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Cowboys never trail as they go on the road and defeat third ranked Cougars on senior night

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Crook County senior Zach Mauras earns a takedown on Mountain View's Tyson Oliver. Mauras went on to take a 12-6 major decision in the match as the Cowboys rolled to a 46-21 win over Class 6A No. 3-ranked Mountain View.The Crook County Cowboys took care of business Wednesday night as they went on the road and defeated the Class 6A third-ranked Mountain View Cougars 46-21.

"What I care about is going out there and fighting the whole six minutes, and we saw that today," Crook County head coach Jake Gonzales said. "Our guys were ready to go."

Wrestling before a rowdy crowd on the Cougars' senior night, the Cowboys took the lead in the opening match and never trailed as they rolled to the 25-point victory.

Junior Gabe Saenz started things off for the Cowboys with a third-round fall over Mountain View's Ryan Calderon at 182 pounds, giving the Cowboys a 6-0 lead.

Then in perhaps the most highly anticipated match of the night, Kyle Knudtson bumped up a weight class to take on Blake Ohlson, who is ranked No. 1 in Class 6A at 195 pounds.

Knudtson, who is ranked No. 1 in class 5A at 182 pounds fell behind early, trailing the larger Ohlson 6-3 at the end of one round.

Ohlson appeared to have Knudtson in trouble in the second round, but the Cowboy senior fought off his back to earn a second-round fall, igniting the Crook County portion of the crowd.

"I think Mountain View wanted to come out and beat us," Gonzales said. "They are making it a big deal, so it's a good atmosphere. It promotes wrestling. It's fun. The crowd was screaming and going crazy and it's good for wrestling. I let my guys know that they are trying to make a big deal out of this, so we have to be ready to go, and I think that up and down the JV and varsity lineup they were ready to go."

Mountain View closed the gap to 12-9 as Titus Schulz earned a 6-1 decision over junior Hayden Hilderbrand at 220 pounds and Rory Eck pinned sophomore Joey Miller at 285 pounds.

However, that was as close as the Cougars would get.

Sophomore Tucker Bonner got the Cowboys back on track with a first-round fall over Ethan Potts at 106 pounds, giving the Cowboys an 18-9 lead.

"I was pleased with how it went," Bonner said. "I went out there expecting to help my team and I did. I feel like our team did pretty well overall, and we are getting better."

In the closest match of the night, Drew Jones then edged Crook County freshman Cash Wells 8-5 in their 113 pounds matchup, tightening the contest up a bit at 18-12.

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Jace England puts Mountain View's James Camreta in a cradle. England pinned Camreta in the third round of their 132-pound match as the Cowboys took a 46-21 dual-meet victory over the Cougars. However, the Cowboys then ran off six consecutive victories to put the dual out of reach.

Junior Steven Ware overcame leg cramps to defeat Andrew Worthington 12-6 at 120 pounds. Then seniors Zach Mauras and Jace England picked up consecutive wins for the Cowboys.

Mauras earned a 14-3 major decision over Tyson Oliver at 126 pounds, and England pinned James Camreta in the third round of their 132-pound match.

"I was pretty pleased," England said. "We just wrestled tough. For the most part I think the match went like we expected. We are just working our way up the hill right now."

Hunter Mode, a senior, then picked up a first-round fall over Holden Korish at 138 pounds and sophomore Brayden Duke pinned Mason Burke in the second round of their 145-pound match.

Junior Ben Sather earned the final Cowboy victory of the night with an 8-2 decision over Sayre Williams at 152 pounds.

Mountain View's Carson Fassett defeated Crook County sophomore Ray Solis 8-2 at 160 pounds before Cannon Potts closed out the night with a third-round fall over Crook County sophomore Gavin McLean at 170 pounds.

The Cowboy JV team also easily defeated the Cougars, taking a 54-20 win.

Crook County is back in action Saturday when they host No. 1-ranked Crescent Valley.

The Raiders defeated Crook County 50-21 last Saturday in the finals of the Oregon Wrestling Classic. However, the Cowboy wrestlers believe that they can give Crescent Valley a better match this time.

"If we all just wrestle as hard as we can like we did tonight, then we are going to put up a better battle than at the Classic," England said.

"We are going to put the stage up and try to get that gym filled and go out and wrestle hard," Gonzales said. "It will be a good event Saturday."

Gonzales added that the Cowboys are hosting a nacho feed starting sometime between 4:30 and 5 p.m.

Cost for the nachos is $7 per person. Wrestling begins at 6 p.m. with the JV match. Varsity wrestling will follow around 7 p.m.

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