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.
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.
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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
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