Despite competing shorthanded due to illness the Crook County High School wrestling team finished fifth in the 40-team Northwest Duals Wrestling Tournament over the weekend.
>Crook County falls to Hillsboro, finishes fifth in spite of illness
The Cowboys went 4-0 on Friday, Dec. 28, defeating Aloha 60-12, The Renegades, a Portland-area all-star team, 60-9, Glencoe 38-24, and Cleveland 54-18 to get into the 16-team championship bracket for Saturday.
On Saturday, Dec. 29, the Cowboys started right where they left off defeating Century 34-29, before falling to Hillsboro 30-26 in the tournament quarterfinals.
Crook County rebounded to defeat McMinnville 38-22 and Tualatin 36-24.
Brett Gast at 125-pounds, Jared Dixon 130-pounds, and Howie Mole 215-pounds all went undefeated in the tournament, while 103-pound Riley Omlid was 6-1.
The Cowboys finished 7-1 in the tournament in spite of leaving Micah Perry and Tyrel Albert home due to illness. Both Perry and Albert had gone undefeated at the Best of the West tournament the previous week.
Crook County is now 16-2 in dual meets on the season and starts league matches with a home match against Bend on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m.