Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew, 15-4 overall, will next compete at the Section 8AA team tournament on Saturday, Feb. 15, in Thief River Falls. Section individual competition will be Saturday, Feb. 22.
The section team winner advances to the Class AA state wrestling tournament on Feb. 27 to March 1, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Teams will wrestle at state on Feb. 27, with individuals at 11 a.m. on Feb. 28
As for section team competition, Perham should be seeded No. 1 while the Road Crew is also among the contenders.
“I was hoping to get a higher seed, but we will take what we get and make the most of it,” said coach Travis Hoffarth. “We have a couple of injuries and illness, but if we have our full lineup, we should be ready.”
Some top individuals are senior Anthony Philipson, who has been wrestling at 113 pounds, but is ranked second in the state at 106. The two-time state entrant has 130 career wins, and is 24-2 this season.
Junior Nick Gravdahl is 27-5 this winter after winning 24 matches last year. Senior heavyweight Jared Adkins is ranked sixth and is 21-5 this season with 79 career wins while senior Triston Rubner, who is ranked No. 8 in the state, is 14-4 with 86 career wins. Senior Ozzy Miller has improved to 26-7 this year while senior Justin Mackenthun is 23-3 overall with 86 career wins.
Others are Spencer Richard, 17-14; Dillon Nichols, 16-9; Brandon Mager, 15-12; Cadel Roeder, 13-18; Joe Harrison, 12-14; Darion Anderson, 11-14; Evan Gravdahl, 9-17; Justin Neuman, 7-4; Chris Foster, 7-11; Isaac Manthei, 6-6; Devyn Richards, 5-9; Dallin Sonenstahl, 4-7; Jonah Lelwica, 4-3; and Peter Koering, 1-2.
Two wrestlers who joined late this season are senior Jace Loge and Nate Adkins. Loge, who had a 24-18 record last year, missed most of this season following surgery and Adkins was 23-11 last year.
Bemidji 36, Road Crew 23
The Road Crew was missing three starters against Bemidji on Thursday, Feb. 6.
At 106, Anderson got the first takedown, but lost 6-4, and Manthei was pinned by Brian Maas, who is ranked No. 1 in Class AAA.
Evan Gravdahl later had his opponent on his back in the third period, but couldn’t get the pin and Dillon Nichols got a takedown and near fall points in overtime to win.
Bemidji 36, PL/PRB 23
106: Jon Solum (B) dec. Darian Anderson 6-4
113: Brian Maas (B) pinned Isaac Manthei 1:38
120: Spencer Richard (PLPRB) maj. dec. Indi Farris 11-0
126: Tyler Obeime (B) maj. dec. Lucas McCoy 10-0
132: Dylan Fauldeda (B) Tech. fall Nate Adkins 16-1
138: Robert Treuer (B) dec. Evan Gravdahl 9-5
145: Jace Loge (PLPRB) DEC. Luke Gaft 6-5
152: Dillon Nichols (PLPRB) dec. Hunter Schoenvorn 14-10
160: Rich Gravdahl (PLPRB) DEC. Gannon Strain 9-5
170: Ozzy Miller (PLPRB) Maj. dec Nick Peterson 12-4
182: Kade Johnson (B) pinned Justin Newmann 1:30
195: Brody Wilander (B) pinned Chris Foster 3:41
220: Wyatt Yoemann (B) dec. Cadel Roeder 4-2
285: Jared Adkins (PLPRB) pinned Gabe Flaherty :22