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Road Crew improves to 12-3 overall

The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team won three of four matches at the Osakis dual meet tournament on Friday, Jan. 9. The Road Crew were defeated by sixth-rated Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 48-18, but edged Osakis 36-35, beat O...

The Road Crew's Spencer Richards, right, controls his oppenent at the Osakis tournament on Friday, Jan. 9. Submitted photo
The Road Crew's Spencer Richards, right, controls his oppenent at the Osakis tournament on Friday, Jan. 9. Submitted photo

The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team won three of four matches at the Osakis dual meet tournament on Friday, Jan. 9.

The Road Crew were defeated by sixth-rated Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 48-18, but edged Osakis 36-35, beat Ottertail Central 50-23 and topped Kimball Area 39-32.

An individual highlight for the Road Crew was senior Nick Gravdahl going 4-0, including his 100th career victory, wrestling matches at both 160 and 170 pounds.

"Nick Gravdahl has really worked hard throughout his career, so it was exciting to see him reach the 100-win milestone," said Road Crew coach Travis Hoffarth of Gravdahl, who is ranked sixth at 160 pounds. "Now he can focus on the next goal."

Other top records for the Road Crew were Joe Harrison at 3-0 while Dillon Nichols 3-1.

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Against K-M-S, the only winners for the Road Crew were Darion Anderson, Evan Gravdahl and Nick Gravdahl. Peter Koering started the match with a 6-1 loss, and Darion Anderson came back with a fall at 1:21. Lucas McCoy was then pinned at the end of the third period. Isaac Manthei lost 6-0, Evan Gravdahl won by fall, and Spencer Richards lost 4-1. Devin Richards was pinned and Dillon Nichols lost 10-1 at 152. Spencer Richards and Nichols were both facing ranked wrestlers.

Nick Gravdahl then won by fall, Justin Neumann lost 3-0 and Jace Leabo was pinned bytop-ranked Zach Carlson. Joe Harrison won 3-1 against a ranked wrestler, and John Urseth and Ollie Erholtz were both pinned to finish the match.

Against Ottertail Central, Koering lost 4-1 against a state-ranked wrestler in Ben Naddy. Anderson then lost 12-4, but Manthei came back with a pin at 5:45, Lucas McCoy won by decision 8-1, Evan Gravdahl

pinned his opponent at 5:36, and Spencer Richards lost 14-6.

Nate Adkins was pinned at the end of the third period before Nichols won with a pin at the buzzer at 152, Justin Neumann won by fall at 3:00, and Nick Gravdahl won by a fall at 5:51. Shawn Brandon lost, but Joe Harrison moved up to 220 and earned a quick pin at 46 seconds. Erholtz finished the match with a pin at 3:10.

Against Kimball, the Road Crew needed to rally at the heavier weights to pull off a victory. Tim Ryan started the match with a pin in just 13 seconds and Anderson won by fall at 3:51. Manthei later won 4-0, but teammate Evan Gravdahl lost by pin. Top-rated Quinten Berres defeated Spencer Richards at 138 and Devin Richards also lost. Nichols and Nick Gravdahl both won by decision before Neumann lost 10-5. Chris Foster came back with a quick pin in 32 seconds, but Jace Leabo lost at 195, and Harrison pinned his opponent in 54 seconds to clinch the team victory. Erholtz did lose the final match.

Against Osakis, the Road Crew trailed 30-18 before winning three of the final four matches. Ryan opened with a major decision, Anderson lost 11-3 to state-rated Trenton Coyer, and Manthei came back with a 14-0 decision. Both Lucas McCoy and Luke Sechser lost by pins and Evan Gravdahl was edged 4-3. Spencer Richards came back with a dominating 13-1 decision and Nichols won by fall at 1:48. Nick Gravdahl registered a pin at 5:15, and Shawn Brandon lost to state-rated Tyler Spanswick.

Foster lost 9-1 to a ranked wrestler and Erholtz was pinned. Harrison moved up to 220 and pinned Mitch Sunder, who is ranked fifth, to clinch the win.

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"Joe is wrestling very well right now and continues to do whatever is asked of him," Hoffarth said. "He's a pinner, and we have a lot of confidence in him."

The Road Crew, 12-3 in dual meets, was scheduled to face United North Central of Menahga on Tuesday, Jan. 13, and then compete at the Aitkin Triangular on Thursday, Jan. 15.

Road Crew individual results:

106: Tim Ryan 2-0, Peter Koering 0-2

113: Darion Anderson 2-2

120: Isaac Manthei 2-0, Lucas McCoy 1-1

126: Isaac Manthei 1-1, Lucas McCoy 1-1

132: Luke Sechser 0-1, Evan Gravdahl 1-2

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138: Spencer Richards 0-3, Evan Gravdahl 0-1

145: Spencer Richards 1-0, Devin Richards 0-2, Nathaniel Adkins 0-1

152: Dillion Nichols 3-1

160: Justin Newmann 2-0, Nick Gravdahl 2-0

170: Nick Gravdahl 2-0, Justin Newmann 0-2

182: Shawn Brandon 0-2, Jace Leabo 0-1, Chris Foster 1-0

195: Chris Foster 0-1, Joe Harrison 0-1, Jace Leabo 1-1

220: Joe Harrison 3-0, John Urseth 0-1

285: Ollie Erholtz 1-3

Road Crew 43, Cass Lake/Bena 27

Peter Koering, Evan Gravdahl, Nate Adkins, Dillon Nichols and Joe Harrison each won with pins for the Road Crew earned a non-conference road win over Cass Lake-Bena/Blackduck on Tuesday, Jan. 6.

The Road Crew did lose three of the first four matches before rallying with four straight victories in the middle weights.

"(Cass Lake-Bena/Blackduck) has some very good wrestlers (three of which are ranked), and the team has always been competitive," Hoffarth said.

PL/PRB 43, B/CLB 27

106: Peter Koering (P) pinned Trenton Juelson 2:58

113: Andrew Nissen (B) pinned Tim Ryan 1:06

120: David Foster (B) dec. Darion Anderson 6-2

126: Lucas Reitlinger (B) Isaac Manthei 4-2

132: Evan Gravdahl (P) pinned Ian Frenzel 3:05

138: Spencer Richards (P) maj. dec. Kyle Michalek 12-0

145: Nate Adkins (P) pinned Tanner George 3:33

152: Dillon Nichols (P) pinned Cardell Coff 1:34

160: Jonathan Smid (B) dec. Justin Neumann 2-0

170: Nick Gravdahl (P) dec. Trevor Smith 7-1

182: Cooper Jedlicka (B) pinned Chris Foster 2:37

195: Joe Harrison (P) pinned Hunter Wikcowski :39

220: Tanner Temtlin (B) pinned Ollie Erholtz 1:24

285: John Urseth (P) wins by forfeit

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