Growing up in Parkton, 2014 Hereford High graduate Trevor Betsill played all the recreational sports of football, soccer, baseball, lacrosse and ice hockey, but when he got to high school, it was wrestling that he chose to compete in for the Bulls.
He had an ulterior motive for that decision.
He wanted to get stronger and build stamina for his true passion — motocross racing.
“It’s great training and I love wrestling,” said Betsill, who wrestled his first two years on junior varsity and his junior year on varsity.
His senior year on the mat ended when he broke his shoulder while practicing on his own bike.
“He needed some emergency surgery and needed a mental plate in shoulder,” said his mom, Dani Betsill.
The injury temporarily shattered his quest to join the United States Marine Corps.
“His goal was to be a Marine since he was 5 years old,” Dani said. “Senior year, he started talking to a recruiter and he submitted and they rejected it the first time in because of the injury to the shoulder. Now, we are in an appeal process to that. We are hoping in the fall with the letter from the surgeon saying he is OK, with no restrictions, that they think he should be able to get in.”
Injuries on the bike are one of the reasons his mom became a part-time emergency medical technician.
“It’s not just my kids that get hurt,” she said. “It’s any kid and they don’t always have a lot of help. I run out there on the track when somebody gets hurt. They get worried when I run out there.”
Trevor takes his broken bones as part of the consequences of a tough sport and even has a competition with his brother Blake, a 2012 Hereford graduate for the most broken bones.
Trevor leads Blake, 11-10, but he’s more excited about winning races and competing in as many as possible.
“We just call him the Energizer Bunny,” said his mom, noting he won two championships last season in the 250 B Class and 450 B Class and captured five race titles.
The 250 bike is lighter and easier to handle while the 450 has more power and is heavier.
Betsill usually races both classes at his races and he normally races three out of four weekends a month from March through October.
“He races two motos for each class and he usually races three classes so he races six times,” said his mom. “Some of his races, he finishes, and he goes right back into staging for the next race, then you go into the gate and you race again.”
His dad, Brett, is his mechanic, in case he encounters any problems with the bike.
“He trained himself to do that,” Betsill said.
When he’s not fixing bikes, his dad is an electrical engineer for Microcom Design Inc. where Betsill has worked since he was 16.
Unlike some of the riders, who have many sponsors, Betsill has a few in Action Motor Sports, 100% Goggles, Answer Gear and Gunpowder Racing, the latter being family and extended family who donate to his cause.
“It gets pricey,” said his mom.
But Betsill took some of the pressure off his parents with his graduation present request.
“For graduation, he got new mufflers ... I mean, exhaust, I always say the wrong thing,” his mother said.
“They have a lot more top-end power,” Betsill said.