Crookston falls to 1-2 on the season.
Thief River Falls pinned Crookston wrestlers seven times in a dual and the Prowlers went on to win by a score of 52-17.
Crookston’s night began promisingly when Ethan Bowman (8th Grade 106 lbs.) beat his opponent by a 9-0 major decision for a 4-0 team lead. In the very next match, Jake Erickson (7th Grade 113 lbs.) lost by major decision 8-0 and the Prowlers tied the match at four apiece.
“Ethan Bowman started the dual off for us getting a takedown and a near fall in the first period,” Head Coach Wes Hanson said. “He was leading 5-0 and then was able to finish all three periods from the top position. That was a huge way for us to start.”
Zach Brown (So. 120 lbs.) continued his undefeated season with a 9-1 win and after Nolan Dans (So. 126 lbs.) lost by fall at 2:20, Cameron Weiland (So. 132 lbs.) tallied his 50th career win with a pin at 3:43 and Crookston took a 14-10 lead.
“Cam just wrestled a great match,” Hanson said. “He fended off some good shots from his opponent and kind of wore his opponent down. Cam’s very strong, saw an opportunity and dumped his opponent to his back and picked up a big pin.”
Thief River Falls responded to the early deficit by rattling off six straight wins including victories by fall over Braxton Volker (8th Grade 138 lbs.) 28 seconds in, Hunter Knutson (8th Grade 145 lbs.) 59 seconds into the match, Cade Coauette (So. 152 lbs.) at 1:50, Ethan Boll (8th Grade 160 lbs.) at 2:50 and Cade DeLeon (Fr. 182 lbs.) 41 seconds into the match. The sixth win came in a forfeited match.
Trailing 46-14, Damian Hodgson (Sr. 195 lbs.) competed in a low-scoring match in which he came out with a 4-2 overtime win by decision.
“Damian is just relentless,” Hanson said. “He wasn’t able to get to his offense. He kept trying and it took overtime before he was finally able to get a takedown. It was a nice win for Damian.”
Each side forfeited the 220 lbs. class and the night ended with Blake Fee (Sr. 285 lbs.) losing by fall at 1:21.
In three duals and two tournaments, Pirate wrestlers are 24-39 when a match is decided by a pin and Hanson has an idea of how to improve that number.
“We just got to work on staying in better position and wrestling in our positions,” Hanson said. “During the middle, [Thief River Falls] was wrestling their matches and not ours. If we can work on better positioning, maybe we’ll get better results.”
The Pirates (1-2) will next compete in their third tournament of the season in Cass Lake at the Big Bear Tournament on Friday and Saturday, December 14 and 15. Matches start at 11 a.m.
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