The Secret Weapon

Detroit Lakes’ Garrett Nelson

By Brian Jerzak

If anyone ever tells you one guy can’t make a difference on a wrestling team or any team, don’t believe them. Detroit Lakes’ senior Garrett Nelson proved one guy could make all the difference.

Coming into the 2019-20 season, the Detroit Lakes Lakers’ wrestling team had not won a section tournament in over ten years. They had won just two in their history. Coming into the 2019 football season, things were looking great for the Lakers’ wrestling team – then, not so much.

Two-time state champion Isiah Thompson injured his knee during the football season – ending his football season and his wrestling season. Before Detroit Lakes could wrestle a match, another starter from two seasons ago – Nelson – would not be able to wrestle.

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