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Classic Champions

Crook County drops just five matches in six dual meets as the Cowboys easily win their division of the Oregon Wrestling Classic


The Crook County Cowboys absolutely obliterated the competition this past weekend on their way to the Class 4A team championship at the Oregon Wrestling Classic.by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Tyler Berger pins Cascades Ronald Benton Hayes during the Oregon Wrestling Classic semifinals. Crook County won the match 69-3.

“I thought that everybody wrestled well,” said Crook County Head Coach Jake Huffman of his team’s performance. “It was nice to see the 4A guys and see who we needed to wrestle and how we were going to stack up with some of these teams. It’s always a good tournament to see what we are going to see at state.”

The Classic, which is considered the unofficial state dual meet championship features the top teams in the state at each classification. By the end of the weekend tournament, which was held at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond, the Cowboys had sent a clear message that they are the team to beat for the state championship.

Crook County rolled through Friday’s pool play knocking off Sutherlin 84-0, Banks 81-0, and North Marion 71-4.

Eight Cowboys posted perfect 3-0 records on the first day of the tournament while Crook County was a combined 38-1 in the matches they wrestled.

Saturday’s quarterfinals match with Marshfield was just as easy. The Cowboys won the dual 75-4, picking up 12 falls in the match. The Cowboys went on to win the semifinals 69-3 against Cascade, picking up eight more falls along the way. The win set up a showdown with Greater Oregon League rival La Grande for the team championship.

La Grande had a much more difficult route to the championship. After going 3-0 in pool matches on Friday, the Tigers defeated Sweet Home 47-22 in the quarterfinals, then edged Scappoose 36-28 in the semifinal round. The Tigers trailed 27-28 going into the 220-pound match. However, Micah Fuller picked up a pin at 220 and Dyllan Reece held on for a 5-4 win at 285-pounds to give La Grande the close victory.

La Grande led briefly in the championship round as Cole Rohan picked up a 7-3 decision over Terran Libolt in their 106-pound matchup.

However, the Cowboys quickly took the lead for good as Trayton Libolt pinned Corey Isaacson 1:12 into their 113-pound match to give Crook County a 6-3 lead. Kurt Mode extended the Crook County lead with a 15-2 major decision over Taran Hardwick at 120 pounds. When Brent Bannon defeated Jonathon Gonzalez 8-0 at 126 pounds, the Cowboys were rolling with a 14-3 lead. Grayson Munn extended the Cowboys’ lead with a fall over Seth Deviney at 132 pounds to make the score 20-3. by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Colbran Meeker scores a 15-3 major decision over La Grande's Tyler Isaacson during their 145-pound match in the championship round of the Oregon Wrestling Classic. Crook County won the title defeating La Grande 63-6.

Ryder Shinkle picked up a tough 6-2 win over Ryan Middleton at 138 pounds and Colbran Meeker followed up with a 15-3 major decision over Tyler Isaacson to give the Cowboys a 27-3 lead. Falls by Tyler Berger (152) and Brendan Harkey (160) gave the Cowboys a 39-3 lead and guaranteed the Cowboys the championship with five matches left to wrestle.

Caleb Woodworth took La Grande’s second win of the championship with a 6-3 decision over Clark Woodward, but it was the last points the Tigers would score as Gunnar Robirts (182), Zach Smith (195), Trevor Rasmussen (220) all earned pins for the Cowboys. La Grande chose to forfeit the heavyweight match making the final score 63-6.

“I thought that La Grande fought pretty hard,” Huffman said. “They were the best team we wrestled. They were solid. We have a couple of guys that have things that they need to clean up, but overall it was a great team effort.”

Berger, Robirts, and Rasmussen each finished the tournament with six pins as the Cowboys amassed 61 pins as a team.

“This is the best high school team I’ve ever been on,” said Berger, who was part of two state championship teams at Hermiston before transfering to Crook County this year. “The way we train, the way we prepare for tournaments, and the way we wrestle at tournaments is at another level.”by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Brendan Harkey works to pin La Grande's Preston Armstrong during the finals of the Oregon Wrestling Classic. Harkey finally pinned Armstrong with two seconds remaining in the match.

Trayton Libolt, who had three pins in the four matches he wrestled, was also pleased with how the team performed.

“We did really good,” he said. “We were coming in hungry and we needed to make a statement. We all connect so well and we work so hard in the mat room. It was awesome.”

Although his statistics were not as impressive as some of the other Cowboys, Libolt may have had the best week of any of the Cowboy wrestlers. On Thursday he knocked off Francisco Barrerra of Ontario, the No. 2 ranked wrestler in the state at 113 pounds. Then Friday morning he upset No. 1 ranked Collin Purinton of Banks, who won last year’s state championship, 5-4.

“Libolt had a great tournament,” said Huffman.

The Cowboys host the Bend Lava Bears on Wednesday in a 7 p.m. match, then travel to Hillsboro on Friday for the Reser Tournament of Champions.

“Reser is a whole different ballgame,” Huffman said. “Bonus points matter and moving kids along in the brackets — that’s really important. We are really going to focus on that this week, and on winning the close matches.”

Crook County 84, Sutherlin 0

106 — Terran Libolt by fall over William Black, S. 113 — Trayton Libolt by fall over Jerimiah Scroggins, S. 120 — Kurt Mode by fall over Unknown, S. 126 — Brent Bannon by fall over David Schriner, S. 132 — Hayden Bates by fall over Branden Carrillo, S. 138 — Ryder Shinkle by fall over Jona Delacruz, S. 145 — Colbran Meeker by fall over Unknown, S. 152 — Tyler Berger by fall over Lucas Erickson, S. 160 — Brendan Harkey by fall over Christopher Tello, S. 170 — Clark Woodward by fall over Justin Crum, S. 182 — Gunnar Robirts by fall over Christian Beauregard, S. 195 — Zach Smith by fall over Matt Armstrong, S. 220 — Trevor Rasmussen by fall over Thomas Smalley, S. 285 — Jason Williams by fall over Casey Cobert, S.

Crook County 81, Banks 0

106 — Terran Libolt wins by forfeit. 113 — Trayton Libolt over Collin Purinton, B, 5-4. 120 — Kurt Mode by fall over Robert Roberts, B. 126 — Brent Bannon by fall over Trevor Thiessen, B. 132 — Grayson Munn by fall over Melchiah Mauck, B. 138 — Ryder Shinkle wins by forfeit. 145 — Colbran Meeker by fall over Bennet Roberts, B. 152 — Tyler Berger by fall over Travis Thompson, B. 160 — Brendan Harkey by fall over Trask Epling, B. 170 — Aaron Swindle by fall over Clay Kemper, B. 182 — Gunnar Robirts by fall over Clay Pena, B. 195 — Zach Smith by fall over Jonah Males, B. 220 — Trevor Rasmussen by fall over Twister McComas, B. 285 — Jason Williams by fall over James Cook, B.

Crook County 71, North Marion 4

106 — Terran Libolt by fall over Tim Mollgaard, N. 113 — Johnny Avina by major decision over Casey Roberts N, 9-0. 120 — Kurt Mode by fall over Derek Jones, N. 126 — Brent Bannon by fall over Cipriano Vega, N. 132 — Hayden Bates by fall over Juan Tarula, N. 138 — Lane Stigal, N, by major decision over Ryder Shinkle, 18-7. 145 — Colbran Meeker by fall over Gregory Wing, N. 152 — Tyler Berger by fall over Damian Chavez, N. 160 — Brendan Harkey by major decision over Tyler Saucedo, N, 12-4. 170 — Clark Woodward by fall over Rueben Verdugo, N. 182 — Gunnar Robirts by fall over Mario Elias, N. 195 — Zach Smith wins by forfeit. 220 — Trevor Rasmussen by fall over Sergio Espinoza, N. 285 — Jason Williams by decision over Brennan Patterson, N, 2-1.

Crook County 69, Marshfield 4

106 — Terran Libolt by decision over Izaak Grubbs, M, 3-2. 113 — Trayton Libolt by fall over Tyler Campbell, M. 120 — Kurt Mode by fall over Cade Hite, M. 126 — Thaddeus Nelson, M, by major decision over Brent Bannon. 132 — Grayson Munn by fall over Justin Gerhardt, M. 138 — Ryder Shinkle by fall over Logan Entgelmeier, M. 145 — Colbran Meeker by fall over Taylor Dornbusch, M. 152 — Tyler Berger by fall over Tyler Gregory, M. 160 — Brendan Harkey by fall over Cesar Castro, M. 170 — Aaron Swindle by fall over John Black, M. 182 — Gunnar Robirts by fall over T.K. Capps, M. 195 — Zach Smith by fall over Chris Alonzo, M. 220 — Trevor Rasmussen by fall over Angel Perez, M. 285 — Jason Williams by fall over Kaleb Campbell, M.

Crook County 69, Cascade 3

106 — Terran Libolt wins by forfeit. 113 — Johnny Avina by fall over Connor Kelly, C. 120 — Kurt Mode by maj. dec. oer Logan Humphrey, C. 126 — Brent Bannon dec. over Jared Reisterer, C, 7-0. 132 — Hayden Bates by fall over Cole Cade, C. 138 — Ryder Shinkle by fall over Asa Alexander, C. 145 — Colbran Meeker by fall over Mattija Weeks, C. 152 — Tyler Berger by fall over Ronald Benton Hayes, C. 160 — Spencer Crawford, C, dec. over Brendan Harkey, CC, 9-6. 170 — Clark Woodward by fall over Kuloly Tudela, C. 182 — Gunnar Robirts by fall over Hayes VandeHey, C. 195 — Zach Smith wins by dec. over Wyatt Hall, C, 5-1. 220 — Trevor Rasmussen by fall over Malachi Gonzalez, C. 285 — Jason Williams by fall over Danny Bronson, C.

Crook County 63, La Grande 6

106 — Cole Rohan, L dec. over Terran Libolt, 7-3. 113 — Trayton Libolt by fall over Corey Isaacson, L. 120 — Kurt Mode by maj. dec. over Taran Hardwick, L, 15-2. 126 — Brent Bannon maj. dec. over Jonathan Gonzalez, L, 8-0. 132 — Grayson Munn by fall over Seth Deviney, L. 138 — Ryder Shinkle by dec. over Ryan Middleton, L, 6-2. 145 — Colbran Meeker by maj. dec. over Tyler Isaacson, L, 15-3. 152 — Tyler Berger by fall over Jacob Girard, L. 160 — Brendan Harkey by fall over Preston Armstrong, L. 170 — Caleb Woodworth, L by dec. over Clark Woodward, 6-3. 182 — Gunnar Robirts by fall over Dylan McHargue, L. 195 — Zach Smith by fall over Micah Fuller, L. 220 — Trevor Rasmussen by fall over Dyllan Reece, L. 285 — Jason Williams wins by forfeit.



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