Wrestling: Road Crew 3rd at Mid-State meet

Road Crew wrestler Corbin Knapp looks to get behind his opponent at the Mid-State tournament on Friday, Jan. 24. Lena Richards / Echo Journal Correspondent

The Pequot Lakes/Pine River Backus Road Crew compiled a 3-2 record to place third behind Detroit Lakes and Aitkin at the Don Dravis Mid-State Conference wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 24, in Pequot Lakes.

The Road Crew’s Keenan Dahl picked up his 75th career win while going 4-1. Owen Carlson and Connor Tulenchik were 5-0 while Corbin Knapp and Josh Pettit were 4-1 for the Road Crew.

“We had some nice outings by individuals at the Don Dravis Mid-State Conference duals,” said Road Crew coach Travis Hoffarth. “Keenan (Dahl) surpassed 75 wins at the conference tournament. Keenan has been someone we can count on to grind out every match. He is the type of wrestler that is never out of a match.

“And Owen (Carlson) locked up his 50th win. He had a nice full season last year, but found himself undersized at times. This year he has filled out, and has been working hard in the weight room. That is paying off, and he seems to be more confident as the season goes along.”

The Road Crew defeated Crosby-Ironton 56-24, Staples-Motley 55-15 and Park Rapids 66-13 while losing to Aitkin 37-33 and Detroit Lakes 42-21.


“We lost a heartbreaker against Aitkin,” Hoffarth said. “We were behind until we made a run in are middle weights and took a lead, only to let it slip away late. That one will sting for awhile, but we will improve because of it. Aitkin has a nice team and will be tough to beat for years to come with all of their young talent.”

“At this point though, Detroit Lakes is still the conference power. They have a lot of depth and can slide kids into their line up that make it tough to find seven wins.”

In the closest match of the day, Staples-Motley defeated C-I 42-42 with the Cards winning by the ninth criteria tiebreaker, which was most near-fall points.

The Road Crew, 18-6 overall, are scheduled to compete at the Grand Rapids Quadrangular Thursday, Jan. 30.

“Overall, we had a nice week with some ups and downs,” Hoffarth said. “We continue to see room for improvement, and also know we still have time to address those things with tournament time.”

Team results: 1-Detroit Lakes 5-0, 2-Aitkin 4-1, 3-Pequot Lakes/Pine River Backus 3-2, 4-Staples-Motley 2-3, 5-Crosby-Ironton 1-4, 6-Park Rapids 0-5

Road Crew results:


106: Owen Carlson 5-0

113: Max Trumpold 3-2

120: Grant Thompson 1-2, Caleb Ruhl 1-1

126: Grant Thompson 1-1, Caleb Ruhl 2-1

132: Carson Kinyon 1-4

138: Evan Koering 3-1, Chance Abraham 0-1

145: Evan Koering 0-1, Finnegan O’Dell 3-0, Chance Abraham 0-1

152: Connor Tullenchik 3-0, Austin Staricha 1-1


160: Connor Tulenchik 2-0, Austin Staricha 2-1

170: Keenan Dahl 1-1, Payton Scott 0-2

182: Keenan Dahl 3-0, Payton Scott 1-1

195: Corbin Knapp 4-1

220: Josh Pettit 3-1, Riley Peters 1-0

285: Logan Carlson 0-4, Josh Pettit 1-0

Road Crew split

On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Josh Pettit earned his 50th career pin and Caleb Ruhl earned his 50th career win as the Road Crew split a pair of matches at the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Triangular.

The Road Crew defeated the Rebels 46-26, but lost to Thief River Falls 48-24.

Owen Carlson and Ruhl each registered two pins

“Reaching 50 pins is a great accomplishment for Josh,” Hoffarth said of Pettit. “He has really turned into a pinner over the last couple seasons. This year, we have relied on him to earn bonus points and act as a stopper late in duals.

“I’m also happy for Caleb (Ruhl) reaching 50 wins. He had a breakout junior varsity season in eighth grade, and that confidence carried over to his freshman year. He compiled 29 wins last year, and has continued to pile them up this season. He is really tough to beat when he sticks to his strengths.”

Road Crew results:

106: Owen Carlson 2-0

113: Max Trumpold 0-2

120: Grant Thompson 2-0

126: Caleb Ruhl 2-0 with

132: Karsen Kinyon 1-1

138: Evan Koering 1-1

145: Finnegan O’Dell 0-1/ Connor Tulenchik 0-1

152: Finnegan O’Dell 0-1/ Connor Tulenchik 1-0

160: Austin Staricha 0-2

170: Keenan Dahl 1-0/ Trey Tuchtenhagen 0-1

182: Keenah Dahl 0-1

195: Corbin Knapp 2-0

220: Josh Pettit 0-1

285: Josh Pettit 1-0/ Riley Peters 0-1

Road Crew's Connor Tulenchik lifts his C-I opponent at the Don Dravis Mid-State meet on Friday, Jan. 24. Lena Richards / Echo Journal Correspondent

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