A dual meet against Grand Rapids was tied, but the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team lost by criteria 34.33 to 33.33 in non-conference action on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
“We had a lot of different opportunities to get one more team point throughout the dual,” said Road Crew coach Travis Hoffarth. “Grand Rapids is a really good team, but I think we let one slip away. We still have room for a lot of improvement, and losing stokes the fire inside.”
Despite the loss, the Road Crew’s Drey Loge increased his winning ways with a season record 27-0. The Road Crew, 11-3 overall before facing Detroit Lakes and Wadena-Deer Creek on Tuesday, Feb. 5, will then wrestle Bemidji at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7.
The match against Grand Rapids was a chess game from the start with each coach waiting until it was time for the opposing coach to put out their wrestler. Each coach had to put out their wrestler first every other match.
The Road Crew’s Anthony Philipson, wrestling at 106 pounds, lost the opening match, and then Isaac Manthey was pinned at 113. The Road Crew’s Spencer Richards won by forfeit, but Nate Adkins and Nick Gravdahl both lost decisions and the Road Crew trailed 15-6.
Jace Loge, 138, brought the home crowd back into the contest. Ahead just 2-1 going into the third period, Loge got a reversal, but gave up an escape. Loge came back with a takedown to win 6-2. Drey Loge, who usually wrestles at 145, was replaced by junior varsity wrestler Joe Harrison, who made the crowd come alive with the first takedown. In the second period Harrison got a reversal then a takedown in the third which led to a pin to tie the match 15-15.
Drey Loge, now at 152, went into the second period to win by fall. Ozzie Miller then lost a close 3-0 match. Kyle Jordan then had an exciting contest with a quick throw for five points, and a 10-2 lead going into the third period. The aggressive Jordan was trying for a pin, but instead was pinned in another exciting match.
The teams traded forfeits, and Grand Rapids led 30-27. The Road Crew’s Kurt Kent, 220, then suffered an 8-3 loss. Jared Adkins started his match with a five-second takedown. He pinned his opponent and the score was tied 33-33. Grand Rapids then claimed the match by winning nine of the 14 individual matchups.
JV faces Grand Rapids
The Road Crew's Desirae Sonenstahl, 113, started the junior varsity match in a fast moving contest. A knowledgeable wrestler, Sonenstahl was aggressive throughout, but lost 16-8. Chris Foster won with a pin, and Jace Leabo had two takedowns in the first period then won with a pin in the second. Isaac Manthei almost got a pin in the third period, but won 8-0. John Urseth won with a pin.
Peter Koering was in command throughout his contest, and led 12-1 before he gluing his opponent. Justin Neumann used a cradle to get his pin. Cody France pinned his opponent. Mike Hudak got his pin in the second period while Evan Gravdahl dominated and cradled up his adversary to win by fall.
PL/PRB 33.33, Grand Rapids 34.33
106: Cole Jones (GR) dec. Anthony Phillipson 9-5
113: Joel Palik (GR) pinned Isaac Manthey 1:47
120: Spencer Richards (PLPRB) by forfeit
126: Jeremy Erickson (GR) dec Nate Adkins 7-3
132: Jackson Shauer (GR) dec Nick Gravdahl 7-2
138: Jace Loge (PLPRB) dec Brady Hartje 6-2
145: Joe Harrison (GR) pinned Beau Casteel 4:58
152: Drey Loge (PLPRB) pinned Austin Nelson 3:33
160: Alex Seanger (GR) dec. Ozzy Miller 3-0
170: Seth Nelson (GR) pinned Kyle Jordan 4:58
182: Jameson Evans (GR) by forfeit
195: Justin Mackenthun (PLPRB) by forfeit
220: Will Rusch (GR) Kurt Kent 8-5
285: Jared Adkins (PLPRB) pinned Cole Walters :14