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Grapplers take eight at Classic

Cowboys edged by rival Redmond 36-30 in consolation match

by: TIM STUMM/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Brandon Story wraps up a Hillsboro opponent Friday at the Oregon Classic. The Cowboys finished eighth overall.

In a preview of an IMC meeting that will take place next Tuesday, the Crook County wrestling team was edged 36-30 by Redmond in the seventh place matchup Saturday at the 2005 Oregon Classic.
   As a result, the Cowboys took eighth out of 32 4A teams.
   "I am looking forward to a rematch," said coach Mike Shinkle. "[This] definitely lets us know where we stand against Redmond."
   Shane Rhoden (119 pounds), Jess Cruise (140) and Luke Thompson (152) all recorded pins for Crook County, but the Cowboys were forced to forfeit at 112 pounds and so entered the contest down 6-0 before it started.
   The Cowboys began the two-day tournament with a 54-21 victory over South Albany that was highlighted by six pins.
   Brad Brock (103), Rhoden (119), Ryan Smith (125), Trent Lucas (152), Brandon Story (160) and Blaine Tocher (189) all won by fall for Crook County.
   They then dropped a 46-17 decision to Hillsboro which put them into the consolation bracket.
   Wrestling up a weight class, Brad Brock earned a pin at 112 pounds to help the Cowboys defeat Silverton 32-28 in their next matchup and he then repeated his efforts back at 103 in a 44-29 victory over Eagle Point.
   Cruise (140) and Lucas (152) also won by fall in the contest and Smith earned a technical fall at 125 pounds.
    Smith and Lucas finished the tournament undefeated.
   Ben Neasham was present at the event, and though he did not wrestle, he has asked to return to the team.
   Neasham was last year's 4A state champion at 125 pounds.
   "I am really proud of the decision he has made," said Shinkle. "Everybody deserves a second chance...He has to earn his spot back on the team, however, just like anybody else."
   Shinkle said the earliest Neasham could compete is the Hillsboro Tournament Jan. 21 and 22. That means he will most likely miss Crook County's dual meet against Redmond on Jan. 18.
   "I think that's the only thing that would be fair for him and for the team," Shinkle said.
   The Cowboys are set to take part in the Bend-Mountain View Invitational this Saturday. The competition is divided into two sub-tournaments at the Bend schools and the winners of each will square off Saturday evening.
   Wrestling is set to begin at 9 a.m.