PRINCETON — At 219 pounds, Mendota’s Trevor Todd isn’t quite your typical heavyweight wrestler.
In most all of his matches so far this season, the Trojans junior is giving up weight, sometimes as much as 65 pounds.
“It’s hard,” Todd said of facing larger opponents. “I just have to stay under them, but I have good endurance and they get tired.”
Being so much smaller, he has to rely on his speed and quickness in his 285-pound weight class.
“He is a 220-pounder who wants to wrestle heavyweight,” MHS coach Dale Meyers said. “He wrestles theses heavyweights and they don’t expect what he does with the single legs and double legs.”
He showed that on Monday.
In Monday’s dual at Princeton, Todd pinned his opponent in just 20 seconds to improve to 10-4 this season despite wrestling up a class.
“He’s using his head a lot on the mat and is thinking better than I think he was last year,” Meyers said. “As soon as he’s hitting the mat, he’s looking for his pins and breakdowns, which is fantastic.”
Todd was one of four Mendota wrestlers to earn an on-the-mat victory Monday, despite the Trojans falling to the Tigers 47-33.
Even though it won the dual, Princeton won just two contested matches and benefited from Mendota forfeiting six of the 14 weights.
“There weren’t too many matches, but our guys went out and competed and did some good things,” PHS coach Steve Amy said. “We are still doing some little things wrong, but we are improving each match, which is a good thing especially for as young as we are.”
While Todd rolled to the first-period pin, Mendota’s 106-pounder Toby Reutner, 132-pounder T.J. Christmann and 170-pounder Jake Spanier won their matches.
At 132, Christmann built a 7-3 lead after the first period before he secured the second-period fall at 2:54.
“He’s got the perfect wrestler mentality,” Meyers said. “He’ll fight back, even if he’s behind. Of everybody who has come along this year, he’s really come along the most.”
Spanier had little trouble in his 170-pound match as he built an 11-0 advantage after the first period en route to a 15-0 second-period technical fall.
“He is the nicest kid you’ll ever meet on the street and probably the nicest kid you’ll want to meet on the mat, but now he’s all of a sudden learning, ‘I’ve got to be aggressive,’” Meyers joked. “He’s starting to take it to his guys, and that’s why he’s starting to winning. Technically, he’s got it. It’s just putting it all together as a sophomore.”
Reutner had more of a battle in his bout at 106 against Princeton’s Tyler Wood.
The two wrestled to 4-4 midway through the second period, but Reutner took a 10-4 lead after the second period.
A third-period reversal put the finishing touches on his 12-4 major decision.
“He just got back and this was his first match of the season,” Meyers said. “He still has a lot to learn, but he’s really coming along.”
For the Tigers, 160-pounder Drew Pranka took a 12-0 lead before he scored a fall at 5:43.
“That was really nice to get the pin,” said Pranka, who improved to 6-1 this season. “To help the team out like that and to get another pin feels really good.”
At 152 pound, Caleb Dickens had little trouble as he cruised to a 22-7 third-period tech fall.
“Caleb and Drew are probably the guys with the most experience on our team,” Amy said. “Both of those guys did a great job tonight taking advantage of different opportunities during the match. Both got big wins.”
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