Wrestlers to compete against Fertile-Beltrami.

    The Minnesota State High School League released the Section 8A wrestling bracket Monday and have seeded the Crookston Pirates at No. 7.


    The Pirates will face off against the No. 10 Fertile-Beltrami Falcons at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls.


    Crookston defeated Fertile-Beltrami 63-6 in a dual earlier this season on Jan. 19 in Fertile.


    “We look forward to competing this weekend and are focusing on one opponent at a time but like our position in the bracket,” Pirates head coach Wes Hanson said. “We beat Fertile-Beltrami handily earlier this season but are not underestimating them in the opening round.”


    The winner of Saturday morning’s play-in round will move on to face the No. 2 Park Rapids Area Panthers at 2 p.m. Saturday.


    “There will be some great matchups that our guys need to be mentally prepared to compete in for 6 plus minutes and keep up the intensity,” Hanson said.