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Road Crew rallies late to edge Blackduck

Pequot Lakes/Pine River Backus heavyweight Myca Reynolds pinned his opponent in 55 seconds as the Road Crew rallied past the Blackduck Drakes 39-34 in non-conference wrestling action Friday, Jan. 4.

The Road Crew assumed a lead in the match after winning six of the first nine matches. But Blackduck rallied with three straight wins and built a 34-27 lead with two matches remaining. Josh Pettit then won the 220-pound match by fall to cut the Road Crew's deficit to one point and Reynolds clinched the victory with a quick pin in the final match.

"We told the kids in the locker room that it was going to come down to the wire," said Road Crew coach Travis Hoffarth. "When (Blackduck) started to make its run, we knew it would come down to Josh and Myca. They have really stepped up this season, and are both guys we are starting to count on to score points for us."

Hoffarth added that he wasn't surprised that the match was close.

"I thought we had seven wins on paper with three tossups," he said. "We won eight matches, but five of (Blackduck's) six wins came by fall. We wrestled very well, but we still have to work on eliminating bonus points and getting off our backs."

Also winning by fall for the Road Crew were Owen Carlson (113) and Evan Koering (138).

"We have a group that really wrestles for each other," Hoffarth said. "And the best part (of the match) was seeing these kids on the edge of their seats cheering and celebrating. Everyone has a key role."

The Road Crew, 9-3 overall, is scheduled to compete at the Osakis Tournament on Friday, Jan. 11.

PL/PRB 39, Blackduck 34

106: Riley Wilson (PL/PRB) dec. Eli Sharbono 4-3

113: Owen Carlson (PL/PRB) pinned Carter Pater 3:50

120: Christian Pater (B) pinned Grant Thompson 2:08

126: Trevor Janssen (B) pinned Caleb Ruhl 2:21

132: Austin Staricha (PL/PRB) dec. Landon Gross 9-3

138: Evan Koering (PL/PRB) pinned Christian Schmidt 3:21

145: Harley Large (PL/PRB) dec. Xayvion Rogers 10-6

152: Logan Dobmeier (B) pinned Connor Tulenchik 3:37

160: Jake Poehler (PL/PRB) by forfeit

170: Jastyn Rogers (B) pinned Peyton Scott 1:01

182: Ian Frenzel (B) pinned Corbin Knapp 3:40

195: Mason Smid (B) MD maj. dec. Keenan Dahl 10-1

220: Josh Pettit (PL/PRB) pinned Colter Humphrey 1:07

285: Myca Reynolds (PL/PRB) pinned Billy Roberts 0:55

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