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Road warriors return home

Crook County wrestling team hosts their first home meet of the season on Thursday


After traveling countless miles early in the year, the Crook County High School wrestling team will finally wrestle at home later this week.

The Cowboys opened their season at a tournament in Bend, and have also wrestled a pair of dual meets in Bend that were serious mismatches. However, other than that, there has been limited opportunity to see the Cowboys in action.

So far this year, the Cowboys have won tournaments in North Bend, Dallas, and Nampa, Idaho, and placed at a tournament in Reno, Nev.

Finally the team is scheduled to host a match on Thursday when Crook County hosts Cascade, Cleveland, Crater, Estacada, Madras, Ontario and Thurston in the Crook County Duals.

The Cowboys will also stay in Central Oregon this weekend as they compete in the Oregon Wrestling Classic, which will be held at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond.

Crook County has consistently had a strong wrestling program. The team won the Class 4A state championship last year, and missed the state tournament all-time scoring record by just a few points.

Nonetheless, as strong as last year’s team was, this year’s team is even stronger.

The Cowboys are currently ranked 42nd in the nation in one poll, and 40th in another. At times it seems like the squads toughest competition is in the mat room at practice.

The team is not only dominating matches, but they are pinning a huge percentage of their opponents.

Even at national caliber tournaments like Idaho’s Rollie Lane and Nevada’s Tournament of Champions, the Cowboys have come away with more pins than any other team.

In the past, the Cowboys have looked strong early in tournaments, but have sometimes struggled in the semifinal and championship rounds. Not this year. This past weekend, 12 Cowboys reached the championship round at the Bunner Invitational in Dallas. Of those 12, 10 earned individual championships while the other two lost coin flips to teammates and didn’t even wrestle the championship match.

The team is strong at virtually every weight class, and in most weight classes have at least two wrestlers who have a solid chance to place at the state meet. The team is so deep that several wrestlers who placed at last year’s state championships did not even make the traveling squad for the tournament in Dallas.

If you want to see wrestling at its finest, come and support the Cowboys Thursday night at 7 p.m. at CCHS, and then again all day Friday and Saturday at the Hooker Creek Events Center in Redmond. You won’t be disappointed.



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