Morgan wrapped up a tough week of wrestling Saturday evening. On Wednesday, November 28 in Heber City, they faced 5A state champion, Wasatch, in a dual, and then on Friday and Saturday, November 30-December 1, the Trojans wrestled against top state competitors at the Layton Invitational Tournament. The MHS grapplers fell to the Wasps in the dual 18-55 but wrestled extremely tough at the Layton Invitational and brought home a first, second and third place individually and 10th place overall out of 28 teams.
Coach Dustin Rock commented, “I thought ending up in the top 10 with only putting seven kids into the tournament was really good for us! We wrestled well and got better! That’s always our goal in these early tournaments.”
In the 98-pound bracket, sophomore Waylen Pentz claimed first place. Although the 98-pound bracket is not an official high school weight, several tournaments make this bracket available. Pentz quickly dispatched all seven of his opponents by fall. One match lasted 1:42, and the remainder were over in less than 36 seconds with his fastest pin coming in nine seconds. Congratulations to Pentz on his first-place victory!
Junior Jarret Jorgensen won his first three matches, two by fall and one by decision 11-7, to arrive in the semifinals of the 126lbs weight class. In this match, Jorgensen faced Deklan Kelly of Wasatch, the wrestler who bested him on Wednesday night by a point(6-5) in the dual against the Wasps. This time, Jorgensen controlled the match and advanced to the finals on a 9-5 decision. In the championship match, Jorgensen fell to Uintah’s Cub Deets 9-2 and earned second place.
At 106lbs, freshman Will Korth won a 10-8 decision over Bridger Ricks of Box Elder in the quarterfinals before falling to Layton’s Quade Smith in the semifinal match 3-1. Korth won his consolation semifinal by tech fall 18-2 before returning to face Ricks again in the third-place match. Korth was able to prevail over Ricks for the second time in the tournament, this time by a 2-1 decision, to earn third place in his first varsity tournament.
The young Trojan team only entered seven wrestlers in the varsity tournament, and junior Spencer Belinski at 145lbs was Morgan’s only other wrestler who placed. Belinski opened the tournament with a win but fell in his second match and entered the consolation bracket. After three wins, including a 7-6 decision in round four, Belinski lost a 10-4 decision in round five and entered the 7th place match. In his final outing, Belinski dropped a 4-2 decision but still claimed eighth place.
Holden Petty (160lbs), Tanner Belinski (152lbs), and Montana Cragun (138lbs) also competed in the varsity tournament for the Trojans.
At Heber City on Wednesday, Morgan fell to Wasatch 55-18. Highlights of the evening include Morgan’s only pin of the evening by junior Holden Petty (160lbs) and wins by sophomore Chance Toone (170lbs) with a 9-3 decision and freshman Jarron Campbell (132lbs) winning in sudden victory 6-4.
In the Layton JV Open, Morgan entered 14 young wrestlers. Sophomore Chance Toone placed third for the Trojans at 170lbs. Toone reeled off three pins before losing in the semifinal match, his only loss on the day. He continued his winning streak by pinning his opponent in the consolation semifinals and the third-place match, to bring home the bronze medal.
Coach Rock complimented the younger wrestlers, “The JV wrestled well. I think just about everybody ended with at least one win. For some of these freshmen and first year wrestlers, it was a great tournament and some valuable mat time.”
Other JV wrestlers who scored points for Morgan included Zaxton Zuech (113lbs), William Lance (138lbs), Isaac Rees (145lbs), Ryker Adams (152lbs), Cade Galbraith (160lbs), Jaxon Larsen (195lbs) and Ryan Sazma (220lbs).
The Trojans wrestled Syracuse at home on Wednesday, December 5 and were at Ridgeline in Cache Valley on Thursday. They will travel to Layton on December 12 before participating in the Jody Warren Duals at Weber High on December 14-15. Don’t miss their home tri-meet against Evanston and Bear River on December 19 starting at 4pm.
Morgan 18, Wasatch 55 Box Score
132: Jarron Campbell (MHS) over Trevor Clyde (WHS) (SV-1 6-4) 138: Sammy Heywood (WHS) over Brennan Campbell (MHS) (Fall 1:35) 145: Stockton O`Brien (WHS) over Spencer Belinski (MHS) (Fall 1:02) 152: Zak Kohler (WHS) over Tanner Belinski (MHS) (Fall 3:46) 160: Holden Petty (MHS) over Noah Dorrough (WHS) (Fall 3:22) 170: Chance Toone (MHS) over Barrett Banfield (WHS) (Dec 9-3) 182: Porter Chamberlain (WHS) over Canyon Lane (MHS) (Fall 0:46) 195: Logan Kennard (WHS) over Jaxon Larsen (MHS) (Fall 0:19) 220: Alexander Budd (WHS) over Ryan Sazama (MHS) (Fall 0:29) 285: Justin Swainston (WHS) over (MHS) (For.) 106: William Korth (MHS) over (WHS) (For.) 113: Noah Roylance (WHS) over Waylen Pentz (MHS) (MD 10-1) 120: River Wardle (WHS) over (MHS) (For.) 126: Deklan Kelly (WHS) over Jarett Jorgensen (MHS) (Dec 6-5)