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.
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.
While teaching in the late ’70s, a student saw that I was reading a book about the ’60s. “Why don’t you read about an exciting decade, Mr. Engstrom?” "Which decade is more exciting than the ’60s?” I answered. “You know, the ’50s.” I then asked if he could name something exciting about the ’50s. “You know, 'Happy Days.'” But he couldn’t come up with anything else. Remember the ’50s?