Zach Brown, Lukas Meier, Colton Weiland and Jake Wagner all placed for the Pirates.
The Crookston Pirates held their own in Cass Lake-Bena at the Big Bear Tournament with four individuals placing and the team finishing in 17th in a field of 40. Freshman Zach Brown took fourth in the 106 class, junior Lukas Meier also placed fourth in the 152 weight class, senior Colton Weiland ended in sixth in the 145 class and senior Jake Wagner came in eighth at 195.
Brown made it to the quarterfinals after winning by fall and by a 4-3 decision before losing by a 14-8 decision. Brown responded well taking his next three matches. First by a 12-4 major decision, then a 7-4 decision and a fall put him in the third place match. Wrestling for third place, Brown lost by fall finishing in fourth and earning 19 points for the team.
Meier also took his first two matches winning by fall and a major decision 14-5 to advance to the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals, Meier lost a close 10-7 decision but then won the next three consolation rounds by a 15-8 decision, a fall and an 11-5 decision. In the third place match, Meier lost by fall in 3:23 into the match, but still collected 19 team points.
Weiland won his first match by fall in the final period and then won by decision 9-5 to qualify for the quarterfinals. A 10-7 decision loss send Weiland to the consolation rounds where he won two in a row with a shutout 7-0 decision and a pin in just over a minute. In a low-scoring consolation semifinal, Weiland came up short losing a 3-1 decision. In the fifth place match, Weiland lost another 3-1 decision to total 13 points.
Back to back wins by falls sent Wagner to the quarterfinal where he lost by fall. Wagner won the first consolation match by decision 3-1, but lost the next by fall. Finally, in the seventh place match, Wagner lost an 8-2 decision to finish in eighth and score 10 points.
Also earning points for Crookston were sophomore Cameron Hulst scoring seven, junior Damian Hodgson at five, seventh grader Ethan Boll and senior Luke Trandem with four, freshman Cameron Weiland and senior Collin Leckie tallying three and senior Luis Argueta adding one.
Crookston will now come home to host a triangular against Red Lake County Central and Grafton on Tuesday, December 19 at 7 p.m.