Crook county falls to Redmond 40-29

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Freshman Jared George of Crook County, attempts to escape a hold by Redmond's Kolby Fultz.  George eventually got out of Fultz's grasp and won a 15-3 major decision.

On Tuesday night two of the best wrestling teams in the state faced off at Crook County High School for a non-league match, with 6A Redmond coming out on top 40-29.
   "It's the best thing that could happen to this team right now," said Head Coach Mike Shinkle. "It's a wake up call. Obviously I don't like losing, and neither do the kids, but we needed that right now. The good news is it's a 6A team and a non-conference match, and they are a good team."
   The Cowboys took a 3-0 lead after the first match of the night as Jared Dixon decisioned Tim Hannan 5-2 in their 130-pound bout, but that was the last lead that the Cowboys would have all night.
   Redmond took the lead for good when Kody Dixon went down with an injury in the 135-pound match and was forced to withdraw and they never looked back. Dustin Chapman got a win for the Cowboys at 152-pounds while Jared George won a major decision at 103-pounds and Riley Omlid (112), Brett Gast (125) and Tyrell Albert (285) all recorded falls.
   Everything else was all Redmond. The Panthers recorded five pins, the forfeit win at 135-pounds, and had the match in hand all night.
   "You know those matches aren't won out there under the lights," said Shinkle. "They are won in the wrestling room. And the boys need to understand that and if they learn from their mistakes they will be better for it. It's disappointing we didn't show up."
   The Cowboys traveled to The Dalles/Wahtonka on Thursday, and rebounded for a 58-9 league win. No results were available at press time.
   This weekend Crook County travels to Hillsboro for the Reesers Tournament of Champions. Reesers is an individual bracketed tournament unlike the previous dual meet tournaments that the Cowboys have participated in.
   "It's 6A, 5A, 4A. It's the best of the best," said Shinkle. "It's the top 15 teams in the state at any level. It's a meat grinder. It's tougher than the state tournament. It's going to be a great tournament, so we'll see how the kids perform."
   The Cowboys have both varsity and JV teams participating in the tournament.
   Also of interest, Crook County has picked up a match at 2A Culver on Tuesday, Jan. 29, to replace the match with Mountain View that was snowed out earlier in the month.
   "That's going to be very interesting," Shinkle said. "Culver is tough. They are solid as a rock. They are a great team."
   Redmond 40, Crook County 29
   At Crook County High School
   Wednesday results
   103-Jared george, CC. dec. Kolby Fultz 15-3. 112-Riley Omlid CC. pinned Levi Brinkley, 4:42. 119-Sean Soliz, R. dec. tyler Pierce, 15-4. 125-Brett Gast, CC. pinned Nick Coles, 3:36. 130-Jared Dixon, CC. dec. Tim Hannan, 5-2. 135 -Connor Flanigan, R. won by injury default. 140-Joey Delance, R. pinned Taylor Coyle, 5:47. 145-Hayden Anker, R. dec. Cameron Anderson, 8-3. 152-Dustin chapman, CC. dec. Sam Hartley, 12-2. 160-Justin Martin, R. pinned, Micah Perry, 1:03. 171-Butch Whitaker, R. pinned, Tyler McCormick, 1:12. 189-Ben Baca, R. dec. R.J. Kriege, 1409. 215-Taylor Johnson, R. pinned Howie Mole, 2:39. 285-Tyrel Albert, CC. pinned Caleb Brock, 0:54.
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