The visiting Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew registered seven pins in defeating Blackduck 52-22 in a non-conference meet on Tuesday, Jan. 8.
The Road Crew dominated the Drakes by winning the first eight matches. Blackduck then won the next four matches before the Road Crew captured the final two weights.
The Road Crew’s Anthony Philipson started the match with a 5-0 win after two takedowns and an escape. Spencer Richards then had a quick takedown and worked it into a pin at 1:41.
“I knew that if we would win in the lower weights then we would do all right,” said Road Crew coach Travis Hoffarth, whose team built a 40-0 lead after eight matches. “To get behind going into the upper weights would not be good.”
Brandon Mager dominated with takedowns for an 8-3 decision at 130. Getting a takedown and three near-fall points in the first period Nat Adkins (126) then got his pin 24 seconds into the second period. Triston Rubner went in for a quick takedown then got his pin at 1:06.
Jace Loge dominated his contest with a takedown, two reversals and six near fall points before getting his pin. Nick Gravdahl had two takedowns before getting his opponent on his back for a pin in the 145 match. Drey Loge, rated No. 4 in the state, was productive in every period to win 12-0.
Ozzy Miller then came back in the third period with an escape and a takedown, but it was too late as he lost 12-3. The Road crew lost the next three matches, but Kurt Kent came back with seven seconds remaining in the second period and pinned his opponent in the 220 match. Jared Adkins needed just 50 seconds to win by fall.
“Bradon Mager did an outstanding job,” Hoffarth said. “I knew then that we were in good shape. The lower weights took the pressure off the upper weights. Our wrestlers took the hometown crowd out of the picture. I was very happy by the way they wrestled.”
The Road Crew, 10-1 overall, is scheduled to compete at Osakis on Thursday, Jan. 17.
JV wrestlers compete
Junior varsity winners for the Road Crew at Blackduck included the following: Darian Anderson won with a pin at 2:25, Isaac Manthel won 2-0, and Evan Gravdahl found himself behind 7-0 when he got a reversal and pinned his opponent. Dallin Sonenstahl was ahead 9-0 before he won with a pin at 4:06. Chris Foster won by fall in 2:45 and John Vrseth won with a pin at 1:15.
Peter Koering was tied going into the third period, but got an escape and takedown, plus three near fall points to win 10-2. Devyn Richards turned it on in the third period with a takedown and three near-fall points to claim an 8-2 decision.
Justin Newmann was behind 4-0 going into the third period when he escaped and got a takedown, but lost 4-3. Luke Sescher won with a pin, Mike Hudak won 5-1, Justin Neumann earned a 6-4 decision and Joe Harrison dominating to win 15-0.
Cody Booth was behind 5-0, but came back for his first win with a pin. Luke Sescher registered a pin, Evan Gravdahl won 13-0, and Jace Leabo and Chris Foster both had pins.
PL/PR-B 52, Blackduck 22
106: Anthony Philipson (RC) dec. Andrew Nissen 5-0
113: Spencer Richards (RC) pinned Michael Juelson 1:41
120: Brandon Mager (RC) dec. Kyle Michalek 8-3
126: Nate Adkins (RC) pinned Mason Preston 2:24
132: Triston Rubner (RC) pinned Jason Yates 1:06
138: Jace Loge (RC) pinned Mason Frenzel 5:36
145: Nick Gravdahl (RC) pinned Matthew Patch 1:23
152: Drey Loge (RC) maj. dec. Cooper Jedlizka 12-0
160: Daven Staples (B) maj. dec. Ozzy Miller 12-3
170: Nate Jablonski (B) pinned Kyle Jordan 1:25
182: Brady Gross (B) wins by forfeit
195: Tanner Templin (B) pinned Cadel Roeder 3:08
220: Kurt Kent (RC) pinned Paul Eckstrom 3:53
285: Jared Adkins (RC) pinned Andrew Grundmeier :50