The Pirates had five third place finishers.

Despite two open weights, the Pirates placed third at the Northwest Invitational Saturday in Fertile with sophomore Cody Weiland (132 pounds) and senior Josh Edlund (195 pounds) each winning titles.

"It's going by fast, the weather hasn't really gone our way so we haven't been able to get as much wrestling in as we should have," Edlund told the Times. "It has been going well though, always room to improve!

"I have to improve on my 'mat wrestling,' being able to pin and win on top is huge for team wins, if I can win on top that will help me out a lot come section and state tournament time."

The Pirates had five third place finishers in seventh grader Colton Weiland (113 pounds), junior Nate Merten (138 pounds), senior Wyatt Hanson (152 pounds), junior Blake Bergeron (160 pounds) and junior A.J. Biermaier (285 pounds).

"Cody and Josh wrestled well," said Pirate head coach Chad Hitchen. "Those two have been the most consistent out of our team doing well in tournaments. Another day at the office for those two.

"Not that Wyatt or Blake didn't wrestle well," Hitchen continued. "Those two had some tough matches. Wyatt lost to Nathanael Holecek, who is ranked number three in the state. Wyatt was glad to wrestle him for the first time. He will see him later on in the section tournament."

Biermaier, who is in his first year of wrestling, continues to post impressive results.

"A.J. is finally getting the hang of it," Hitchen said. "He is knowing what to do and when to do it. You don't get too many 284-pound heavyweights. When you combine A.J.'s size and strength with mat time, he's turning into a nice heavyweight for us. He's an unknown that a lot of teams probably overlook.

The Pirates will travel to Glyndon Friday for a dual with Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.

Northwest Invitational results
1. Bemidji - 188
2. Thief River Falls - 182
3. Crookston - 144.5
4. Blackduck-Cass Lake-Bena - 119
5. Roseau - 103.5
6. Fertile-Beltrami - 98
7. United Clay Becker - 70.5
8. Mahnomen-Waubun - 46
9. West Marshall - 45
10. Red Lake County Central - 30

106 lbs. - Preston Desrosier - DNP
Willie Meine (FB) L, pin 3:30
Riley Byklum (UCB) L, pin 3:00

113 lbs. - Colton Weiland - 3rd
Stephen Holecek (TRF) L, pin 2:35
Michael Juelson (BCLB) W, pin 2:47
Maverick Gunufson (FB) W, pin 1:27

120 lbs. - OPEN

126 lbs. - Shad Steer - 5th
Casey Warner (Ros) L, pin 5:17
Jimmy Kohler (UCB) W, 5-2
Dre Malone (TRF) L, 7-3
Casey Warner (Ros) W, default

132 lbs. - Cody Weiland - 1st
Jason Yates (BCLB) W, TF 2:13
Austin Hjelle (TRF) W, 10-7

138 lbs. - Nate Merten - 3rd
Trent Vesledahl (FB) W, pin 3:22
Robert Treuer (Bem) L, 2-1
Jayfen Sikorski (Ros) W, pin 3:17

145 lbs. - Cody Erickson - 5th
Jake Brinkman (TRF) L, pin 2:46
Zaine Perkins (UCB) W, pin :14
Cody Beauchane (FB) L, pin 4:50
Matt Patch (BCLB) W, pin 1:30

152 lbs. - Wyatt Hanson - 3rd
Tyler Ellegaard (FB) W, 14-0
Nathanael Holecek (TRF) L, 9-4
Jake Magnell (RLCC) W, 3-2
Jonah Lange (UCB) W, 12-5

160 lbs. - Blake Bergeron - 3rd
Drew Peterson (Bem) L, 7-5
Taylor Clark (FB) W, pin 2:00
Trevor Smith (BCLB) W, pin 1:34

170 lbs. - Luke Edlund - 4th
Cameron Lundeen (RLCC) W, 7-6
Kade Johnson (Bem) L, TF 3:55
Dylan Larson (UCB) W, 5-3
Trevor Pederson (Ros) L, pin 3:44

182 lbs. - Jesse Bosquez - 6th
Alex Lindsay (UCB) L, pin 3:58
Conner Jenson (MW) W, pin :57
Josh Dreyer (Bem) L, pin 2:02
Sam Holen (FB) L, 5-0

195 lbs. - Josh Edlund - 1st
Tanner Templin (BCLB) W,
Colton Laymon (WM) W,
Colton Laymon (WM) W, 8-3

220 lbs. - OPEN

285 lbs. - A.J. Biermaier - 3rd
Chris Kucera (TRF) L, pin 2:54
Blake DeHate (RLCC) W, pin 2:05
Caleb Banks (WM) W, pin 3:22