Wrestling Club Hosting Tournament Mountain Top Classic
Feb. 17, 2005
¾ Mountain Top Wrestling Club
(formerly Jordan Freestyle Wrestling) is hosting an open freestyle and
Greco-Roman wrestling tournament March 1112, 2005, at Jordan High School.
Greco-Roman competition will be on Friday, March 11, and freestyle
competition will be on Saturday, March 12. Athletes from all around
Utah and from surrounding states are expected to attend, attracting around
We're very excited about the Mountain Top
Classic, said Coach Bill Kilpack (III), the tournament director. We
have been promoting it nationwide since November. We've had people
call and e-mail from Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Colorado and Arizona, but
there are a lot more people accessing the flier on the Web site than those
who have actually contacted us. It would be great to just pack the
place with athletes from a half-dozen states."
The Mountain Top Classic will award the top
three teams based on a 10-man team roster. The tournament will also
award the top six athletes in each weight class in eight age groups.
Outstanding Wrestlers will be named for each age division. A Fastest
Pin Award will also be awarded.
Kilpack said, "Being a wrestling parent, as
well as a coach, I got to hear what my kids thought was cool at other
tournaments we attended around the country. In the end, we figured
that we'd see if we could run a tournament with all the best stuff from
the past six years of competition."
The tournament will also offer a Women's
Division, with all the same age divisions and weight classes as the Men's
Division. "Last November, the general membership of USA Wrestling
Utah voted unanimously to do this in 2005. I think it's great.
I've had female athletes in my club the past couple years, and there have
been three times as many more who have expressed interest, but decided not
to wrestle when they learned that they would be wrestling boys. It's
unfortunate, but women's wrestling is still in its infancy. There
are at least a dozen colleges with women's wrestling programs now.
It was in the last Olympics. It will continue to progress.
Now, with this initiative from USA Wrestling Utah, I think that wrestling
in this state is taking a great step forward."
Although the Women's Division is offered,
female athletes do not have to remain in the Women's Division is they do
not have anyone to wrestle. In that case, they may opt to move into
the corresponding Men's Division age group and weight.
The Mountain Top Classic is an open
tournament. Weigh-ins for the Greco-Roman tournament are from 46
p.m. on Friday, March 11. Wrestling will begin at 7 p.m.
Athletes competing in the Greco-Roman tournament will not have to weigh in
again for the freestyle tournament the next day. Athletes born in
1996 or earlier are eligible for Greco-Roman competition. Weigh-ins
for the freestyle tournament are from 6:308:30 a.m. on Saturday, March
12. Wrestling will begin at 9:30 a.m. Athletes born 2001 or
earlier are eligible for freestyle competition. Entry fees are $10
per style. All athletes must have a current USA Wrestling Card and
copy of his or her birth certificate. Rosters for the team
competition must be submitted by 9:15 a.m. on Saturday morning in order to
pursue a team trophy. Teams must also provide one mat official and
one pairing official with 2005 USWOA stamps in order to be eligible for
Wrestlers must have a red and a blue singlet
or a red-blue reversible singlet. They must also have a handkerchief
and bound shoe laces. Coaches must have a current USA Wrestling
Mountain Top Wrestling Club is a nonprofit
501(c)3 corporation dedicated to providing a venue for individuals to
learn, develop and refine their athletic skills and abilities; and
teaching the rules and regulations of freestyle, folkstyle 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
from 5:307 p.m. at Jordan High School. For more information, call 641-9832, e-mail
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