Wrestling Club Hosting Tournament 5th Annual Mountain Top Classic
Feb. 20, 2009
Ύ Mountain Top Wrestling Club is hosting
the fifth annual Mountain Top Classic freestyle and
Greco-Roman wrestling tournament March 67, 2009, at Jordan High School.
Greco-Roman competition will be on Friday, March 6, and freestyle
competition will be on Saturday, March 7. Athletes from all around
Utah and past competitors have come from as many as eight states.
We're very excited about the Mountain Top
Classic, said Coach Bill Kilpack (III), the tournament director. It
has really grown from the first year we held it to being one of the
biggest freestyle and Greco-Roman tournaments in the Intermountain West. I'm
looking forward to packing the
place with high-caliber wrestlers."
That is why the Mountain Top Classic is part
of the Intermountain Champion Series. The Intermountain Champion
Series was created to recognized the finest wrestlers in the Intermountain
West. The goal is to give freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestlers similar
opportunities through USA Wrestling-sanctioned tournaments as are offered
in a lot of big private folkstyle tournaments held around the country.
Kilpack, who co-founded the series, said, "We have a very high caliber of
wrestler in the Intermountain West. The series was created to give
them the recognition they deserve for their excellence in the
international styles of wrestling, freestyle and Greco-Roman."
Of the Mountain Top Classic, 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 we
learned from those years of competition."
The Mountain Top Classic will award the top
three teams in both the freestyle and Greco-Roman tournaments 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 in both
freestyle and Greco-Roman, and a Fastest
Pin Award will also be awarded in each style.
The tournament will also offer a Women's
Division, allowing female athletes to compete in both the men's division
and the women's division at no additional charge. Kilpack said, "I've had female athletes in my club
for many years now, so we've seen how some of the national women's
tournaments have run in conjunction with the main tournament. There
are at least a dozen colleges with women's wrestling programs now.
It's in the Olympics. It will continue to progress."
The Mountain Top Classic is an open
tournament. Weigh-ins for the Greco-Roman tournament are from 46
p.m. on Friday, March 6. 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. Unlike other
states, athletes of any age are eligible to compete in Greco-Roman in
for the freestyle tournament are from 6:308:30 a.m. on Saturday, March
7. Wrestling will begin at 9:30 a.m. Entry fees are $10
per style and preregistration is now open.
"A cool little feature with preregistration is
our tournament t-shirts," Kilpack said. "With preregistration, we
can have the names of those preregistered on the shirts. Not only
can the wrestlers buy a cool tournament shirt, but they can show that they
were actually there, with their names on the back."
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 6:45 p.m. on Friday evening and at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday morning in order to
pursue team trophies. Teams must also provide two certified mat officials
with proof of 2009 USWOA certification 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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For more information about the
Intermountain Champion series, go to
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