The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team was defeated by the Detroit Lakes Lakers 33-22 in the Section 8AA semifinals on Saturday, Feb. 16, in Thief River Falls.
The Road Crew had defeated East Grand Forks 69-9 earlier in the day in the section quarterfinals. Detroit Lakes was then defeated by defending champion Perham 36-26 in the section final.
“We had opportunities and gave up points late in the match,” Road Crew coach Travis Hoffarth said of the loss to the Lakers. “We need to work harder this week to get ready for section individuals.”
The Road Crew, who finish with a 15-4 team record, is scheduled to participate in the section individual tournament on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23, in Fergus Falls. The Road Crew’s Anthony Philipson, 106 pounds, and Drey Loge, unbeaten at 145, should be top seeds for the section, according to Hoffarth. “Jared (Adkins) also has a chance for a No. 1 seed at 285 after defeating James Huewe (of Detroit Lakes),” Hoffarth said. “I’m happy with the way the kids worked. It was fun to see them improve.”
Five Road Crew wrestlers were perfect in the two section matches - Philipson, Brandon Mager, Triston Rubner, Drey Loge and Jared Adkins. Loge won with two pins to bring his record up to 35-0 for the season.
Road Crew 69, EGF 9
Philipson opened against the Green Wave with a pin at 27 seconds, and Brandon Mager followed with a pin at 45 seconds. Nate Adkins, 120, also had a quick pin at 1:45. Triston Rubner got his pin with four seconds remaining in the first period at 126, and Nick Gravdahl followed with a pin at 2:51.
Jace Loge lost a close contest to Alex Yaish 4-2 at 138, but Drey Loge came back with a pin over Alex Yanyo. Trevor Johnson also won with a pin in 1:48, and Ozzy Miller pinned his opponent at 1:29 at 160. Kyle Jordan then won by forfeit and Justin Mackenthun defeated Eli Deziel 5-2 at 182. Cadel Roeder was pinned and Kurt Kent won by forfeit at 220 before heavyweight Jared Adkins won with a pin over Evan Deziel.
Against Detriot Lakes, Philipson won a major decision over Tyler Bellefeuille for his 100th career victory, and Mager pinned Payton Jackson. Nate Adkins had an admirable effort against Luke Payne, currently rated No. 10 in the state, but lost 7-5. Rubner came back with a win but Gravdahl was defeated by Nathan Francis. Jace Loge lost to Zach Baker, who is rated seventh. Another ranked wrestler for the Lakers, Jackson Parker, won with a technical fall over Trevor Johnson 20-3. Drey Loge, wrestling at 152, won by fall at 35 seconds.
Miller lost a close match against Jarrett Nosal, and the Lakers’ Brandon Dahring won a close decision over Kyle Jordan. Mackenthun lost to Jeff Gailfus 5-4 in another exciting contest. Roeder then lost 4-0 while Kurt Kent was pinned. Jared Adkins finished with a 3-2 win over James Huewe, who is currently rated ninth.
Detroit Lakes 33, PL/PRB 22
106: Anthony Phillipson (PL) maj. dec. Tyler Bellefeuille 12-4
113: Brandon Mager (PL) pinned Payton Jackson 1:46
120: Luke Payne (DL) pinned Nate Adkins 7-5
126: Triston Rubner (PL) dec. Logan Twigg 10-5
132: Nathan Francis (DL) dec. Nick Gravdahl 8-2
138: Zach Baker (DL) maj. dec. Jace Loge 14-6
145: Jackson Parker (DL) tech. fall Trevor Johnson 20-3
152: Drey Loge (PL) pinned Cole Hegg :35
160: Jarret Nosal (DL) dec. Osmund Miller 3-1
170: Brandon Dahring (DL) dec. Kyle Jordan 10-8
182: Jeff Gailfus (DL) dec. Justin Mackenthun 5-4
195: Jason Greigo (DL) pinned Cadel Roeder 3:12
220: Cameron Fitz (DL) dec. Kurt Kent 4-0
285: Jared Adkins (PL) dec. James Huewe 3-2