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Cowboys overcome an early deficit to take big win from Indians in battle of number one ranked teams

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Tyler Fioravanti controls Colin Rietmann, of Roseburg, in their 145-pound match. Fioravanti earned a 12-4 major decision.The Crook County Cowboys shuffled their lineup on Saturday, and the tactic worked to perfection as the host Cowboys rolled past the Roseburg Indians 43-17 in a matchup of two of the best wrestling teams in the Northwest.

"Things kind of went our way, and I don't think Roseburg was full strength either," Crook County head coach Jake Huffman said. "All those things combined, and we had a dominating win when we thought it was going to go down to the wire."

The lineup change was done at the last minute after programs for the dual meet had already been printed. Huffman pulled Zachary Mauras up from the JV squad to wrestle at 132 pounds. Mauras normally competes at 126 pounds.

Hunter Mode, Cole Morgan, Tyler Fioravanti and Turner Austin also each moved up a weight class for the Cowboys.

"The coaches convinced me to make a little bit of a move, and it kind of affected what we were doing in the JV dual and stuff," Huffman said. "It took a few people by surprise, and we kind of apologize for that, but at the same time, we were really trying to win the dual."

With wrestling taking place on a raised platform under a spotlight, the wrestling started at 152 pounds where Austin went up against Roseburg's No. 5 ranked Austin David.

David immediately drove Austin hard into the mat, giving Austin a point for the illegal move, and breaking a panel in the stage.

The two wrestlers continued, despite a large circular dent in the mat, with David eventually winning by major decision, giving the Indians a 4-0 lead.

Immediately following the match, the mat was rolled back and the broken panel was quickly replaced as the crowd cheered.

Then, at 160 pounds, No. 3 ranked Garrett Russell earned another major decision against Crook County's Colton Burkhardt, who is also ranked third, giving the Indians an 8-0 lead.

However, even while losing those matches, Huffman was pleased with the effort that he saw.

"I think that the biggest thing I was impressed with was that we didn't give up any pins," he said. "Even the guys that weren't victorious, they were able to battle and continue to fight and continue to compete. In a dual meet, that is what is going to get you the wins against tough teams is when you are able to score bonus points and obviously then when you are also able to save them from the other team scoring them."

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Kyle Knudtson celebrates after pinning Roseburg's Logan Folsom in their 170-pound match. Knudtson's pin was the Cowboys' first win on the evening as they cruised to a 43-17 win over the Indians. The Cowboys picked up their first points of the match when No. 1 ranked Kyle Knudtson came from behind to pin No. 3 ranked Garrett Russell at 170 pounds as the Cowboys closed to within two points.

When No. 3 ranked Jaxson Rhoden picked up a pin at 182 pounds over No. 9 ranked Logan Folsom, the Cowboys were on top 12-8.

Rhoden, who missed the early portion of the season with a minor injury, was excited about the win.

"It was definitely relieving after not being able to wrestle in the first two matches," he said. "It's amazing wrestling against Roseburg. You step on the stage, and it's like you are by yourself. You are in a dark room by yourself with a whole bunch of people yelling, so, definitely a lot of fun."

Roseburg regained the lead and the momentum as No. 2 ranked Brandon Jeffers defeated unranked Cal Wilcox at 195 pounds and then No. 5 ranked Terrell Jacks edged No. 7 ranked Mario Hanson at 220 pounds.

The Cowboys didn't trail for long however, as No. 2 ranked heavyweight Caleb Parrott pinned Cayden Gingery in the first round, giving the Cowboys an 18-14 lead.

Crook County would never trail again in the match as 106-pound Steven Ware pinned Roseburg's Cameron Cross to give the Cowboys a 21-14 lead.

Crook County would lose just one more match as Mode earned a fall at 106 pounds, Trevor Martin picked up a pin at 120 pounds, Morgan won a decision at 138 pounds, and Fioravanti picked up a win at 145 pounds.

"We didn't really plan on it," Morgan said of all the Cowboys who moved up a weight class. "A half hour before weigh-ins, Huffman just decided to roll everybody up, so that's what we did. We wrestle bigger guys in the room all the time, so you just get used to it and go wrestle tough."

Fioravanti agreed.

"It really is not a problem to me because I am just going to go out there and wrestle my best no matter who it is, and win or lose, I will be satisfied with giving it my all," he said. "I felt like we all did amazing. I'm just super proud of my team and how far we've gotten and how we are proving ourselves."

The Cowboys lone loss in the final seven matches of the dual was at 126 pounds where No. 3 ranked Hunter Sparks defeated No. 2 ranked Pacer Quire 7-2.

"Duals are all about momentum, and we were able to get the momentum," Huffman said. "Everybody competed hard, and it was just a great team win. I know that I have said that a lot this year, but this is a pretty special team. They are a pretty cohesive team, and they are fighting for each other. It's a lot of fun to be a part of."

Rhoden agreed.

"Everybody likes each other. Everyone gets along, and our team is definitely improving."

Morgan pointed out that despite the easy win, the Cowboys still haven't wrestled their best.

"I thought we wrestled pretty well, but I don't think we wrestled our best," he said. "We still have to peak as a team. Every time we go in the practice room, we aren't just going there to practice, we are going in there to get better. Every day is just trying to get better."

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Hunter Mode takes down Kaden Schlatter, of Roseburg, in the first round of their 113-pound match. Mode won by fall in the first round. Both Mode and Fioravanti wrestled above their normal weight class as several Cowboys moved up a weight class for the dual. The Cowboys won 43-17.Huffman also believes that the team can get better.

"Everybody is getting healthy," he said. "Everybody is starting to get into shape, and everyone is starting to clean up the things that they need to work on. It's just a process that is going to continue. The goal is to just continue to improve 1 percent each day. I think our kids have really bought into that, and they are really trying to do that every day."

As well as the varsity match went for the Cowboys, the Indians handily took the JV match that was contested earlier in the evening, taking a 45-15 win.

Benjamin Sather (152), Wyatt Parker (170), and Colton Schlachter (195) each earned decisions for the Cowboys while Tannon Joyner (113) picked up a pin.

Both the Crook County varsity and JV teams are back in action on Thursday when they take on Columbia High School in Nampa, Idaho. The team continues their trip to Nampa on Friday and Saturday as they compete in the Rollie Lane Invitational.

The Cowboys return home the following week as they host the Clash before the Classic on Thursday, Jan. 11, which is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Then, the team travels to Redmond Friday and Saturday, Jan. 12-13 for the Oregon Wrestling Classic.

Crook County 43, Roseburg 17

Saturday, December 30

At Crook County High School

152 – Austin David, R, by maj. Dec. over Turner Austin, CC, 13-4

160 – Garrett Russell, R, by maj. Dec. over Colton Burkhardt, CC,16-8.

170 – Kyle Knudtson, CC, over Logan Folsom, R, by fall, 0:56.

182 – Jaxson Rhoden, CC, by fall over Doran Gillespie, R, 3:00.

195 – Brandon Jeffers, R, by dec. over Cal Wilcox, CC, 9-5.

220 – Terrell Jacks, R, by dec. over Mario Hanson, CC, by 3-1.

285 – Caleb Parrott, CC, by fall over Cayden Gingery, R,1:53.

106 – Steven Ware, CC, by dec. over Cameron Cross, R,11-7.

113 – Hunter Mode, CC, by fall over Kaden Schlatter, R, 2:22.

120 – Trevor Martin, CC, by fall over Jacob Ralston, R, 1:45.

126 – Hunter Sparks, R, by dec. over Pacer Quire, CC, 7-2.

132 – Zachary Mauras, CC, by dec. over Tristin David, R,12-7.

138 – Cole Morgan, CC, by dec. over Caleb Jeffers, R, 5-2.

145 – Tyler Fioravanti, CC, by maj. dec. over Colin Rietmann, R, 12-4.

JV

Roseburg 45, Crook County 15

152 – Benjamin Sather, CC, by dec. over Bryson Diaz, R, 12-9.

160 – Ethan Stoner, R, by fall over Sage Harris, CC, 5:56.

170 – Wyatt Parker CC, by dec. over Owen Vredenburg, R, 9-3.

182 – Rourke Martin, R, by fall over Garrett Bond, CC, 0:52.

195 – Colton Schlachter, CC, by dec. over Hunter Hillard, R, 7-5.

220 – Hunter Blix, R, by dec. over Hayden Hilderbrand, CC, 6-3.

106 – double forfeit.

113 – Tannon Joyner, CC, by fall over Kayd Shelby, R, 1:27.

120 – Tylen Greene, R, wins by forfeit.

126 – Kahleb Diaz, R, wins by forfeit.

132 – Shaun Konig, R, wins in sudden victory over Tucker Shores, CC, 3-1.

138 – Archer Bergeron, R, by fall over Gage Perry, CC, 3:52.

Exhibition

Bryson Diaz, R, by dec. over Mason Cooley, CC, 4-2.

Hunter Hillard, R, by tech fall over Wyatt Holiday, CC, 16-0.

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