With 10 wrestlers finishing first in their respective weight classes, reigning Class 4A state champion Crook County opened its season Saturday with a convincing first-place performance at the 12-team Central Oregon Wrestling Officials tournament at Mountain View High School.
Collbran Meeker (152-153 pounds) and Jason Williams (285-286), individual state champions last season, each picked up wins to lead the Cowboys, whose 287.5 points bested second-place Redmond High by 155 points.
For the 5A Panthers, Austin Rystedt was first at 126-127 pounds, and Mitch Willett added a victory at 145-146.
Class 2A/1A Culver, which had its string of six straight state championships snapped last year, finished third on Saturday with 127 points. Bolt Anglen, a 2013 state champion, took second at 138-139. Also finishing runner-up for the Bulldogs were Saxton Schaffner (126-127), Clay McClure (152-153) and Joshua Hendrix (285-286).
Kasey Beuschlein logged a second-place finish at 132-133 to pace Bend High, which was fifth behind Crane with 110 points. The Lava Bears’ Jordan Gentner also placed second, at 195-196 pounds.
Summit took seventh as a team, led by Jacob Thompson’s victory at 160-161 pounds. Mountain View, paced by second-place finishers Zack Howe (113-114) and Kevin Wright (160-161), was eighth.
Calixto Paniagua (160-161) and Chase Wolford (170-171) each placed second to guide Ridgeview to a ninth-place finish as a team, and Thorin Wilson’s runner-up showing at 120-121 pounds helped La Pine to 10th.
Madras and Sisters rounded out the team scoring. The White Buffaloes’ top finisher was Bryce Vincent, who took third at 126-127, while the Outlaws’ Zachary Reid (106-107) and Dustin Brigham (145-146) each placed fourth.