Mountain Top Wrestlers Seize National Titles, Finish Second as Team
(West Jordan, Utah)
July 15, 2015
¾ Five members of Mountain
Top Wrestling Club traveled to Billings, Mont., to compete in freestyle, Greco-Roman and folkstyle wrestling at the AAU Grand National Wrestling Championships held at Montana State University-Billings. The
athletes earned 12 national titles out of 15 trips to the finals.
“The guys had an amazing tournament,” said Coach Bill Kilpack (III). “We haven't wrestled folkstyle as a team since the winter, but still finished well in the tournament. Three of the five guys even got triple crowns for winning in all three styles. It's not every day that coaches from other teams come and compliment the boys on their matches, but they deserved the praise. It was an amazing way to end the season. I'm very proud of them."
In addition to the usual type of attention that results from wrestling tough on the mat, Bill Kilpack (Jr.) of West Jordan competed in the Masters Division (30 and older), receving gold in all three styles, on top of being the oldest competitor in the tournament at 69 years old. He was the champion at Masters 165 lbs. in all three styles, as well as Masters 185 lbs. in folkstyle.
Kilpack's son and coach, Bill Kilpack, said, "I was apprehensive about my dad wrestling, but he told me it was one of his bucket-list items. He said, 'You always got to wrestle in Grand Nationals when I coached you, and I always wanted to.' Many of the coaches remember my dad coaching against them when they were athletes and the support they showed was really something. It was amazing how people reacted to my dad going out on the mat. People on their feet, cheering more for him than anyone else in the tournament. It was very touching."
Another rarity was that Kilpack competed in the same tournament as his grandson, Garrick Kilpack of Sandy, who earned national titles in freestyle and Greco-Roman at Schoolboy (ages 13 and 14) 115 lbs., and earned silver in folkstyle.
Winning gold in all three styles were Weston Fowers of Taylorsville at Cadet (ages 15 and 16) 98 lbs. and Josef Mecham of Magna at Cadet 160 lbs. Fowers also competed in the Cadet 105-pound division in freestyle and Greco-Roman and finished second in each, and the Elite (ages 17 and 18) 113-pound division in folkstyle, where he finished third. Mecham also competed in the Cadet 170-pound division in Greco-Roman and folkstyle, where he finished third.
Earning bronze in all three tournaments was Jaeden Fowers of Taylorsville at Schoolboy 80 lbs.
Mountain Top Wrestling Club also competed in the team competition, which took results from all three styles to determine the top teams overall in two categories: Large Team (11-plus competitors) and Small Team (10 or less cometitors). Mountain Top Wrestling Club, with only five athletes, finished second in the Small Team category, losing to Team Nebraska, which had 10 competitors.
"The guys had a great tournament," said Coach Kilpack. "It's been a long season, they've been on the mat for months, and this was where they got their big payoff. Five wrestlers, five All-Americans. That's a pretty great weekend."
Worthy of note is that, in the most recent state rankings on UtahWrestling.org, Garrick Kilpack is ranked no. 3 in the Schoolboy division and no. 8 in the overall Kids division rankings (ages 4-14); Jaeden Fowers is ranked no. 15 in the Schoolboy division. For more information, go to www.UtahWrestling.org.
Mountain Top Wrestling Club is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing a venue for individuals to
learn, develop and refine their athletic skills and abilities; and
educating regarding the rules and regulations of freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling. It is open to
male and female athletes ages four and older who
live anywhere in the State of Utah. Practices are held three days a week at Copper Hills High School. For more information, call (801) 641-9832, e-mail
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