Trenton Kids Wrestling Club
The Trenton Kids Wrestling program will host the District Kids Wrestling Tournament on Saturday at the Trenton High School gym. The event begins at 9 a.m. A concession stand will be available and admission will be charged for the event. The Trenton Kids Wrestling Club is sponsoring the tournament.
Trenton Junior Places Third In 170-Pound Bracket
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Mason Mounce has his hand raised after a victory at the state wrestling tournament in Columbia. Mounce finished in third place in the 170-pound bracket, earning Trenton’s only medal.
The Class 1 MSHSAA Wrestling Championships may not have played out exactly the way Trenton High School would have liked, but the Bulldogs did bring home one medal from the event at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.
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.”
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Thomas Mack grapples with an opponent during a 160-pound match at the state tournament in Columbia. Mack went 1-2 at the event.
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Terrin Ellis locks up with an opponent during a 285-pound match at the state tournament Friday. Ellis went 1-2 in his respective bracket.
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Drew Rorebeck attempts to roll an opponent over for a pin at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. Rorebeck ran a 1-2 record in the 126-pound bracket.
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Wynne DeVorss controls an opponent in Columbia on Thursday morning. DeVorss went 0-2 in the 138-pound bracket of the state tournament.
Update: Thomas Mack (160) was eliminated in wrestlebacks Friday morning along with Drew Rorebeck (126) and Terrin Ellis (285), leaving Mason Mounce as the only Bulldogs left wrestling at the state tournament.
Mack was handed a loss in his first wrestleback following a quarterfinal loss. Mack was handed an 8-0 major decision by Ryker Skelton of Seneca. The loss ended Mack’s season with a 34-10 record and a 1-2 showing at state.
Rorebeck fell in his second wrestleback match, losing to Nathaniel Alexander of Maryville by a technical fall, 17-0. Rorebeck finished 1-2 at state and posted a 20-16 record on the season.
Ellis advanced to teh secodn round of wrestlebacks by an injury default, but his run was stopped by Craig Graham of Plattsburg, who pinned the Trenton heavyweight in the third period. The loss by fall gave ellis a 1-2 showing at state and a 25-13 record for the season.
Mounce will be in semifinal action this evening at Mizzou Arena in Columbia
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Mason Mounce picked up a pair of first-period pins to advance to the state tournament semifinals at 170 pounds. Above, Mounce secured a win by fall over Jacob Clay of Brentwood in the first round on Thursday.
After quarterfinals at the state wrestling tournament, Mason Mounce is still alive with a shot at a state championship at 170 pounds. The Trenton junior scored wins by fall in both the first round on Thursday and the quarterfinals this morning at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.
Mounce made short work of Brentwood’s Jacob Clay, picking up a first-round pin on Thursday. Mounce jumped out to a 5-0 lead with a takedown and nearfall before giving up a single point on an escape. Mounce scored his second takedown with just under a minute left in the match, though, and finished the job this time, picking up the win by fall.
Mounce wasted little time on Friday morning, pinning Lawson’s Adrean Eskew. Mounce took Eskew down halfway through the first period and pinned him just before time expired, clinching a trip to the semifinals tonight.
Thomas Mack (160) was relegated to wrestlebacks after winning his first-round match, falling this morning to Maverick Griffin of O’Hara. Mack yielded five points in the second period on a reversal and a nearfall. With a 5-0 lead, Griffin attempted to stall out the final period, giving up a penalty point in the process. Mack was unable to do anything with the O’Hara junior, falling by a 5-1 decision. Mack was in wrestleback action this afternoon, but hadn’t yet stepped on the mat as of press time.
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Thomas Mack works to pin his first round opponent at the state tournament on Thursday at Mizzou Arena. Mack lost by a 5-1 decision in the quarterfinals Friday and will now have to wrestle his way through wrestlebacks to earn a medal.
Mack won his first match of the tournament on Thursday by pinning Kyle Pudlowski of Brentwood. A busy first period saw Mack score a quick takedown and nearfall before Pudlowski scored two points with a reversal. Mack went up 7-2 by the end of the period after adding an escape and second takedown to his total. Mack racked up takedown number three early in the second period and then put the match away with a pin.
Drew Rorebeck (126), Wynne DeVorss (138) and Terrin Ellis (285) all suffered first-round losses by fall in the second period of their respective matches.
Rorebeck fell behind in his first match of the tournament, facing Dakota Jones of Adrian, when he was taken down with 24 seconds left in the opening period. Jones scored a reversal to start the second period and pinned Rorebeck shortly after.
The Trenton freshman lived to wrestle another day, quite literally, scoring a win by fall in the first round of wrestlebacks. Rorebeck wasted little time, taking down Lathrop’s Hunter Dalinghaus 20 seconds into the match and picking up a pin to advance to Friday.
Ellis also advanced to Friday action after losing his opening match. Ellis yielded five points in the first period to John Karsten of Blair Oaks on a take down and a nearfall. Karsten scored a reversal to start the second period and followed it up with a pin of Ellis at the 1:45 mark.
Ellis would pick up a win by forfeit over injured Gage Boggs of Carrollton in the first round of wrestlebacks to advance.
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Wynne DeVorss controls his opponent during his opening match at the state tournament on Thursday. DeVorss went 0-2 on the day, ending his state run.
Meanwhile, DeVorss’ tournament run came to a close on the first day after the sophomore was pinned in the first round and lost by a 6-1 decision in wrestlebacks. DeVorss battled to a scoreless tie in the first period of his first match of the tournament against Garrison Sanders of Richmond. Sanders started the second period on the bottom and picked up an escape and a takedown before pinning DeVorss roughly 30 seconds into the period.
DeVorss faced Kurtis Hahn of Whitfield in the first round of wrestlebacks and fell behind on a takedown with two seconds left in the opening period. DeVorss gave up two points in the second period and two in the third on reversals before picking up one escape point with 22 seconds left in the match. That would be it, however, as DeVorss was eliminated from the 138-pound bracket. With the two losses, DeVorss finished his season with a 23-24 record.
Second-round wrestleback action was contested today, following the quarterfinal round. Both Ellis and Rorebeck were in action. See Monday’s Republican-Times for a complete recap from Columbia.
The Trenton Kids Wrestling Club was in action Saturday at the Polo Youth Wrestling Tournament. Kaden Owen returned with Trenton’s only first-place showing.
Brayden Hughs and Tyler Siemer placed second and Garrison Otto was third. Daniel Duncan, Hunter Limkemann, Spencer Stieh, Trey Webb and Logan Wilson all placed fourth and Maverick Stieh was fifth. Others in action for Trenton included John Riley Weske and Cole Whitham
It was a tough day for the Trenton wrestling teams Saturday at the Lexington Tournament. The Bulldogs started the day off on the right foot, taking advantage of several open weights in a 66-9 win over the Wentworth Military Academy, but things went downhill from that point as the Bulldogs were handed four straight losses to finish the day 1-4. Illness in the Bulldogs’ lineup didn’t help any either.
“We saw a lot of tough competition today at the Lexington Tournament,” Trenton Head Coach Charlie Bacon said. “The dual style format didn’t exactly play to our strengths as a team. With a couple of important varsity wrestlers out of the lineup due to illness, we were forced to either forfeit that weight or have a J.V. wrestler fill in.”
Against Wentworth, Trenton scored seven wins by forfeit. Dalton Ellis (145), Thomas Mack (160), Trey Shields (182) and Cole Little (220) all won matches by fall as Trenton routed its opponents 66-9.
As big as the win was in the opener, Trenton was handed an equally large loss in its second dual as Odessa defeated Trenton 69-9. A 5-2 decision win by Mack at 160 and a win by fall by Mason Mounce at 170 netted Trenton’s only points from the dual.
Higginsville defeated Trenton 43-33 in the third dual of the day. The Bulldogs got wins by fall from Brendon Johnson (113), Wynne DeVorss (138), Colton Allen (152) and Shields (182). Mounce won by forfeit at 170 and Dalton Ellis won by a 5-4 decision at 145.
In the next dual, Trenton fell 52-30 to Carrollton. Mack (160), Mounce (170) and Shields (182) all won by fall and Chris Brown (195) and Cole Little (220) each won by forfeit.
The final dual of the day saw Trenton fall 48-36 to Brookfield. Trenton won five matches by forfeit and DeVorss picked up the Bulldogs’ only win on the mat, pinning his opponent at 138.
“On a positive note, our kids got mat time that they desperately needed before the district tournament,” Bacon said of the Lexington Tournament. “Top performances included Mason Mounce at 170, with a 5-0 record; Thomas Mack at 160, with a 4-1 record; and Trey Shields at 182, with a 4-1 record.”
The district wrestling tournament will be held Friday and Saturday at Brookfield. Wrestling will begin at 5:30 on Friday and continue Saturday with a 10 a.m. start time.
The Trenton Kids Wrestling Club sent 18 grapplers to Brookfield on Saturday for the Brookfield Wrestling Tournament.
Gavin McAtee and Sam Gibson each brought home individual championships from the event. Tanner Phipps, Spencer Stieh, Aiden Weyer and Mark Trump all scored second-place finishes and Logan Wilson, Tyler Siemer, Brice Gibler, Austin Weyer and Thomas Johnston all placed third. Placing fourth for Trenton were Brayden Hughs, Dianna Johnston and Coleman Griffin. Natalie Johnston, Maverick Stieh and Quincy Griffin all finished sixth. John Riley Weske also participated.
The Trenton Kids Wrestling Club will next see action on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Polo.
The Trenton Bulldogs wrestling team suffered a tough loss on Tuesday night as the Bulldogs fell 42-39 to Chillicothe on the road.
The dual started very evenly with each school scoring three pinfalls in the first six matches. Drew Rorebeck picked up a win by fall for Trenton at 126, but Colby Weaver was pinned at 132. Wynne DeVorss continued a strong streak for Trenton winning the 138-pound match by fall.
“We started the dual off with a big win by pin from Drew Rorebeck,” Trenton Head Coach Charlie Bacon said. “Our next winner would be Wynne DeVorss at 138. Wynne had a big match against a tough Chillicothe senior. Wynne came out and got the job done with a huge pin that we had to have. I was really pleased with the way he wrestled.”
Dalton Ellis was pinned at 145, Colton Allen was pinned at 152, but Thomas Mack evened the score with a win by fall at 160.
“At 160, Thomas Mack also won by a pin in the second period in a match that we had to have,” Bacon said. “Thomas has looked very solid for the last month and continued to dominate tonight.”
Mack’s win started a stretch of three-straight victories for the Bulldogs as Mason Mounce won by forfeit at 170 and Trey Shields scored a 10-6 decision at 182 to put Trenton up by nine points.
The schools traded points as Chris Brown was pinned at 195, but Cole Little won by forfeit at 220 to push the Trenton advantage back to nine points. Terrin Ellis then picked up a win by fall at 285 giving Trenton a lead of 39-24.
“Trey Shields also picked up a close win for us at 182,” Bacon said. “Trey struggled to turn his opponent, but finished with a solid 10-6 victory. Our next win was Terrin Ellis, who pinned his opponent in the first period. I am extremely happy with the way Terrin continues to wrestle.”
That would be the last match Trenton would win, however. Connor Lovell was pinned at 106, Daniel Rodriguez was pinned at 113 and Trenton was open at 120, giving Chillicothe the win in the dual by a mere three points.
“Well, tonight was a heartbreaker,” Bacon said. “Chillicothe had a team that matched up well with us I thought. Most of our experienced kids wrestled their experienced kids, and we came out on top in most of those matches. Most of the matches we fell short in were those where our inexperienced kids wrestled their inexperienced kids.
“After a loss at 106, the dual came down to the 113-pound weight class. Danny Rodriguez looked pretty good in the first period and it was evident the match could go either way. At the end of the second period, we got caught on our back and couldn’t recover. I am happy with the way most of us wrestled, we just came up short tonight.”
The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 5-7 on the season. Trenton will look to bounce back on Thursday, traveling to Stanberry for a triangular with the host school and Rock Port at 6 p.m.
The Trenton Bulldogs wrestling team traveled to Brookfield on Saturday for the Brookfield Wrestling Tournament. The tournament had each weight divided into an A and B pool with the A pool featuring more experienced wrestlers and the B pool featuring the inexperienced ones.
Trenton was able to notch a trio of A pool championships on the day as Mason Mounce won the 170-pound A pool, Thomas Mack won the 160-pound A pool and Wynne DeVorss won the 138-pound A pool.
Mounce continued a dominating season, winning all five matches he wrestled by fall, picking up the championship in the process.
“Mason Mounce had another outstanding day,” Trenton Head Coach Charlie Bacon said. “He also won all five matches by pin. There was nobody at the tournament that could have given Mason any trouble because he is just so dominant in every position.”
Mack won his division in similarly dominant fashion, going 5-0 with five wins by fall.
“Thomas Mack wrestled flawless all day in the A pool winning all five matches by pins,” Bacon said. “Thomas has really figured out how to control the entire match from the neutral position, which is extremely important. If Thomas continues to wrestle this way, he should have great success at the state level.”
Wynne DeVorss’ road to a title saw him go 4-1 in his pool, winning one match by fall and three by regular decisions.
“Wynne DeVorss had a great day despite a tough first-round loss,” Bacon said. “He showed a lot of heart coming back and winning his next four matches. I truly feel like Wynne caught a glimpse of his true potential today.”
Other placewinners for the Bulldogs included Terrin Ellis, who was second in the 285-pound A pool with a 3-1 record; Trey Shields, who was third in the 182-pound A pool with a 3-2 record; Brendon Johnson, who was fourth in the 106-pound A pool with a 2-3 record; and Colton Allen, who was second in the 152-pound B pool with a 3-1 record. Both Ellis and Shields picked up all of their wins by fall.
“Colton Allen also had a strong performance in the B pool,” Bacon said. “Colton needed to wrestle these kinds of matches to figure out what works for him and what doesn’t. I was very pleased with his performance.
“Trey Shields also had a good day placing 3rd in a tough A pool. Trey picked up some important wins over district opponents, which should serve him well in district seeding.
“At 285, Terrin Ellis had an extremely good day, placing second and beating 3 opponents by pins. I was really proud of the way Terrin wrestled all day and how much he has improved in the last stretch of the season.”
Other wrestlers in action for the Bulldogs at the tournament included Drew Rorebeck, who was 0-4 in the 132-pound A pool; Dalton Ellis, who was 1-4 in the 145-pound A pool; Daniel Rodriguez, who was 0-2 in the 113-pound B pool, Colby Weaver, who was 1-2 in the 126-pound B pool; Logan Lowrey, who was 1-3 in the 138-pound B pool; and Cole Little, who was 0-4 in the 220-pound B pool.
“This was a good tournament for us because our younger kids gained some much-needed experience in the B pool and most of our A pool kids finished strong,” Bacon said. “Overall, I thought we had a lot of great things happen. We still have some guys figuring out how to win tough matches though. This will be our focus all the way up to the district tournament.”
No team points were kept for the tournament.
Trenton’s wrestling team will be back on the mat on Tuesday as the Bulldogs travel to Chillicothe to take on the Hornets in dual action. The first match is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
The Trenton High School wrestling team traveled to Brookfield on Tuesday for a triangular with the host school and Richmond. Trenton dropped both duals, falling 45-21 to Brookfield and 52-27 to Richmond.
Trenton got off to a rough start against Brookfield as Logan Lowrey (132), Wynne DeVorss (138) and Colton Allen (145) all lost by fall. Dalton Ellis got the Bulldogs on the board, however, picking up a 7-2 decision win at 152. Thomas Mack (160) and Mason Mounce (170), two of Trenton’s top wrestlers, took wins by forfeit drawing Trenton to within three points.
Things swung back Brookfield’s way from that point, however, as Trey Shields (182), Cole Little (220) and Layton Harkins (285) all three lost by fall. Both schools were open at 195. Conner Lovell lost by a 12-5 decision at 106 and Brendon Johnson was pinned at 113. Both schools were open at 120 before Trenton picked up six points in the final weight of the dual with Drew Rorebeck winning by forfeit at 126.
Trenton opened the second dual of the night, digging themselves into another hole as Rorebeck (126) and Lowrey (132) both lost by fall. Wynne DeVorss picked up Trenton’s first points, pinning his opponent at 138. Richmond bounced back as Allen was pinned at 145 and Dalton Ellis lost by a 14-4 major decision.
Trenton would take the next three matches as Mack won by a 4-0 decision at 160, Mounce won by fall at 170 and Shields won by fall at 182. The Bulldogs’ run was snapped by an open weight at 195 that cost Trenton six points and Richmond took off from there. Little (220), Terrin Ellis (285) and Johnson (113) all lost by fall with Lovell picking up a win by forfeit at 106. Richmond took the final match by forfeit at 120.
“As the score indicates, it was not a good night for us,” Trenton Head Coach Charlie Bacon said. “Thomas Mack had a great match against sixth ranked Brock Stokes of Richmond. Thomas controlled the whole match and picked up a win against a very good kid. Mason Mounce also looked very sharp and had a dominating win over his Richmond opponent. We have to hit the practice room hard for the rest of this week and correct all of the mistakes we made. Some of us just didn’t look ready to wrestle, and that has got to change if we want to win matches.”
With the two losses, Trenton fell to 5-6 in duals on the season. The Trenton wrestlers will look to bounce back on the mat on Saturday, returning to Brookfield for the Brookfield Tournament. First matches for the event are scheduled for 9:30 a.m.