Morgan High School had five representatives to compete at this esteemed competition. All five of them had to earn their way to the competition by placing in the top six at the state tournament the previous week. All five of them proved they deserved to be there by placing in the top six and taking their spot on the podium.
Hayden Pentz, Owen Pentz and Wyatt Ekblad all took sixth place in the statewide competition in their individual weight divisions. Carlos Nava took an impressive fourth place.
Jayden Pentz earned his way to first place. “He beat some really tuff kids to win it,” Coach Dustin Rock explained. He was able to win against a competitor he has never been able to beat. Jayden’s diligence paid off with his first place win. He has been wrestling since he was 4 years old and plans to continue to improve.
The five boys showed sportsmanship and camaraderie as they supported and cheered for each other throughout the tournament.
“We wrestled really well,” Coach Dustin Rock said. He felt like his wrestlers fed off the momentum and did better than expected. “It was pretty cool,” Rock said happily.
Super State does not score teams as is traditionally done in other wrestling competitions.
The team had a successful season, participating in nine tournaments. By the end of the season the Morgan High wrestling team ended with 22 wrestlers.
This was the first year Coach Dustin Rock worked with the Morgan High Wrestling team as head coach, but he is not a newbie. Prior to coming to Morgan he coached at Clearfield for five years, and assisted the Morgan team for three years before that. He has found coaching wrestling rewarding in both places. He feels there are good kids everywhere. Rock has felt welcomed in Morgan and has enjoyed working with everyone involved in what he calls “the greatest sport ever.”
When the team first came together at the beginning of the year, they set a goal to end in the top 10 in the state. Their individual hard work and team efforts paid off as Morgan High was ranked ninth in thes. “We did really well,” Coach Rock said of their ranking. He enjoyed watching the team work towards that goal all season and was thrilled when he watched them accomplish it.
Individuals worked hard on their own goals through this season. Tyler Trampthan was determined to qualify to go to the state tournament. Throughout the season he moved closer to that goal; however, for the qualifying tournament he was very sick. Coach Rock was inspired as he watched Trampthan work through an illness to achieve his goal and qualify for state competition.
Kyle Stapley also impressed the coach as he came to the wrestling team for the first time as a senior and competed very well.
“The whole season was fun,” Rock said. “It was fun to see the kids work hard.”
Coach Rock is looking forward to next year. He explains he wants to bring Morgan High wrestling back to the powerhouse it has traditionally been. Four of the top five wrestlers who placed at super state will be returning, ensuring a talented team for next year.
Coach Rock would like to thank the community for being supportive of the wrestling program in Morgan. He invites youth to get involved in wrestling in high school or in the youth wrestling programs.
Morgan Little League wrestling began on Monday, March 3, in the wrestling room at the high school. The turnout exceeded expectations. These wrestlers, as young as 4 years old up through eighth grade, will compete at a tournament at Morgan High on March 21.
The coaches are dedicated to helping youth who are willing to work towards their goals accomplish them. This program, as well as the Morgan Jr. High Wrestling team, help feed the high school team with experienced wrestlers.
Congratulations to the Morgan High Wrestling State Champions!