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15 members of the Cowboy Mat Club place at Oregon Classic Kids Tournament in Redmond

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Madden Sandoval works to pin his opponent during an exhibition match at Mountain View High School last Wednesday prior to the Crook County Mountain View high school dual. Sandoval placed sixth in the 74-pound novice division at the Oregon Classic Kids Tourmament, which was held at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond. Sandoval was one of 15 Cowboy Mat Club team members to place at the tournament.  The Cowboy Mat Club took more than 30 wrestlers to the Oregon Classic Kids Tournament, the largest contingent of any team at the tournament.

The mat club came away with 15 placers at the event, which was held in conjunction with the Oregon Wrestling Classic.

High school and collegiate women's wrestlers took to the mats on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17-18, with the youth wrestlers competing on Sunday, Jan. 19.

The Cowboy Mat Club crowned three weight class champions and had two runners-up at the tournament, which wrestlers qualified for at regional tournaments.

Wrestling in the 8 and under 56-pound weight class, Cruz Evans pinned his way to the first-place match before taking a hard-fought 6-4 decision over Silas Valencia of D1 Hammers in the championship.

Competing in the 12 and under novice division at 74 pounds, Chance Yancey also pinned his way to the championship round, then earned an 8-6 victory over Czar Quintanilla of Inland Northwest Training Center in the finals.

The third mat club member to win a title was Gavin Sandoval, who picked up three falls and a technical fall on his way to the 14 and under schoolboy 114-pound championship. Sandoval pinned Leonardo Michel of Salem Elite Mat Club midway through the second round of the championship.

The two Cowboy Mat Club runners-up were Casen Villastrigo and Landon Lavey.

Competing in the 12U novice division at 63 pounds, Villastrigo fell 4-0 to Nery Rivas of Mat Demon Wrestling Club in the championship round.

Lavey won his first two matches by fall before taking a tight 2-1 victory in the semifinals of the 14U Schoolboy 97-pound weight class.

Lavey was then overmatched in the finals, losing by technical fall to Eric Stansbury of Del Norte Youth Wrestling Club.

Placing third for the mat club was Thomas Conklin, who competed in the 8U Bantam 85-plus weight group.

Conklin was pinned in the semifinals, then came back to pin Hudson Juster of Dallas Mat Club in the second round of the third-place match.

Finishing in fourth place at the tournament were Audrey Flores and Chase Hemphill.

Although there was a girls tournament on Saturday, Flores was one of several Cowboy Mat Club wrestlers who chose to compete in the Sunday tournament.

Competing in the 12U novice 58-pound weight class, Flores was pinned by Hezekiah Worthington of the Newberg Mat Club in the semifinals, then lost in sudden victory to Everett Palanuk of Oakridge Mat Club in the third-place match.

Also competing in the 12U age group, Hemphill picked up fourth place in the novice 74-pound weight class, where he was defeated by teammate Chance Yancey in the semifinals. Hemphill then won his consolation semifinal match by fall before getting pinned by Sawyer Keinonen of Newberg Mat Club in the third-place match.

Hunter Hammond, 10U intermediate 49 pounds, Robert Lacey, 14U schoolboy 102 pounds and Brennon Allen, 14U schoolboy 130 pounds, all finished in fifth place for the mat club.

The final mat club members to place were Weston Bowles, 8U bantam 56 pounds, Madden Sandoval, 12U novice 82 pounds, Taven Deck, 12U novice 82 pounds, and Lucky Wood, 14U schoolboy 77 pounds, all ranking sixth in the tournament.

Also competing in the tournament but not placing were Rilen Smith, 8U bantam 45, Roman Gould, 8U bantam 56, Micaiah Teasdale, 8U bantam 70, Yareli Flores, 10U intermediate 53, Rodey Cordiner, 10U intermediate 56, Kaiden Reynolds, 10U intermediate 59, Justin Tucker, 10U intermediate 59, Jake Michaels, 10U intermediate 71, Dayton Wilkinson, 10U intermediate 77, Kaiden Berardinelli, 10U intermediate 93, Maylee Yancey, 12U novice 70, Brodie Nash, 12U novice 92, Landon Lockling, 12U novice 92, Daxon Pennington, 12U novice 98, Travis Coyle, 12U novice 108, Tomas Saavedra, 12U novice 160, Alberto Flores, 14U schoolboy 97, Caleb Buffington, 14U schoolboy 110, and Parker Thompson, 14U schoolboy 125.

The Oregon Classic Kids Tournament is one of the largest youth wrestling tournaments held in Oregon each year.

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