Morgan has had a strong legacy of outstanding wrestlers. Throughout the last five decades, Morgan has produced its share of state champions. One particular family has wrestling success running through their blood. The Pentz family has earned its way onto the podium throughout generations and this last weekend, five cousins wrestled their way to the top.
Feb. 14 and 15 at the Utah High School State Wrestling Championships brothers Hayden, Jayden and Owen Pentz represented Morgan High School along with eight other boys. These three siblings each medaled along with Morgan teammates Carlos Nava and Wyatt Ekblad. To have three brothers place in state in one year is very rare. In fact, it may be the first time it has ever happened in Morgan.
The state tournament was exciting for these brothers, but the celebration extended past their immediate family. Joining them at the tournament were cousins Randon Pentz from North Summit High School and Hestin Woolsey from Weber High School. All five cousins placed at the state competition.
Eli and Krissy Pentz of Croydon have supported their sons Jayden, Hayden and Owen in wrestling since the ages of 4 and 5.
As can be expected of a mother supporting her sons in something so demanding, Krissy was extremely nervous at the event on Saturday. “I wanted to throw up!” she admits. After it was all over, her nerves calmed down and the extended family gathered together for a group photo.
Hayden is a senior, wrestles 182 pounds and has a record of 30 wins and 17 loses. He took sixth. “Not bad for a kid that just wanted to get through the year” his mom said proudly. While Hayden was not as focused as his brothers, he still was one of the best in the state. He was the only wrestler in the northern division to place at state and the only senior from Morgan.
Jayden is a junior and wrestles 120 lbs. He has an impressive record of 48 wins and four losses this year. Jayden took second place after an exciting win in the semifinals round against a wrestler from Hurricane who had gone undefeated in Utah.
Owen is a freshman and wrestles 126 lbs. He has a record of 40 wins 13 loses. This first-timer in high school wrestling didn’t let his age show as he took fourth place in his category. He has shown determination and commitment throughout his wrestling.
Hesston Woolsey is a junior and wrestles 113 lbs. for Weber High. He has a record of 41 wins and 10 loses. He took fourth. His parents are Levi and Kelly, who are both MHS graduates. They currently live in Huntsville.
Randin Pentz is a freshman and wrestles 152 lbs. for North Summit high. His record is 32 wins and 14 loses. He took fourth. His dad is Dusty Pentz and their family lives in Coalville.
Though the five cousins wrestle for three different schools, they remain close on and off the mats. “It kind of runs in the family,” Krissy said. Some may say is an understatement. Their dads Eli, Dusty and Levi all wrestled for the same team. Hayden, Jayden, and Owen’s grandpa Steve Pentz was a state champion in 1965. Randon’s grandpa Randy Pentz was a two-time state champion in the years 1962 and 1963. Hestin has had uncles and other cousins who belong to the same category of champions. Jayden has set a goal to reach that status.
Morgan High School placed ninth as a team out of the stiff 22-school competition.
Owen, Jayden and Hayden will wrestle on Feb. 22 at the Maverick Center competing in the second annual High School Super State Tournament. The two younger brothers will also travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa, to compete at the USA Folkstyle National Championship. These two wrestle 10 months out of the year, determined to be the best. Their commitment keeps them practicing continually sometimes more than once a day.
Congratulations to all of the wrestlers at Morgan High School!