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Mountain Top Wrestling Club Members Take 17 Awards at Kuna Classic

(Sandy, Utah) March 11, 2008 ¾ Ten members of Mountain Top Wrestling Club traveled to Kuna, Ida., to compete in the Kuna Classic freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling tournament, March 7–8, 2008.  Between the two styles, the 10 young athletes earned 17 awards, including one Outstanding Wrestler in this leg of the Intermountain Champion Series.

“This was a tournament with a lot of quality athletes,” said Coach Bill Kilpack (III).  “We had some very strong performances against some wrestlers who have taken top awards in some of the toughest tournaments in the country, and came out ahead.  It was a great experience.”

Leading the team with one gold-medal finish and an Outstanding Wrestler award in Greco-Roman and a bronze-medal finish in freestyle was 13-year-old William Kilpack of Sandy, Schoolboy (ages 13 and 14) 105 lbs.  In Greco-Roman, he beat every opponent by fall or technical fall (gaining a six-point lead in two of three rounds).

Also leading the team with gold-medal finishes were 7-year-old Garrick Kilpack of Sandy, Bantam (ages 7 and 8) 45 lbs., who won his gold medal in freestyle by pinning every opponent and not allowing a single point to be scored against him; 8-year-old Derek Fisher of Lindon, Midget (ages 9 and 10) 50 lbs., who pinned every opponent in the freestyle tournament, and finished with a bronze in Greco-Roman; 10-year-old Derek Spachman of Saratoga Springs, Novice (ages 11 and 12) 90 lbs., with a gold-medal finish in freestyle and a fourth-place finish in Greco-Roman. 

Winning a silver medal in Greco-Roman was 10-year-old Tyler Schwendiman of South Jordan, Novice 70 lbs.  He finished third in the freestyle tournament.

Finishing third in Greco-Roman were the Kilpack sisters of Sandy, 11-year-old MacKelti, Novice 80 lbs., and 14-year-old Ella-Maereen, Cadet (ages 15 and 16) 112 lbs.  Ella-Maereen also finished fifth in freestyle.

Finishing fourth in both tournaments was Justin Schwendiman of West Jordan, Schoolboy 77 lbs.  Also earning fourth in Greco-Roman was 9-year-old Siondileigh Kilpack of Sandy, Midget 55 lbs.

Finishing fifth in freestyle was 7-year-old Allison Spachman of Saratoga Springs, Bantam 55 lbs.

Coach Bill Kilpack (Jr.) said, “This was a good trip.  Good competition, nice hotel, and we got to take over a restaurant following the tournament on Saturday.  Trips like this are a good reward for parents for supporting their kids in a sport that can demand a lot of time and commitment from everyone involved.”

The Kuna Classic was the second leg of the 2008 Intermountain Champion Series.  Remaining in the series are the Mountain Top Classic, in Murray, Ut.; and the Idaho Express Invitational, in Meridian, Ida.  For more information, go to www.intermountainchampion.com.

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 educating regarding 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 at Jordan High School.  For more information, call 641-9832, e-mail coach@mountaintopwrestling.com or visit them on the Worldwide Web at www.mountaintopwrestling.com.

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