Road Crew win four dual meets
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team defeated Royalton 52-23 and Crosby-Ironton 69-3 in dual meets on Tuesday, Dec. 17, in Pine River.
The Road Crew then improved to 6-0 in dual meets after defeating Deer River 51-16 and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 57-9 also in Pine River on Thursday, Dec. 19.
The Road Crew is scheduled to compete at Park Rapids on Friday, Jan. 3.
Against Royalton, Darion Anderson opened the match by taking a 7-2 lead going into the third period when he scored a pin. Anthony Philipson followed with a quick takedown and pin at 1:54, and Spencer Richards was taken down in the second period in a 5-2 loss.
After Brandon Mager won by forfeit at 126 pounds, Evan Gravdahl earned a pin at 3:31, and Triston Rubner showed why he is state rated with a quick takedown and pin for a 30-3 Road Crew win. The Road Crew’s Devyn Richards was pinned at 145, but Nick Gravdahl had a close match before winning by fall. Joe Harrison lost 11-1 at 160, but Ozzy Miller had a quick takedown and pin at 1:44.
The Road Crew’s Justin Mackenthun wrestled Mitch Lange, who is second at 182, and was pinned at 5:24. Chris Foster lost, but Cadel Roeder came back and got a pin at 220, and Jared Adkins dominated his match and won 14-2.
Against C-I, Anderson won by default, and Philipson had the match of the night against the Rangers’ Caleb Krietter, who is currently rated fifth in Class A. The first period was tied, but Krietter grabbed an 11-6 lead going into the third period. Philipson rallied with a reversal and five near-fall points for the win.
Spencer Richards went into a quick takedown and a pin at 20 seconds. Mager won by default, and Gravdahl won a close match against senior Brett Nelson, who was ahead 4-0 going into the third period. Gravdahl trailed 4-3, but turned Nelson with six seconds left to win 5-4.
Rubner had a reversal in both the second and third periods to win 7-3. Devyn Richards trailed senior Joe Sura 6-2 going into the third period. With 20 seconds left, Sura earned two reversal points and won 8-5.
The Road Crew won the next two matches by forfeit, and Miller needed just 51 seconds to win by fall. Newmann, Foster, Roeder and Adkins all won with quick pins.
Road Crew wins twice on Dec. 19
The Road Crew defeated Deer River 51-16 and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 57-9 in a makeup triangular on Thursday, Dec. 19, in Pine River.
Eighth-grader Peter Koering moved up to varsity and wrestled tough at 106 before losing 12-4. Philipson won by forfeit, and Richards was all business going right from a takedown to a cradle and three points. He eventually won by fall in 1:06.
Mager was ahead 7-1 after the first period before winning by fall in the second period. Sonenstahl earned a pin after a quick first-period takedown, and Haman also moved up from junior varsity, but lost in the first period. Devyn Richards earned a first-period pin.
Nichols led early before winning by fall in the second period. Jonah Lelwica got his first win on varsity at 160 with a pin at 1:00. Joe Harrison lost his match at 170. Roeder won by forfeit and Adkins won his match 4-1.
Road Crew 57, Walker-H-A 9
Anderson won with a pin in the first minute. Philipson won by forfeit and both teams double forfeited at 120. Mager dominated and won 12-6, and Sonenstahl pinned his opponent at the end of the first period. Triston Rubner won by fall with 34 seconds remaining in the first period, and the Road Crew won the next two matches for a 39-0 lead.
In a high-scoring contest Lelwica lost 13-11 at 160. Harrison won by default, and then Foster lost but Roeder won by default. Adkins ended the match with a third-period pin.
“We wrestled a few junior varsity wrestlers tonight, and two of them won and two others wrestled respectable matches,” said Road Crew coach Travis Hoffarth. “We have to look at the future, so it was good to see the junior varsity wrestlers not backing down and going right at their opponents.