Trumbly 0-2 in tough 215 pound class
Spencer Trumbly has had a good wrestling season. The Paola Panther junior capped his season last week when he qualified for the Kansas State Class 4A Wrestling Tournament, Friday and Saturday, February 26 & 27, 2010 in Salina. The time in Salina was icing on the cake, but for Trumbly who has steadily improved week after week, it was a reward of sorts for a season of growth and promise.
"Honestly there is no one that is more disappointed in the state tournament than Spencer," said Panthers Head Coach Russ Hermreck. "Spencer made this tournament last year and gained that experience. This year he came to the tournament with a purpose and it revolved around winning matches."
Trumbly’s state tournament ended more quickly than he would have wanted, as he was unable to pick up a match victory, but he gained valuable experience that will carry him through his senior campaign next year.
"In his first match, he wrestled the eventual runner up to a tight 1-0 match," Hermreck said. "He will be the first to tell you that when he scores points from his feet, he is a tough match up for anyone. We did not do this, therefore we did not compete at our best."
The opening round of the state tournament is tough enough, facing the inevitable jitters, is bad, but when you open against one of the top seeded wrestlers in your weight class, its even worse.
That’s what faced Trumbly in the 215 pound class, as he squared off against eventual state runner-up Titus Hopper of Valley Center. But Trumbly gave Hopper, a senior with a 36-4 record coming into the tournament all he could handle. The two battled to a 0-0 stalemate in the first period. In the second period, Hopper took a 1-0 lead on an escape. It was all the margin he would need, as the two again battled to a 0-0 tie in the third period and Hopper had the opening round victory.
"This situation is something that is going to stay with him for a very long time," Hermreck said. "This is going to drive him to work harder and do things better."
In the first match of the consolation bracket, Trumbly was bounced from the competition on a 5-2 decision to Andrew Robertson of Augusta.
"Spencer had a great season. He wrestled close to 50 matches in this season, which I believe is a record for most matches in a single season," said Hermreck. "Anytime we wrestle that many matches and win more than you lose, you have to be happy. He is a fierce competitor and this is going to make him a very formidable foe in his senior season."