Zach Brown and Lukas Meier headlined the weekend for the Pirates in Wahpeton.

    The Crookston Pirates wrestling kicked off their 2017-2018 season with a successful weekend tournament. Zach Brown and Lukas Meier earned second place in their respective weight classes, Colton Weiland placed third, Luke Trandem took fourth and Jake Wagner and Nolan Dans finished in fifth en route to the Pirates fifth place team finish out of fifteen schools in the Wahpeton Tournament over the weekend.   

    Brown competed in the 106 pound class. After a bye, Brown won his quarterfinal match by fall and earned the victory in a 10-3 decision in the semifinal. In the championship match, Brown lost by fall, but still earned 22 points for the team totals.   

    In the 152 pound class, Meier won his first match by fall in the first nine seconds and benefited from an 8-3 decision to win the quarterfinal match. Meier edged out a decision 6-4 in the semifinal, but was forced to forfeit the championship match due to an injury. Meier gathered 20 points for the team.   

    Colton Weiland made it to the semifinals with a pin in the first 44 seconds and an 11-3 major decision victory in the quarterfinals of the 145 pound class. Weiland lost a 7-1 decision in the semifinals then came back and won the consolation semifinal with a pin followed by a 5-1 decision win in the third place match to cap off 19 points.   

    Trandem added 18 points to the team standings in the 160 pound class. Trandem won the first round and the quarterfinals with pins before losing the semifinal by fall. As a result, Trandem won his third match with another pin in the consolation semifinal and lost the third place match by fall.   

    Competing in the 220 weight class, Wagner won three of his last four matches on his way to a 3-2 showing and earning 12 points towards the team. After dropping the quarterfinal match, Wagner bested his next two opponents via a major decision and  fall in the second and third rounds of the consolation bracket. Wagner lost by fall in the consolation semifinals and Wagner won the fifth place match by  fall.   

    Dans won the first round of the 113 weight class by fall  and lost the quarterfinal match by  fall. After receiving a bye in the second consolation round, Dans won the third round by a 5-4 decision. In the consolation semifinal Dans, came up short losing by an 8-2 decision, but was able to win in sudden victory in the fifth place match to tally 13 points for the team total.   

    Ethan Boll and Cameron Weiland each earned three points to total 110 for the team.   

    It will be a quick turnaround for the Pirates as they come home for a quadrangular on Tuesday, December 5. Crookston will go up against Grand Forks Central at 6 p.m. and Red River at 7 p.m.   

    Crookston next hits the mats on Saturday, December 9 in the Rodd Olson Tournament which starts at 11:30 a.m.