Nine Morgan High School senior wrestlers and one senior manager, Miyuki Cragun, were honored Tuesday, Jan. 16, before the Trojans’ final home match against Grantsville. Each of these outstanding young people were introduced before the match and presented his or her parents with a token of gratitude for all of their support throughout the years. Morgan, behind the nine senior wrestlers, toppled Grantsville 49-17 despite forfeiting two weights.
After forfeiting 106lbs and 113lbs, the Trojans, led by the senior cadre, got busy on the mat. Senior Chris Payne (126lbs) opened the night with a near fall off the opening whistle and proceeded to pin his opponent in the first period. Senior Isaac Ware (132) went three rounds with his foe, but remained firmly in charge the entire match to win by decision 15-4. At 138, sophomore Spencer Belinksi went up 2-0 before winning by fall at the 1:09 mark in the first period while junior Taylor Bearnson won his bout 8-2.
Senior Antonio Nava (152) controlled his match culminating in pin in the second period. At 160lbs, senior Chase Peterson was unable to overcome his opponent and lost in the second period. Hayden Stuart (170), another senior wrestler, went up 14-2 before winning by fall in the second period. Senior Bridger Butterfield jumped up from 160lbs to 182lbs to help the Trojans fill an open slot and pinned his heavier opponent in 1:42.
With double forfeits at 195lbs and 120lbs, the night ended with seniors Chase Trussell (220lbs) and Weston Stegelmeier winning both of their matches by fall. Cass Giles, Morgan’s ninth senior member of the team, was unable to wrestle due to injury.
“It was a great night for our senior wrestlers,” Coach Dustin Rock commented. “They have worked hard, and it is exciting for them to have a good final home match. I was pleased with all of the wrestlers this evening.”
Morgan will wrestle at the Rockwell Rumble at UVU this weekend and travel to South Summit on Wednesday, Jan. 24, for their final region match of the season. Divisionals will be held Feb. 2-3 in Richfield with the 3A State finals at Utah Valley University on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10.
JV Grantsville Results
Morgan’s JV also came away with a big win over Grantsville 30-3. Montana Cragun (126), Tanner Belinski (126), Tyler Chase (132) and Isaac Reese (132) all won their matches by fall. Chance Toone went to the wire to win by match by decision 11-10 and Tom Howard prevailed 4-3 in one match and lost a second bout 8-6.
Coach Rock noted, “I am extremely pleased with the progress the younger wrestlers are making. They are working hard and doing some really good things on the mat. It was great to see them be successful this evening.”
Bobcat Brawl Results
Jan. 12-13, Morgan traveled to Smithfield, Utah, to participate in the Bobcat Brawl Dual Tournament. Unfortunately, sickness hit the team hard, and four varsity wrestlers were unable to participate in the dual.
“It’s hard to give up so many varsity wrestlers when we are already forfeiting two weights. We had some JV kids step up and fill in some of the weights, but it is hard to compete in a dual missing those kids. We had a lot of individuals do really well at the tournament,” Coach Rock explained.
Morgan placed fifth overall at the tournament winning their duals against Alta, Preston, Logan while falling to first-place Viewmont, second-place Box Elder, third-place Highland (ID), and fourth-place Sky View.
At 220lbs, Chase Trussell went undefeated (7-0) earning five pins, a 9-1 major decision, and a forfeit. Three wrestlers lost a single match to finish the tournament 6-1. Antonio Nava (152lbs) recorded four pins and two tech falls, 20-4 and 22-7. Nava’s only loss came at the hands of Box Elder wrestler, Brock Hardy, a three-time state champion who is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation at 145lbs and is headed to Nebraska on wrestling scholarship.
Jarrett Jorgensen’s bid to go undefeated was disrupted by Box Elder’s Garrett Ricks. Jorgensen won six of his matches by fall and lost by decision 6-2 to Ricks. Joseph Mecham also suffered a single loss by decision falling 8-3 to Viewmont’s Parker Frasure. Mecham garnered four pins, a tech fall 16-0, and a 16-2 major decision.