Three Mendota Trojan wrestlers battled their way out of the Princeton Regional on Feb. 3. Tony Aughenbaugh, left, and Jason Needs, right, both finished in third place, while Arturo Serrano captured first place. (Photo contributed)
PRINCETON – Three Mendota Trojan wrestlers extended their season by at least another week after participating in the Princeton Class 1A Regional on Feb. 3.
Mendota’s Arturo Serrano claimed the first-place prize in the 285-pound category by pinning both of his opponents.
Teammates Tony Aughenbaugh and Jason Needs also advanced out of the regional by finishing third in their weight class. Aughenbaugh posted a 2-1 record at 126 pounds, while Needs won three of four matches at 152 pounds.
Logan Eppard participated in the 170-pound bracket and won one of three matches.
Princeton claimed the team title with 157 points. The Trojans were eighth in the team standings with 55.5 points.
The three Mendota wrestlers will compete in the Oregon Sectional on Friday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, Feb. 10.
Feb. 3 – Princeton Regional
Princeton 157, Kewanee 139, Sterling Newman 118, Morrison 107, St. Bede 91, Polo 68.5, Amboy 62, Mendota 55.5, Ashton-Franklin Center 54
*126 – Kennedy (Mo) dec. Tony Aughenbaugh (Me), 8-7; Aughenbaugh (Me) pinned Hunt (Pr), 0:45; Aughenbaugh (Me) pinned Jackson (Ke), 0:38
*152 – Jason Needs (Me) pinned Schmidt (Mo), 0:53; Robinson (Ke) pinned Needs (Me), 2:26; Needs (Me) dec. Cater (AFC), 17-2; Needs (Me) pinned Schmidt (Mo), 3:35
170 – Logan Eppard (Me) pinned Faivre (Po), 1:13; Bohms (Pr) dec. Eppard (Me), 7-2; Senica (SB) won forfeit over Eppard
*285 – Arturo Serrano (Me) pinned Wright (Pr), 3:16; Serrano (Me) pinned Thumma (Ke), 3:36
(* denotes sectional qualifier)