Osakis won the final three matches to edge the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team 33-30 before the Road Crew bounced back by defeating the Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale Raiders 60-15 in a triangle wrestling meet on Tuesday, Dec. 2, in Pequot Lakes. "Against Osakis, a loss instead of a pin, or a pin instead of a three-point win could have been the difference between winning and losing," said Road Crew head coach Travis Hoffarth.
After graduating a number of good wrestlers last year the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew placed a respectable third at the Wadena-Deer Creek tournament on Saturday, Nov. 29. Perham finished first with 241 points, followed by Badger/Greenbush/Middle River with 185 and the Road Crew 157. "I was very happy with our effort," said Road Crew coach Travis Hoffarth said. "We filled 13 of the 14 weight classes and we had 12 place winners. I think our third-place team finish surprised a lot of people, including some of our own kids.
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Before World War II the people of the United States were for isolationism — not wanting to be involved in European wars. This all changed on Dec. 7, 1941, with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The United States went from the 17th largest army in 1941 to the strongest military force in the world by 1945. Young men who had no idea where to find Pearl Harbor joined long lines of future veterans signing up for military service.
Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestlers Anthony Philipson, Justin Mackenthun and Jared Adkins each won one of three matches in individual competition at the Class AA state tournament on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27 and March 1, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Philipson (106 pounds) and Mackenthun (182) lost their opening matches before splitting a pair of matches in the wrestleback round. Adkins (heavyweight) won his opening match before losing in the quarterfinals and in the wrestlebacks.
Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew seniors Anthony Philipson (106 pounds) and Justin Mackenthun (182) each won titles while Jared Adkins (285) was second at the Section 8AA individual wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Perham. Philipson (30-2 overall), Mackenthun (29-3) and Adkins (25-7) advance to the Class AA state individual competition starting at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Semifinals and championship matches will be on Saturday, March 1.
Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew, 15-4 overall, will next compete at the Section 8AA team tournament on Saturday, Feb. 15, in Thief River Falls. Section individual competition will be Saturday, Feb. 22. The section team winner advances to the Class AA state wrestling tournament on Feb. 27 to March 1, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Teams will wrestle at state on Feb. 27, with individuals at 11 a.m. on Feb. 28 As for section team competition, Perham should be seeded No. 1 while the Road Crew is also among the contenders.
On Feb. 9, four young men from Liverpool, England, landed on the shores of America — on the stage of the “Ed Sullivan Show” — and the United States and the world have never been the same. They not only changed our music, but they changed our culture. Some writers put the invasion by the Beatles and the assassination of J.F. Kennedy in the same paragraph, if not in the same sentence. That this nation lost its innocence in Dallas, and with the Beatles this country was rejuvenated.
The Road Crew middle level wrestlers went to Brainerd to match up with 21 other schools on Sunday, Feb. 2. The Road Crew placed ahead of schools much larger schools such as Brainerd, Bemidji, Little Falls and St. Cloud Tech. Foley was first with 316.5 points and Perham second with 203. The Road Crew had 136.5. The Road Crew’s Spencer Richards and Justin Neamann were champions while Evan Gravdahl and Devyn Richards placed second.
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestlers split a Mid-State Conference triangular against Wadena-Deer Creek and Detroit Lakes on Friday, Jan. 31. The Road Crew dominated the Wolverines 72-4, but was edged by Detroit Lakes 40-22. Road Crew coach Travis Hoffarth expected the match against the Lakers to be close. ”We were missing four from our starting lineup and put in (junior varsity) wrestlers,” he said. “Last year, we defeated Detroit Lakes (36-27) during the season, but they defeated us 33-22 in the section semifinals.”