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Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew seniors Peter Koering (152 pounds) and John Urseth (220) both finished third after losing true-second matches, and a chance to advance to state, at the Section 8AA individual wrestling tournament on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24 at Hawley.
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestlers are preparing for the Section 8AA team tournament on Saturday, Feb. 17, at Thief River Falls. The Road Crew have already improved their win total from last season (18-12 overall), and are now aiming to surpass last year's showing at the section tournament. Last year, the Road Crew were seeded seventh at sections, and after winning a first-round match, they fell to No. 2 Detroit Lakes 74-6 in the quarterfinals.
Chip Lohmiller said the "timing was right" to step down as head coach of the Pequot Lakes Patriots football team, which advanced to the Class 3-A state semifinals last November for the first time in program history.
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team surpassed its goal for victories this season and marked the seventh consecutive year with at least 15 wins when they earned three victories at the Roseau Quadrangular on Friday, Feb. 2. "It was great to reach our goal for dual wins, and I'm pleased with how our kids have continued to work and improve," said Road Crew coach Travis Hoffarth. "Considering that we don't have a lot of depth in our upper weights at this point in our program, we have been fortunate to stay healthy enough to continue to be competitive."
The annual Minnesota Hockey Day has become a premier winter sports event in its first 12 years as it showcases various levels of hockey programs with players competing on outdoor rinks at host communities around the state. Hockey Day is sponsored by the Minnesota Wild and Fox Sports North, and its schedule features televised coverage of boys and girls' high school matchups and men's and women's college programs. The day concludes with an NHL game hosted by the Wild at Xcel Energy Center.
Peter Koering had a week to remember for the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team. The senior finished 4-0 in four dual meet matches during the week, and then capped it off by capturing the 152-pound title to help the Road Crew place third at the Lake Park Invitational on Friday, Jan. 19. "Peter just continues to outwork his opponents," said Road Crew coach Travis Hoffarth. "He has had an incredible season and took home his first individual championship of his career.
John Urseth (220 pounds), Keenan Dahl (182) and Harley Large (160) all earned four individual wins as the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestlers earned a split in their four matches at the Moorhead tournament on Saturday, Jan. 13. "John (Urseth) had a really nice weekend of wrestling," Road Crew coach Travis Hoffarth said of the senior, who won seven matches combined in two weekend tournaments. "John came into the season with a lot more confidence, and that has resulted in him being more aggressive on the mat. It just shows that hard work pays off."
Connor Tulenchik won the 120-pound title to lead the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestlers to a fifth-place finish at the season-opening Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 2.
The Pequot Lakes football team hopes to add to their milestone season when the Patriots face the St. Croix Lutheran Academy Crusaders in the Class 3A state semifinals at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, in U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Five members of the Weichert Real Estate/Yde's Major Appliance slow-pitch team playing in Brainerd's Tuesday Night Men's Softball League may have started their careers in different regions of the Midwest, but today they're teammates with many things in common. Patrick Trottier began playing softball in Bismarck, N.D.; Ben Meister in Iowa; Robby Rick and Dan Przybylski in the Twin Cities; and Nate Geike, Brainerd and Pine River leagues.