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Trojans place at prestigious Millard Ironman

Dec 07, 2023 11:12AM ● By Liisa London Mecham

Drew Korth tilts his opponent during the Ridgeline dual. Korth went 9-0 at the Millard Ironman Tournament last weekend.

In a busy week, the Trojans took down Ridgeline, 51-24, in their home dual, Thursday, Nov. 30, and then they traveled to Fillmore to compete against top wrestling teams from Utah, Idaho, and Nevada in the Millard Ironman. After pool wrestling, Morgan qualified for the silver bracket and took third behind Stansbury and Delta. SLAM Nevada won the gold bracket of the tournament with Minico Idaho taking second and the host team Millard, 2023 2A State Champions, placing third. The 2023 6A runner-up Pleasant Grove placed fourth with Wasatch earning fifth, and the 2023 3A State Champions, Juab, placing sixth.

Morgan wrestler Drew Korth (144) went 9-0 at the tournament pinning eight of his nine opponents, six of them in 1:00 or less. He won his ninth match by major decision, 13-0. Zak Sargent (190) garnered an 8-1 record with his only loss, 4-1, to Pleasant Grove’s Trevyn Gates, a 2023 State Champion. Sargent pinned seven of his opponents, four in under a minute and the other three in 1:24, 1:44, and 2:l2

“Drew wrestled well and went undefeated, and Zak’s only loss was to the No. 1 190-pounder in the state. They did a great job; all of the boys did. I thought Sim Wardell and Maverick Guymon both wrestled well and showed a lot of grit and improvement in the tournament as well,” Head Coach Kelly Wilson noted.

“I am pleased with the progress the wrestlers are making. We are giving up a forfeit at 106, and in the later matches, Luke Woolsey and Skyler Crowther got injured, and we were giving up three forfeits to some really good teams. It’s hard to win a dual against a tough team when you give up that many points,” Wilson explained. 

At 120 pounds, Ryler Jorgensen recorded a 7-2 outing with his only losses coming against Wasatch and North Sanpete.  Woolsey (132) won four matches over North Sanpete, Juab, and Delta before his injury. In the 138-pound bracket, Maverick Guymon earned a 6-3 record with victories over North Sanpete, Renegade, South Sevier, Delta, and Canyon View.  

Sim Wardell, wrestling 150, went 5-4 while Treyson Rich (215) tallied six wins to three losses. His losses came to Stansbury, Pleasant Grove, and Canyon View.

The remainder of the wrestlers on the team represented Morgan well: 113-Huntley Gale (2-5); 126-Max Holtry (2-7); Skyler Crowther (157) 3-5; Chase Allen (165) 4-5; Tagg Rich (175) 4-5; Lane Henderson (285) 4-5.  175-Joseph Belinski 157 (4-4) for Renegade.

In their pool wrestling, the Trojans faced Pleasant Grove, Wasatch, Delta, North Sanpete, and South Sevier. In Round 1, Wasatch defeated Morgan 47-24 while Morgan defeated North Sanpete 51-27 in Round 2. Round 3 pitted the Trojans against South Sevier, and Morgan won 57-18.  

In round 4 the Trojans took on Pleasant Grove, losing 35-32 in a tough match. They completed pool wrestling with a dual against Delta and fell 38-33.  

In the silver bracket, Morgan opened with victories over Mountain View, 39-28, and Canyon View, 39-32. In Round 3, Stansbury defeated Morgan 40-34 before the Trojans finished with a 33-25 victory over Renegade. Their previous dual loss to Delta in pool wrestling placed them third behind Stansbury and Delta.

In the dual against Ridgeline, Morgan won nine of the matches and Ridgeline four. Of the Trojans’ nine victories, seven were pins. The other two matches were won by tech fall and major decision. 

Coach Wilson was pleased with his team’s outing against Ridgeline and praised his JV wrestlers as well. “They all worked hard, and we’re excited to see the improvements that they are making.”

Morgan hosted a dual against the 2023 6A State Champions Layton Thursday, Dec. 7. The Trojans will compete this weekend at the Wasatch Tournament and travel to Tremonton for a dual against Bear River Wednesday, Dec. 13.  The Trojans’ next home dual will be Dec. 20 at 5:30 for both varsity and JV. They will be wrestling Region 13 opponent, Union. λ


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