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.
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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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.