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Cowboys also easily defeat eighth-ranked Crescent Valley in season opening dual meet

The Crook County Cowboy wrestling team had a big weekend to open the season.

The Cowboys rolled over Crescent Valley 52-20 Friday evening, then cruised to an easy victory in the 26-team Perry Burlison Invitational at Cascade High School on Saturday.

"Our guys were ready for the dual, and then we fought hard up and down the lineup on Saturday," Crook County head coach Jake Gonzalez said. "It was a good showing."

Crescent Valley won the first two matches of the night on Friday as Gabe Wisenhunt pinned Tucker Bonner at 106-pounds before Chance Lamer earned a technical fall over Tannon Joyner at 113-pounds, giving Crescent Valley an 11-0 lead.

However, from that point on, it was all Crook County.

Steven Ware pinned Owen Cserep at 120 pounds before Hunter Mode picked up a fall over Reid Kerr at 126-pounds, giving the Cowboys a 12-11 lead.

Zach Mauras kept the Cowboys rolling with a 17-6 major decision over Hunter Eveland at 132-pounds before Gage Perry took an 11-4 decision over Mario Settersten at 138 pounds to give the Cowboys a 19-11 lead.

Crescent Valley briefly regained the lead as Legend Lamer pinned Brayden Duke at 145 pounds, and James Rowley defeated Benjamin Sather 8-3 at 152 pounds.

The pair of victories gave Crescent Valley a 20-19 lead.

However, the Cowboys won the final six matches of the evening, five by fall, as they left no doubt who was the better team.

Gavin McLean pinned Ryan Terwilliger at 160 pounds, Gabe Saenz picked up a fall over Daniel Kontra at 170 pounds, Kyle Knudtson pinned Chase Michalezik at 182 pounds, Jaxson Rhoden pinned Aaron Heiken in their 195 pound match, and Caleb Parrott pinned Kaimana Wa'a in the 285-pound match.

Sandwiched between the pins by Rhoden and Parrott, Mario Hansen took a 7-1 decision over Brock Love in their 220-pound match.

As impressive as the victory over eighth-ranked Crescent Valley was on Friday, Saturday's showing was even more impressive.

The Cowboys ran away with the tournament title, amassing 262 points.

Sweet Home (second in the Class 4A rankings) was a distant second with 195 points, while Crescent Valley was third, 191.

Number one ranked Dallas was fourth with 168.5 points, and ninth-ranked Lebanon finished fifth, 124.

Unranked Silverton finished in sixth, 115.5, Tigard seventh, 82, fourth-ranked Thurston eighth, 74, Cascade took ninth, 72, and Marshfield, which was ranked fourth in Class 4A, rounded out the top 10 with 58.5 points.

Perhaps most impressive, the Cowboys finished with five individual champions while 12 of their 14 wrestlers placed in the tournament.

"We went five for seven in the finals," Gonzalez said. "You want to win all of them, but we didn't. They competed hard, got a lot of good matches in and got better, so that was good. I'm pleased with the effort."

The Cowboys' first individual championship came at 126 pounds where Mode rolled through the competition in impressive fashion, pinning his first three opponents in the first round, before winning the championship by medical forfeit.

Zach Mauras also cruised through the tournament, pinning all four of his opponents as he won the 132-pound weight class.

The remainder of the Cowboys' individual champions came in the upper weight divisions. Jaxson Rhoden took first in the 195-pound weight class with three falls and a technical fall. Mario Hanson won the 220-pound weight class with a fall, a technical fall, and a 12-5 decision in the championship round. Then, Caleb Parrott closed out the night with an individual title at 285 pounds, winning all four of his matches by fall.

Two Cowboys also finished second in the tournament, with Tannon Joyner finishing second to Chance Lamer of Crescent Valley at 113 pounds, and Kyle Knudtson placing second to David Rubio of McKay at 182 pounds.

The remaining Cowboy placers were Tucker Bonner, third at 106 pounds, Steven Ware, sixth at 120 pounds, Gage Perry, fifth at 138 pounds, Gavin McLean, fifth at 160 pounds, and Gabe Saenz, fourth at 170 pounds.

The only Cowboys who failed to place in the tournament were Brayden Duke, who went 2-2 at 145 pounds, and Benjamin Sather, who finished with a 1-2 record at 152 pounds.

In addition to winning the tournament in Cascade, the Cowboys also had a solid showing at the Central Oregon Officials Tournament, which was held at Bend High School.

Crook County sent their JV team to the tournament to compete against the varsity teams from the other eight teams at the event and came away with a solid fifth-place finish.

Mountain View won the tournament with 182 points, while Culver and La Pine tied for second with 125. Bend finished fourth with 107.5 points, followed by the Cowboys with 96.5 points. Rounding out the scoring was Ridgeview, 57, Madras, 56, Crane, 18, Summit, 13, and Gilchrist, 8.

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Jace England pins Bend's Charli Stewart during the Central Oregon Officials Tournament, which was held Saturday at Bend High School. England won the 120-pound weight class, while the Cowboy JV team finished fifth overall in the varsity tournament. Jace England was the lone individual champion for the Cowboys, taking first at 120 pounds.

Other Cowboy placers included Mitch Warren, third, 106, Kyree Willis, fourth, 113, Conner Rash, fourth, 126, Victor Rodriguez, third, 146, Elijah Becker, third, 152, Clayton Berman fourth, 170, Garrett Bond, fourth, 183, and Colton Schlachter, third, 195.

Tansy Clark also wrestled at the Bend tournament, taking third place in the girls 61-168-pound weight class.

"I talked to the guys over there, and they competed really hard," Gonzalez said. "We are getting better each week and each day. Go Cowboys."

Crook County will compete at the Army Strong Coast Classic in North Bend on Friday and Saturday, then has a week off before traveling to the Reno Tournament of Champions on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21-22.

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