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Crook County has five placers, including two champions at event, which was dominated by Crescent Valley

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Kyle Knudtson holds on to Crescent Valley's James Rowley during the Cowboys' recent dual with Crescent Valley. Knudtson went on to win a close match. Saturday, Knudtson wrestled to a first-place finish at 182 pounds at the Reser's Tournament of Champions. The Crook County Cowboys found out just how big a gap there is between Crescent Valley wrestlers and the rest of the field at this past weekend's Reser's Tournament of Champions.

The Crescent Valley Raiders crushed all challengers at the tournament, outscoring second place La Grande by more than 100 points.

Meanwhile, despite having two individual champions, the Cowboys finished in sixth place at the tournament.

"All in all, the guys that were still in it wrestled good," said Crook County head coach Jake Gonzales. "Some of our other varsity guys, they've got some figuring out to do before the end of February."

Hunter Mode and Kyle Knudtson each won individual championships for the Cowboys.

Mode finished with two pins and earned a technical fall over Riley Davis of Sprague in the finals at 138 pounds, while Knudtson picked up four falls and took an 8-3 decision over Hayden Walters of Crescent Valley in the championship match at 182 pounds.

The victory avenged a loss to Walters two weeks earlier at the Oregon Wrestling Classic.

"Kyle went out there and did the things that we talked about, so that was good," Gonzales said. "And Hunter was maybe the best that I've seen him. He wrestled really strong."

Also placing for the Cowboys was Zach Mauras, who finished second at 126 pounds, as well as Tucker Bonner and Steven Ware, who finished third at 106 and 113 pounds, respectively.

"Zach wrestled hard. He just got outfought in a couple of positions," Gonzales said. "And then you have Tucker and Steven coming back and taking third, so that was a good effort."

After falling 9-0 to eventual champion D.J. Gillett, of Crescent Valley, in the semifinals, Bonner defeated Jake Sieminski, of Sweet Home, 12-8 in the consolation semifinals before rolling past Carmelo Farfaglia, of La Pine, 9-2 in the third-place match.

Ware also lost in the semifinals, getting pinned by Ricky Bell, of West Linn. However, the Cowboy junior then pinned Cameron Cross, of Roseburg, in the consolation semifinals and Kagen Lawrence, of Redmond, in the third-place match.

Mauras earned a major decision over Roseburg's Kahleb Diaz in the semifinals at 126 pounds. However, he was unable to find a way to defeat Ayden Garver of Newberg in the championship match, falling 12-5.

As well as the five Cowboy placers wrestled, the rest of the varsity team struggled, picking up just four wins in the tournament.

Ray Solis finished 1-2 at 170 pounds, while Gabe Saenz was also 1-2, at 195 pounds.

After losing to No. 2-seeded Tyson Resko, of Crescent Valley, in the opening round, Ben Sather came back to win a pair of consolation matches at 152 before being eliminated short of the placing rounds. Sather finished with a 2-2 record.

The remaining six Cowboys in the tournament failed to win a match.

"We have some guys that have got to get it figured out," Gonzales said. "They have got to believe a little bit more. They are working hard, but when they step out there, they've got to go get it. It's not going to just get handed to you."

Crescent Valley racked up 289 points to easily outdistance the field. With just 13 wrestlers in the tournament, the Raiders came away with 12 placers, including five individual champions, two second-place finishers, and two third placers.

La Grande, which did not have an individual champion, finished second with 174 points. They were followed by Roseburg, 164.5, Newberg, 155.5, Mountain View, 146, and Crook County, 145.

Rounding out the top 10 were West Linn, 130, Thurston, 121, Sprague, 116.5, Crater, 114, and Sweet Home, 95.5.

Although he was disappointed that the Cowboy varsity team did not place higher, Gonzales was extremely pleased with the junior varsity team.

In the JV tournament, the Cowboys finished second only to Roseburg.

Roseburg pulled away from the Cowboys late in the tournament, taking first with 220 points. Crook County finished with 200.

They were followed by Newberg, 188, Crescent Valley, 177.5, and La Pine, 142.5.

The Cowboys had eight individual placers in the JV tournament, including two champions.

"We were right there until the end," Gonzales said. "The matches that I saw they competed well and did the things that we preach in the room. It's a big part of our team, so it's good to see them compete so well in a tough JV tournament."

Cash Wells took an individual championship for the Cowboys at 113 pounds, while Wyatt Wood won the 132-pound weight class.

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Hunter Mode controls his opponent during a recent match. Mode won the 138-pound weight class at the Reser's Tournament of Champions, helping the Cowboys to a sixth-place team finish. Crook County will host Roseburg in a dual on Saturday in their final match before district. Other Cowboy placers in the JV tournament included Mitch Warren, third at 106, Trentyn Maryanski, fourth at 126, Gage Perry, sixth at 138 pounds, Alex Vail, second at 152 pounds, Clayton Berman, sixth at 170 pounds, and Aaron Bowne, fifth at 195 pounds.

Crook County has one more match prior to the district tournament.

The Cowboys will host Roseburg this Saturday, with JV wrestling scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and the varsity match to follow at approximately 3 p.m.

The team does not wrestle after that until Saturday, Feb. 22, when they travel to Ridgeview for the Intermountain Conference Championships.

"Go Cowboys," Gonzales said.

Reser's Tournament of Champions

Friday and Saturday, January 31 - February 1

At Liberty High School in Hillsboro

Team scores — 1. Crescent Valley, 289. 2. La Grande, 174.5. 3. Roseburg, 164.5. 4. Newberg, 156.5. 5. Mountain View, 146. 6. Crook County, 145. 7. West Linn, 130. 8. Thurston, 121. 9. Sprague, 116.5. 10. Crater, 114. 11. Sweet Home, 95.5. 12. Dallas, 87. 13. Cascade, 75. 14. Century, 69. 15. Hillsboro, 57.5. 16. North Medford, 56.5. 17. Baker/Powder Valley, 51.5. 18. Redmond, 51. 19. David Douglas, 47. 20. La Pine, 46. 21. Junction City, 41.5. 22. Aloha, 33. 23. Tualatin, 31. 24. Lebanon, 23.5. 25. Culver, 21. 26. Liberty, 15.5.

Individual results (top six placers in each weight class) — 106 —1. D.J. Gillett, Crescent Valley. 2. Brayden Boyd, Sprague. 3. Tucker Bonner, Crook County. 4. Carmelo Farfaglia, La Pine. 5. Hayden Narruhn, David Douglas. 6. Jake Sieminski, Sweet Home. 113 —1. Mauro Michel, Cascade. 2. Ricky Bell, West Linn. 3. Steven Ware, Crook County. 4. Kagen Lawrence, Redmond. 5. Joshua Collins, La Grande. 6. Cameron Cross, Roseburg. 120 —1. Gabe Whisenhunt, Crescent Valley. 2. Nash Singleton, Roseburg. 3. Evan Potter, Junction City. 4. Noah Worthington, Sprague. 5. Kolton Malone, Thurston. 6. Dylan Mann, La Pine. 126 —1. Ayden Garver, Newberg. 2. Zach Mauras, Crook County. 3. Dashle Lamer, Crescent Valley. 4. Cael Morrison, Dallas. 5. Tristin Keffer, Hillsboro. 6. Kahleb Diaz, Roseburg. 132 —1. Chance Lamer, Crescent Valley. 2. Charlie Evans, Newberg. 3. Braden Carson, La Grande. 4. Junior Downing, Redmond. 5. Ryder Fassett, Mountain View. 6. Matthew Bolanos, Crater. 138 —1. Hunter Mode, Crook County. 2. Riley Davis, Sprague. 3. Hunter Eveland, Crescent Valley. 4. Micah Worthington, Newberg. 5. Hunter Harwood, Thurston. 6. Jackson Royer, Sweet Home. 6. Jackson Royer, Sweet Home. 145 —1. Beau Ohlson, Mountain View. 2. Archer Bergeron, Roseburg. 3. Colby Meek, Crater. 4. Kane Nixon, Cascade. 5. Basilio Colon, Crescent Valley. 6. Austin Dalton, Lebanon. 152 —Cael Brunson, West Linn. 2. Tyson Resko, Crescent Valley. 3. Asher Ruchti, Thurston. 4. Cole Zoller, North Medford. 5. Noah Thompson, Cascade. 6. Tristin David, Roseburg. 160 —James Rowley, Crescent Valley. 2. Justin Rademacher, West Linn. 3. Brook Byers, Sprague. 4. Travis Thorpe, Sweet Home. 5. Griffin Gutches, North Medford. 6. Carson Fassett, Mountain View. 170 —1. Darian Thacker, Roseburg. 2. Cannon Potts, Mountain View. 3. Parker Robinson, La Grande. 4. Jackson Rosado, Crescent Valley. 5. Cole Pters, West Linn. 6. Shane Teigen, Thurston. 182 —1. Kyle Knudtson, Crook County. 2. Hayden Walters, Crescent Valley. 3. MaHonri Rushton, Baker/Powder Valey. 4. Nathan Reed, La Grande. 5. Nich James, Sweet Home. 6. Owen Burkhart, Crater. 195 —1. Santos Cantu, Crescent Valley. 2. Christopher Woodworth, La Grande. 3. Blake Ohlson, Mountain View. 4. Joseph Jordahl, Crater. 5. Cooper Hise, Dallas. 6. Jeremy Foss, Thurston. 220 —1. Hunter James, Newberg. 2. Titus Schulz, Mountain View. 3. Trevor Schubmehl, Hillsboro. 4. Spencer Gerst, La Grande. 5. Daniel Underwood, La Pine. 6. Va'atausili Tofaeono, Century. 185 —1. Broderick Reese, Century. 2. Ashten Brecht, Dallas. 3. Gabe Shukle, La Grande. 4. Connor O'Bryan, Newberg. 5. Brian Jenkins, Thurston. 6. Garrett Olbrich, Crescent Valley.

JV Team scores — 1. Roseburg, 220. 2. Crook County, 200., 3. Newberg, 188. 4. Crescent Valley, 177.5. 5. La Pine, 142.5. 6. David Douglas, 140. 7. Sweet Home, 114.5. 8. Sprague, 113. 8. Thurston, 113. 10. Dallas, 101. 11. Tualatin, 100.5. 12. La Grande, 100. 13. Crater, 92. 14. Cascade, 64. 15. Mountain View, 83.5. 16. Aloha, 59. 16. North Medford, 59. 18. Redmond, 56. 19. Hillsboro, 47. 20. Century, 46. 21. West Linn, 40. 22. Culver, 38. 23. Liberty, 37.5. 24. Lebanon, 24.5.

Individual results (all Crook County placers) — 106 —3. Mitch Warren. 113 —1. Cash Wells 126 —4. Trentyn Maryanski. 132 —1. Wyatt Wood 138 —6. Gage Perry. 152 —2. Alex Vail. 170 —6. Clayton Berman. 195 —5. Aaron Bowen.

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