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Cowboys crush Cougars
Crook County wins eight matches by fall in convincing victory over Mountain View
January 07, 2013
To many in the stands it looked like just one more dominating Crook County High School wrestling victory.
However, Thursday’s 54-17 thumping of the Mountain View Cougars was anything but ordinary.
Coming into the match, the Cougars were ranked No. 5 in the latest Class 5A rankings, while the Cowboys were missing three key wrestlers.
“You know, to be honest, Mountain View has a good team,” said Crook County head coach Jake Huffman. “Across the board I think we are a bit stronger, but they came out and they battled us and they didn’t give us anything. So hats off to them because that’s the best Mountain View team we’ve seen in awhile.”
Despite the score, the Cougars did give the Cowboys a fight — at least for awhile. Mountain View’s Trevor Roberts opened the dual with a 12-6 win over Crook?County’s Curtis Crouch in their 220-pound match.
When Crook County’s Jason Williams pinned Chad Bach 1:48 into the first round of their heavyweight match the Cowboys led 6-3.
Then a pair of Crook County freshmen came up big. First, Trey Shores earned a fall late in the second round of his 106-pound match. Brent Bannon followed up with a 10-8 overtime decision over Halen Jolley in their 113-pound match giving the Cowboys a 15-3 lead.
Mountain View closed to 15-7 after J.T. Ayers took a 12-4 major decision over Johnny Avina at 120 pounds. Grayson Munn answered for Crook County making quick work of Chase Misener with a first round pin to give the Cowboys a 21-7 lead.
However, when Mountain View’s Kaleb Winebarger and Tracy Pitcher won their respective 132 and 138-pound matches the Cougars trailed just 21-17.
“I have to give a lot of credit to our kids,” Huffman said. “We just kept battling. There were a lot of times when we could have given up the pin and we fought and didn’t give it up, and there were times when we could have let the guy off his back and we got the fall. For a dual meet I felt that we did a lot of things right as far as scoring team points and saving team points.”
The remainder of the match was all Crook County. Ryder Shinkle (145), Dawson Barber (152), Alex Urrea (160), and Aaron Swindle (170) each earned falls to give the Cowboys a 45-17 lead.
Then Dylan Blasius took a hard fought 3-1 victory over Andrew Bright in their 182-pound match to extend the lead to 48-17. The match finally ended with Mountain View forfeiting to Gunner Crawford at 195 pounds.
Perhaps even more impressive than the margin of victory was how the Cowboys did the job. Crook County earned eight pins and a forfeit in the match, turning a competitive dual meet into a blowout by the end of the evening.
The Cowboys also won the JV match, taking a 45-9 victory over the Cougars.
Huffman was quick to point out that the JV?team is largely responsible for how good the Cowboys have been this year.
“We have a couple of kids at each weight which are good,”?he said, “which is why we have good practices. Which is why our guys are as good as they are, because they are always getting pushed each and every day to battle and if they don’t then they will lose their spot. Competition breeds success.”
The Cowboys travel to Culver on Thursday for the annual Cowdog Classic. Then the team is off until Thursday, Jan. 17 when they host Crater and Ontario in duals beginning at 5 p.m. Thurston will also be in attendance, although the Cowboys will not wrestle them. The Cowboys continue a busy week on Friday and Saturday when they compete in the Oregon Wrestling Classic which is held at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds.