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Lots of pins as Cowboys whip Idaho Falls 62-24, then defeat the host Columbia squad 48-34

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Zachary Mauras controls a Roseburg wrestlers earlier in the year. Mauras won both his matches in the Columbia Duals, picking up a 17-2 technical fall against Kyle Yearsley, of Idaho Falls, then winning 11-9 in sudden victory against Columbia's Angel Rios. The Crook County Cowboys tuned up for the Rollie Lane Invitational with a pair of dual meet wins on Thursday at Columbia High School in Nampa, Idaho.

Crook County rolled past Idaho Falls 62-24 in the opening match of the evening, then powered past Columbia 48-34 in a match that pitted two of the best teams in the Northwest against each other.

"We came out a little bit flat, in my opinion, but we were able to bounce back and battle and come out on top against Idaho Falls," said Crook County head coach Jake Huffman. "It was a good team win, and then we wrestled a quality team in Columbia, and we were able to come out on top. Once we got moving and got into rhythm, we were able to pull ahead, so it was great."

Crook County started both matches in a hole as they did not enter a wrestler at 98 pounds, a weight class that Oregon does not have.

However, the Cowboys quickly rebounded in both cases.

Against Idaho Falls, Hunter Mode pinned Nic Jorgenson just one minute into the first round in their 106-pound match, tying the dual meet score.

Idaho Falls led briefly again when Kayson Kenney pinned Tannon Joyner at 113 pounds.

However, from then on, it was all Crook County.

Trevor Martin took a 5-0 decision over Justin Morris at 120 pounds.

The Cowboys took the lead for good as Pacer Quire won by forfeit at 126 pounds, then put the dual out of reach as Zachary Mauras, earned a 17-2 technical fall just 1:47 into his 132-pound match, then Cole Morgan pinned his 138-pound opponent in just 1:03.

When Tyler Fioravanti pinned his 145-pound opponent just 1:13 into their match, the Cowboys were up 29-12.

Deaven Jorgenson pinned Crook County's Turner Austin in their 152-pound match as Idaho Falls closed to within 29-18. However, that was as close as the match would get.

The Cowboys responded with a pair of pins as Colton Burkhardt, 160, and Kyle Knudtson, 170, both earned first-round falls.

When Jaxson Rhoden won by forfeit at 182 pounds, the Cowboys led 47-18.

Idaho Falls took one more win as Todd Payne pinned the Cowboys' Cal Wilcox at 220 pounds, before the Cowboys closed out the dual as Mario Hansen earned a forfeit win at 220 pounds, and Caleb Parrott earned a first-round fall at 285 pounds.

The second dual against Columbia was closer, but once again, the Cowboys were able to utilize falls to gain valuable bonus points as they pulled out the win.

As of the Once again, the Cowboys fell behind as they forfeited at 98 pounds.

However, pins by Mode, 106, and Joyner, 113, gave the Cowboys a 12-6 lead.

Columbia briefly tied the match as Levi Cluff pinned Trevor Martin early in the third round of their 120-pound match.

Crook County rebounded as Quire pinned Skylar Watson 44 seconds into their 126-pound match. Then, Mauras earned a hard-fought 11-9 overtime victory over Angel Rios to push the Cowboy lead to 21-12.

When Cole Morgan pinned Andy Lopez 1:36 into the first round of their 138-pound match, the Cowboys were up 27-12.

However, Columbia stayed in the match as Kekana Fouret earned a major decision over Fioravanti at 145 pounds.

Austin earned a 15-8 decision over Dillon Keller at 152 pounds to help the Cowboys keep the lead.

However, Alamar Alexander kept the pressure on the Cowboys as he pinned Burkhardt late in the second round.

Falls by Knudtson and Rhoden upped the Cowboy lead to an insurmountable 42-20.

Although the winner had already been determined, Columbia made the final score close as Michael Cox and Skylar Hughes picked up falls at 195 and 220 pounds.

Parrott then punctuated the win for the Cowboys with a 48-second fall against Bailey Bringman in their heavyweight match.

All told, 20 of the 25 matches that were contested in the two duals were decided by pins, including 12 falls by Cowboy wrestlers.

"I think all three teams were going after bonus points," Huffman said. "A lot of guys were pinning people."

The Cowboys remained in Nampa Thursday night as they competed at the Rollie Lane Tournament Friday and Saturday.

"It's a long drive to come over here and wrestle two tough duals and then a tough tournament," Huffman said. "But we are as ready as we can be. We have been training hard, and we've been going through a really good schedule for competition and trying to get ourselves ready for the end of the year. This is just part of the process."

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