PRINEVILLE - As a Prineville native, Hermiston wrestling coach Curt Berger knows how tough it is to beat the Crook County Cowboys at their place.

That's why he was so happy with a 36-27 victory over the other major IMC contender Friday, the second time the Bulldogs have beat them in six days.

"This doesn't prove anything yet," Berger said, "but we feel pretty lucky to get out of there with the win."

The rematch came after last weekend's win over a similar Crook?County lineup at the Redmond Tournament.

The dual meet started at 140 pounds where A.J. Almaguer picked up a victory and rolled back through to 135. Berger said the team in general matched last weekend's showing, and the dual was close and exciting from start to finish.

Curtis Berger (171 pounds), Randy Larson (3:07), Jaylee Britt (112) and Chase Winters (119) all won matches by fall, and coach Berger said both Larson's and Berger's wins were impressive.

"A couple of falls looked better than last week, and a couple of falls didn't," he said. "They (Crook County) had everything in their favor, wrestling at home, having just lost to us, but our guys got the job done."

Hermiston travels to Madras today for another Intermountain Conference dual.

The Bulldogs' big week starts next Wednesday on the road against Pendleton, and continues into the weekend at the Reser Tournament.

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