Centennial’s Doyle Trout won’t be angling for a perfect record this year at the state wrestling meet.
But perhaps that’s a good thing.
Trout went 46-0 last season as a freshman, capturing the Class C title at 106 pounds. He’s wrestling this season at 113 and once again qualified for state, going 38-3.
“He’s wrestled very well for us,” Broncos co-coach Dean Davis said. “He’s lost a few this year, but I think that will take some of the pressure off of him.”
“I’m trying to turn those losses into positives,” he said. “I’m using it to motivate me some more.”
Those three setbacks were against tough competition. Trout lost a pair of matches at the prestigious Walsh Ironman Invitational in Ohio in December and the third one came against Robert Ozuna of Class A Omaha North in the High Plains Invitational in early January.
“Every time he’s lost, it’s gotten him refocused,” Davis said. “I know that definitely was the case when he lost a couple of close matches (both by scores of 5-4) in Ohio. He felt like he was wrestling too defensively.”
Trout never needed to refocus as a freshman after capping an undefeated season at state. He won his first match by a pin and his second match 16-2 before running into a tough opponent in JD Allington of Raymond Central in the semifinals.
A takedown with 17 seconds left helped Trout post a 3-2 win. He then defeated Jason Hansen of Tekamah-Herman 4-3 in overtime to capture the title.
This year, Trout will ride the momentum of his district title into Thursday’s first day of state competition. After a first-round bye, he won two matches by pin and then took down senior Mitch Maginnis of Grand Island Central Catholic 7-1 in the district final.
Trout said he expects to be a little more comfortable this year at the CenturyLink Center in his return trip to the state meet.
“Last year I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “There were a few nerves, so I think I’ll be more used to it this time around. And I’m definitely ready to get started.”
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