Utah Athletes Shine at AAU Grand
Nationals in Montana
Six Utah wrestling clubs were represented
at the AAU Grand Nationals wrestling tournament held
recently in Butte, Mont. These Utah athletes
excelled in the national championships in freestyle,
Greco-Roman and folkstyle wrestling, earning 65 awards
between the three styles, and coming in at fourth place in
the Super Team Competition.
"This was a great tournament, and a
great opportunity for our Utah athletes," said Bill Kilpack, director
of AAU Wrestling Utah. "With as small a contingent as we had, we
really shined. The first place team had more than 200 wrestlers.
We showed them the difference between quantity and quality."
Winning triple titles (taking a national
title in freestyle, Greco-Roman and folkstyle) was
something of a family affair, with two pairs of siblings
numbering among the five Utahns to achieve this feat.
Brothers Carson and Parker Kay of the Spanish Fork-based
Diamondbacks wrestling club, each won three national
titles, Carson in the Tots division (6 and Under) at
heavyweight, and Parker in the Bantam (ages 7 and 8)
70-pound division. Brothers Taylor and Grant LaMont
of the Springville-based Champions wrestling club, also
won three titles, Taylor at Midget (ages 9 and 10) 55
lbs., and Grant at Novice (ages 11 and 12) 80 lbs.
The fifth Utahn to win three national titles was Brandon
George, also of Champions, at Schoolboy (ages 13 and 14)
Utahn wrestlers accounted for 10 more
national titles. In freestyle, newly crowned
national champions included Jarrett Morrill of Hyrum-based
Pony Express, at Elite (ages 17 and 18) 125 lbs. and
Tyrell Wright of Coalville-based North Summit, at Elite
171 lbs. In Greco-Roman, new national champions
included Hayden Peterson of Champions, Elite 145 lbs.; and
Wright at Elite 171. In folkstyle, new national
champions included William Kilpack of Sandy-based Mountain
Top Wrestling Club at Novice 90 lbs.; Kaleb Ashworth of
Diamondbacks, Cadet (ages 15 and 16) 130 lbs.; Peterson at
Elite 145; Jarrett Morrill at Elite 125 and his twin
brother Jake Morrill at Elite 130; and Brett Kendrick of
Champions at Elite 171.
Others achieving AAU Wrestling
All-American status are as follows, broken down by club
Champions: freestyle — Alec Garcia, 2nd,
Novice 80 lbs.; Brett Kendrick, 5th, 171 lbs.; Greco-Roman
— Alec Garcia, 2nd, Novice 80 lbs.; Brett Kendrick, 3rd,
171 lbs.; folkstyle — Alec Garcia, 3rd, Novice 80 lbs.
Diamondbacks: Spencer Kelly, 3rd, Bantam
80 lbs.; Trent Kelly, 5th, Novice 70 lbs.; Josh Searle,
5th, Novice 95 lbs.; Mitch Kay, 6th, Schoolboy 100 lbs.;
Kaleb Ashworth, 2nd, Cadet 130 lbs.; Greco-Roman — Spencer
Kelly, 5th, Bantam 80 lbs.; Josh Searle, 3rd, Novice 95
lbs.; Mitch Kay, 4th, Schoolboy 100 lbs.; Jace Kelly, 8th,
Cadet 125 lbs.; Kaleb Ashworth, 4th, Cadet 130 lbs.;
folkstyle — Trent Kelly, 4th, Novice 70 lbs.; Josh
Searle, 2nd, Novice 95 lbs.; Mitch Kay, 8th, Schoolboy 100
Mountain Top Wrestling Club: freestyle —
Garrick Kilpack, 6th, Tots 45 lbs.; William Kilpack, 2nd,
Novice 90 lbs.; Greco-Roman — Garrick Kilpack, 2nd, Tots
45 lbs.; William Kilpack, 2nd, Novice 90 lbs.; Ella-Maereen
Kilpack, 7th, Schoolboy 105 lbs.; folkstyle — Garrick
Kilpack, 2nd, Tots 45 lbs.; MacKelti Kilpack, 8th, Novice
North Summit: freestyle — Jaxon Cole, 2nd,
Midget 50 lbs.; Greco-Roman — Jaxon Cole, 2nd, Midget 50
lbs.; folkstyle — Jaxon Cole, 2nd, Midget 50 lbs.;
Tyrell Wright, 4th, Elite 189 lbs.
Pony Express: freestyle — Corrick Knight,
4th, Cadet 125 lbs.; Jake Morrill, 2nd, Elite 130 lbs.;
Anthony Trippler, 6th, Elite 135 lbs.; Greco-Roman —
Corrick Knight, 4th, Cadet 125 lbs.; folkstyle — Zabinadi
Smethurst, 6th, Cadet 112 lbs.; Corrick Knight, 5th, Cadet
125 lbs.; Anthony Trippler, 7th, Elite 135 lbs.; Hayden
Snow, 2nd, Cadet 189 lbs.
Salt Lake City-based TAC: freestyle —
Spencer Brown, 3rd, Cadet 125 lbs.; Greco-Roman — Spencer
Brown, 2nd, Cadet 125 lbs.
Utah took fourth in the Super Team
competition, which consisted of all athletes from that
state and their results in all three styles. "Utah
really made a powerful showing," Kilpack said. "It's
a real testament to the high level of wrestling in Utah."
Pony Express Coach Davie Swenson said,
"This tournament was a great experience, and I'm grateful
that we had an AAU state tournament this year. If we
hadn't gone to that, we wouldn't have come here.
Corrick [Knight] had 24 matches up here — that's a
season's worth of matches. What a great deal!"