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Despite placing eight wrestlers into Saturday's semifinals Crook County is still 4.5 points behind Crescent Valley in race for the team title

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Tucker Bonner attempts to pin Cayden Cumpiano of West Albany during the quarterfinals of the OSAA Class 5A State Wrestling Championship. Bonner went on to win the 106 pound match by technical foul to advance to the semifinals. Eight Cowboys advanced to the semis as the Cowboys are in second place at the tournament.The Crook County Cowboys kept pace with the No. 1 ranked Crescent Valley Raiders Friday during the first day of the OSAA Class 5A State Wrestling Championships.

"I think they are competing pretty good," said Crook County head coach Jake Gonzales. "I'm happy. You always want everyone to win, but that isn't going to happen, so it was a good first day."

The Raiders lead heading into Saturday's final round with 130 points. The Cowboys are a close second with 125.5 points, while Thurston is a distant third with 86.5 points.

Rounding out the top 10 are Crater, 84.5, Scappoose, 51, Dallas, 47, Hillsboro, 47, West Albany, 43, Silverton, 40.5, and Redmond, 37.5.

The remainder of the Intermountain Conference are Pendleton, 11th with 17.5 points, Hood River Valley, tied for eighth with 17 points, and The Dalles, 23rd with 12 points.

The Cowboys placed eight wrestlers into the semifinals and have six more wrestlers still alive in the consolation bracket, while just five Cowboys have been eliminated from the competition.

Tucker Bonner and Mitch Warren have both reached the semis at 106 pounds. Steven Ware is in the semifinals at 120 points with Zach Mauras reaching the semis at 132 pounds. Also in the semifinals are Hunter Mode, 138, Ben Sather, 152, Gavin McLean, 160 and Kyle Knudtson, 182.

Other Cowboys still alive in the tournament are Cash Wells, 113, Tannon Joyner, 120, Trentyn Maryanski, 126, Jace England, 126, Brayden Duke, 145, Alex Vail, 152 and Hayden Hilderbrand, 220.

Ross McKinney, 113, Brad McLean, 132, Gage Perry, 138, Gabe Saenz, 195, and Erick Schmidt, 285, have all been eliminated from the tournament. However, Perry, Saenz and Schmidt all won matches during the course of the day.

As well as the Cowboys wrestled on Friday, the Raiders may have had an even better day. Just two Crescent Valley wrestlers have been eliminated from the competition, while 11 have reached the semifinal round.

D.J. Gillett, 106, Gabe Whisenhunt, 113, Daschle Lamer, 120 Chance Lamer, 126, Hunter Eveland, 132, Basilio Colon, 145, Tyson Resko, 152, James Rowley, 160, Jackson Rosado, 170, Hayden Walters, 182, and Santos Cantu are all in the semifinals for the Raiders.

"Tomorrow morning is important, so we have to make sure that our guys are ready," Gonzales said. "You have got to win the matches, so we have to push those back side guys through."

Wrestling continues Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. with the third round of consolation. Championship semifinals begin at 10 a.m. Wrestling continues through the day with the championship round set to begin at 7 p.m.

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