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Crook County holds huge lead after first day of district wrestling tournament - Central Oregonian
February 23, 2014Crook County High School
The Crook County Cowboys took care of business on the first day of the Special District 2 Wrestling Championships.
"I think we did our jobs," said Crook County Head Coach Jake Huffman. "I'm excited for tomorrow because we have some guys that I think are going to surprise some people."
The Cowboys advanced 21 wrestlers to Saturday morning's semifinal rounds and have rolled to a huge lead in the tournament.
Crook County amassed 221.5 points on the tournaments first day. La Grande is a distant second place with 127 points, while Ridgeview (73.5), Ontario (70), La Pine (60), McLoughlin (54.5), Baker (50), Madras (49), and Sisters (4) are far behind.
The Cowboys have at least one wrestler in the semifinals in all 114 weight classes and have placed two wrestlers into the semifinals in seven different weight classes.
Terran Libolt (106), Trayton Libolt and Johnny Avina (113), Kurt Mode and Trey Shores (120), Grayson Munn and Hayden Bates (132), Ryder Shinkle and Michael Seyl (138), Colbran Meeker and Cole Ovens (145), Tyler Berger (152), Brendan Harkey (160), Clark Woodward (170), Gunnar Robirts and Aaron Swindle (182), Zach Smith (195), Trevor Rasmussen and Curtis Crouch (220), and Jason Williams (285) are all still alive in the championship rounds.
In addition John Crites (152), Brogan Howard (160), Carson Raymond (170), and Diego Vargas (195) are all still alive in the consolation rounds.
Jared Wheeler (106), Zach Lawson (126), and Christian Biggs (285) are the only Cowboys who have been eliminated from the tournament.
"It hurts you to see those kids who have worked so hard not be able to cash in on their opportunities," said Huffman. "But it's a district tournament and people are fighting hard. Hopefully they will have another crack at it next year and we still have four guys in the back that can still push their way through."
Although La Grande is far behind Crook County the Tigers did place 12 wrestlers into the semifinal round. Although they are mired in seventh place Baker has the next largest number of wrestlers who have qualified for the semifinals with five. Madras, McLoughlin, and Ridgeview each have four wrestlers in the semifinals, while La Pine and Ontario each have three, and Sisters did not place a single wrestler into the semis.
The District tournament continues Saturday in La Pine beginning with the semifinal round which is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. Wrestling continues throughout the day with the championship finals scheduled for Saturday evening.
"The goal is to qualify 28," said Huffman. "We didn't do that. That's a goal that you are always going to strive for, bit it's difficult to achieve. We just want to get all of them on the bus."