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Crookston builds early lead to defeat Panthers

Park Rapids' Jack Hensel went for a takedown against Crookston's Jake Wagner during their 195-pound match Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. Vance Carlson / Enteprprise

Crookston used four pins and three forfeits in the first 10 matches to build a 48-5 lead and held on for a 48-26 victory over the Park Rapids wrestling Tuesday night at the Area High School gym.

Ashton Clark had the Panthers' lone win in the early going, using a takedown and three nearfalls in the first period and an escape, takedown and nearfall in the second period for a 17-0 victory by technical fall at the 3:20 mark at 120 pounds. Clark was rated No. 3 at 113 in the latest state Class AA poll.

Zach Brown, who is rated No. 10 in the latest state Class A poll at 106, opened the meet with a pin before Colton Weiland, who is rated No. 5 at 138, received one of Crookston's three forfeits as the Pirates built the early lead.

The Panthers had two other chances to pick up wins in the lower weights. Kobe Burton trailed 9-1 in the second period before rallying in the 126-pound match. Three reversals and a nearfall made it 12-9 in Burton's 13-9 loss to Cameron Weiland. Eli Bessman used a takedown and nearfall in the first period to build a 5-0 lead in the 160-pound bout before Luke Trandem used a takedown and nearfall in the third period to set up a pin at the 5:52 mark.

Park Rapids controlled the final four matches, starting with Cody Dravis' pin in 2:38 at 182. Dravis led 4-0 with takedowns in each of the first two periods before recording the fall. Dravis was rated No. 5 at 170 in the latest state poll.

Jack Hensel followed with a 5-0 minor decision at 195 over Jake Wagner, who was rated No. 10 at that weight in the state poll. A takedown gave Hensel a 2-0 lead in the first period before an escape and takedown in the second period concluded the scoring.

Zach Hocking used a first-period takedown to set up a pin at the 1:06 mark at 220 while Dwayne Johnson used a first-period takedown to set up a pin in 46 seconds at 285 to cap off the meet.

The win lifted Crookston to 9-3 in dual meets while the Panthers fell to 2-5.

Crookston 48, Park Rapids 26

106: Zach Brown, C, pinned Lucas Kritzeck 2:17. 113: Nolan Dans, C, won by forfeit. 120: Ashton Clark, PR, pinned Braxton Volker 2:19. 126: Cameron Weiland, C, minor decision over Kobe Burton 13-9. 132: Cameron Hulst, C, won by forfeit. 138: Ethan Boll, C, won by forfeit. 145: Colton Weiland, C, pinned Joe Klein 2:42. 152: Lukas Meier, C, minor decision over Landen Burlingame 7-3. 160: Luke Trandem, C, pinned Eli Bessman 5:51. 170: Damian Hodgson, C, pinned Dawson Roth 1:42. 182: Cody Dravis, PR, pinned Luis Argueta 2:38. 195: Jack Hensel, PR, minor decision over Jake Wagner 5-0. 220: Zach Hocking, PR, pinned Jake Davidson 1:06. 285: Dwayne Johnson, PR, pinned Collin Leckie :46.

Dravis captures title at BHVPP Invitational

Dravis captured the title at 170 as the Panthers tied for fifth place at the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie Invitational at Parkers Prairie on Jan. 13.

Hocking claimed runner-up honors at 220 and Johnson was the runner-up at 285 as the Panthers compiled 105 points in this 11-team meet. Hensel placed third at 195, Landen Burlingame took fourth at 145 and Lucas Kritzeck finished sixth at 106 as Park Rapids had six wrestlers finish in the top-six spots.

Team scores: Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville 219, Ottertail Central 206, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie 151, Staples-Motley 119.50, Park Rapids 105, Benson 105, Crosby-Ironton 103, United Clay Becker 85, Ortonville 78.50, Pelican Rapids 60, Breckenridge 55.

Championship matches

106: Carter Meiners, LPGEB, pinned Jon Paul Fitzpatrick, CI, 1:56. 113: Ben Naddy, OTC, minor decision over Quinn Kern, BHVPP, 4-3. 120: Marc Hendricks, OTC, minor decision over Landon Gode, LPGEB, 5-3. 126: Spencer Miller, SM, minor decision over Mason Gode, LPGEB, 4-3 (ot). 132: Nate Williams, CI, minor decision over Nate Hart, OTC, 7-5 (ot). 138: Devin Dean, BHVPP, major decision over Jake Klancher, CI, 14-2. 145: Owen Bjerga, SM, minor decision over Aaron Zosel, Ben, 5-0. 152: Thomas Pesta, LPGEB, minor decision over Zane Swanson, OTC, 8-3. 160: Benjamin Eustice, O, technical fall over Adam Zosel, Ben, 5:16. 170: Cody Dravis, PR, minor decision over Jared Knutson, Ben, 7-0. 182: Holt Truax, BHVPP, major decision over Carson Haugrud, Pelican, 9-1. 195: Wyatt Thorson, OTC, pinned Elijah Cloos, O, 3:47. 220: Sam Wamre, UCB, pinned Zach Hocking, PR, 5:25. 285: Craig Orlando, BHVPP, pinned Dwayne Johnson 2:48.

Park Rapids results

Lucas Kritzeck (106): won minor decision over Austin Eastman, O, 8-2; pinned by Jon Paul Fitzpatrick, CI, 1:53; pinned by Laredo Bugbee, OTC, :34; lost major decision to Payton Bjerga, SM, 12-2 (6th).

Joe Klein (138): pinned Matt Hendricks, OTC, 5:38; pinned by Jake Klancher, CI, :43; pinned by Riley Thom, LPGEB, 2:14.

Landen Burlingame (145): pinned Chase Graba, BHVPP, :36; lost major decision to Aaron Zosel, Ben, 11-2; won minor decision over Hunter Doll, OTC, 3-0; lost minor decision to Kaven Blazek, CI, 4-1 (4th).

Eli Bessman (152): pinned by Zane Swanson, OTC, 1:50; pinned Ty Scofeld, O, 2:14; lost minor decision to Zane Brosowoske, Pelican, 9-2.

Dawson Roth (160): pinned by Adam Zosel, Ben, :50; pinned by Jonathan Lisson, SM, 2:03.

Cody Dravis (170): pinned Zach Bennett, CI, :55; pinned Matt Osborne, Pelican, 1:36; won minor decision over Jared Knutson, Ben, 7-0 (1st).

Kian Scott (182): pinned by Holt Truax, BHVPP, 2:32; pinned by Kevin Tierney, OTC, 3:49.

Jack Hensel (195): pinned by Levi Line, LPGEB, 3:51; won minor decision over Shaine Guggenberger, SM, 5-0; won minor decision over Taylor Eigenheer, CI, 3-2; pinned Line 2:21 (3rd).

Zach Hocking (220): pinned Aiden Syltie, Ben, 1:03; won minor decision over Tanner Differding, Breck, 6-1; pinned by Sam Wamre, UCB, 5:25 (2nd).

Dwayne Johnson (285): pinned Kyle Blazek, CI, 2:24; won minor decision over RJ Ehlert, OTC, 4-2; pinned by Craig Orlando, BHVPP, 2:48 (2nd).