Three Morgan wrestlers were chosen to compete in the 2018 Utah All-Star Duals that were held on Tuesday, January 8, at UVU in Orem. Junior Jarett Jorgensen, 126lbs, was chosen for his third consecutive year while brothers Will and Drew Korth made their first appearance together. Will, a MHS freshman, had previously wrestled in the Jr. High All-Star Duals twice, but Drew, a sixth grader, made his All-Star Dual debut this year with his older brother.
Drew Korth, 85lbs, faced off against Jacob Carson, an 8th grader, of Team Prestige. Korth was one of four sixth graders who were invited to participate in the Junior High All-Star Dual event. Korth went down early in the first period 2-0. Throughout the second period, Drew fought hard on the bottom, but was unable to overcome Carson and lost 10-1 after getting an escape near the end of the match. Drew was excited for his first experience at the All-Star Duals and is already busy prepping for a trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the Tulsa Nationals on January 17-19.
Older brother, Will Korth, 106lbs, representing the Wildcard Dual Team, faced off against the number one ranked, 106-pound 4A wrestler, Jake Otero, of Stansbury. Will controlled the match and tech falled Otero, a junior, 15-0, early in the third period. Will started with a quick takedown off the whistle and earned back points with 45 seconds remaining in the first period to start the second period up 5-0. He scored another take down early in the second period to go up 7-0 and ended the period up 12-0. Opening the third period, he earned an escape point and took Otero down for a final time to finish with the tech fall at 4:22.
After two appearances in the All-Star Duals, Jarett Jorgensen entered the evening looking for his first victory at the event and earned it in thrilling fashion. Representing the 3A team, Jorgensen, 126lbs, wrestled the last match of the evening against Fremont’s Mason Denton of the 6A team. With both Jorgensen, a two-time 3A state champion, and Denton, a 6A state contender, in the match, everyone in attendance knew it would be a tough battle. After the first period, a 0-0 score showed how equally matched the two wrestlers were. Jorgensen was able to score first on an escape 40 seconds into the second period to take the 1-0 lead and got a take down at the :47 mark to increase his lead to 3-0. As the period closed, Denton was able to get an escape and score, cutting Jorgensen’s lead 3-1. In the third period, Jorgensen only allowed Denton one escape with 42 seconds remaining in the match and carried his lead to a 3-2 victory.
Jorgensen, Will Korth and the MHS team also wrestled at the 3A Duals in Richfield on January 4-5. The team traveled to Grantsville on January 9 for a dual and will compete at home against Summit Academy on Wednesday, January 16. They will travel January 18-19 to Heber City for the Rockwell Rumble and will end their regular season on Thursday, January 24 with a home meet against South Summit. See next week’s paper for more coverage on the 3A Duals and meet against Grantsville.