Crook County falls to Lewiston, Idaho in semifinals of 32-team duals tournament

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Micah Perry wrestles during a recent practice.  Perry went 5-0 for the Cowboys during the Best of teh West  Tourney

The Crook County High School wrestling team finished in third place in the 32-team dual meet Best of the West Tournament in Pasco, Wash., on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 19-20.
   "I think the kids wrestled well considering we are missing a couple of our varsity guys," said Head Coach Mike Shinkle.
   On Wednesday the Cowboys defeated Riverview, Wash. 75-0 and then defeated Baker City, Wash. 57-13. On Thursday Crook County started back up right where they left off, defeating Grandview High School 70-3 in the quarterfinal round.
   In the semifinals the Cowboys fell to Lewiston, Idaho, 27-44 to drop into the third and fourth place match. In that match they defeated Royal City, Wash., 51-27.
   Skyview High School of Billings, Mont., won the tournament by defeating Lewiston in the championship match.
   "They are solid teams," said Shinkle. "Very well coached and very good fundamental wrestlers. They do a great job. Our only loss was to Lewiston and we just got outwrestled by a better team."
   Brett Gast at 135-pounds, Micah Perry 160-pounds, Howie Mole 215-pounds, and Tyrel Albert 285-pounds all went 5-0 in the tournament. Coach Shinkle named Albert his wrestler of the week.
   The Cowboys amassed 33 pins and two technical falls during the five matches.
   "You get into a dual meet like that and you try to coach those kids up a little bit," said Shinkle. "If you can get a guy on his back and get him pinned that's six points for the team. So any chance in a dual meet to get a pin we like to get after that and try to add those points up a little bit."
   Crook County is now 9-1 in dual meets for the season. They have some time off until after Christmas when they travel to Liberty High School in Hillsboro for the Northwest Duals on Dec. 27-28.
   "We are going to get a few days off to rest up a little bit and to heal up," Shinkle said. "Then we are going to be ready to go get after the Northwest Duals. I'm pretty pleased with the progress we are making. We've still got a lot of work to do and there's room for improvement like always, and that's good because this time of year you don't want to be peaking yet."
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