Last weekend Morgan High School senior wrestler Chase Trussell brought home a coveted first-place finish at the prestigious Rockwell Rumble. Trussell, a two-time returning state champion, pinned four opponents and beat the other two by major decision, to earn the 220lbs champion title.
This is the first time a Morgan wrestler has won this tournament. In 2016, Owen Pentz advanced to the finals but lost a heart-breaking sudden victory match 8-6. With his Reno Tournament of Champions title and the Rockwell win, Trussell is wrestling at a superior level.
Coach Dustin Rock commented, “It is fun watching Chase wrestle at the level he is wrestling. He is doing a great job and is the currently the second-best wrestler in the entire state right now.”
“Amazing” was the word Trussell chose to describe his win. “It was great. I think my favorite match was the final against the kid from Millard. It was great to beat him 9-0. I have a goal to go undefeated this season,” he shared. Trussell, who plans to wrestle in college, has not chosen a school at this time, but is looking forward to state and then nationals.
Coach Rock was very pleased with his team’s efforts and results. “It is great to see all of our kids wrestling high intensity, high quality matches. I was pleased with the team top to bottom. Of course, we saw things we can improve and do better at divisionals and state, but I was excited to see all of the kids put forth their best efforts against some great competition.”
Over 80 teams, with wrestlers from as far away as Canada, converged at Utah Valley University to determine the best of each bracket. The Morgan High School team placed 16th out of the 80-team field with two other wrestlers placing in the tournament. Sophomore Jarrett Jorgensen wrestled nine matches over the two days to claim fourth place in the 120lbs bracket, and senior Antonio Nava battled to a seventh place finish at 152lbs.
Jorgensen also achieved his goal at the tournament with his fourth-place finish. Last year as a freshman, he placed eighth, and his goal was to place higher this year. “My favorite match was definitely my win over Vance VomBaur from Colorado. He was supposed to beat me, and I won 15-5,” he shared. Jorgensen lost in the third round and fought his way back through the consolation bracket to the third-place match, where he fell to his recent nemesis, Garrett Ricks of Box Elder, by decision 5-3.
Nava placed at the Rumble for the first time this year. He was excited with his finish and reported, “The Rumble gave me confidence that I can wrestle at a higher level. My most memorable match was beating a kid from Pleasant Grove, who I lost to at Reno [in December]. The match went into double overtime, but I was able to win.” Nava also lost in the third round and wrestled three consolation matches before he fell to Lucas Cochran of Box Elder by decision. Nava tech falled his opponent in the seventh-place match.
106lbs sophomore Joseph Mecham advanced to the quarterfinal match with a tough 3-2 win in the third round. Mecham lost the quarterfinal match to the eventual champion, River Wardle, and fell in the consolation bracket by decision 10-6 to end his tournament.
Taylor Bearnson (138), Hayden Stuart (170) and Weston Stegelmeier (285) all earned two wins in the tournament before they suffered their second loss.