LA PINE — Crook County’s season of dominance continued Saturday as the Cowboys ran away with the Class 4A Special District 2 team title at La Pine High School, scoring a whopping 551.5 points while advancing a school-record 23 wrestlers to next week’s state tournament in Portland.
Trayton Libolt (113 pounds), Kurt Mode (120), Brent Bannon (126), Hayden Bates (132), Collbran Meeker (145), The Cowboys’ Tyler Berger (152), Brendan Harkey (160), Gunnar Robirts (182), Trevor Rasmussen (220) and Jason Williams (285) ended the two-day meet as individual champions.
“We’ve got short-term goals and long-term goals and winning this was a short-term goal,” Crook County coach Jake Huffman said. “We wanted to beat our district score from a year ago and we did and we wanted to take more kids to state than we did last year, and we did that by two.”
La Grande placed second with 245 points, Ridgeview was third with 224.5 and Ontario placed fourth with 166.5 points. Madras (sixth, 92 points), host La Pine (eighth, 81) and Sisters (ninth, 4) also were among the nine teams competing for berths at state.
Boomer Fleming led the Ravens with a district title at 195 pounds. Ridgeview qualified nine wrestlers for state. Jarred Dupont paced the White Buffaloes, who will send three athletes to state, with a runner-up finish to Bannon at 126 pounds. Christopher Love highlighted the tournament for the Hawks with a third-place showing at 160. He and Thorin Wilson at 120 pounds will represent La Pine in Portland.
The Class 4A state wrestling tournament starts Friday at 8:30 a.m. at Memorial Coliseum.