Trenton Junior Places Third In 170-Pound Bracket
Mason Mounce picked up a third-place medal in the 170-pound bracket on Saturday after finishing 4-1 at the tournament. After winning in the opening round and quarterfinals by first-round pins, Mounce saw his dreams of a state title dashed with a 5-2 decision loss to Cole Kemna of Blair Oaks on Friday night. Mounce fell behind 3-0 in the second period, yielding an escape and a takedown. After sustaining a nearfall and losing two more points in the third period, Mounce got on the board with a reversal, but Kemna was able to stall out the match and send Mounce to the consolation bracket.
Mounce advanced to the third-place match on Saturday with a win by injury default in the consolation semifinals. Mounce then closed his season on a high note, defeating Andrew McLaughlin by a 5-4 decision. Mounce trailed 2-0 in the second period after a reversal, but cut the lead in half with an escape before the third period began. The match swung back-and-forth in the third period. Mounce took a lead with a reversal, but McLaughlin countered with a reversal of his own to re-take the lead. Mounce got the final reversal with 25 seconds left in the match, however, and picked up the third-place medal by a single point.
“Mason Mounce placed third at 170, which is a great accomplishment,” Trenton Head Coach Charlie Bacon said. “Mason is one of the hardest working young men I’ve coached and has put everything in to bringing home a state title, so he was crushed after his semifinal loss to Cole Kemna from Blair Oaks. The harder you work, the more it hurts when things don’t work out, but that hard work will come in handy for next year. I couldn’t be more proud of Mason.”
With the third-place win, Mounce finished his junior season with a stellar 44-2 record.
Mounce’s teammates were eliminated on Friday morning. Thomas Mack (160) got his tournament off and running with a win by fall in the first round, but that would be his only one. Mack pinned Kyle Pudlowski of Brentwood, but O’Hara’s Maverick Griffin put Mack into wrestlebacks with a 5-1 decision win over the Trenton junior. Ryker Skelton of Seneca then ended Mack’s tournament with an 8-0 major decision. Mack’s season closed with a 33-8 record.
“Thomas Mack was really hoping for a medal,” Bacon said. “The vast improvement he has been able to make in one year speaks volumes about his work ethic and dedication. Thomas wrestled well throughout the tournament, but just made little mistakes that cost him. Next year he will be ready to go down and get a medal.”
Drew Rorebeck (126) and Terrin Ellis (285) each lost in the opening round before winning a wrestleback match. Their respective tournament runs came to a close in the second round of wrestlebacks, however, as both fell. Rorebeck lost by fall in the opening round, won by fall in wrestlebacks and was eliminated by a 17-0 tech fall at the hands of Nathaniel Alexander of Maryville. Rorebeck finished the season with a 19-14 record.
“Drew Rorebeck looked good at the tournament once he got settled in a little bit,” Bacon said. “He got a big pin in his second match, which helped boost his confidence a little bit. Drew is only a freshman and I am excited about his future with us.”
Ellis was pinned twice, once on either side of a win by injury default. Ellis finished the season at 24-11.
“Terrin Ellis was a first-year state qualifier and got some valuable experience,” Bacon said. “He wrestled a tough kid from Blair Oaks in the first round who had a little bit more experience and size than Terrin. He received an injury default in his second match, and lost his third. Terrin also watched a lot of good heavyweight wrestling and knows what he needs to do to improve next year.”
Wynne DeVorss (138) was eliminated on Thursday, falling by pinfall in the first round and dropping a 6-1 decision in the first round of wrestlebacks. The two losses ended DeVorss’ season at 23-22.
“Wynne DeVorss came in to an extremely tough 138 bracket this year,” Bacon said. “He was wrestling a very close match with his Richmond opponent, but got caught off guard with a head lock and couldn’t recover. His second match was very close when he wrestled Kurtis Haun from Whitfield. It was great to see Wynne make it to Columbia and wrestle with some really tough kids.”
In the team standings, Blair Oaks won the state title with 98 points. Whitfield was second with 95.5, Lawson took third with 86, Marceline was fourth with 84.5 and Plattsburg rounded out the top five with 82.5. Trenton scored 30 team points, 20 of which came from Mounce, to finish 23rd.
Despite the finish, Trenton left state with a lot to look forward to as all five state qualifiers will return next season.
“The results are not what the kids hoped for, but they should still be extremely proud of what they accomplished at the state level,” Bacon said. “Often times we forget how much hard work and dedication went in to achieving what these young men were able to. I am very optimistic about our future when we took five kids down to Columbia, and none of them are seniors.”