The Pirates earned eight pins in the two matches.
The Crookston Pirates hit the mats for the last time in 2017 in a triangular against Grafton and Red Lake County Central. The Pirates ended the year on a high note winning both matches in the triangular 53-29 and 69-12.
First against Grafton, freshman Zach Brown led off the night with a pin to give Crookston the early 6-0 lead. Grafton competed with five open weights awarding 30 points to the Pirates.
Seventh grader Braxton Volker lost his 113 pound match by fall in just over a minute. A second victory by fall for Grafton against seventh grader Hunter Knutson put Grafton down 18-12.
Sophomore Cameron Hulst got the Pirates back on track with a pin in the first minute and received six more points for the team. Junior Lukas Meier won the first major decision of the night 27-11. Senior Luke Trandem lost a close decision 7-3 then Damian Hodgson won by fall 22 seconds into the second period.
Grafton managed to win the final three matches both by fall against Jake Davidson and Collin Leckie.
Freshman Nolan Dans and Cameron Weiland, seventh grader Ethan Boll and seniors Colton Weiland and Jake Wagner all won by default.
Against RLCC, Crookston grabbed an early lead and did not look back. Seventh grader Ethan Bowman started the match with a win by fall in the first period and Brown followed with a 3-0 win by decision.
“I just came out and wrestled my type of matches,“ Brown said. “I tried to not give up anything.”
RLCC earned their first team points with a win by fall against Volker, but Boll’s win by fall in 12 seconds prevented any rally.
“He’s a seventh grader, but he’s wrestled a lot,” Head Coach Wes Hanson said. “He was in a good position and once he got on top, it didn’t take him long to earn the fall.”
Hodgson followed a series of four default Pirate wins with his second pin of the night and the team’s seventh so far in the two matches.
“Damian Hodgson had a great night wrestling at 182 pounds and beating two quality opponents,” Hanson said. “He stayed in his positions and got to some offense and was able to find a way to win.”
Wagner lost by fall and senior Collin Leckie ended the night with a win by fall to reach the final of 69-12 and give Crookston their eighth pin.
Dans, Cameron Weiland, Hulst, Colton Weiland, Trandem and Meier all received default wins.
Hanson commended the team’s performance throughout the two matches.
“Guys were sticking to the fundamentals,” Hanson said. “They were getting the leg attack, riding with good pressure forward and working the pinning combinations. I thought our guys wrestled very well for the last action of 2017. It’s nice to get a couple wins at home.”
The Pirates can now rest over the break and will resume action on Tuesday, January 2 against Badger-Greenbush-Middle River in Greenbush starting at 7 p.m.