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Crook County has six in the semifinals as they hold a narrow lead over Dallas in the Class 5A Wrestling State Championships

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Steven Ware celbrates after pinning A.J. DeGrande of Scappoose in the quarterfinals at 113 pounds. Ware trailed in the match before getting a late reversal and the fall. Ware is one of six Cowboys to reach the finals of the OSAA Class 5A State Wrestling Championships, which conclude Saturday night.The Crook County Cowboys have a slim lead after the first day of the OSAA Class 5A State Wrestling Championships.

The Cowboys have 94 points heading into Saturdays final day of competition, while Dallas is second with 90.5 points. Rounding out the top five are Thurston in third with 75 points, while Crescent Valley and Crater are tied for fourth with 74.

The Cowboys have qualified six wrestlers for the semifinals and have three more still alive in the consolation rounds.

Tucker Bonner, a freshman, upset teammate Tayner Joyner in the 106 pound quarterfinals to punch his ticket to the semifinals. Bonner will face No. 1 ranked Gabe Whisenhunt of Crescent Valley in the semifinals.

Also reaching the semifinals is 113 pound sophomore Steven Ware, who came from behind to pin A.J. DeGrande of Scappoose in the quarterfinals.

As expected junior Hunter Mode won his 126 pound quarterfinal match, while fellow junior Zach Mauras advanced to the semifinals at 132 pounds.

Other Cowboys to advance to the semis are junior Kyle Knudtson at 182 pounds, and senior Caleb Parrott at 285 pounds.

Other Cowboys still alive in consolation matches include Jace England, 120, Ben Sather, 152, and Garrett Bond, 170.

Dallas is probably the best positioned of the top teams with seven qualified for the semifinals and four more still alive in consolation. Crescent Valley has six wrestlers who have advanced to the semifinals and one other still alive in consolation, while Crater has four wrestlers in the semifinals and five more in consolation and Thurston has seven wrestlers still alive including three in the semifinals.

Wrestling continues on Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m. and continues throughout the day with the championship finals beginning at 7 p.m.

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