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Cowboys look to regroup heading into regionals; expect strong JV program will help

LON AUSTIN - Cash Wells controls Redmond's Cutter Woolard en route to a pin. Wells' win put the Cowboys back in the match with the Panthers, making the score 18-12. But from there, Redmond won three straight to expand its lead. They held on to get the rare win over Crook County 36-33.

The Redmond Panthers upset the Crook County Cowboys in an Intermountain Conference dual meet on Wednesday as the Panthers eked out a 36-33 victory at the match held in Redmond.

It was the first time since 2011 that the Panthers have defeated the Cowboys in wrestling.

"We've wrestled like a bunch of 6A schools such as Mountain View and Newberg lately, so it's kind of nice to wrestle other 5A schools," Crook County 160-pounder Alex Vail said. "It's kind of nice to see the other stronger teams and see what's out there, instead of in our little 5A bubble."

Redmond jumped on top when Jax Cumming pinned Crook County's Joseph Miller late in the first round of their 285-pound match.

Jackson Wainwright accepted a forfeit at 106 pounds, tying the match at six. Redmond then won the 113-pound match as Logan Hill pinned Mason Lacey. Then, Ansen Widing defeated Mitch Warren 6-3 at 120 pounds, giving the Panthers a 15-5 lead. Redmond extended their lead to 18-6 when Kagen Lawrence decisioned Steven Ware 10-5 in their 126 pound match.

Cash Wells put the Cowboys back in contention with a fall over Redmond's Cutter Woolard, closing the score to 18-12.

But from there, the Panthers pulled away winning the next three matches. First, Junior Downing defeated Trevor Martin 5-1 at 138 pounds. Then Kole Davis pinned Garrett Cobb in their 145-pound match, before Joseph Downing pinned Collier Buffington at 152 pounds. The victories pushed Redmond out to a 33-12 lead and it looked like the match was all but over.

However, the Cowboys staged a furious rally. First Alex Vail edged Dylan Lee 10-7 at 160 pounds. Then Gage Hanson pinned Chad Spitz at 170 pounds. When Brayden Duke pinned Colt Storey just 32 seconds into their 182 pound match, the Cowboys trailed just 33-27.

However, when Austin Carter defeated Ben Sather 7-4 at 195 pounds, that gave the match to Redmond.

Hayden Hilderbrand closed out the night for the Cowboys with a pin of Kenyth Kettle at 220 pounds, but it was too little too late for the Cowboys to have a chance to win the dual.

Crook County did, however, dominate the JV match as they took a 42-24 win. That win could turn out to be significant when the two teams head to the regional tournament. With each team getting two wrestlers per weight class and the Panthers and Cowboys clearly the class of the field, Crook County's depth could end up making the difference in the team scores at regionals.

"I feel like once everyone gets to their district weight and we work on things we need to do, we can go a bit further for sure," Vail said. "I wouldn't say I'm super concerned, but we have some things that we have to work through."

Of special note, Crook County's MaKenna Duran and Isabel Sherman won the two girls matches that were contested, with both winning by fall. Both girls will compete at the OSAA South Regional on Friday, June 18 in Cottage Grove.

The Cowboys were scheduled to wrestle at Roseburg on Saturday, but Friday night the team learned that the Roseburg wrestling team was in quarantine. Although it was disappointing to not get to wrestle the Indians, the Cowboys were fortunate that Roseburg went into quarantine prior to Crook County visiting rather than after. Had the two teams wrestled and then Roseburg got into quarantine, the Cowboys would have been forced to quarantine also, which would not have allowed them to compete in the regional tournament. Fortunately for both teams, that did not happen, and if no one else from Roseburg contracts COVID, they will also be able to compete at their regional meet.

The Intermountain Conference Regional Meet will be held Saturday, June 19 at Redmond High School, with wrestling scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.

Redmond 36, Crook County 33

at Redmond, match started at 285

106 – Jackson Wainwright, CCHS, wins by forfeit.

113 – Logan Hill, RHS, by fall over Mason Lacey.

120 – Ansen Widing, RHS, over Mitch Warren 6-3.

126 – Kagen Lawrence, RHS, over Steven Ware, 10-5.

132 – Cash Wells, CCHS, by fall over Cutter Wollard.

138 – Junior Downing, RHS, over Trevor Martin, 5-1.

145 – Kole Davis, RHS, by fall over Garrett Cobb.

152 – Joseph Downing RHS, by fall over Collier Buffington.

160 – Alex Vail, CCHS, over Dylan Lee, 10-7.

170 – Gage Hanson, CCHS, by fall over Colt Storey.

182 – Brayden Duke, CCHS, by fall over Colt Storey.

195 – Austin Carter, RHS over Ben Sather, 7-4.

220 – Hayden Hilderbrand, CCHS by fall over Kenyth Kettle.

285 – Jax Cumming, RHS, by fall over Joseph Miller.

JV results

Crook County 42, Redmond 24

at Redmond

Cutter Marsh, CCHS, by fall over Jason Vargas.

Jeffrey Schuler, CCHS, by fall over Jace Torres.

Ryan Batti, RHS, by fall over Colton Porfily.

Ray Solis, CCHS, by fall over Brogan Halsey.

Ashton Fields, RHS, by fall over Jubal Brumble.

Kellen Tanner, RHS over Cameron Whitney.

McKenna Duran, CCHS, by fall over Jaden Gustaveson.

Isabel Sherman, CCHS, by fall over Brandalynn Sims.

Robert Lacey, CCHS, over Jose Terraza, 7-1.

Cameron Whitney, CCHS, by fall over Austin Abbas.

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