Cowboys roll to huge first-day lead at state wrestling championships
Crook County qualifies 14 for semifinals
The Crook County Cowboys took care of business on the first day of the Class 4A OSAA State Wrestling Championships.
The Cowboys qualified 14 wrestlers for the semifinals as they piled up 180 points during Friday's opening rounds.
"All 23 Cowboys have won at least one match at the tournament, and just three Crook County wrestlers are out of the tournament.
We talked last year about how we wanted to improve every year and I think we had 12 in the semis last year," said Crook County Head Coach Jake Huffman. "This year we have 14 so that's an improvement. The other thing I am really excited about is everybody on our team has contributed."
Trayton Libolt (113), Kurt Mode (120), Brent Bannon (126), Hayden Bates (132), Grayson Munn (132), Ryder Shinkle (138), Colbran Meeker (145), Tyler Berger (152), Brendan Harkey (160), Clark Woodward (170), Gunnar Robirts (182), Trevor Rasmussen (330), Curtis Crouch (220), and Jason Williams (285) have all reached the semifinals.
Other Cowboys still alive in the consolation rounds include Terran Libolt (106), Cole Ovens (145), John Crites (152), Aaron Swindle (182), and Zach Smith (195).
"The way the team has wrestled is just something to be really happy about," Huffman said. "The kids are fighting even if they are losing. Even though one might thing that we are a favorite we are still fighting for every team point we can get and we are still trying to take team points away from other teams by not giving up falls and not giving up major decisions."The Cowboys are far ahead of second place Henley with 93 points. Henley who started the day with 17 wrestlers still has six alive in the championship bracket.
Henley is followed by Scappoose (53.5), La Grande and Newport (40), and North Marion (38.5).
The state championships continue all day Saturday. Wrestling begins with consolation round 3 beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Semifinals will be contested beginning at 9:45 a.m.
The championship round begins with the parade of champions beginning at 6 p.m. Wrestling is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. with award presentations concluding at approximately 10:15 p.m.
"Right now I'm happy with how the first day has gone," Huffman said. "But our work's not over yet."