TOLEDO — On Saturday, Feb. 29, Toledo’s Trenton Hutchison became the fourth Boomer in school history to be crowned a wrestling state champion after a dominating performance at the OSAA State Championships.
Hutchison’s championship run was a culmination of four years of hard work. The Boomer standout barely missed a chance at the state tournament last season, but this season he put it all on the line.
“We knew coming into the season Trenton was going to make an impact. He barely missed state the year before and put a ton of time in the weight room during the off season,” Toledo head coach Tony Blomstrom said. “How much he grew was not expected; he took huge steps.
“We always knew he had the talent, he just needed to put that together with the right mental mindset, and that’s what we saw the last half of the season.”
Before Hutchison this past weekend, Ted Baker brought Toledo a state championship in 1965, Eric Wade followed with back-to-back titles in 1970-71 and Tom Smith was the most recent champion back in 2003.
It took Toledo 17 years, but they can proudly say once again, the Boomers are home to one of the best wrestlers in the state.
“It’s hard to put one emotion on it, you feel everything,” Hutchison said. “It was crazy, I couldn’t believe it when it happened. I was just thinking to myself that this was actually happening.”
Heading into the tournament, Hutchison was an unseeded wrestler. That didn’t bother him much as his first-round bye in the opening round allowed the Boomer standout to observe the other wrestlers at the event.
But when he was called to the mat, he was paired with the No.3 ranked wrestler in his 160-pound division.
“We knew the Culver kid was dangerous, but also knew that as long as Trenton was patient, he can pin anyone in a split second,” Blomstrom said. “Trenton kept his head well when he fell behind, and when the time presented itself, he put the kid on his back and pinned him just like we thought.”
Up next, the No. 2 seed from Lakeview. With Hutchison’s strength and agility, the Boomer wore his opponent out, beating him 6-1. His victory set the stage for a battle with a standout from Hepner, who also came into the event unseeded.
Hutchison did his work early, forcing a takedown and a near pin before closing out the match.
“I didn’t have any expectations for myself, and I guess winning it was just the cherry on top,” Hutchison said. “Each round before every match, coach would just tell me, ‘it’s just another cherry, it’s just another match,’ and I warmed up in the room before my match to get mentally prepared. I put on my headphones and just went out and wrestled, wrestled free.”
While many wrestlers set out to win a state championship, putting in the work both in season and off season is a different story. It’s not easy, and it takes a special drive to get there.
“Everyone wants to win the state title, but not everyone has the drive to put in the work needed. Wrestling isn’t the most fun sport you can do, it’s hard, but it’s the hard work that breeds success,” Blomstrom said. “To be dedicated to the workouts, to eating clean, to taking care of your grades is not easy and it takes a lot of discipline to do that year after year until you see success.”
And for his senior year, you can expect Hutchison to be back competing for back-to-back titles, but things will be different next season. As many of the Boomer seniors are leaving, Hutchison will take on a leadership role within the team, but that’s something he’s looking forward to. Guys like Ethan Ferris, Hunter Lewis and Kyle Hayner were essential to the program and always will be, but each class gets a chance to lead.
“It’s going to be nice. All of my senior workout partners are going to be gone next year, and I’ll have a lot of freshman that I’ve wrestled with my whole life coming into the high school program,” Hutchison said. “I think they’ll look up to me, and I have to put in the extra work because I’ll have a big target on my back, and I have to defend it.”
And while Hutchison looks to defend his title heading into next year, he’s well aware of the journey that got him to where he is today, and all of the coaches, parents, friends and fans that have been there along the way.
“I would like to thank my coaches, Tony Blomstrom, Jeff Taylor, Lance Simonds, Rick Russell and Rob Dapraw. All of these coaches have been there from the beginning, pushing me to my full potential and always believing in the big things I could do. I would also want to thank my parents, Chloe and Trevor, for showing up to all my tournaments and supporting me through everything,” he said.