CCHS dominates match despte juggling lineup for senior night

It was supposed to be a joyous occassion.

It was senior night for the Crook County Cowboys, who altered their lineup to allow all of their seniors to wrestle. Adding to the excitement in the air the team was wrestling the archrival Redmond LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Crook Countys Aaron Swindle takes down Redmonds Brennen Yates during the Cowboys dual meet victory over the Panthers. Swindle went on to win the match by fall 29 seconds into the third round.

“They are our biggest rivals,” senior Aaron Swindle said. “They are just ‘Redmond’ and (athletically speaking) no one from Crook County likes them.”

However, instead of starting on a high note as planned, the match started on with somber tone as those in attendance observed a moment of silence in honor of former?CCHS wrestler Tyler Pierce, who recently died in a tragic accident.

“We wanted to make sure that all of our seniors got to wrestle,” Crook County Head Coach Jake Huffman said, “and we wanted to make sure that everyone remembered Tyler.”

Once wrestling started, the Cowboys made quick work of the Panthers despite the patchwork lineup. Crook County won 10 of the 12 contested matches, as well as a pair of forfeits, as the Cowboys won 67-12.

The Cowboys finished the match with eight falls despite using just six of their normal varsity wrestlers.

Grayson Munn opened the dual for the Cowboys with a first-round fall over Dayton Woodward. Redmond briefly tied the match as John Hickey pinned Crook County’s Taylor Shockney in their 138-pound match. The Cowboys then reeled off eight consecutive wins to put the contest out of reach.

First, Michael Seyl earned a 9-1 major decision over Redmond’s Jordan Christiansen in their 145-pound match, making the score 10-6. Then John Crites made quick work of his 152-pound face off with a first-round pin of Redmond’s David Klein.

“It feels good to beat Redmond,” Crites said. “They’re our rivals and they wrestled pretty tough. We just have so many talented athletes on our team that almost anybody on our varsity and JV lineups can swap spots and do just as good.”

Tyler Berger kept things rolling for the Cowboys with a second-round fall over Hunter Smith to make the score 22-6. Clark Woodward followed with a first-round fall over Redmond’s Bunker Parrish to extend the Cowboy lead to 28-6. by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - John Crites works to control Redmond's David Klein. Crites pinned Klein late in the first round of their 152-pound match.

Then came one of the toughest matches of the night. Crook County’s Aaron Swindle and Redmond’s Brennen Yates were tied 2-2 at the end of the first period. Swindle held a narrow 5-4 lead going into the third period, but was finally able to pin Yates late in the final period to increase the Cowboys lead to 34-6.

Zach Smith continued the string of pins for the Cowboys with a quick first-round pin of the Panthers’ Zach LaCasse to make the score 40-6. Curtis Crouch then received a forfeit at 220 pounds before Jason Williams earned a second-round fall over Jake Brauchler at 285 pounds.

Trailing 52-6, the Panthers finally won another match when Austin Doescher pinned Jared Wheeler in their 106-pound match.

However, that was it for the Panthers. Terran Libolt earned a forfeit at 113 pounds. Johnny Avina earned a late takedown to take a 4-3 decision over Austin Rystedt at 120 pounds before Kurt Mode closed out the match with a quick first-round fall over Chance Schwerbel.

"Because of the other of the kids in the mat room with us everyone is pushing each other really hard,” Avina said. “It gave me more motivation.”

The match was the second-consecutive win over the Panthers by the Cowboys.

“It’s been a long time since we beat Redmond at home,” said Huffman. “So it feels good to get that win.”

The Cowboys do not wrestle again until the district championships, which will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22, in La Pine.

“We will spend the time working on conditioning,” Huffman said. “We’ll be doing a lot of running. It’s something we’ve done for several years now and the kids believe in it. We believe that it helps us in the third period to know that we have more gas in our tank that our opponents.”

“We’re not looking forward to the next couple of weeks, but we are looking forward to the outcome,” Swindle said about the conditioning. “I think we will be in great shape because we have all those 400s (400-meter runs) coming up.”

Crook County 67,

Redmond 12

match started at 132 pounds

106 — Austin Doescher, R. won by fall over Jared Wheeler, CC. 113 — Terran Libolt, CC won by forfeit. 120 — Johnny Avina, CC, by dec. over Austin Rystedt, R, 4-3. 126 — Kurt Mode, CC, won by fall over Chance Schwerbel, R. 132 — Grayson Munn, CC, won by fall over Dayton Woodward, R. 138 — John Hickey, R, won by fall over Taylor Shockney, CC. 145 — Michael Seyl, CC, won by maj. dec. over Jordan Christiansen, R, 9-1. 152 — John Crites, CC, won by fall over David Klein, R. 160 —?Tyler Berger, CC, won by fall over Hunter Smith, R. 170 — Clark Woodward, CC, won by fall over Bunker Parrish, R. 182 — Aaron Swindle, CC, won by fall over Brennen Yates, R. 195 — Zach Smith, CC, won by fall over Zach LaCasse, R. 220 — Curtis Crouch CC, won by forfeit. 285 — Jason Williams, CC, won by fall over Jake Brauchler, R.

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