Roseburg and Crook County — the top two heavyweights of Oregon high school wrestling — locked horns in a dual meet for the fifth time on Saturday night at Robertson Memorial Gym.
The Indians are five-time defending Class 6A champions, while the Cowboys have won five of the past six titles in 4A. Crook County moved up to 5A this year.
Roseburg and Crook County are both ranked No. 1 by Oregon Wrestling Forum.
The two teams each won seven matches, but the Cowboys of Prineville used five falls, one technical fall and a major decision to take a 41-28 nonconference win in front of a vocal crowd.
“They have a great program. They’re tough,” Crook County coach Jake Gonzales said of the Indians. “In order to get better you have to wrestle tough competition. We didn’t give up many bonus points. That’s always huge, not giving up those pins, and we were getting some bonus points.”
Winning by fall for the Cowboys were Trevor Martin at 126 pounds, Hunter Mode at 132, Kyle Knudtson at 182, Jaxon Rhoden at 195 and Caleb Parrott at 285.
Tucker Bonner scored a 15-0 technical fall at 106 and Steven Ware had a major decision at 120.
“(Crook County) is very good,” RHS coach Steve Lander said. “We knew what we were getting into ... that’s why we’ve been doing this (dual), for the competition. It came down to bonus point wins. We didn’t do a good enough job of pinning, but it was a great atmosphere and we enjoyed it.”
Sophomore Darian Thacker (160) had Roseburg’s lone fall. Freshman Nash Singleton (113) scored a 17-2 technical fall; juniors Tristin David (145) and Hunter Blix (220) both had major decisions; and sophomore Caleb Jeffers (138) and seniors Austin David (152) and Logan Folsom (170) each won by decision.
The most exciting bout came at 138, where the third-ranked Jeffers scored a takedown 10 seconds into overtime to pull out a 13-11 decision over top-ranked Zach Mauras of C.C..
Mauras scored a takedown in the final seconds of regulation to tie it up and extend the match. Jeffers improved to 11-2 on the season.
“It was pretty nerve-wracking,” Jeffers said. “I had to pull through for the team, I thought I’d lost for a second. As soon as I realized it was going into overtime, I remembered I had great competition in the mat room (an overtime match with Archer Bergeron) and I’ve been in this situation before. I figured out that double (leg) started working.
“After being on the injured list and coming back and wrestling in a big dual, this boosts my confidence a lot. But I’ve got to keep working hard.”
The fourth-ranked Thacker improved to 12-5 on the season, pinning Gavin McLean in 1:38 at 160.
“Before the match, I was trying to get my mind right and I did,” Thacker said. “I walked out there with positive thoughts and did what I thought I was going to do. I got him with a butcher (move).”
The top-ranked Singleton, one of the top high school newcomers in the state, dominated No. 2 Tannon Joyner, a junior, with a 17-2 technical fall at 113. Singleton moved to 19-6 on the season.
“It was a pretty good win. I feel very good about how I wrestled,” Singleton said. “I didn’t know what to expect ... he was a little older than me, but I just went out there and did what I do best. Everything was almost spot on for me.”
Roseburg will host Grants Pass in its final home dual of the season at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Crook County 41, Roseburg 28
106 — Tucker Bonner, CC, tf. Carson Dunn, R, 15-0 (5:00). 113 — Nash Singleton, R, tf. Tannon Joyner, CC, 17-2 (5:07). 120 — Steven Ware, CC, maj. dec. Kaden Schlatter, R, 13-2. 126 — Trevor Martin, CC, p. Kayd Shelby, R, 1:52. 132 — Hunter Mode, CC, p. Varrius Scanlan, R, 1:48. 138 — Caleb Jeffers, R, dec. Zach Mauras, CC, 13-11, OT. 145 — Tristin David, R, maj. dec. Brayden Duke, CC, 9-1. 152 — Austin David, R, dec. Ben Sather, CC, 9-5. 160 — Darian Thacker, R, p. Gavin McLean, CC, 1:38. 170 — Logan Folsom, R, dec. Garret Bond, CC, 8-2. 182 — Kyle Knudtson, CC, p. Ethan Stoner, R, :52. 195 — Jaxon Rhoden, CC, p. Hunter Hillard, R, 4:52. 220 — Hunter Blix, R, maj. dec. Hayden Hilderbrand, CC, 9-1. 285 — Caleb Parrott, CC, p. Mason Labahn, R, :32.
JV Score — Roseburg 58, Crook County 24.