National Champions • All-Americans • Intermountain Champions • State Champions • Outstanding
(West Jordan, Utah)
July 7, 2016 ¾ Five members of Mountain
Top Wrestling Club traveled to Billings, Mont., to compete in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling at the AAU Grand National Championships at the University of Montana-Billings. Every athlete placed, earning 14 All-American finishes and eight national titles.
“The guys had a remarkable tournament,” said Coach Bill Kilpack (III). “Some did some of the best wrestling in their careers. It was an amazing way to end the season. I am very proud of them."
Leading the team was Jaeden Fowers of Taylorsville, who won gold in both freestyle and Greco-Roman, who went up two weights to compete in Greco-Roman. He was in the Schoolboy (ages 13 and 14) 90-pound division, but went up to 100 pounds for the Greco tournament, beating every opponent. In freestyle, he won gold at his own weight and finished with a bronze at the 100-pound division.
"Jaeden's Greco tournament was the best I've ever seen him wrestle," said Kilpack (III). "He wrestled so smart, taking things we observed in his opponents in their other matches and applying them in his own. He beat two very good wrestlers that I have seen at national tournaments for at least five years. Pretty impressive considering this is only his third year on the mat."
Garrick Kilpack of Sandy, Cadet (ages 15 and 16) 132 pounds, also earned three All-American honors. In Greco-Roman, he went up one weight to 138 pounds and won gold. In freestyle, he was the champion at 132 pounds and finished with a silver at 138 pounds. This was Kilpack's second consecutive year to win national titles in freestyle and Greco-Roman.
Isaiah Fowers of Taylorsville won gold in both freestyle and Greco-Roman at his own weight, Novice (ages 11 and 12) 80 lbs., and finished third in both styles in freestyle at Novice 85 lbs. This was his first time competing at AAU Grand Nationals, and his first year competing in freestyle and Greco-Roman.
Finishing with gold in both freestyle and Greco-Roman in the Masters division (ages 30 and up) was 70-year-old Bill Kilpack (Jr.) of West Jordan at 162 pounds. This was the second consecutive year he won national titles in freestyle and Greco-Roman in the same tournament as his grandson. When on the awards podium, he received a standing ovation from those in attendance.
Finishing with silver medals in both styles was Weston Fowers of Taylorsville at Elite (ages 17 and 18) 106 lbs. Like brother Jaeden, this was his second year competing in AAU Grand Nationals. "Last year, Weston won national titles," Coach Kilpack (III) said. "He just fell short this year in the finals against a very tough opponent."
"The guys had a great tournament," said Coach Kilpack (III). "Everyone placed in the top two at least once, with some of them winning it when moved up weight divisions. It's not every day that you see results like that at a national championship. All their hard work and dedication really paid off."
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 at Copper Hills High School. For more information, call (801) 641-9832, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them on the Worldwide Web at www.MountainTopWrestling.com.