Cowboys dominate at camp


Crook County's varsity team goes undefeated while the JV squad finishes with 8-3 record

The Crook County Cowboys were dominant at the Northwest Duals Championship.

“We took 26 kids from incoming eighth graders all the way up to incoming seniors,” CCHS Head Wrestling Coach Jake Huffman said. “We had a wide range of talent and experience.”

The Cowboys took two teams to the camp, which was held at Oregon State, with the varsity team going 11-0 and the JV squad finishing with an 8-3 record against varsity teams.

During the course of the four days, the Cowboys defeated Tahoma, Wash, who had finished first, first, and second in Washington over the last three years. They also knocked off two ot the top teams from Alaska.

Even on the three losses the JV team suffered Huffman was quick to point out that the Cowboys won the head to head competition. They lost the match because of a pair of forfeits, not because of action on the mats.

Possibly making the team’s performance even more impressive is that if a wrestler was close to a weight class limit the Cowboys wrestled up a weight, while most of the other teams chose to have their wrestlers move down to the next lighter weight class.

“If we had a guy weigh 156, then he wrestled 160 even though the other teams were going the opposite way,” Huffman said. “We moved everyone up for the sake of the competition. At first the kids were a little bit upset, but after we started rolling they kind of accepted the challenge.”

In addition to the dual championships there was also an individual tournament and a takedown tournament. The Cowboys had champions in each of those tournaments. However, Huffman was most impressed with the performance of Brogan Howard and Cole Morgan, who finished second.

“Morgan, who’s an incoming freshman, made the finals and placed second,” Huffman said. “And Brogan came out of nowhere and made the finals at 175.”

The four-day tournament, which was held June 28 through July 2, had 28 teams attend.

“It was the best camp we could possibly go to,” Huffman said. “We wrestled an individual tournament, a takedown tournament and 11 duals. That gave the kids about a half a season in four days and I think our team improved because of it.”