The Crookston Pirate Wrestlers had six wrestlers in the championship match with three of them (Evin Trudeau, Ethan Bowman, and Ethan Boll) and all 10 placed on their way to a second-place finish at the 51st annual Northwest Invitational tournament at Fertile-Beltrami High School. Thief River Falls won the team championship.
1. Thief River Falls – 214.5
2. Crookston – 171.5
3. Deer River – 116.5
4. Blackduck/Cass Lake – 108.5
5. United Clay Becker – 98
6. Badger/Greenbush-Middle River – 91.5
7. Bemidji – 90
8. Pelican Rapids – 69
9. Walker-H-A – 68
10. Fertile-Beltrami 66.5
11. All Saints Home School – 5
12. Roseau 0
Evin Trudeau started things off on a great note by winning his first match by a pin in one minute. In the semi-finals, he beat Drew Rasch of Fertile-Beltrami 7-2 to advance to the championship match at 106 pounds. He scored two points on an early takedown and gave up an escape before his opponent took a 3-2 lead with a takedown. Evin tied the match with an escape before getting a takedown with 48-seconds left in the period for a 5-3 lead. His opponent scored two points on a reversal and added two more on a takedown for a 7-5 lead and Evin made a quick move to get two points on a reversal as the buzzer sounded and the match was tied at 7 going into the third period. In the third period, Evin was taken down and trailed 9-7 before getting a reversal and three near-fall points for a 12-9 lead late in the match. Trudeau was able to hold on and win the match 12-9 for the first Pirate championship. Evin won the 50th match of his career with the first win in the tournament.
Casey Weiland received a bye in his first match at 132-pounds.In the semi-finals, he beat Jarret Page of Bemidji 14-4 to advance. In the championship, Casey took an early 2-0 lead with a takedown. The match was tied after a reversal, but Casey scored a point on an escape for a 3-2 lead. The lead didn’t last long as he was taken down and he trailed 4-3 going into the second period. After a takedown, Casey scored an escape and then he was taken down before another escape and Weiland trailed 8-5 going into the third period. Casey had an escape to start the final period and scored a takedown with 67-seconds left to tie the match at 8-8. His opponent scored an escape and a takedown to win the match 11-8 and Casey finished second.
Carter Coauette won his first match by a 14-2 major decision at 138-pounds.In the semi-finals, he won by a tech fall at 4:28.In the championship, Carter got behind 2-0 and then 5-0 after three near-fall points. In the second period, Carter trailed 8-1 going into the final period. Carter struggled to score points as his opponent built a 14-3 lead to win the match and Carter finished second.
Ethan Bowman won his first match by pin at 2:52 at 145-pounds.In the semi-final match, Ethan won by an 11-0 major decision. In the championship, Ethan was taken down and trailed 2-0 early. It was all Bowman the rest of the way. Ethan had a reversal to tie the match at 2 going into the second period. In the second frame, Ethan scored two points on a takedown before giving up a point on an escape and took a 4-3 lead. In the third period, Ethan started with an escape and added a takedown with 30-seconds left in the match for a 7-3 lead and held on to win the second Pirate championship.
Hunter Knutson won his first match by pin in 93-seconds at 182-pounds.In the semi-finals, he won by a 7-3 decision to advance to the championship. In the championship, Hunter ran into #4 ranked Caleb Vacura of Badger/Greenbush-Middle River. Vacura took an early lead and was pinned in the second period.
Ethan Boll opened up his tournament by making quick work of his opponent for a pin in 35-seconds at 220-pounds.In the semi-final match, Boll didn’t waste any time again as he beat his opponent in 43-seconds.In the championship, Ethan wrestled the #10 ranked wrestler in Class AA. Boll is the #2 wrestler at 195-pounds in Class A.
Ethan didn’t waste any time as he jumped out to a 6-2 lead. Ethan gave up an escape before getting another takedown. After another escape, Boll countered with a takedown for a 10-4 lead going into the second period. Boll started the second down and had an escape for an 11-4 lead. After an escape, Boll countered with another takedown, and halfway through the period, Ethan led 14-6. Ethan added another takedown for an impressive 16-6 lead through two periods. Boll chose both up to start the third and gave a point and led 16-7. Ethan had a big takedown and slammed Sargent down to the mat for two more points and a few seconds later got the pin for the third Pirate championship of the tournament.
THIRD PLACE –
Gavyn Hlucny won his first match at 120 pounds by pin in 59-seconds. Gavyn lost in the semi-finals 7-4. Gavyn bounced back to win his consolation semi-final by beating Tyler Henderson of Fertile-Beltrami 7-2 to advance to the third-place match. In the match, Gavyn took a 2-0 lead with a takedown. After each wrestler had a reversal, Gavyn led 4-2 and added three near-fall points for a 7-2 lead going into the second period. Gavyn started the second period with a takedown for a 9-2 lead and after no scoring for a while, he was able to make a move and won by pin as the buzzer sounded to finish third place.
Layten Fuentes won his first match by a pin at 3:23 at 152-pounds.In the semi-finals, he lost by a pin in the third period. In the consolation semi-finals, Spencer won by a pin at four minutes and struggled in the third-place match against a tough opponent. Layten trailed 2-0 after the first period and in the second period, there was more scoring as he trailed 6-2 going into the final two minutes of the match. Layten was taken down and trailed 8-2 and couldn’t get anything going as he lost the third-place match 8-2.
Layten Fuentes won his first match by a pin at 3:23 at 152-pounds.In the semi-finals, he lost by a pin in the third period.In the consolation semi-finals, Spencer won by a pin at four minutes and struggled in the third-place match against a tough opponent. Layten trailed 2-0 after the first period and in the second period, there was more scoring as he trailed 6-2 going into the final two minutes of the match.Layten was taken down and trailed 8-2 and couldn’t get anything going as he lost the third-place match 8-2.
Spencer Ness received a bye in the first round at 160-pounds.In the semi-finals, he lost by an 8-2 decision before winning the consolation semi-finals 4-0. In the third-place match, Spencer scored two points on a takedown with 40-seconds left in the first period. In the second and third period, Spencer took over the match.He started the second period with an escape and followed with a takedown for a 5-0 lead. After Spencer was taken down in the third period he responded with a reversal for a 7-2 lead and was able to hang on the rest of the way for a 7-2 victory and a third place finish.
FIFTH PLACE –
Hunter Kresl finished fifth place at 195-poundsHunter lost his first match by pin and received a by in the wrestlebacks.In the consolation semi-finals, he beat Fertile-Beltrami’s Tyler Stuhaug 9-4 to advance to the fifth-place match. In the fifth-place match, Hunter had a first-period takedown for a 2-0 lead. Halfway through the second period, he recorded another takedown for a 4-0 lead and he would win the match by a 4-0 score to win the fifth-place match.
|106||Evin Trudeau||Beat Kody Johnson (UCB) pin 1:00
Beat Drew Rasch (FerB) 7-2
Beat Charles Ikola (DR) 12-9
|120||Gavin Hlucny||Beat Preston Reed (DR) pin :59
Lost Noah Jacobson (TRF) 7-4
Beat Tyler Henderson (FerB) 7-0
Beat Jed Carlson (PR) pin 4:00
Beat Jarret Page (Bem) 14-4
Lost Callen Whitney (WHA) 11-8
|138||Carter Coauette||Beat Bo Hofstad (Bem) 14-2
Beat Oakley Carlson (PR) TF 4:28
Lost Christian Pater (BCLB) 14-3
|145||Ethan Bowman||Beat Jack Solum (Bem) pin 2:52
Beat Carter Johnson (PR) 11-0
Beat Tygh Gullickson (DR) 7-3
|152||Layten Fuentes||Beat Shane Juelson (BCLB) pin 3:23
Lost Jack Kapenga (PR) pin 5:13
Beat Easton Jacobson (Bem) pin 4:00
Lost Shayne Swedberg (BCLB) 8-2
Lost Ficher Smith (WHA) 8-2
Beat Kallen Littler (Bem) 4-0
Beat Riley Poissant (TRF) 7-2
|182||Hunter Knutson||Beat Joe Hed (WHA) Pin 1:33
Beat Gus Thompson (DR) 7-4
Lost Caleb Vacura (BGMR) pin 2:37
|195||Hunter Kresl||Lost Damian Tuura (BGMR) pin :58
Lost Tyler Stuhaug (FerB) 9-4
Beat Joseph Frenzel (Bem) 4-0
|220||Ethan Boll||Beat Parker Orvik (Bem) pin :35
Beat Tyrese Goodman (BCLB) pin :43
Beat Jolson Sargent (TRF) pin 4:37