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.”
Jared Adkins earned his 75th career win on a pin at 285 pounds as the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew defeated Sauk Centre/Melrose 57-13 and Dassel-Cokato 39-25 in wrestling dual meets on Friday, Jan. 17. Adkins, Isaac Manthei (113), Spencer Richards (120), Nick Gravdahl (152), Justin Mackenthun (182) and Cadel Roeder (220) all won twice for the Road Crew, who improved to 14-1 overall. The Road Crew was scheduled to wrestle at Perham on Tuesday, Jan. 21, and then wrestle at the Mid-State Conference tournament on Saturday, Jan. 25, in Staples.
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew remained unbeaten by sweeping Staples-Motley 51-9 and Park Rapids 66-7 in a pair of Mid-State Conference wrestling matches on Friday, Jan. 3. Anthony Philipson (113 pounds), Spencer Richards (120), Brandon Mager (126), Justin Mackenthun (195) and Jared Adkins (285) all won two matches for the Road Crew, who improve to 3-0 in the conference and 8-0 overall.
The Pequot Lakes-Pine River-Backus Road Crew finished sixth out of 33 teams at the Big Bear tournament on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20-21, in Cass Lake. Brandon Mager had the Road Crew’s top finish as he placed second at 126 pounds. Anthony Philipson (113) and Nick Gravdahl (152) both finished fourth for the Road Crew while Tristan Rubner (152) and Ozzie Miller (160) were fifth, and Jared Adkins (285) was seventh.
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team defeated Royalton 52-23 and Crosby-Ironton 69-3 in dual meets on Tuesday, Dec. 17, in Pine River. The Road Crew then improved to 6-0 in dual meets after defeating Deer River 51-16 and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 57-9 also in Pine River on Thursday, Dec. 19. The Road Crew is scheduled to compete at Park Rapids on Friday, Jan. 3.
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team defeated Osakis 49-25 and Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale 38-30 on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in a pair of makeup matches that had been postponed because of inclement weather. “I expected the contest against B-H-V to be close they have some good returning wrestlers,” said Road Crew coach Travis Hoffarth. Against Osakis, Darion Anderson (106) had three takedowns and three near-fall points to win 9-1. Anthoney Philipson (113) won with a quick pin while Spencer Richards (120) lost to Trenton Coyer, who is rated fifth.
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team finished 10th at the Paul Bunyan Invitational at Brainerd High School on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13-14. The Road Crew, who was scheduled to host Crosby-Ironton and Royalton on Tuesday, Dec. 17, will have a makeup match against Walker-Hackensack-Akeley and Deer River on Thursday, Dec. 19, at Pine River-Backus.
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew junior varsity wrestling team opened the season with two individual tournaments. At Aitkin, Tim Ryan lost his first match, but came back to win with pins in 4:19 and 2:44. Colton Anderson lost his first match 11-6, but came back with pins at 1:58 and 1:39. Jace Leabo had pins in 3:07 and 1:47. Austin Philipson won his match with a pin at 1:38.
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team won the challenging Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational for the first time on Saturday, Nov. 30. The meet had formidable competition with two schools ranked in the Guillotine wrestling magazine and two other teams, including the Road Crew, receiving honorable mention (Lean and Mean) voting in the preseason poll.
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wresting team has 18 letterwinners back from a squad that finished 5-0 in the Mid-State Conference and 15-4 overall last season.