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Philipson chosen Road Crew MVP

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Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestlers were honored for team and individual honors at a postseason banquet on Monday, March 24.

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Senior Anthony Philipson was chosen most valuable wrestler from a Road Crew squad that captured its first Section 8AA title and tied for the consolation title at state.

Other awards were: Ozzy Miller, most falls with 22 and most takedowns with 89; Dillon Nichols, rookie of the year after finishing 19-13; Jared Adkins, match of the year; Justin Mackenthun and Miller, most improved; Triston Rubner, most dedicated; and Nick Gravdahl, hardest and most consistent worker.

Milestones included: Philipson, 140 wins (tied for sixth all-time in program history; Rubner, 95 wins; Loge, Gravdahl nad Mackenthun, 75 wins; and Miller, 60 wins.

The Road Crew had a total of 33 letterwinners, including seniors: Philipson, Miller, Jace Loge, Brandon Mager, Rubner, Mackenthun, Adkins, Cadel Roeder, Jonah Lelwica, Weston Smith, Lance Squires and Kayla Adkins.

The team finished 19-5-1 overall to mark the first time the Road Crew had three consecutive seasons of 15-plus wins. The Road Crew was also 4-1 in the Mid-State Conference.

Earning All-Mid-State Conference were Philipson, Gravdahl, Miller, Mackenthun and Adkins while Spencer Richards and Rubner earned honorable mention. Philipson was also Mid-State Conference most valuable while the Road Crew’s Travis Hoffarth was conference coach of the year.

Gravdahl and Jace Loge received Section 8AA All-Academic honors while Hoffarth was section coach of the year and Demars section assistant coach of the year. Philipson and Mackenthun were section individual champions while Adkins was a runner-up.

Junior Varsity awards:

The Road Crew’s Justin Neumann and Isaac Manthei, who combined for a 43-0 junior varsity record this season, were chosen most valuable for the JV squad.

Other JV awards were Justin Neumann and Jace Leabo, most falls with 21; and Jace Leabo, most takedowns with 60.

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