Crook County has 10 individual champions and 21 placers at 11-team Bunner Invitational

The Crook County Cowboys dominated the competition in winning Saturday’s Bunner Invitational Wrestling Tournament by more than 200 PHOTO COURTESY OF DOUG SMITH - Zach Smith works to pin a wrestler from Sprague in the quarterfinals of the Bunner Invitational Tournament in Dallas. Smith went on to win the championship in his 195-pound weight class, knocking off Keltin Boykin, the No. 3 ranked Class 6A wrestler in the state, in the championship round.

Crook County finished with 471.5 points, far ahead of host Dallas, which finished second with 267 points. Canby wound up in third place with 161.5 points, while Sprague was fourth (151.5), and Tualatin came away with fifth (145).

“We had some distractions this week,”?said Crook County Head Coach Jake Huffman. “Not bad distractions, but a break in our routine. It was a little bit different having the Japanese team here. It was great and we loved it, but it changed things so we weren’t sure how we were going to compete this week. But it ended up not affecting us.”

Crook County finished with 10 weight class champions as 21 of 23 Cowboys who competed at the tournament placed.

Trayton Libolt won a coin flip with teammate Johnny Avina to take first place in the 120-pound weight class. Brent Bannon and Kurt Mode also flipped a coin to determine the winner at 126 pounds with Bannon being declared the tournament champion.

Every Crook County wrestler who took to thet mat to determine the championship of their weight class won. Only the two who lost coin flips finished second as the remainder of the Cowboys to reach the chamionship round won their matches.

Grayson Munn (138), Ryder Shinkle (145), Colbran Meeker (152), Tyler Berger (160), Brendan Harkey (170), Zach Smith (195), Trevor Rasmussen (220), and Jason Williams (285) also took first place in their respective weight classes.

Of all the Crook County champions, Smith was probably the biggest surprise. Smith, who trailed Canby’s Keltin Boykin 8-2 early in their match, is the No. 2 Crook County wrestler in the weight class, while Boykin is ranked No. 3 in the state in Class 6A.

After trailing for much of the match, Smith started using double leg takedowns on Boykin and then letting him up off the match so he could take him down again. After taking the lead late in the third quarter, Smith pinned Boykin with seconds left in the match to win the PHOTO COURTESY OF DOUG SMITH - Brent Bannon pins a wrestler from Willamina during the Cowboys' victory at Dallas. Bannon won a coin-flip with teammate Kurt Mode to win the 126-pound weight class at the tournament.

Teammate Gunnar Robirts, who Boykin defeated earlier in the tournament, came back to take third place in the weight class.

Other Cowboys to place third in the tournament included Trey Shores (113), Hayden Bates (138), Carson Raymond (170), and Clark Woodward (182). Placing fourth for the Cowboys were Jared Wheeler (106), and Terran Libolt (113). Also placing for Crook County were John Crites (fifth at 152 pounds) and Brogan Howard (sixth at 160 pounds). The only weight class that at least one Cowboy did not place in was at 132 pounds, while two Cowboys placed in eight of the 14 weight classes.

Although Huffman was pleased with how most of the team wrestled he still believes that the team has room for improvement.

“It’s a positive thing for a wrestling coach if your kids are getting better every week,” he said. “Some of the kids wrestled very very well. It was the best tournament they’ve had, while a couple of other kids have stuff to work on. Either way it was a great experience. The kids that had a great tournament gained a little bit more confidence than they had before and the kids that didn’t wrestle as well as they would like have stuff that they can work on before the Classic.”

The Oregon Wrestling Classic, which will be held in Redmond Friday and Saturday, is considered to be the premier dual meet tournament in the state of Oregon, crowning the top dual meet team in each school classification. Crook County is seeking the Class 4A title.

To prepare for the tournament, the Cowboys are hosting the CCHS Duals on Thursday. Teams scheduled to compete include Crater, Cleveland, Cascade, Madras, Estacada, Ontario, and Thurston.

The duals, scheduled to start at 7 p.m., are the first opportunity to see the entire Crook County team in action at home so far this season.

Bunner Invitational Wrestling Tournament

at Dallas High School

Team scores — 1. Crook County, 471.5. 2. Dallas, 267. 3. Canby, 161.5. 4. Sprague, 151.5. 5. Tualatin, 145.5. 6. Willamina, 108. 7. Central, 95.5. 8. Sunset, 79.5. 9. Liberty, 79. 10. Juncion City, 51. 11. Sheridan, 27.

Individual results (Crook County placers only) 106 — 4. Jared Wheeler. 113 — 3. Trey Shores. 4. Terran Libolt. 120 — 1. Trayton Libolt. 2. Johnny Avina. 126 — 1. Brent Bannon. 2. Kurt Mode. 132 — no Crook County placers. 138 — 1. Grayson Munn. 3. Hayden Bates. 145 — 1. Ryder Shinkle. 152 — Colbran Meeker. 5. John Crites. 160 — 1. Tyler Berger. 6. Brogan Howard. 170 — 1. Brendan Harkey. 3. Carson Raymond. 182 — 3. Clark Woodward. 195 — 1. Zach Smith. 3. Gunnar Robirts. 220 — 1. Trevor Rasmussen. 285 — 1. Jason Williams.

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