Pentz wrestles up individual Utah state champion title

Pentz wrestles up individual Utah state champion title

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For the first time since 2010, Morgan High wrestling has an individual state champion. Senior wrestler Jayden Pentz won first place in the 132 pound division on Saturday night at Utah Valley University. To win his title, Pentz had to avenge an earlier loss at the Rockwell Rumble to Paysons Jed Loveless. Winning his first two matches over Canyon View by fall in 1:43 and Desert Hills by fall in 5:08, he took his semifinal round by decision 7-0 over Jesse Schroemges of Payson. In the championship match against Loveless, Pentz took only 1:48 to pin Loveless and grab his first state title after finishing second in 2014 and fifth in 2013. Pentz reported, I am happy that I won. It is something I really wanted. Jayden was a man on a mission. He wrestled really well the entire tournament and knew exactly what he wanted, Coach Dustin Rock remarked. I am really proud of Jayden and the work he put in to win. He is my first state champion as a coach. Sophomore Owen Pentz, Jaydens younger brother, also wrestled a Loveless from Payson in the championship match. Wrestling at 145 pounds, Pentz won his first three rounds. In the first place match, he faced Jed Loveless cousin Riley Loveless and lost by decision 7-0 to claim second place. He became a two-year state-placer and bettered his 2014 fourth place finish at 126 pounds. Coach Rock shared, I am so proud of the entire team. Everyone wrestled tough and no one went out there and gave up. I am proud of each wrestler! In the 220 pound bracket, junior Wyatt Ekblad improved his sixth place finish in 2014 and wrestled to a third place medal this year. Ekblad won his first two matches, but fell in the semifinal to two-time state champion Tyler Stevenson of Desert Hills (2:30). He came back to win both of his consolation matches by pinning two Tooele wrestlers in 2:30 and 2:21. Sophomore Carlos Nava (113) easily won his first two rounds, but ran into eventual state champion Cameron Dickinson of Richfield in the semifinal. Nava lost a close match by decision 11-9. In the consolation bracket, he beat both of his opponents and finished in third place. Senior Wyatt Fry (285) finished off his MHS wrestling career by placing at state for the first time. After pinning his opponent from Carbon in the first round, Fry lost by pin in the quarterfinal to eventual state champion Brian Hoschouer of Payson (3:29). He won his next two rounds, but lost in the consolation semifinals. Fry brought home sixth place for his first state medal. Two freshmen, Antonio Nava (126) and Chase Trussell (182) also claimed sixth place finishes. To place as a freshman is a great accomplishment, Coach Rock noted. Antonio Nava won his first two matches but was pinned by eventual state champion Josh Jensen of Payson in the semifinal match. In the consolation bracket, he lost two matches to place sixth. After winning the first round by decision 9-6 over Cedar City, Trussell lost in the quarterfinal to Dillon Gurr of Union. He came back to win the next round and won a tie breaker 4-3 over North Sanpete. Two more losses placed Trussell in sixth for the day. Overall, Morgan (130.5 points) placed seventh with Payson running away with first place scoring 228.5. Second place went to Juab with 172.0 and Uintah claimed third at 161.5. The Morgan wrestlers did an excellent job representing the school and community. All of those who placed at state will compete Feb. 20-21 at Super State held at Corner Canyon High School in Draper.

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