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Crook County advances nine athletes to the championship semifinals, no other school has more than four

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Tyler Fioravanti controls Travis Thorpe of Sweet Home during the quarterfinals match at 138 pounds. Fioravanti won the match in overtime to advance to the semifinals.The Crook County Cowboys have put themselves in position to win the OSAA Class 4A State Wrestling Championships.

After the first day of competition, which was held at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, the Cowboys are in first place with 111.5 point.

Sweet Home is second with 88 points, while Tillamook is in third with 84.5 points.

Rounding out the top 10 are Marshfield, 72, Baker/Powder Valley, 70, La Grande, 61.5, Cascade, 55, Junction City, 44.5, Banks, 35.5 and North Marion 29.

After trailing Sweet Home for much of the day, the Cowboys took control in the quarterfinal round. Crook County had 12 wrestlers competing in the quarterfinals, and nine of those won.

The nine wrestlers in the semifinals are five more than any other team in the competition.

Sweet Home, Baker, Tillamook and Junction City each qualified four wrestlers for the semifinals.

Advancing to the semifinals for Crook County are Hunter Mode and Steven Ware, 106, Tannon Joyner, 113, Pacer Quire, 120, Zachary Mauras, 126, Tyler Fioravanti, 138, Kyle Knudtson, 170, Jaxson Rhoden, 182 and Caleb Parrott 285.

Other wrestlers still alive in the consolation rounds for the Cowboys are Trevor Martin, 113 and Colton Burkhardt, 160.

Tucker Shores, Cole Morgan, Mario Hanson and Cal Wilcox also competed in the state tournament for the Cowboys, but failed to advance to the second day of competition.

The state championships continue Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m. with the third round of consolation and continuing through the finals, which are scheduled to finish at 10 p.m.

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