The Perham Yellowjackets finished fourth in the Class AA State Wrestling Meet a year ago and will try to successfully defend their Section 8AA title with the return of eleven section place winners, including seven state qualifiers, of which three earned state tourney medals.
"In addition to that, we wil have six other wrestlers with varsity experience back," said Head Coach Robb Moser. "With just two graduating last spring, we expect to challenge our 28-3 overall dual meet record from last season and make a strong challenge to defend our section and state honors."
Perham returns five 40-plus match winners, including Ty Moser (46-2, Section Champ, 3rd in State), Zach Peterson (46-3, Section Champ, 3rd in State), Dawson Kellog (43-8, Section Champ), Dylan Fudge (42-7, 3rd in Section) and Owen Werner (40-8, Section Champ, 3rd in State), along with two 30-plus match winners in Jack Fudge (35-9, Section Champ) and Gabe Bellefuille (35-11, 3rd in Section). Matthew Bush (15-15) was a section runner-up last year, as was Leighton Rach (23-13). Jose Lopez (22-4) placed fifth in the section and Garrett Covington (9-10) was a sixth place finisher at sections.
"We should have a very balanced team with a great deal of depth," said Moser. "We feel that we can challenge anyone ini AA if we remain healthy throughout the season."