The Pirates wrap up their regular season with an invitational in Fertile.
As the winter season for high school sports winds down, the Crookston Pirate wrestlers competed in their final matches before the section tournament. Nine teams wrestled in the Northwest Invitational in Fertile and the Pirates placed fifth behind a first place showing by freshman Cameron Weiland.
“I thought our guys fought hard and had a solid day overall,” Head Coach Wes Hanson said. “It was a good to see a couple top teams from North Dakota. Minot and West Fargo both have excellent wrestling programs and it was fun to compete against them.”
In the 120 class, Weiland received a quarterfinal bye and went on to win the semifinals by decision 8-3. Weiland then won by fall in the finals to give him win number 21 on the season.
“Cameron Weiland had an outstanding performance,” Hanson said. “He wrestled well in all positions and just kept competing.”
Two Pirates, junior Lukas Meier and senior Jake Wagner, each placed second in the 145 and 195 classes respectively.
Meier automatically advanced to the semifinals with a bye and advanced to the finals with a technical fall victory to reach win number 30 on the season. In the finals, Meier lost by a 7-3 decision. Wagner won two and lost one pinning the first two opponents and losing by fall in the finals.
Freshman Zach Brown took third in the 106 weight class. After losing by fall in the semifinals, Brown came back and won by technical fall and a 10-5 decision to earn the bronze.
Three different Pirates placed fourth, senior Luke Trandem (152), sophomore Cameron Hulst (132) and seventh grader Ethan Boll (138).
Trandem split his matches with two decision wins, 7-1 and 6-2, and two losses by fall. Boll’s two wins came from a 4-2 decision win and a pin. Boll lost two matches by fall. Hulst received a bye and then lost by decision 10-3 in the semifinals. Hulst responded with a win by fall and lost the third place match by technical fall.
Senior Collin Leckie wrestled in the 220 class and placed fifth. Leckie’s loss by fall in the quarterfinals sent him to the consolation bracket where he received a first round bye. In the consolation semifinals, Leckie lost by a pin and won the fifth place match by default.
Freshman Nolan Dans went 0-3 on the day after a first round bye and placed sixth in the 113 class.
With this being the final regular season action for the Pirates, Hanson and his team direct their attention to the team section tournament on Saturday, February 17 with the individual tournament taking place on February 23 and 24.
“We have some time now to get everyone healthy and we will be ready to wrestle this postseason,” Hanson said. “Our guys have shown we can be a dangerous dual team and also have had a lot of success individually as well. We are really looking forward to hosting the section individual tournament in our home gym.”