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Late pins seal Pirates' win over Panthers

     Dawson Roth, Justin Dravis, John Kyllonen and Keith McDaniel recorded first-period pins to lead the Park Rapids wrestling team in a 48-27 loss to Crookston Tuesday night at the Century School gym.

     Roth’s pin at 113 pounds and Jared Sunram’s 7-2 minor decision at 120 pounds gave the Panthers a 9-6 lead before Crookston won the next four matches to take a 27-9 advantage.

     Dravis’ pin at 152 cut the gap to 27-15 before the Pirates won the next two matches for a 36-15 advantage.

     Pins by Kyllonen at 182 and McDaniel at 195 pulled Park Rapids to within 36-27, but the Pirates won the final two matches to seal the win.

     The loss dropped the Panthers to 1-2 against Section 8A opponents and 4-9 overall while Crookston improved to 3-3 against section teams and 5-4 overall.

     Three of Crookston’s wrestlers – Cody Weiland (No. 7 at 132), Nate Merten (No. 8 at 138) and Blake Bergeron (No. 4 at 160) – are rated in the latest state Class A poll.

Crookston 48, Park Rapids 27

106: Hunter Baranski, C, pinned Landen Burlingame :36. 113: Dawson Roth, PR, pinned Luke Trandem :18. 120: Jared Sunram, PR, minor decision over Preston Desrosier 7-2. 126: Colton Weiland, C, won by forfeit. 132: Cody Weiland, C, won by forfeit. 138: Kyle Caputo, C, minor decision over Logan Johnson 9-6. 145: Nate Merten, C, won by injury default over Laine Jensen. 152: Justin Dravis, PR, pinned Shad Steer 1:53. 160: Blake Bergeron, C, pinned Zach Nelson :29. 170: Luke Edlund, C, minor decision over Zack Tretbar 10-5. 182: John Kyllonen, PR, pinned Zach Lutz :24. 195: Keith McDaniel, PR, pinned Casey Kelly 1:38. 220: Jesse Bosquez, C, pinned Logan Veo 1:36. 285: AJ Biermaier, C, pinned Chris Baxter 1:55.