Zach Brown won his 50th career match and Lukas Meier won his 75th.
The Pirates, carrying a six dual match winning streak, rolled in to Fosston in hopes of extending their ride to seven. Freshman Zach Brown and junior Lukas Meier both reached impressive milestones in their careers, but Crookston (10-4) fell to Fosston by a final of 66-9.
“They’re a solid team and they’ve got a lot of good wrestlers,” Head Coach Wes Hanson said. “They just wrestled a lot better than we did tonight.”
Brown led off the night with a pin that awarded him his 50th win in his two year career.
“Zach went out there and got us rolling with a nice pin early on,” Hanson said. “He continues to wrestle really well. He got his 50th win for his career and that’s really impressive for a freshman with just two years of varsity experience.”
Fosston responded to Crookston’s six points with five straight match wins. Freshman Nolan Dans lost the first in a high-scoring 12-10 decision. Cameron Weiland lost by fall as did freshman Andrew MacGregor. Sophomore Cameron Hulst lost by decision with a 4-1 score and seventh grader Ethan Boll lost by fall to give Fosston a 24-6 lead.
Meier ended the run winning by decision 9-4. The win for Meier marks his 75th career win at the varsity level.
“We lost a string of matches there and Lukas went out and kind of settled in with some nice offense,” Hanson said. “He built up a lead and wrestled a good match which was nice to stop their momentum for a little bit.”
The Pirates were without one of their best wrestlers in senior Colton Weiland who missed the match due to injury, but Hanson says Weiland will be available down the stretch.
Meier’s win would be the last for the Pirates on the evening as Fosston went on to win the final seven matches including two forfeits. Senior Luke Trandem lost by fall and senior Luis Argueta lost a close 4-3 decision. Seniors Jake Davidson, Jake Wagner and Collin Leckie were each pinned to equal the final score of 66-9.
The six match winning streak came to an end, but Hanson sees an opportunity for his team to rebound with another chance coming this weekend.
“The good thing is we get to wrestle again on Saturday so it’ll be a good chance to get a little redemption,” Hanson said. “We got to have a short memory and get back to the mats. It was a tough night for us, but I’m not worried about this group moving forward. They’re positive, they work hard and we’ll be back.”
The Pirates next chance comes in Grand Rapids where Crookston will be competing in a tournament on Saturday, January 27 starting at 9 a.m.