The Pirates get four pins to improve to 9-3.

    The Pirates lost two straight duals to open the new year, but since, won five in a row with an average win margin of 41.2. This time they defeated Park Rapids 48-26 with four pins in the process.    

    Our focus was to wrestle an aggressive offensive style, stay in our positions and avoid the cradle,” Head Coach Wes Hanson said. “The guys did a fine job of the aforementioned which allowed us to come out victorious.”   

    Freshman Zach Brown led off with a win by fall, his 22nd victory and 11th via a pin. A forfeit naming freshman Nolan Dans the winner in the next class put the Pirates ahead 12-0.    

    A win by technical fall for the Panthers over seventh grader Braxton Volker got Park Rapids on the board trailing 12-5.    

    The Pirates responded with seven straight wins starting with freshman Cameron Weiland’s win by decision and back-to-back forfeits by the Panthers. The wins by forfeit went to sophomore Cameron Hulst and seventh grader Ethan Boll.   

    Senior Colton Weiland won with a pin and notched his 10th win by fall on the season. Junior Lukas Meier won by decision 7-3 for his 21st victory and senior Luke Trandem followed with a pin in come-from-behind fashion.    

    “Luke was trailing by five points going into the third period and was able to score a big move and earned the fall with nine seconds left,” Hanson said. “He just kept competing hard and when you do that, good things happen.”   

    Junior Damian Hodgson tallied the Pirates’ fourth win by fall with his fifth of the year and extended the lead to 48-5.    

    “Damian had a strong showing earning a nice takedown and pin which clinched the dual,” Hanson said.   

    Park Rapids won the final four weights with a pin against senior Luis Argueta, a win by decision against senior Jake Wagner and wins by fall against seniors Jake Davidson and Collin Leckie. But the Pirates’ lead was too large and Crookston ended the match winning 48-26.    

    The win improves the Pirates’ record to 9-3 in duals.    

    “Our guys train hard while encouraging and believing in each other,” Hanson said on his team’s hot streak. “Also, having Cameron Hulst competing at 132 now makes our team much stronger.”   

    Crookston will next compete in their first home match of 2018 on Thursday, January 18 beginning at 7:30 p.m.