The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew got a chance to see one of the top seeds in the Section 8AA when they faced Bemidji on Thursday, Jan. 28. The Lumberjacks,...
The third-rated Frazee Hornets edged Perham to win the Mid-State/Heart O'Lakes Conference wrestling title on Friday, Jan. 22, in Lake Park. The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew, which was missing four weights, placed fifth. The Road Crew's Nate Adkins captured the individual championship at 145 pounds. Adkins, 30-1 overall, claimed the title with a 10-0 major decision over Tanner Eischens of Frazee. Adkins also earned his 100th career victory in claiming the title.
Wrestling at the Gadberry Duals in Moorhead the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew ended up taking on four North Dakota teams. They started off with a 31-38 loss to Fargo South. The match that made the difference was at 160. Tucker Cain was ahead going into the third period 7-0 when he was pinned. Not to be discouraged Cain came back to win his next three matches-winning with two pins and 13-1 victory.
Isaac Manthei pinned all three of his opponents improving to 17-2 while the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew went 2-1 at the Osakis dual meet tournament on Friday. The Road Crew suffered their first loss of the season 50-12 to eighth-ranked Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunberg while defeating Canby 57-12 and Kimball 48-28. Also going 3-0 for the day for the Road Crew were Nate Adkins, who improved to 22-1, and Joe Harrison, 21-1. The Road Crew, 13-1 overall, is scheduled to wrestle at Moorhead on Friday, Jan. 15. Road Crew 48, Kimball 28
Addi Harrington, Nate Adkins, Justin Neumann and Chris Foster each collected two pins for the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team as they dominated the Detroit Lakes Lakers 63-13 and Morris Tigers 79-0 on Tuesday, Dec. 22. Peter Koering, Isaac Manthei, Spencer Richards, Tucker Cain, Devyn Richards and Joe Harrison each won two matches for the Road Crew, which improved to 2-0 in Mid-State Conference matches after beating the Lakers.
Nate Adkins individual championship at 152 pounds coupled with runner-up finishes from Isaac Manthei (120) and Joe Harrison (195) helped the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew placed seventh out of 37 teams at the Big Bear wrestling tournament on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 18-19, in Cass Lake. The Road Crew's Chris Foster (182) placed fourth at the tournament, which featured 13 teams and 61 individuals who are ranked in the Guillotine publication's Lean and Mean.
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team used five pins to defeat United North Central 49-20 in a Park Region Conference match on Thursday, Dec. 10. A highlight of the match was the Road Crew's Joe Harrison pinning his opponent at 285 pounds to remain undefeated this season. The match opened at 106 pounds where the Road Crew's Riley Wilson gave away height and weight but stayed in the match until he was pinned by Isaac Tellers at 5:05. In an even contest, Isaac Manthei edged Ben Johnson 2-1 in the third period.
Joe Harrison won the 195-pound title as the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team finished sixth at the Wadena-Deer Creek tournament on Saturday, Dec. 5. Perham finished first with 239 points while the Road Crew compiled 111 points by filling only nine of 14 spots. Harrison was all business in his first match with a pin at 26 seconds. He then wrestled Brandon Tyrell of Staples-Motley and won with a pin at 1:23. His final match was against Ethan Orlando of Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale, Harrison was ahead 7-0 when he gave up a penalty point.
As a substitute teacher of elementary students, I would go over the months of the year. Then I would say a holiday and they would have to give me the month. To trick them I would ask if Canada had a Fourth of July. No matter the age they would say "no" - the Fourth is our Independence Day, a day to celebrate our freedom. Everyone, when asked, would give me a different answer - different, but all the answers were correct. The Fourth of July means different things to Americans.
Verne Gagne passed away on April 27 after spending a number of years in a Minnesota health care facility, but spending the last years of his life with his daughter and her husband. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease that may have been brought about by many head injuries incurred in the many years of professional wrestling. But Mr. Gagne was not just another professional wrestler. To baby boomers he was much more. In the early days of TV, networks found that both professional wrestling and boxing were made for television. Just point the camera at the ring and you had a show.