Zach Brown, Damian Hodgson and Jake Wagner finished on top and the Pirates took third as a team.

    Freshman Zach Brown, junior Damian Hodgson and senior Jake Wagner each won their class and the Pirates placed third as a team in a field of 13 at the Grand Rapids Skip Nalan Wrestling Tournament.   

    At 106, Brown went 4-0 with two wins by technical fall and two wins by decision. Hodgson won three matches in 170 to get gold pinning each of his opponents. Wagner pinned his first opponent in 10 seconds, won by fall in his second match and won the 195 championship match by a 6-3 decision.   

    “Zach had a key victory over the eighth-ranked wrestler in class A to start off the finals which gave the Pirates some momentum and will help his credentials as we get closer to post season,” Head Coach Wes Hanson said. “Damian wrestled very good on the mat working from the top position. Jake was able to record two takedowns on the edge of the mat and was very dominant on his feet throughout the tournament.”   

    Junior Lukas Meier wrestled in the 145 class where he placed second with a 3-1 record. Seventh grader Ethan Boll finished in third for 138 winning three of his matches and losing one.    

    Freshmen Nolan Dans and Cameron Weiland each placed fifth in the 113 and 120 class respectively. Dans lost his first match and came back to win his final three, two of them by fall. Weiland also lost his first match, but used three pins to win his next three.    

    Seniors Luke Trandem and Collin Leckie competed in 152 and 220 respectively and each placed sixth. Trandem went 3-2 with a pin and Leckie finished 1-3 with a pin.    

    Sophomore Cameron Hulst wrestled in the 132 class and although he did not place, Hulst won his 50th career match.   

    Crookston returns home to make-up a dual match with Roseau on Tuesday, January 30 at 7 p.m.