Crook County earns nine pins in 11 contested matches en route to 79-0 shut out of Bend

For the Crook County Cowboys Wednesday night’s dual meet against Bend was about making a statement and getting ready for the weekend’s Reser Tournament of LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Brendan Harkey pins Tucker Pies of Bend just 53 seconds into their match. Harkey was one of nine Cowboys to earn pins as Crook County defeated the Lava Bears 79-0 Wednesday night in Prineville.

“I think it’s just us proving that we are the best in the state right now,” said 138-pound Hayden Bates, who won his match with a first-round fall. “It sounds kind of cocky, but I think it’s us establishing our dominance.”

The host Cowboys had no trouble dispatching the Bend Lava Bears, earning nine pins in just 11 contested matches as Crook County cruised to an easy 79-0 win.

“We trained right through Bend,” said Crook County Head Coach Jake Huffman. “We are going to have a good training session tomorrow and what we are really focusing on is getting everybody ready for Reser.”

Jason Williams started things rolling for the Cowboys with a second round pin of David O’Connor in their 285-pound match. The Lava Bears forfeited matches at 106 and 113 pounds and the Cowboys already had an 18-0 lead after less than four minutes of wrestling.

Trayton Libolt made quick work of his 120-pound match, pinning Kade Quinn just 1:13 into their match and the Cowboys led 24-0. Kurt Mode (126), Brent Bannon (132), and Bates (138) all earned first round pins as the Cowboys extended their lead to LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Hayden Bates works to pin Bends Nicolai Spring in their 138-pound match. Bates finally pinned Spring with five seconds left in the first round of their match. The Cowboys won the dual against the Bend Lava Bears 79-0.

“I feel like a lot of our toughest competition comes from our own team,” Bates said. “A lot of other kids aren’t getting better because they don’t have the workout partners that we have, but we are constantly improving because we’ve got the kids to do it. Everyone is wanting to get better and things flow a little bit easier. We’re willing to learn stuff and try new stuff in matches.”

In one of just two matches to go the distance, Ryder Shinkle earned a 15-3 major decision at 145 pounds giving the Cowboys a 46-0 lead. Colbran Meeker kept things rolling for the Cowboys with a pin of Dacoda Crane 1:05 into their 152-pound match to run the Crook County lead to 52-0.

“It was harder this week becasue we were dropping weight for Reser,” Meeker said. “But against our competition it wasn’t a big worry. I think we are just trying to look towards state and have fun during these easier matches.”

In the signature match of the evening, Tyler Berger pinned Justin Vinton late in the third round of their 160-pound match.

Berger, who is undefeated on the season, has pinned every Oregon opponent he has faced this year. However, that streak appeared to be in doubt after Berger rolled to a 14-0 lead after two rounds. Vinton chose to start the third round with both wrestlers standing. With the big lead a takedown would have ended the match with a technical fall, ending Berger’s impressive pin streak.

After working for more than a minute to get good position, Berger was able to throw Vinton to his back and pin him with the same motion that he used to take him down. The move kept Berger’s pin streak alive and highlights just how determined Cowboy wrestlers are to pin their opponents.

Brendan Harkey followed up with a pin of Tucker Pies just 53 seconds into their match to run the Cowboy lead to 64-0.

Clark Woodward followed up Harkey’s pin with a hard-fought win over Cade Foisset at 182 pounds. Woodward earned a takedown midway through the first round. Neither wrestler was able to score the remainder of the match as Woodward held on for the 2-0 win.

Gunnar Robirts earned a forfeit at 195 pounds, before Trevor Rasmussen closed out the match with a first-round pin of Michael Hageman at 220 pounds to give the Cowboys the shut out.

Most of the Cowboys wrestled up a weight from where they are expected to wrestle this weekend at Reser. In addition, the team held a handful of wrestlers out and juggled the JV lineup to give some of the team’s younger wrestlers a chance to compete.

“We bumped a couple of kids out and in the JV matches we wanted to get some of our younger kids matches,” Huffman said. “We were glad that we got the chance to do that.”

The juggled lineup didn’t make much difference as the Cowboys won the JV matchup 59-18, earning seven pins in the dual.

The Reser Tournament of Champions starts Friday at Liberty High School in Hillsboro. Action continues throughout the day and into the evening Saturday as the top teams in the state in all classifications compete for Oregon bragging rights.

The Cowboys have lofty goals for the tournament, hoping to take both the varsity and JV championships at the tournament, something that has never been done.

“The goal is to win the tournament no matter where we go,” Huffman said. “According to the tournament director, nobody has won the varsity and the JV and that’s something that we really want to accomplish. That’s something that has never been done that we can be proud of and it’s pointing us in the right direction for the state tournament.”

Crook County 79, Bend 0

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106 — Jared Wheeler, C, wins by forfeit. 113 — Terran Libolt, C, wins by forfeit. 120 — Trayton Libolt, C, wins by fall over Kade Quinn, B, 1:13. 126 — Kurt Mode,?C, wins by fall over Josiah Bales, B, 1:01. 132 — Brent Bannon, C, wins by fall over Austin Palmer, B, 1:56. 138 — Hayden Bates, C, wins by fall over Nicolai Spring, B, 1:55. 145 — Ryder Shinkle, C, wins by major decision over Noah Haines, B, 15-3. 152 — Colbran Meeker, C, wins by fall over Dacoda Crane, B, 1:05. 160 — Tyler Berger, C, wins by fall over Justin Vinton, B, 5:19. 170 — Brendan Harkey, C, wins by fall over Tucker Pies, B, 0:53. 182 — Clark Woodward, C, wins by decision over Cade Foisset, B, 2-0. 195 — Gunnar Robirts, C, wins by forfeit. 220 — Trevor Rasmussen, C, wins by fall over Michael Hageman, B, 1:19. 285 — Jason Williams, C, wins by fall over David O’Connor, B, 3:15.

Crook County JV 59,

Bend JV 18

106 — Robert Bilyeu, B, wins by forfeit. 113 — Robert Cobb, C, wins by forfeit. 120 — Johnny Avina, C, wins by fall over Oliver Reese, B, 1:01. 126 — Trey Shores, C, wins by fall over Nathan Mock, B, 1:57. 132 — Zachary Whitmeyer, C, wins by decision over Dalton Lickteig, B, 8-5. 138 — Tristan Block, B, wins by fall over Taylor Shockney, C, 3:31. 145 — Cole Ovens, C, wins by major decision over Jacob Dupois, B, 19-8. 152 — John Crites, C, wins by fall over Manuel Ponce, B, 1:39. 160 — Cade Woodward, C, wins by major decision over Logan Blake, B, 12-3. 170 — Brogan Howard, C, wins by fall over Dylan Vogt, B, 1:25. 182 — Michael Irwin, C, wins by fall over Trenten Oxford, B, 0:46. 195 — Zachary Smith, C, wins by fall over Damian Hatch, B, 3:31. 220 — Curtis Crouch, C, wins by fall over Juan Gregorio, B, 1:25. 285 — Jacob Larsen, B, wins by fall over Ian Godat, C, 0:57.

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