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Wrestling teams vie for state titles
February 25, 2012Crook County High School
PORTLAND — After the first day of Oregon's state high school wrestling championships, Crook County and Culver both enter today's semifinal and final rounds right in the thick of a state title hunt.
The Cowboys, who are looking for their first wrestling state crown since 1975, ended Friday's opening day of competition at Memorial Coliseum in second place in the Class 4A team standings, trailing Cascade 91-88. Reigning state champion Henley of Klamath Falls finished the day in third place with 84 points. Five Crook County wrestlers — senior McKennan Buckner (120 pounds) and freshmen Trayton Libolt (106), Collbran Meeker (126), Brendan Harkey (138) and Alex Urrea (145) — are all scheduled to compete in this morning's semifinal round.
The Culver Bulldogs are in their own battle for their sixth straight Class 2A/1A state title. At the end of Friday, Culver and Lowell were tied atop the 2A/1A standings with 27 points apiece. Crane was a close third with 24 points. Eight Bulldogs, including two-time defending state champions Jared Kasch (126 pounds) and Josue Gonzalez (132), wrestle in today's semifinals.
While a state title might be out of reach for Redmond, the Panthers start today in position to trophy at their last Class 6A tournament before moving to 5A next season. Roseburg leads the 6A state tourney with 102 points, but Sprague (53 points), David Douglas (50), Redmond (44), Oregon City (43), Crater (40.5) and Hillsboro (40) all are in the hunt for a team trip to the podium.
Senior Ryan Haney (126 pounds), junior Chance Lindquist (138) and sophomore Boomer Fleming (160) all advanced to today's semifinals for the Panthers.
In the Class 5A tournament, Mountain View, Bend and Summit combined to send five wrestlers to today's semifinals. Senior Brian Chapman (285 pounds), junior Trevor Roberts (195) and freshman J.T. Ayers all won quarterfinal matches for the Cougars. The Lava Bears' Kenny Daily is still in the hunt for a state title at 182 pounds, and the Storm's Joaquin Reyes advanced to the semis in the 170-pound bracket.
Dallas (83 points) and Pendleton (78) ended Friday in the lead in the 5A team standings.
Crook County looks to be the only Central Oregon 4A team to earn a team trophy, but wrestlers from Madras and La Pine are still alive in the championship bracket. The White Buffaloes' Miguel Vasquez (132 pounds) and Travis Williams (220) both are wrestling for a return trip to the state finals. Additionally, the Hawks' Garrett Searcy has a semifinal match today at 182 pounds.
The Class 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A and 2A/1A state championships continue today at 8:30 a.m. with consolation round matches. Championship semifinals are expected to start around 9:45 a.m. and the state finals are scheduled for 6:30 p.m.