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Mountain Top Wrestling Club Hosting 8th Annual Mountain Top Classic

(Sandy, Utah) Feb. 24, 2012 Mountain Top Wrestling Club is hosting the eighth annual Mountain Top Classic freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling tournament March 2324, 2012, at Jordan High School. Greco-Roman competition will be on Friday, March 23, and freestyle competition will be on Saturday, March 24. Athletes from all around Utah and as many as eight states have come to compete in one of the biggest freestyle and Greco-Roman tournaments in the Intermountain West.

"We're very excited the Mountain Top Classic," said Coach Bill Kilpack, tournament director. "It has really grown from the first year we held it to where it is today. It is also one of the three legs in the Intermountain Champion Series. I'm looking forward to packing the place with high-caliber wrestlers and their families, seeing some great wrestling and recognizing fine athletes for their accomplishments."

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 freestyle and Greco-Roman 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 decided to run a tournament with all the best stuff we learned from those years of competition. It's been very successful so far."

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, with online preregistration. Weigh-ins for both tournaments will be conducted at satellite weigh-in sites run by clubs on Thursday night, March 22. Unlike other states, athletes of any age are eligible to compete in Greco-Roman in Utah. Entry fees are $12 per style and there will be no on-site registration or weigh-ins, allowing wrestling to start earlier and the tournament to finish more quickly. For more tournament information, go to www.MountainTopClassic.com.

All athletes must have a current AAU Card and copy of his or her birth certificate. Because the tournament is AAU sanctioned, it complies with FILA rules. There are no rule modifications to hold back younger athletes from executing more advanced and complex moves. The age divisions and weight classes are also according to AAU rules. For more information go to www.AAUWrestlingUtah.com.

Rosters for the team competition will be determined by the coach-selected wrestlers from each club in seven age divisions, and three wild cards. Teams must also provide two mat officials in order to be eligible for team competition. 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.

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, Greco-Roman and folkstyle 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 (801) 641-9832, e-mail coach@mountaintopwrestling.com or visit them on the Worldwide Web at www.MountainTopWrestling.com.

For more information about the Intermountain Champion series, go to www.IntermountainChampion.com.

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