Crookston improves to 2-0 on the season.
The Crookston Pirates returned to the confines of their own gym to compete in a quadrangular following a fifth place showing at a season-opening tournament the previous weekend. Crookston took on Grand Forks Central and Grand Forks Red River winning both by scores of 43-26 and 45-33.
The Pirates and Grand Forks Central played a competitive, back and forth dual starting with a win by fall for Zach Brown. In the next three matches, Nolan Dans lost 9-1, Braxton Volker won a close 11-9 match and Cameron Weiland came up short in a 12-2 loss. Crookston did not have a wrestler to fill the 132 class which gave GFC a 14-9 lead.
Aside from a forfeit in the 145 and 195 classes, Crookston got back on track winning the seven remaining matches. Getting points for the team, Ethan Boll, Damian Hodgson and Collin Leckie all won by fall. Lukas Meier won 12-1, Luke Trandem won 9-0 and Colton Weiland, who wrestled at 145 against an opponent at 170, won his match 12-4. Lastly, Jake Wagner earned the final points for Crookston winning 12-8 and handing GFC the 43-26 loss.
“It was back and forth and we got some big wins from a couple of seventh graders and then Luke Trandem had another win by major decision,” Head Coach Wes Hanson said. “Winning the match is huge, but whenever you can get the bonus points, those things really help to rack up the team points.”
Against Grand Forks Red River, the Pirates jumped out to a 12-0 lead after consecutive forfeits. Red River responded winning the next three of four including a fall.
Boll got Crookston back in the win column with a win by fall. Trandem followed by winning 9-4 and Weiland won by fall to extend the Pirate lead to 39-15. The Pirates ended the night with two losses by fall, but had earned enough points to win 45-33.
Coming off short rest, Hanson mentioned the team’s competitiveness in the matches.
“There were a number of times where our guys were trailing and came back to get the win or were winning and extended their lead,” Hanson said. “It shows that our guys have been working extremely hard and they really love to compete.”
Crookston next wrestles at home in the Rodd Olson Tournament on Saturday, December 9 beginning at 11:30 a.m.