Crook County wins wrestling tournament with 6-0 record
In what can only be described as a dominant performance, the Crook County Cowboys went undefeated at the Weisbrodt Invitational Wrestling Tournament last Friday and Saturday.
“It was a good gauge to see where we are at at this point in the season,” said head coach Jake Huffman. “We wrestled well and got after people. I think we surprised some people.”
Eight Cowboys went undefeated in the tournament as the Cowboys rolled to a 6-0 record in the dual-meet format.
Crook County, who is ranked No. 1 in the latest Class 4A poll, opened the tournament with a convincing 52-15 victory over Class 5A and No. 2-ranked Dallas. The Cowboys then rolled over 4A No. 3-ranked Sweet Home 46-26, whipped 5A No. 10 Lebanon 55-3, throttled 5A No. 4 Hood River 65-12, crushed 4A No. 7 Estacada 70-3, and wrapped up the tournament with a 64-9 victory over 5A No. 11 Silverton.
Dallas went on to take second at the tournament with a 5-1 record.
“The format is exciting for coaches because there is somebody on the mat all the time,” Huffman said. “It’s fun to be a part of. It’s exciting for the crowd, and it gets us ready for the Oregon Wrestling Classic in January.”
Grayson Munn (126), Colbran Meeker (138), Ryder Shinkle (145), and Dean Smith (170) all went 6-0 at the tournament, while Johnny Avina (120), and Gunnar Robirts (182) finished with 5-0 records. Trey Shores (106) and Alex Urrea (160) also were undefeated at the tournament going 4-0 and 3-0 respectively.
In addition, Trayton Libolt and Hayden Bates each finished with 5-1 records at the tournament.
Shinkle was 6-0 despite being cleared to wrestle just four days earlier after returning from a serious bull-riding accident this fall.
Avina’s perfect record included an impressive win over No. 1 ranked Anthony Hardy of Sweet Home.
Although they lost, Libolt and Bates also had outstanding tournaments. Bates was tied 3-3 with two-time defending state champion Colton Schilling before being pinned in the third round. Libolt moved up a weight class and lost 1-0 to the state’s No. 1 ranked 120-pounder for his only loss.
The Cowboys are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Pendleton for the Freeberry Invitational, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Crook County will host their first home match on Thursday, Jan. 3, when they take on No. 5 ranked Mountain View in an Intermountain Hybrid dual meet. Wrestling is scheduled to begin with JV action at 5:30 p.m.