The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team won two of three matches at Osakis on Friday, Jan. 10. The Road Crew defeated Kimball 45-27 and beat Ottertail Central 54-18 before losing to Class A No. 10-ranked Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 41-27. It was the first loss of the season after 11 dual meets for the Road Crew.
Anthony Philipson (113 pounds), Nick Gravdahl (145), Ozzy Miller (170), Justin Mackenthun (182) and Jared Adkins (heavyweight) all went 3-0 for the Road Crew.
Top Road Crew records at mid-season include: Philipson 17-2, Nick Gravdahl 17-4, Ozzy Miller 18-5, Jared Adkins 14-2, Justin Mackenthun 14-3, Triston Rubner 14-4, Brandon Mager 13-7, Darion Anderson 10-9 and Dillon Nichols 9-4.
“Ozzy (Miller) worked out this summer and it really shows,” said Road Crew coach Travis Hoffarth. “He is improved in all areas. Brandon (Mager) has wrestled some real tough competitors, and Jared (Adkins) has also shown improvement.
“But we really have to dig deeper as we get ready for sections. We have it in us to dig deeper to reach our goals. We can do it.”
The Road Crew is scheduled to wrestle at Pequot Lakes on Thursday Jan. 16, and then at Sauk Centre/Melrose on Friday, Jan. 17.
Road Crew 54, Ottertail Central 18
Against OTC, Darion Anderson opened the match with an early lead before losing 10-7. Philipson then wasted no time getting a pin at 1:10. Isaac Manthei got the first takedown, but was pinned at the end of the second period. Senior Brandon Mager lost in a close contest 8-5 at 126 pounds. Evan Gravdahl was then pinned and the Road Crew trailed 18-6, but that was the end of the scoring for OTC.
Devyn Richards won 5-0 and Nick Gravdahl pinned his opponent at 1:58. Jonah Lelwica got a takedown in the first period at 152 and eventually won 5-0. Joe Harrison needed only 1:29 before he won by fall. Ozzy Miller got his pin at 58 seconds and Justin Neumann won by forfeit. Mackenthun got a pin at 1:10, Cadel Roeder stuck his opponent at 1:03, and heavyweight Jared Adkins needed only 41 seconds for a pin.
Road Crew 45, Kimball 27
Kimball has two ranked wrestlers, but the Road Crew showed balance in their lineup for the win. Philipson gave his team an 18-0 lead with a pin at 1:05. Mager wrestled top-ranked Blaine Tschida and was pinned. Dallin Sonenstahl faced No. 2 Quentin Berres, who won with a pin, and Evan Gravdahl was also pinned.
Nick Gravdahl had three takedowns and two escapes to win 8-3 and Rubner was edged 3-2. Joe Harrison then turned a close match into a 10-2 win. Miller took his opponent down six times to win 16-4 and Neumann was ahead 7-0 when he pinned his opponent in 3:08. Mackenthun dominated and won 11-1, Roeder was pinned and Jared Adkins won with a 15-second fall.
Kerkhoven-M-S 41, Road Crew 27
K-M-S has now defeated the Road Crew the past three years. The team has three ranked wrestlers and competed at state last year.
Anderson opened the match with a 3-0 loss, but Philipson claimed a 3-0 decision. Spencer Richards was ahead 5-2 going into the third period where he got a reversal and two near-fall points to win 9-2. Mager and Lucas McCoy were pinned, and Devyn Richards lost to a state-rated Jordan Engler by a technical fall at 3:31. Rubner was pinned with four seconds remaining in his contest, and the Road Crew trailed 26-6 going into the 152 match.
Behind 3-1 going into the third period, Nick Gravdahl got an escape and two takedowns to win 6-3. Jonah Lelwica was pinned by top-rated Zach Carlson, and Joe Harrison lost 7-0. Miller was ahead 12-2 when he got a pin at 3:31. Mackenthun got a pin at 1:14, but third-ranked Chase Norton pinned Roeder, and Jared Adkins rallied to win by fall at 2:20.