Annette Funicello passed away last week. To many who heard the news it meant the passing of a singer, TV star and movie star. To us older baby boomers the passing meant much more than that. It was the passing of our childhood innocence. It was the passing of America’s sweetheart — an American Icon. There was something about Annette that can not be described in today’s terms.
Senior Drey Loge was recently honored as most valuable wrestler at the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew team banquet. Loge finished with 207 team points to help the Road Crew advance to the section semifinals. Loge also finished fourth in the state and ends his career with 142-42 record. He also led the Road Crew in pins with 24, and was also the winner of the MWCA Scholarship award (only five were given out at state).
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew senior Drey Loge finished fourth at the Class AA state individual tournament on Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Loge, who had a 42-3 record this season and was ranked second in his 145-pound weight class, finishes his high school career with 142 wins and two trips to state as an individual. Another state qualifier for the Road Crew was Anthony Philipson, who did not place but won two matches at 106 pounds. The junior finishes the season 32-6 overall in his second trip to state.
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team was defeated by the Detroit Lakes Lakers 33-22 in the Section 8AA semifinals on Saturday, Feb. 16, in Thief River Falls. The Road Crew had defeated East Grand Forks 69-9 earlier in the day in the section quarterfinals. Detroit Lakes was then defeated by defending champion Perham 36-26 in the section final. “We had opportunities and gave up points late in the match,” Road Crew coach Travis Hoffarth said of the loss to the Lakers. “We need to work harder this week to get ready for section individuals.”
Anthony Philipson, Nick Gravdahl, and Drey Loge all won titles to help the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestlers finished second at the Morris Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 9. The Road Crew is scheduled to compete at Section 8AA team event on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Thief River Falls, and in the section individual wrestling on Feb. 22-23, at Fergus Falls. Kerkoven-Murdock-Sunberg, ranked No. 5 in the state in Class A, was first with 264.5 while the Road Crew were second with 177.
A dual meet against Grand Rapids was tied, but the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team lost by criteria 34.33 to 33.33 in non-conference action on Tuesday, Jan. 29. “We had a lot of different opportunities to get one more team point throughout the dual,” said Road Crew coach Travis Hoffarth. “Grand Rapids is a really good team, but I think we let one slip away. We still have room for a lot of improvement, and losing stokes the fire inside.”
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team lost to United North Central 33-30 in a non-conference match on Thursday, Jan. 17, at Osakis. The Road Crew, 10-2 overall, is scheduled to face New York Mills on Thursday, Jan. 24, at Pequot Lakes. The Road Crew’s Drey Loge won by major decision at 152 pounds to remain undefeated at 23-0 overall. “I thought our team as a whole did a very good job,” said Road Crew coach Travis Hoffarth. “The boys wrestled at a high level and the contest could have gone either way.”
The visiting Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew registered seven pins in defeating Blackduck 52-22 in a non-conference meet on Tuesday, Jan. 8. The Road Crew dominated the Drakes by winning the first eight matches. Blackduck then won the next four matches before the Road Crew captured the final two weights. The Road Crew’s Anthony Philipson started the match with a 5-0 win after two takedowns and an escape. Spencer Richards then had a quick takedown and worked it into a pin at 1:41.
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team dominated Park Rapids 61-9 and Staples-Motley 49-19 in a triangular meet on Thursday, Jan. 3. The Road Crew, 10-2 overall and an honorable mention votes in the Guillotine poll, were scheduled to face Blackduck on Tuesday, Jan. 8, and then not wrestle until Thursday, Jan. 17. Road Crew 61, Park Rapids 9
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team defeated Thief River Falls 46-30, but lost to the No. 12 rated Perham Yellowjackets 42-27 at a triangular in Perham on Friday, Dec. 21. PL/PRB, 8-2 overall, are scheduled to compete at the Staples-Motley triangular at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3. Road Crew 46, TRF 30 Against the Prowlers, which is rated Lean and Mean (honorable mention) in the Guillotine poll, the Road Crew grabbed a 12-0 lead as both Isaac Manthel (106 pounds) and Spencer Richards (113) both received byes.