Crook County rolls past Redmond in wrestling dual
Wrestling at home on senior night, the Crook County Cowboys made a statement Wednesday night as they dominated from start to finish in a 51-12 drubbing of the Redmond Panthers.
"It's always fun to beat Redmond," Crook County head coach Jake Huffman said with a smile, following the match.
The Cowboys were in control throughout the match as they dropped just three of the 14 matches en route to the easy win.
Mario Hanson set the tone early on for the Cowboys as he took control early and fought his way to an 8-2 victory over John Lawrence in their 220-pound match.
When Caleb Parrott received a forfeit win at 285 pounds, the Cowboys were ahead 9-0.
Hunter Mode kept things rolling with an 11-3 decision over Kagen Lawrence at 106 pounds, upping the Cowboy lead to 13-0.
Redmond picked up their first win of the night at 113 pounds as ninth-ranked Austin Anderson earned a reversal just seconds before the end of the match to take a tight 5-4 decision over Tannon Joyner.
After trailing 3-2 at the end of the first round, Joyner had taken a 4-3 lead in the second round. It looked like Joyner was going to hang on for the narrow victory before Anderson's last-second heroics.
Following the tight loss, the Cowboys won the next five matches to take complete control of the dual.
First, Trevor Martin rolled to an 11-4 victory over Diego Suganama.
Then, Pacer Quire rolled to a 10-3 first-round lead over Redmond's Michaelo DeGross, before picking up a fall just 11 seconds into the second round, extending the Cowboy lead to 22-3.
Quire, one of three Cowboy seniors to pick up wins on the night, was emotional after the match.
"It means a lot to get that pin since it's my last match ever at the high school," he said. "It's a great memory to have to remember my last match that I won. We dominated. It's exciting, and it was great to have a blowout for our last home dual on senior night."
Zach Mauras then picked up a hard-fought victory over Jacob Curry in their 132-pound match, extending the Cowboy lead to 25-3. Mauras' win was especially impressive as Curry is ranked second in the state at the Class 5A level.
When seniors Cole Morgan (138) and Tyler Fioravanti (145) picked up first round falls over Trae Bolken and Christian Ketchum respectively, Crook County was up 37-3 and had already wrapped up the victory with five matches left to contest.
"It feels pretty good to go out with a bang at our last home dual," said Morgan. "I think it makes a statement about how strong the team is. We are ready for regionals and state."
Fioravanti was also pleased with how well the Cowboys wrestled.
"It means a lot to me to get a fall on my favorite move," he said. "There were a couple of matches where I think we could have done better, but everyone did their part and everyone did their best. I'm just proud of us, and I'm glad that all of our fans came out for senior night and for all the support I've had with the coaches and my family."
The Panthers picked up their second win of the night when Bailey Fisher pinned Turner Austin late in the first round of their 152-pound match. However, even in that loss, the Cowboys showed how dominant they really are. Austin, the Cowboys' fourth senior, came out with a bang, picking up a takedown just seconds into the match. Midway through the round, Austin had Fisher briefly on his back but got too high, and Fisher was able to roll through to the top to pick up a reversal and the eventual pin.
At 160 pounds, Colton Burkhardt eked out a 2-1 victory over Redmond's Clayton Elrod, extending the Cowboy lead to 40-9.
After a scoreless first round, Burkhardt picked up a second-round takedown. Elrod's only point in the match was a stalling call on Burkhardt midway through the final round as Elrod tried desperately to turn Burkhardt on his back.
Elrod remained in control the entire round but was unable to score any additional points.
The Panthers picked up their final win of the night at 170 pounds when Wyatt Gross defeated Garrett Bond 5-2.
Gross was able to get a takedown with just seconds left in the third round to take a 5-1 lead and clinch the match. Bond then escaped with just over a second remaining in the match and was shooting for Gross' legs as time expired.
The final two matches were easy Crook County wins.
First, Kyle Knudtson took a 28-10 technical fall victory over Austin Carter. Knudtson had Carter on his back when time expired to end the match but was not awarded the fall.
Still, it was a dominant victory which was marred only by a point awarded to Carter for unnecessary roughness on the part of Knudtson.
Jaxson Rhoden then closed out the match for the Cowboys with a fall over John Crivellone in the second round of their 195-pound match. The two wrestlers were tied 2-2 at the end of the first round before Rhoden picked up a takedown and fall just 25 seconds into the second round.
The easy victory over the seventh-ranked Panthers shows just how strong the Cowboys really are.
Crook County wrestled Estacada at Madras on Thursday, Feb. 1, in their final match of the regular season.
The Cowboys then have a week off before the regional championships, which are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10 in Molalla.
Wrestling begins at 4 p.m. on Friday and continues into the evening. Saturday's matches begin at 10 a.m. with the finals scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. Saturday evening.
The top four wrestlers in each weight class will qualify for the state championships, which will be held the following weekend at Veteran's Memorial Coliseum in Portland.
"As a team we are doing great," Quire said. "We are getting better and better every week, and I think that we are going to continue to get better until state."
Crook County 51, Redmond 12
Wednesday, January 31
Matches began at 220 pounds
At Crook County
220 — Mario Hansen, CC, over John Lawrence, Red. 8-2.
285 — Caleb Parrott, CC, wins by forfeit.
106 — Hunter Mode, CC, over Kagen Lawrence, Red. 11-3, md.
113 — Austin Anderson, Red. over Tannon Joyner, CC, 5-4.
120 — Trevor Martin, CC, over Diego Suganuma, Red. 11-5.
126 — Pacer Quire, CC, by fall over Michaelo DeGross, Red. 2:11.
132 — Zachary Mauras, CC, over Jacob Curry, Red. 5-4.
138 — Cole Morgan, CC, by fall over Trae Bolken, Red. :53.
145 — Tyler Fioravanti, CC, by fall over Christian Ketchem, Red. 1:18.
152 — Bailey Fisher, Red. by fall over Turner Austin, CC, 1:26.
160 — Colton Burkhardt, CC, over Clayton Elrod, Red. 2-1.
170 — Wyatt Gross, Red. over Garrett Bond, CC, 5-2.
182 — Kyle Knudtson, CC, over Austin Carter, Red. 28-10 tf.
195 — Jaxson Rhoden, CC, by fall over John Crivellone, Red. 2:25.