Trey Mitchell, the Caesar Rodney High School wrestling team's 119-pound wrestler, pulled out an upset victory at the Henlopen Conference Championships, winning his bracket and the title.


AGE 16 
HOMETOWN: Lewes 
GRADE 10 
SCHOOL Caesar Rodney High School
WEIGHT CLASS 119 
HEIGHT 5 feet 6 inches

The Henlopen Conference Championships yielded an unexpected result last weekend when the 119-pound division was taken in upset fashion by a local wrestler.

Sophomore Benjamin “Trey” Mitchell of Caesar Rodney High School, the No. 3 seed in his weight class, won his first-ever conference title by defeating Smyrna High School’s No. 1 David Hershberger in a 3-1 decision.

Hershberger had beaten Mitchell just four days earlier in the dual match between the two schools, Feb. 17, by a 9-0 decision, making Mitchell’s conference title even more surprising.

A day after that Feb. 21 victory, Mitchell sat down with the Dover Post to discuss it as well as the rest of his season and future plans.

Q When you won the conference tournament last weekend, at what point of the tournament did you really think you had a chance at the title?

A I always knew I had a shot at it. I knew I lost to some of the guys I faced earlier in the year and I wanted to prove to myself I could beat them. So I just wanted to let my hard work pay off.

Q As you went deeper into your bracket, how did your attitude and approach change?

A As I got deeper, when I started beating people that I shouldn’t have, I just started to relax more and let everything go, and I got more confident.

Q What were you thinking after you beat Hershberger? Were you shocked?

A I couldn’t believe it for a minute. I thought that I couldn’t believe that I finally did it, because last year I couldn’t compete in the tournament. I told myself last year I was going to do it, and I did it, so I was really relieved, I guess.

Q How will you prepare for this weekend’s state tournament and are the expectations raised at all now?

A I have a lot more confidence preparing. I just want to get a good hard week of drilling in, stay injury free and just go at it. And expectations, yeah they’re a little big higher. I hope I can do well and maybe shock more people if I can. My goal is to place, but maybe I can do a little better than just place.

Q How do you mentally prepare yourself prior to a match?

A I usually go find a place of my own and pray, and then just kind of get mentally prepared. I like to try to stay as calm as possible. I don’t like to get over-excited.

Q Where are you particularly strong in your wrestling technique?

A I’m probably best on top. I’m slow on my feet, but I’m very confident once I get on top on the mat.

TREY’S FAVORITES
MOVIE “Never Back Down”
MUSIC Rock
BAND Linkin Park
DREAM JOB Chef
FOOD Cheeseburgers

IF YOU GO
WHAT DIAA Individual Wrestling State Championships
WHEN 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, and 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27
WHERE Sussex Central High School, 17009 County Seat Highway, Georgetown
ADMISSION $5 for Feb. 26, $6 for Feb. 27
MORE INFO Visit https://diaa.ticketleap.com/

SEND US NOMINATIONS:
You can nominate a coach or player to be profiled here by emailing names and your reasons to brian.citino@doverpost.com