetite. The
thoroughbreds will rise to the challenge.
The Shetland ponies will fall to the wayside.”
It was the last match for one of the Jackets
seniors, Garrett Biegler. The 3 other seniors, Lueders, Ty
Haverland and Jesse, along with juniors Sailer and Nylander will compete in the
Individual Tournament starting Friday.
“It gives me extra determination to go out
and do my best.” Lueders said.
“It’s my last shot out here, so I have to give it my all.”
Lueders (35-8) will face No. 2 Eric Madson of
Hutchinson (39-3) in Friday’s 1st round, which starts at 1 p.m.
“Individually, nobody got beat up,” Moser
said. “They all got in a couple of
good matches here today that should help them be ready tomorrow.
It will be the 1st of many tough
draw’s for the Jackets. Sailer,
ranked No. 6 with a 35-7 record, will face No. 1 Nte Lynn of Adrian
(31-1). Haverland (32-13) will
face No. 1 Jake Short of Simley (42-1) at 145 pounds.
Nylander, ranked No. 1 at 220 pounds, will
take on No. 6 Riley Trnka of Waconia (36-2). He would face a potential 2nd round match against
No. 2 Tyler Petit of Plainville-Elgin-Millville (36-2).
Hein, ranked No. 4 at heavyweight, goes
against No. 7 Brandon Schmidt of D-B/LPV (37-6) in the 1st
round. He could potentially face
Sam Stoll of Kasson-Mantorville in the 2nd round. Stoll (42-1) handed Hein his 1st
loss in the team quarterfinals, 5-3.
“I got in a few different positions that I
hadn’t been in before,” Hein said.
“But hopefully I can get a few things figured out if I see him again.”
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