Crookston beat Grand Forks Red River and lost to Grand Forks Central.

    Crookston made their way to Grafton for their second North Dakota competition of the season when they took on Grand Forks Central and Grand Forks Red River. The Pirates lost to Central, but responded with a win over Red River to split their first duals of the season.

    “We knew going in, Grand Forks Central has a very good team this year,” Head Coach Wes Hanson said. “We had a variety of wrestlers contribute big for us."

Grand Forks Central L 45-24

    Crookston put together six individual match wins against Central which featured a pin and two major decisions, but could not keep with GFC in a 45-24 loss.

    Ethan Bowman (8th Grade) earned a 9-1 major decision victory in the 106 category and Jake Erickson (7th Grade) claimed the second major decision win beating his 113 opponent 15-2.

    Zach Brown (So.) provided win number three with an 8-2 win and Ethan Boll (8th Grade) won in the 152 class with a 5-1 win. Damian Hodgson rounded out the decision wins beating his opponent 2-0 in the 195 class.

    "I thought Damian Hodgson had a really good night avenging a loss from this past weekend and then got a pin against Red River," Hanson said. "His senior leadership is huge for our team.”

    The only Pirate pin of the match came from newcomer Blake Fee (Sr.) who pinned his opponent in 1:58 in the 220 class.

    “That was terrific,” Hanson said. “He was able to get a takedown and was working for a turn for quite a while and ended up kind of getting into a roll scramble situation and was able to come out on top and get the pin. His teammates and everyone were really excited.”

Other Matches

Nolan Dans (So.)
120 Pounds
L by Fall, 2:49

Forfeit 132 match

Braxton Volker (8th Grade)
138 Pounds
L by Fall 2:50

Hunter Knutson (8th Grade)
145 Pounds
L by Decision, 7-3

Cade Coauette (So.)
160 Pounds
L by Fall, 2:55

Cade DeLeon (Fr.)
170 pounds
L by Fall, :58

Forfeit 182 match

Forfeit 285 match

Grand Forks Red River W 48-30

    Crookston benefited from Red River’s five defaults and won their first dual of the year by a score of 48-30 with the help of three pins.

    Carter Coauette (7th Grade), Bowman, Brown, Cade Coauette and Fee each received wins by default helping the Pirates to 30 free points.

    Dans recovered from his loss by fall to Central and pinned his Red River opponent in 40 seconds. Boll followed suit pinning his opponent in 3:33 and Hodgson did the same at 1:38.

    “It started with 126 pounds so we were able to pick up a forfeit win for Zach Brown,” Hanson said. “The middle was kind of the core of Red River’s lineup and we were able to compete hard in there. We lost a few matches before Ethan Boll got us back on track with a nice win by pin. Damian Hodgson also had a nice win and overall, I think our guys stayed in better positions and were able to capitalize.”

Other Matches

Braxton Volker
132 Pounds
L by Fall, 2:57

Forfeit 138 match

Hunter Knutson
145 Pounds
L by Fall, 3:43

Forfeit 170 match

Cade DeLeon
182 Pounds
L by Fall, 2:47

    Coming out with a split, Hanson felt his team performed well and displayed quality fundamentals and attacks.

    “I think our guys are good at finishing matches,” Hanson said. “So when they got their opponents out of position, they were able to capitalize and get some pins. So those six-point matches add up and [Red River] was a little short-handed up top and down low which helped us.”

    At 1-1, Crookston will see their first home matches when they host the Rodd Olson Invitational Tournament on Saturday, December 8. Matches start at 11:30 a.m.

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