Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus heavyweight Josh Pettit pinned his opponent in 15 seconds to finish a big rally as the Road Crew wrestlers defeated Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena Drakes 45-30 in a home dual meet on Friday, Jan. 3.

Road Crew coach Travis Hoffarth was impressed how his squad rallied by winning six of the final seven matches.

“The team didn't panic after falling behind 27-9, and instead it went on a run,” he said. “We had a really nice win in front of our home fans. The kids did a nice job of not giving up pins and battling for each other.”

Also registering pins for the Road Crew were Grant Thompson (120 pounds), Corbin Knapp (195) and Riley Peters (220). Hoffarth said another key was his team’s effort to limit points against quality opponents.

“We were able to limit (B/CL/B) to three technical falls and save us three team points,” he said. “In one of those matches at 126 pounds, Caleb Ruhl fought off a fall against state runner-up Trevor Janssen. We also had Keenan Dahl do a great job in limiting his 182-pound opponent, Mason Smid, to a 7-1 decision. Smid was a fifth-place state finisher last season. Eighth-grader Riley Peters really came up large at 220, and was the highlight of the night. He rallied from a 2-0 deficit with 30 second left to tie it, and then he pinned his opponent with three seconds left to win.”

Hoffarth added that Peters win made it 39-30, and took the pressure off of Pettit in the final match.

“Josh was able to go out and be aggressive knowing that the dual was wrapped up,” the coach said. “That resulted in quick fall.”

The records of our individuals show we have a balanced lineup. Some of the top individuals include: Connor Tulenchik 16-2, Pettit 13-5, Owen Carlson 12-7, Jake Poehler 11-3, Caleb Ruhl 11-7 and Evan Koering 10-7.

The Road Crew, 7-2 overall, was scheduled to compete at the Proctor Quadrangular Tuesday, Jan. 7. The Road Crew then has a busy weekend - traveling to the Osakis Duals Friday, Jan. 10, and competing at the Minnewaska Invite Saturday, Jan. 11.

PL/PRB 45, B/CL 30

106: Owen Carlson (PL/PRB) dec. Donovan Schmid 9-2

113: Eli Sharbono (B/CL) tech fall Max Trumpold 15-0

120: Grant Thompson (PL/PRB) pinned Cody Headbird 4:58

126: Trevor Janssen (B/CL) tech fall Caleb Ruhl 23-8

132: Christian Pater (B/CL) tech fall Karsen Kinyon 19-4

138: Landon Gross (B/CL) pinned Korey Kinyon 3:09

145: Trenton Juelson (B/CL) pinned Evan Koering 1:45

152: Austin Staricha (PL/PRB) by forfeit

160: Connor Tulenchik (PL/PRB) by forfeit

170: Jake Poehler (PL/PRB) by forfeit

182: Mason Smid (B/CL) dec. Keenan Dahl 7-1

195: Corbin Knapp (PL/PRB) pinned Colter Humphrey 2:31

220: Riley Peters (PL/PRB) pinned Tyreese Goodman 5:57

285: Josh Pettit (PL/PRB) pinned Billy Roberts :15