Cowboys power past Bend
Tyrell Albert came back froma 5-0 deficit to earn a pin and set the tone for the night
The Crook County wrestling team recorded seven pins Wednesday night in a resounding 52-15 dual meet victory over Bend High at Bend.
Freshman Tyrell Albert set the tone early with a second round win by fall over Tom Butler in the second matchup of the night. Butler jumped out to an early 5-0 lead over Albert and at one point had Albert's back on the mat, but the Crook County freshman rallied.
Albert responded with eight unanswered points and earned the pin with 1:08 left in the second round.
"I just knew that I couldn't get pinned," said Albert. "I just figured that I had to get started because when we get started good our team does well."
Freshman Rylee Wood kept the momentum going with a pin at 103 pounds while Shane Rhoden (112) and Ryan Smith (125) also followed suit.
Wrestling up a weight class, Brad Brock won a major decision over Shannon Crawford at 112.
After falling to an early 3-0 deficit, the Cowboys soon found themselves up 28-3.
"That was the turning point," said Crook County coach Mike Shinkle of Albert)s first pin. "That win got us going and we never looked back. You could feel it."
The victory was a big one for the Cowboys who, despite a big tournament win over the weekend, had lost their last their last two conference dual meets.
Crook County improves to 3-2 with the win.
"It was important for the morale for our team. We have to understand that we can compete in the IMC," said Shinkle. "The IMC is extremely tough this year."
Trent Lucas (152) and Kevin Cholin (171) each recorded pins in the first round with Lucas winning his only 39 seconds into the match-up. Jesse Cruise won by fall at 140 pounds pinning Anthony Duran at the 1:41 mark of the second round.
"We coach the kids to be aggressive," said Shinkle. "I tell the kids, you have to stay off your backs and you have to get those pins. In a dual meet situation you never know how much those six points are going to be needed down the line."
The Cowboys have a loaded schedule ahead of them as they compete in the highly competitive Oregon Classic this weekend at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds, then travel to rival Redmond on January 18.
"They're still riding high from the weekend and its good for us to keep that upward thrust. We cannot go back. We have to keep taking these little steps forward," said Shinkle. "This was another one of those steps. We're headed in the right direction."