The Pirates improve their dual record to 3-2.

    The Crookston Pirates crossed the border to North Dakota and returned with two dual victories. The Pirates (3-2) topped Devils Lake (6-2) by a score of 42-32 and Grafton (3-13) with a 50-24 final.

    “We had really good performances starting off with Ethan Bowman,” Head Coach Wes Hanson said. “He was back and forth in each of those, but was able to get a lead built up against Devils Lake, picked up a pin and really got our guys off to a strong start.”

    After Bowman (8th Grade 106 pounds) earned his pin at 3:34, Devils Lake earned a 15-11 decision win over Carter Coauette (7th Grade 113 pounds).

    The Pirates responded with four straight pins from Nolan Dans (So. 120 pounds) at 2:56, Zach Brown (So. 126 pounds) at 1:02, Braxton Volker (8th Grade 132 pounds) at 1:24 and Cameron Weiland (So. 138 pounds) at 2:57.

    “A lot of our lightweights wrestled solid and that’s what we needed tonight as we were a little short-handed,” Hanson said.

    Devils Lake took the next match by technical fall over Hunter Knutson (8th Grade 145 pounds) and won four other weights by default.

    Ethan Boll (8th Grade 152 pounds) and Damian Hodgson (Sr. 195 pounds) closed out the match with two pins at 2:56 and 1:06 respectively for a 42-32.

    Against Grafton, Coauette (106 pounds), Dans and Boll (160 pounds) each won by default.

    Bowman (113 pounds) improved to 2-0 on the day with a 6-3 win and Brown earned a win by technical fall 18-3.

    Devils Lake snuck in a pin against Andrew MacGregor (So. 132 pounds) at 2:12, but the Pirates retaliated with three wins by fall. Volker (138 pounds) pinned his opponent in 23 seconds, Weiland (145 pounds) won in 5:52 and Knutson (152 pounds) earned his first varsity pin at 4:32.

    Hunter Kresl (8th Grade 170 pounds) lost by fall at 1:18 and Hodgson (182 pounds) notched his second pin of the day, this time at 4:52.

    Grafton won the 220 and 285 class by, but the Pirates’ lead proved to be too large as they won 50-24.

     Crookston came into the triangular 32-48 when a pin decided a match, but lost by fall only twice against Grafton and Devils Lake.

    “We’ve been working on our positioning and a lot of it just comes down to being mentally tough and just refusing to get pinned,” Hanson said. “I thought our guys improved on that tonight and that was a huge thing.”

    The Pirates will finish 2018 with a home dual against Park Rapids on Friday, December 21 at 6 p.m.

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