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.”
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.