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Crook County Cowboys crown three individual champions, but lose team title by 1.5 points

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Kyle Knudtson works to pin Ridgeview's Cole Jackson during the 182-pound finals. Knudtson went on to win the weight class championship, while Hunter Mode, 126, and Zach Mauras, 132 also won individual titles. The Cowboys finished second to Crescent Valley as a team.Heading into the final round of the OSAA Class 5A State Wrestling Championships, the Crook County Cowboys held a slim lead over both Dallas and Crescent Valley.

The Cowboys entered the championship round with 171 points, while Dallas was in second with 163.5, and Crescent Valley was close behind with 161 points.

The Cowboys did everything they could do in the championship finals, but in the end, it wasn't quite enough as Crescent Valley came from behind to win the championship by 1.5 points over the Cowboys.

Crook County had three wrestlers in the championship rounds, and all three earned individual state titles, but Crescent Valley edged the Cowboys when all five of their finalists won.

Crescent Valley finished the tournament with 187.5 points, while the Cowboys had 186, and Dallas, which failed to score in the championship round despite putting four wrestlers into the finals, took third with 163.5 points.

The lead seesawed back and forth during the entire championship round with first Crescent Valley taking the lead, then the Cowboys moving back into first place.

When Kyle Knudtson pinned his opponent in the 182 pound, match Crook County held a 5.5 point lead. However, Crook County had no remaining wrestlers, while Crescent Valley still had heavyweight Kaimana Wa'a left to compete.

Wa'a, the number-one ranked wrestler in the state, left no doubt why he held the ranking, pinning Ashten Brecht of Dallas just 41 seconds into their match, sealing the win for Crescent Valley.

Besides Knudtson, Hunter Mode, 126, and Zach Mauras, 132 also won individual championships for the Cowboys.

Other Crook County wrestlers to place included Tucker Bonner, third at 106, Steven Ware, third at 113, Garrett Bond, fifth at 170 pounds, and Caleb Parrott, third at 285 pounds.

For complete coverage of the state wrestling tournament, check out Tuesday's Central Oregonian.

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