The Crookston Pirate Wrestling team won their 10th straight dual with a 36-28 victory over the Roseau Rams in a dual held at the Roseau High School gymnasium. The Roseau Rams had two impressive milestone victories in the match with Chandler Mooney winning his school-record 175th career match and Ben Olson won his 100th career match.
The match started at 113 pounds because of a new dual “rule” passed by the Minnesota State High School League that allows teams to take out up to two of the 14 matches in the dual as long as both teams agree to the matches. The coaches elected to take out the 106 pound and Heavyweight (285 pounds) matches. “It was a little different format with the 12 weight classes and that was a different look for us,” said Pirate Coach Wes Hanson. “It probably took away from a couple scoring opportunities for us, but there were some good matches wrestled tonight.”
Crookston had a good start with Ethan Bowman moving to 113 pounds and he did what he has been doing most of the year, starting the match with a victory. Ethan scored the first points of the match with a takedown halfway through the first period. Roseau’s Bodee Hovda countered with four points and took a 4-2 lead. Ethan bounced back to take a 5-4 lead into the third period before he picked up a pin at the 4:53 mark to give the Pirates a 6-0 match lead. “Ethan wrestled well and the opponent he wrestled was a true 113 pounder so the size difference didn’t allow Ethan to ride as well as he normally would,” said Coach Hanson. “He was able to get a couple nice takedowns and the final one in the third helped him with his confidence and he was able to get the pin.”
Crookston won the next three matches (120, 126 and 132) by forfeit and had a 24-0 lead. “The forfeits, it is what it is,” said Coach Hanson. “We knew they didn’t have a ton of wrestlers, but the ones they have are very good and it was nice to have a cushion going into the heart of their line up.”
Roseau earned their first win of the match at 138 pounds when Race Knochenmus won by a pin in the second period. “Cam (Cameron Weiland) almost had the first takedown in the match,” said Coach Hanson. “Cam did a nice job moving up a bit and wrestled a good match.”
Crookston bounced back with a win at 145 pounds when Hunter Knutson took a 5-0 lead in the match before he won by a pin in the second period and Crookston led 30-6. “We weren’t sure how the match would go because we didn’t know a lot about his opponent,” said Coach Hanson. “I was confident in the way Hunter has been wrestling and he was able to get some takedown and a nice win.”
Roseau picked up milestone wins in the next two matches. At 152 pounds, Chandler Mooney won by a pin in 16 seconds for a school record 175th win of his career. “Chandler is a very good wrestler,” said Coach Hanson. “175 wins is a big accomplishment.” At 160 pounds, Ben Olson made a move with 41 seconds left in the first period and received two points for a takedown and two more points for near fall points for a 4-0 lead. When Olson made the move, Crookston’s Lukas Meier was injured when his body got twisted and he wasn’t able to finish the match and Olson picked up his 100th career victory and Crookston’s lead was 30-18. “I feel bad for Lukas right now and we did what we thought was best for him in the future,” said Coach Hanson. “It was an unfortunate end to the match.”
At 170 pounds, Roseau’s Dale Grindahl won by a major decision and the Pirate lead was 30-22 with three weights left.
Crookston had a quick and big win at 182 pounds when Damian Hodgson won by a pin in 25 seconds and the Pirates led 36-22 and for the second straight dual, the Pirates solidified a dual victory with a win from Hodgson. “That was the one we knew we could put the dual out of reach with a win,” said Coach Hanson. “Damian went out there and made sure he stuck to what he does best and had a nice takedown into a pin.”
Both teams were open at 195 pounds and Roseau’s Sawyer Klatt won the 220-pound match by a pin, but Crookston won the match 36-28. “Overall it was a nice win for us,” said Coach Hanson. “To win on the road against a section opponent, I was proud with the way the guys wrestled and it was a good win for us.”
Crookston won their 10th dual in a row and improve to 11-2 on the year and will host Fosston-Bagley in another Section 8A matchup on Thursday, January 17 at 6:00 PM, a match you can hear on KROX Radio.
|113||Ethan Bowman||Bodee Hovda||Crox||Pin 4:53|
|138||Cameron Weiland||Race Knochenmus||ROS||Pin 2:39|
|145||Hunter Knutson||Joey Schneider||Crox||Pin 3:29|
|152||Cade Coauette||Chandler Mooney||ROS||Pin :16|
|160||Lukas Meier||Ben Olson||ROS||Inj. Def|
|170||Ethan Boll||Dale Grindahl||ROS||16-5|
|182||Damian Hodgson||Kyle Bliss||Crox||Pin :25|
|220||Blake Fee||Sawyer Klatt||ROS||Pin 2:47|