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Grapplers fall to Panthers

Making his first varsity start, Tyler McCormack records Cowboys only pin

by: TIM STUMM/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Mike Gast won a major decision over Josh Klein in the 119-pound matchup Tuesday, but his effort were not enough to lift the Cowboys past the Panthers.

The Crook County wrestling team received a big night from a pair of freshman Tuesday in a heated Intermountain Conference showdown with Redmond, but it was not enough to carry them through.
   The Panthers won eight of 14 matches in their own gym to power past the Cowboys 31-24. The loss marks the third time in as many tries that Crook County has fallen to Redmond.
   "It was disappointing. I was hoping we could have got them. I know we could have got them, but we came up short," said coach Mike Shinkle. "I am pleased with how the kids wrestled. They showed a lot of heart."
   Crook County started the meet off on a high note when freshman Tyrell Albert nearly pulled off an upset over senior Kenny Horton in the heavyweight matchup. Horton's win by fall over Albert in the Oregon Classic earlier this month was the deciding six points in a 36-30 Redmond win. Albert took a 2-0 lead with a reversal and stayed with Horton this time until the contest's final seconds, when Horton pulled away with a two-point takedown to take a 9-6 lead. Horton won 9-7.
   "That was huge to start off like that. Not only with a close match like that but to save three points," said Shinkle. "That's a tribute to Tyrell's heart and effort."
   The Cowboys lost the next two matchups to fall into an early 11-0 hole and did not get onto the scoreboard until Mike Gast won a major decision over Josh Klein at 119-pounds. The win re-energized the Cowboys, who rallied for 14 unanswered points.
   Freshman Tyler McCormack, wrestling in his first varsity dual meet ever, gave Crook County its first and only lead of the night with a pin at 130 pounds to put the Cowboys up 14-11.
   "It was a great pin for us and it came at a great time in the match for us," said Shinkle.
   With Crook County down 19-14, and in need of a win to regain the momentum, Marques Hase got the best of Shane Barden in the 145-pound matchup, pinning the Crook County senior with 17 seconds left in the second period.
   The win by fall gave Redmond its biggest advantage of the night at 25-14 and helped propel them to the victory.
   Luke Thompson scored a big win at 152 pounds and Trent Lucas brought Crook County to within four at 25-21 with a major decision at 160 pounds, but that was as close as the Cowboys would get.
   At 189 pounds, Chase Raymond came back from a 6-2 deficit and brought the score within one at 7-6 with a late takedown, but Casey Hagan held on for the 8-6 win - clinching the dual meet victory for Redmond.
   In the last match of the night, Blaine Tocher recorded a 9-5 decision over Andrew Jordan.
   The Cowboys fall to 3-3 in IMC duals while Redmond improves to 3-0.
   They travel to Hillsboro this weekend for the Reser's Tournament of Champions at Liberty High School before continuing IMC action next Tuesday with a home matchup against Summit.