North Dakota squad holds off Pirates to take dual victory.

    What looked to be a possible comeback victory for the Crookston Pirates wrestling team came up just short Thursday evening as the Hillsboro-Central Valley (N.D.) Burros held on to a 46-35 dual win at Crookston High School.

    “It was fun to get back in our home gym and have a dual,” Pirates head coach Wes Hanson said. “I thought our guys really did compete hard.”

    Crookston eighth-grader Zach Brown began the match at 106 pounds against H-CV sophomore Kyle Alfson but lost by fall at 2:58.

    Pirate eighth-grader Nolan Dans faced off against H-CV’s Matt Anderson at 113 pounds but was pinned in the second round at 3:12.

    Crookston eighth-grader Cameron Weiland took on H-CV freshman Gavin Wright at 120 pounds and lasted al three rounds, but ultimately lost by a 17-7 major decision.

    Pirate eighth-grader Cade Coauette wrestled in the 126-pound division against H-CV eighth-grader Kaden Pastian but was pineed at 1:16.

    “You look at our lineup and our lower weights were younger and less experienced,” Hanson said. “They really competed very well and got out of position a time or two and gave up some bonus points which made it hard to come back from but we were close to rallying back and I thought all of our guys wrestled well tonight.”

    Trailing 22-0, Crookston picked up its first win of the night from freshman Cameron Hulst, who rallied to take a late fall at 5:48 against H-CV junior Carlos Rodriguez at 132 pounds.

    “I thought Cam Hulst’s late comeback was great,” Hanson said. “You get in those situations and as a coach it’s hard to know exactly what to do but we felt like his opponent was tiring down and we spent a good half of the match in the top position and we elected to go on our feet to end the match and he was able to take him down to his back and get the fall with short time left so a huge win for Cam Hulst.”

    Colton Weiland carried the momentum into the 138-pound matchup against H-CV junior Hunter Hennings by winning with a 20-5 technical fall.

    Crookston junior Luke Trandem faced off against H-CV senior Luke Hastings at 152 pounds, who is a defending state champion in North Dakota Class B wrestling.

    Hastings jumped out to a 14-0 lead on Trandem in the first round, and finished the match in the second round with a fall at 2:39.

    Pirate senior Preston Desrosier rebounded in the 160-pound match with a fall at 5:43 against H-CV’s Grant Skager.

    Crookston junior Luis Argueta faced off against H-CV sophomore Mark Hastings, who last year placed sixth at state in the North Dakta Class B 152-pound class. Argueta was unable to hold off Hastings at 170 pounds and lost by fall at 52 seconds.

    Crookston sophomore Damian Hodgson found his groove in the 182-pound division by pinning H-CV’s Jake Moore at 1:46.

    The 195-pound matchup fell in H-CV’s Jake Connelly’s favor as he pinned Crookston’s Colin Leckie at 1:46.

    Lucas Meier (145) and Jake Wagner (220) won their respective divisions to forfeit to pick up a free 12 points.

    H-CV’s Seth Owns also picked a forfeit at 285 pounds to solidify the Burros’ 46-35 dual win.

    “The thing that we always preach to these guys is never be satisfied and keep working for bonus points and wrestle to the whistle,” Hanson said. “Our guys definitely gave that.”

    Crookston returns to action at 4 p.m. today (Friday) for an invitational in Mahnomen.