Mountain Crest's Lofthouse Top-Ranked
Senior Wrestler In the Nation
Wrestling USA Magazine published a
national ranking of high-school senior wrestlers. Top
ranked of the four Utahns included
in the list was Ethen Lofthouse, current king of Mountain
Crest's dominating Lofthouse wrestling family, who was ranked no.
1 in the country at 171 lbs.
Some of Lofthouse's notable exploits include
taking three high-school state titles, winning a second USA
Wrestling national championship in Greco-Roman wrestling
in Fargo, ND, last summer; winning a Utah High School
Coaches Association national junior title in Virginia
Beach; and winning a freestyle titles at the USA Wrestling
Junior Western Regional Championships in Las Vegas.
Through his junior year, he has accumulated an
outstanding interscholastic career record of 128-6. In
the 2008 season, he was selected by the Wrestling USA Magazine
and IntermatWrestle.com Utah Editor
as a Junior Wrestler of the Year; in 2007, a
Wrestler of the Year.
Bill Kilpack, Utah Editor for
WrestlingUSA Magazine and IntermatWrestle.com, has chosen
Lofthouse as the
preseason pick for All-Divisions Wrestler of
He said, "I've watched
Ethen destroy opponents for years. His brother and
every one of them, are just monsters, but Ethen seems to be
headed for even greater heights than Luke (now wrestling
at Iowa). Ethen's a three-time state champ, pinning his way through the state tournaments,
pinning or teching everyone but one opponent last year. He hits the toughest tournaments in the country and comes
back a winner, without fail. This kid's
as tough as Luke, but a better technician."
The list was compiled by Dan Fickel,
National Editor for the magazine, based on six criteria:
1) accomplishments at state high-school championships
(folkstyle); 2) National Junior freestyle and Greco-Roman
success; 3) Cadet National freestyle and Greco-Roman
success; 4) performance at prestigious high-school
tournaments; 5) information from coaches and parents; and
6) the state from which the nominee hails.
Nine Utah wrestlers appeared in the rankings.
Ranked no. 2 at 103 lbs. was Chasen
Tolbert, Delta High School, who finished his junior year
with a state title and a record of 45-4. Other
standouts included Dylan Stadel of Lehi High School,
ranked no. 21 at 285 lbs.; and Creedon Merkley of Uintah
High School, ranked no. 29 at 130 lbs. Receiving
special mentions were Trevor Sweat, Wasatch High School,
199 lbs.; Tucker Ray, Roy High School, 125 lbs.; Hayden
Peterson, Springville High School, 140 lbs.; Dean
Sullivan, Wasatch High School, 215 lbs.; and Tyson Hunt,
Wayne High School, 285 lbs.
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Kilpack is editor of
UtahWrestling.org, an AAU national champion
seven-time national silver medalist, a 15-time AAU/USA
and earned an alternate position on the U.S. Pan-Am Team
in Greco-Roman. He coaches an independent freestyle and
Greco-Roman wrestling program through Salt Lake County
Parks and Recreation,
Wrestling Club and the junior-high program,