Oregon Wrestling Classic donates three-sided clocks to wrestling program

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Clay Wilkins of the Crook County Mat Club wrestles Logan Hank from LaPine at Saturday's youth wrestling tournament.  One of the new wrestling clocks is in the background.

Crook County's new wrestling clocks were unveiled for the first time on Saturday, Dec. 29, during a Crook County Mat Club wrestling tournament.
   The three-sided clocks were donated to the school by the Oregon Wrestling Classic.
   "The Oregon Wrestling Classic is a tournament that raises money to give back to wrestling," said Brian Lemos, Crook County High School vice principal, and a member of the Oregon Wrestling Classic Committee.
   The Oregon Wrestling Classic began giving money towards clocks to school districts throughout the state three years ago. The first donations were to the Salem-Keizer School District with the understanding that their schools would bring the clocks for use at the Classic, as well as use at the state wrestling tournament.
   This past year the Classic chose the Intermountain Conference for the donation, and Crook County was selected to receive two clocks worth approximately $4,000 apiece.
   "We will donate a certain amount of money to a league and they can try to put in some money to offset the rest of the cost," said Lemos. "I contacted the OSAA as well and asked if they would be willing to donate a portion of money as well towards the clocks. Our commitment to them was that the clocks would be used at state and they stepped forward and donated some money."
   The goal of the Oregon Wrestling Classic committee is to eventually get wrestling clocks into every league in the state.
   "The only stipulation that we really made is that they can only be used for wrestling," Lemos said.
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