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Both CCHS athletes will wrestle, while Knudtson will also compete in baseball

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Kyle Knudtson signs a letter of intent to wrestle at Eastern Oregon University while Crook County High School head coach Jake Gonzales watches. Knudtson is also planning on playing baseball at the university.Two Crook County High School athletes recently signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers in college.

The two athletes, Zach Mauras and Kyle Knudtson, continue a growing list of CCHS athletes who have gone on to participate in athletics in college. Both athletes recently signed letters of intent to wrestle at Eastern Oregon University.

Mauras signed his letter of intent in December while the Cowboys were at the Reno Tournament of Champions, while Knudtson signed during the Crook County versus Roseburg wrestling dual, which took place last weekend.

"The main thing that went through my head is that everything that I've been working toward, it's led me to a four-year school," said Knudtson, who was also offered a scholarship at Clackamas Community College.

Mauras also had offers from multiple colleges, choosing Eastern Oregon over Heidelberg University in Ohio.

"I picked Eastern because of the environment and the culture that they had there," Mauras said.

Both athletes will wrestle at Eastern Oregon, while Knudtson also intends to play baseball for the Mountaineers.

Mauras said that he is going to major in education and that he would like to become a teacher.

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Zach Mauras stands with his parents and with Eastern Oregon University head wrestling coach Dustyn Azure (far right) after signing his letter of intent to wrestle for the Mountaineers. "They have an amazing education program, so it seemed like a really good choice," he said.

Knudtson said that he plans on majoring in human performance exercise science, which he described as being a lot like a kinesiology major.

Mauras said he will receive a partial athletic scholarship, as well as a partial academic scholarship. He'll be applying for others, too.

"There are multiple scholarships throughout the school that I'm extremely qualified for," he said.

Knudston did not comment on what kind of scholarship package he has.

Mauras expects to wrestle at 133 pounds, while Knudtson is expected to wrestle at either 184 pounds or 197 pounds.

"I'm very excited about the opportunity," Mauras said.

Knudtson said that he was also excited about competing in athletics in college.

"It's an amazing opportunity," he said. "I'm really grateful that I've been given that opportunity. I'm grateful for all my parents, my friends, my teammates and coaches. All my family, they just support me so much."

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