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Trojan Wrestlers win region title; will host divisionals Feb. 3 and 4

Feb 08, 2023 03:20PM ● By Liisa London Mecham

The Trojans won the Region 13 Wrestling Title with a 35-30 win over South Summit Thursday, Jan. 26. Photo by Trudy Toone

With their 35-30 win over South Summit Thursday, January 26, Morgan claimed the Region 13 title–an honor they have earned several consecutive years. Thursday also marked the last home dual of the season and Senior Night for the eight graduating seniors on the boys’ team. Reese Carter, Brayden Porter, Taite Toone, Donavin Gibson, Rylan Crowther, Rylee Creasey, Aydon Thomson and Cole Keele were honored before the match and recognized along with their families.

Coach Dustin Rock praised his group of seniors. “They have shown great senior leadership this year. I’m excited to see what the future holds for each of these young men.”

In the match, the Trojans faced a tough Wildcat team. In the opening match, Max Holtry (106) fell by pin (1:28) before Luke Woolsey took an 8-2 decision at 113 pounds. Ryler Jorgensen (120 pounds) got the pin (4:57), and at 126 pounds, Drew Korth earned the tech fall (16-1) in the third period. After four matches, Morgan led 14-6.

The next three matches went to South Summit by decision with Maverick Guymon (132) taking a 6-0 loss, Taite Toone (138) falling 9-4 and Skyler Crowther (144) suffering a 9-5 loss. South Summit pulled ahead 15-14 with the three decisions. At 150, Rylan Crowther won by fall (3:45), and Zak Sargent earned a 7-6 decision to reclaim the lead for the Trojans 23-15.

The 165 and 175 pound matches went to South Summit by fall with Gabe Toone and Lance Toone taking the losses. South Summit surged ahead with the two pins to lead 27-23. Morgan’s Rylee Creasey (190) and Aydon Thomson (215) both earned falls with Creasey’s coming in the second period (2:47) and Thomson’s in the first (1:46). The two pins sealed the win for the Trojans putting them up 35-27 going into the final match of the night.

At 285 pounds, Cole Keele lost a close match by decision 4-1, but the Wildcats couldn’t catch the Trojans with the three points from the decision. The final score was 35-30, and Morgan celebrated Senior Night with another Region 13 wrestling title.

Coach Rock said, “It’s always fun to beat South Summit in a close dual and to add a trophy to the case, but the real events are the next two weeks. We’ve been working for divisionals and state all year. I’m looking forward to the next two weeks and watching what our team can accomplish.”

The Trojans will host the Girls 3A Divisional A and B Tournaments on Wednesday, Feb. 1, and the 3A Boys Divisional B Tournament Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4. Headed into Divisionals, Coach Rock is excited to see how his wrestlers perform and anticipates a large group advancing to state based on their season performance. The Trojans will enter 28 wrestlers in the divisional tournament. Wrestlers who place in the top eight at divisionals advance to the 3A State championships that will be held Feb. 15-16 in Richfield.

Wednesday, Jan. 25, the Trojans traveled to Nephi for a match up against Juab. The Wasps have won the state championship the past several years and always provide excellent matches. Morgan fell to Juab 48 to 18. Four Morgan wrestlers recorded victories against the Wasps. Cole Keele opened the dual with an overtime victory 2-1 in the heavyweight division (285 pounds). Luke Woolsey (113) earned a first period pin in 1:45, while Drew Korth (126) pinned his opponent even quicker in 43 seconds. In Zak Sargent’s 157 pound bout, he entered the third period down 0-4, but didn’t give up. In the final period, Sargent scored a take down and three point near fall to win the match 5-4. 

Morgan versus Juab, Juab 48: Morgan 18

285: Cole Keele (MHS) over Ty Blackburn (JHS) (TB-1 2-1), 106: Braxten Blackett (JHS) over Max Holtry (MHS) (MD 12-4), 113: Luke Woolsey (MHS) over Hayden Adams (JHS) (Fall 1:45), 120: Rowdey Peterson (JHS) over Ryler Jorgensen (MHS) (TF 15-0 4:28), 126: Drew Korth (MHS) over Porter Anderson (JHS) (Fall 0:43), 132: Garrett Perry (JHS) over Maverick Guymon (MHS) (Dec 7-5), 138: Gabriel Perry (JHS) over Taite Toone (MHS) (MD 12-3), 144: Benedict Holthaus (JHS) over Skyler Crowther (MHS) (TF 15-0 4:00), 150: Chase Ingram (JHS) over Rylan Crowther (MHS) (Fall 1:16), 157: Zak Sargent (MHS) over Dakota Lynn (JHS) (Dec 5-4), 165: Taylor Newton (JHS) over Gabe Toone (MHS) (Fall 3:55), 175: Will Harmon (JHS) over Lance Toone (MHS) (Fall 2:32), 190: Logan Holdaway (JHS) over Rylee Creasey (MHS) (Fall 3:18), 215: Aiden Seely (JHS) over Aydon Thomson (MHS) (Dec 4-3).

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