Champion Nick Gravdahl (160 pounds) and true-second winners Nate Adkins (145), Dillon Nichols (152) and Joe Harrison (182) all advanced from the Section 8AA wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 21, in Perham, to represent the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew at the Class AA state tournament on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. All four wrestlers were first-time state individual qualifiers, although they were members of last year's Road Crew team that tied for the state consolation title. Individual state competition starts at 1 p.m.
I grew up in suburbia - Hastings, Minn. Back then we dressed up for school - no blue jeans - and had hair that took the average young suburban male 10 minutes to get ready for school. That is, if you don't count the time I grabbed the toothpaste instead of the Brylcreem, or was it Wildroot Cream Oil? Everyone seemed to be middle class. When helping my friends with their paper routes I noticed rows and rows of houses called ramblers with a single-car garage. Everyone dressed for church, with my mother wearing white gloves and a hat.
The second-seeded Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestlers were defeated by the top-seeded Perham Yellowjackets 48-17 in the Section 8AA team final on Saturday, Feb. 14, in Thief River Falls. Perham, an annual contender for the section title with seven ranked wrestles, recaptured the crown which they had lost to the Road Crew last year when they earned the first trip to state in program history. The Road Crew opened the section meet with a 46-25 quarterfinal win over Albany, the school which Road Crew head coach Travis Hoffarth attended.
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestlers won all three matches in defeating Roseau 48-30, Fergus Falls 56-20 and Sauk Centre-Melrose 39-31 in front of their home fans on Friday, Feb. 6. Nick Gravdahl, who is 30-2 overall, and Chris Foster each won three matches for the Road Crew, who improve to 17-6 in dual meets. The Road Crew is scheduled to wrestle at the Sections 8AA team competition at 11 a.m. on Saturday in Thief River Falls. "It was an all-out effort by everyone on the team," said Road Crew coach Travis Hoffarth said of the three wins on Feb. 6.
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team finished fourth at the Mid-State and Heart 'O Lakes Conference meet on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 23-24, at Lake Park. Frazee finished first among the 13 teams with 230 points, followed by Perham with 220, Barnesville 157.5 and the Road Crew 144. The Road Crew were second after the first day of competition. "Our strong showing on Friday really made the difference," said Road Crew coach Travis Hoffarth.
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team defeated Pine City/Hinckley 67-6, but lost to Aitkin 45-22 on Thursday, Jan. 15. Joe Harrison and Spencer Richards both went 2-0 with two pins for the Road Crew. Against the Pine City, Tim Ryan opened with a forfeit win and Peter Koering scored four points in each period to win 12-1. Isaac Manthei and Evan Gravdahl won by forfeit before Lucas McCoy was pinned. Spencer Richards got a pin at 1:11 and Devyn Richards followed with a pin at 4:41. Dillon Nichols gave up two escapes, but won 8-2 with three takedowns and a reversal.
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team won three of four matches at the Osakis dual meet tournament on Friday, Jan.
One rainy day between Thanksgiving and Christmas 1967 at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., found me standing in line getting wet in the rain waiting to call my parents to tell them I would be home for Christmas. I was on K.P., but received permission to call my folks and tell them the news and ask for money. I called and found out that my family was drinking coffee and reading the Sunday paper in front of the Christmas tree.
Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew finished 11th at the Big Bear tournament in Blackduck on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 19-20. Individually, the Road Crew's Nate Adkins (145 pounds) and Joe Harrison (182) both finished fourth, Nick Gravdahl (160) was fifth and Chris Foster (171) sixth. The Road Crew's Dillon Nichols (152) also advanced to the second day, but didn't place. Hutchinson finished first with 168.5 points while the Road Crew had 97. The Road Crew are scheduled to wrestle at Cass Lake-Bena on Tuesday, Jan.
Last year the Road Crew lost to Detroit Lakes in the regular season, but came back to defeat them on the way to making the Class A state meet. In the first meeting this year between the teams on Thursday, Dec. 11, Road Crew coaches knew it was going to be a close contest, and it was as the Road Crew edged the Lakers 37-36 ina Mid-State Conference dual meet. The Road Crew also defeated host Wadena-Deer Creek 63-15 in the triangular conference meet. The Road Crew, 2-0 in the Mid-State and 5-1 overall, was scheduled to face Royalton on Tuesday, Dec.