Pirates have high expectations on the mat

Some coaches will tell you they couldn’t care less about where their team is ranked; that they don’t feel the need to buy whatever hype outside observers are selling.

Wes Hanson isn’t one of those coaches.

In November, Minnesota wrestling website The Guillotine released its first preseason rankings. Five Crookston wrestlers were ranked in the Top 10 of their respective weight classes (four were ranked in the most recent rankings, released Sunday), and as a team, the Pirates were named a “Lean and Mean” team, ranked just outside the Top 10.

“It tells you that these guys have earned some respect,” Hanson, who’s going into his sixth year as Crookston’s head coach, said then. “And they’ve accomplished a lot already.” Continue reading at crookstontimes.com →