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Pirates pin Panthers in battle of Section 8A wrestling rivals

Two of the state's top-ranked Class A wrestlers remained undefeated on the season in leading Crookston to a 54-21 Section 8A victory over Park Rapids Tuesday night at Crookston.

Anthony Caputo, who is rated No. 1 at 152 pounds, and Brody Davidson, who is ranked No. 1 at 215, both recorded pins to lead the Pirates. Both wrestlers are now 23-0 on the season.

Ben Baumgartner's first-period pin in 17 seconds at 112 gave Park Rapids a 6-6 tie before Crookston used two pins and two forfeits in the next four matches to build a 30-6 lead.

Zachary Steffen's second-period pin at 140 made it 30-12 before the Pirates won the next four matches to claim a 48-12 advantage.

The Panthers won two of the final three matches.

Danny Pike, who is rated No. 10 at 160 pounds in the latest state Class A poll, posted a 9-8 minor decision at 189. Pike trailed 2-1 entering the third period before taking a 4-2 lead with an escape and takedown. Pike trailed 8-4 before a reversal and nearfall in the closing seconds gave him the win.

Cole Tretbar ended the match by overcoming a 7-2 deficit with a third-period pin in the heavyweight match.

The loss dropped Park Rapids to 6-9 in dual meets while Crookston improved to 6-3. The Pirates are rated No. 14 in this week's Class A poll.

Crookston 54, Park Rapids 21

103: Kyle Caputo, C, pinned Devon Eischens 3:13. 112: Ben Baumgartner, PR, pinned Shad Steer :17. 119: Nate Merten, C, pinned Laine Jensen 1:37. 125: Cody Weiland, C, won by forfeit. 130: Zane Baranski, C, won by forfeit. 135: Wyatt Hanson, C, pinned Zack Tretbar 2:26. 140: Zachary Steffen, PR, pined Luke Edlund 3:35. 145: Blake Bergeron, C, minor decision over Zac Haugland 13-9. 152: Blake Erickson, C, pinned Nick Schulz 3:16. 160: Anthony Caputo, C, pinned Kevin Just 4:43. 171: Cody Osland, C, minor decision over Forrest Drury 8-3. 189: Danny Pike, PR, minor decision over Josh Edlund 9-8. 215: Brody Davidson, C, pinned Logan Schmaus :34. 285: Cole Tretbar, PR, pinned Ethan Pilger 5:04.