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Cowboys to compete in Classic Tourney

Top teams in the state scheduled to compete as well as college, women, and youth wrestlers

   The Crook County High School wrestling team is scheduled to compete in the Oregon Wrestling Classic tournament which kicks off on Friday, Jan. 11, at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds, and runs through Sunday, Jan. 13.
   "The tournament is considered to be the state championship of dual meets," said Head Wrestling Coach Mike Shinkle. "All of the top teams in the state are there and it will be our first look at Eagle Point, Crater and Hermiston."
   The Classic is the largest wrestling tournament in Oregon, and one of the largest in the nation with high school, college, women's, and youth competition. High Schools are scheduled to wrestle on Friday and Saturday, college and women competitors on Saturday, and youth on Saturday and Sunday.
   Last year there were more than 3,000 individual competitors, and the tournament has been expanded this year.
   Eighty high school teams are in the tournament this year with weigh-ins at 6:30 a.m. Friday morning and wrestling beginning at 8:30 a.m., and more than 250 college wrestlers from all over the nation are competing.
   There are 16 teams entered in the 5A division divided into four pools. Crook County is in a pool with Mountain View, Glencoe and Eagle Point. The Cowboys are scheduled to wrestle against Glencoe at 10 a.m., Mountain View at 1 p.m. and Eagle Point at 5:30 p.m.
   Wrestling times on Saturday are dependent on how teams do on Friday. The 5A championship match is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Saturday.
   "If you like wrestling and want to see some of the best wrestling in the country then this is the place to be," said Crook County High School Vice Principal and Oregon Wrestling Classic committee member Brian Lemos.
   The Oregon Wrestling Classic began in 1982, and has continued to expand throughout its history.
   The event is intended to promote amateur wrestling at the highest level in oregon, and to provide monetary assistance to the organizations that are connected locally and nationally to the even.
   A day pass for the tournament is $5 for students and $10 for adults.