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Morgan youth wrestlers place at Beehive Brawl

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Eleven young wrestlers from the Morgan Wrestling Club participated in the highly-acclaimed Beehive Brawl. This wrestling event brings 1,009 wrestlers on 132 teams from several states to demonstrate their talent and challenge their abilities.  Out of Morgan’s 11 wrestlers, five received sportsmanship awards and seven of them placed.
Seventh grader Waylen Pentz brought home a first place trophy in the 12 and under 76 lbs division.  En route to his championship, Pentz pinned four wrestlers and one bout by major decision.
Both sixth grader Will Korth and eighth grader Jarrett Jorgensen garnered second place finishes, losing in their championship matches.  Will Korth, wrestling 12 and under 73 lbs, lost by major decision 12-2 in the championship bout.  His road to the final match included two falls and a 4-3 win by decision.
Jorgensen, 15 and under 101 lbs., lost his first place match by decision 9-3 to a wrestler from Colorado. He pinned three wrestlers and won by decision 8-6 over a wrestler from Altamont to advance to the championship bout.
Third grader Drew Korth, an 8 and under 64 lbs wrestler, placed third with a tough loss in the semifinal match by decision, but wrestled back in the consolation bracket to take third. Drew had two pins, a tech fall and won his third place bout by decision 7-4 over a Millard athlete.
Fifth place finishers included seventh grader Blake Woolsey; his brother Luke, a second grader; and Ryler Jorgensen, also a third grader.
Blake, at 12 and under 67 lbs, lost in the first round 12-7 by decision, but came back to win three matches before falling again 5-2 in the consolation semifinals.  He wrestled tough in the fifth place match to get a fall over Delta in 2:50.
Luke, 8 and under 58 lbs, lost in his first round and then won five consecutive matches before he fell in the consolation semifinals by decision 5-2. He rebounded to win the fifth place match by fall (1:45).
Ryler suffered a loss in the quarterfinals in a close 3-2 decision.  Wrestling back through the consolation bracket, he won two more bouts before another loss in the semifinals.  In the fifth place match, he pinned his opponent from Las Vegas in 51 seconds.
Zak Sargent, Parker Jordan, Ryler Jorgensen, Wil Pentz, and Brayden Bearnson all were awarded sportsmanship awards.  These awards were determined by referee of each mat and given to athletes who displayed excellent sportsmanship.
1A 2A 3A State Wrestling Championships
The Morgan Wrestling Club Junior High (seventh to ninth graders) and Middle School (fifth to sixth graders) teams traveled to Richfield, Utah, for the 1A 2A 3A State Wrestling Championships.  Nineteen wrestlers and four coaches, along with a large group of supporters, descended on the Sevier Valley Center for two days of wrestling to determine the best wrestlers from the smaller schools in Utah.
After two days of tough wrestling, the Morgan team claimed fourth place in the 3A division and seventh place overall out of 31 teams.  With only 19 wrestlers competing, Morgan’s performance is even more outstanding. Overall team champion, Delta, had 46 wrestlers competing and Duchesne, the next smallest in the top seven, had 24 wrestlers.
Champions were Waylen Pentz (76-junior high grades 7-9 (JRH)), Jarrett Jorgensen (100-JRH), Will Korth (76-middle school grades 5-6 (MS) and Taufui Fonua (210- JRG).  Blake Woolsey (70-JRH) and Jaxon Larsen (145-MS) both lost in their championship matches and placed second. Joseph Mecham (83-JRH) and Hunter Belinski (67-MS) won their consolation brackets to claim third place, and Jarron Campbell garnered fourth place with a loss in the third place match.  Braden Bearnson finished in fifth with a pin in the fifth place match.  Hunter Belinski lost a tough fifth place match by decision 9-8 and placed sixth, as did Ryan Sazama.
Most of the boys wrestled their first matches on Friday. After being pinned in the first round, eighth grader Holden Petty (112- JRH) came back in his second match to pin his opponent and continue wrestling. He was pinned in the next round to end his tournament.  Jaxson McFarland (100-JRH), Reese Carter (61-MS), James Dewolfe (70-MS) and Parker Jordan (96-JRH) all wrestled well in the opening rounds, but lost their first two matches and were eliminated from the tournament.
Kaleb Cox (76-MS) lost his first round, but won his second by decision 6-4.  Unfortunately in his next round, he was pinned.  Tanner Belinski (104-JRH) lost his first round match to Ryker Pentz from North Summit, came back to win in the first round of consolation, but lost to South Summit Saturday morning.
Mecham lost a tough match to South Summit in the open round. After a near pin in the first round as time expired and up 5-0, Mecham was pinned in the second period.  He came back to win his next round by fall and won the third place match in exciting fashion by coming back from down 4-6 to tie the match and win with a two-point near fall as time expired to give him the 8-6 decision.
After winning by fall in the quarterfinals, Hunter Belinski lost in the semifinal round by tech fall (15-0).  He won his next match by major decision 16-2 and his third place match by fall (:44). Hunter said, “I like wrestling because it is very competitive and you can learn and get better. It is good to learn different moves so you are hard to take down.  I like wrestling with my two brothers on our team, too.”
Bearnson wrestled six tough matches to earn his fifth place title. He won three of them by fall including his fifth place match and lost by fall in the quarterfinals to Altamont.
Campbell lost his opening quarterfinal bout and then won three in a row (tech fall 20-4, major decision 13-2, decision 7-3) to advance to the third place match.  Jacob Fillmore of South Sevier pinned Campbell in his last match.  Campbell, a first-year wrestler, shared, “I like wrestling because it is fun.  You get to travel places and be with your friends.  It is a physical sport and it gets you stronger. I also play football and baseball, but wrestling has become my favorite sport.”
Spencer Belinski wrestled six challenging matches to claim sixth place.  He won his first round by major decision 11-2, but lost in the quarterfinals by fall.  Spencer won his first two consolation rounds by fall before losing by decision 7-0 in the consolation semifinal and by decision 9-8 in the fifth place match.
Jorgensen, Korth, Woolsey and Pentz all advanced to the semifinals after the first day with wins in their opening rounds.  Fonua wrestled on Saturday to claim his championship match spot.  Fonua, an eighth grade wrestler in his first year, relied on his strength and developing skills to win his semifinal match by fall 2:13. He also won his championship match by fall in 40 seconds over Bear River.
Woolsey lost a tough championship bout by tech fall 17-0 to Tristan Smith of North Summit to claim second place while Larsen lost his championship match by fall.  Pentz won his title by fall (1:00) over Duchesne and Korth won by tech fall 16-0 over Gunnison.  Jorgensen beat Snow Canyon by decision 9-5 to claim his championship.
Morgan is coached by Jade, Jesse, and Sage Woolsey and Richard Knight. John Rock also helped coach at the state tournament.
Coach Sage Woolsey remarked, “I like coaching wrestling because kids have it easy now days and wrestling is a sport that teaches them to execute in highly stressful conditions.  When you lose, there is no one else to put the blame on but yourself.”
Check out the Morgan Wrestling Club on Facebook for information about the upcoming spring Freestyle/Greco season.  Practices will start March 1 at Morgan High School.

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