Back Row (L to R): Coach Richard Fay, Craig Aguilar, Cody Mecham, Josef Mecham, Nathan Clifford, Tyler Fay, Mitchell Reese, Treyson Gibons, Coach Bill Kilpack. Middle Row (L to R): Garrick Kilpack, Dylan Upshaw, Jackson Buehner, Conner Fullmer, Weston Fowers, Jaeden Fowers. Front Row (L to R): Ryan Mecham, Easton Ellis, Cody Francisco, Alex Carpenter, Kolten Bradshaw, Bryton Bradshaw, Marcus Reyes. Photo courtesy of Mountain Top Wrestlers
West Jordan - Mountain Top Wrestling Club, based out of Copper Hills High School, continues to provide winning opportunities to its members. An individual state champion trophy, along with several awards, fills the club members’ trophy cabinets.
“The guys have wrestled well,” said coach Bill Kilpack via a press release. “We have consistently had guys in the finals, but things have clicked recently. It is really exciting to watch. I am very proud of them.”
The wrestling club teaches and competes in three wrestling styles: freestyle, Greco-Roman and folk. It is open to male and female wrestlers ages four and older.
On April 24-25 at the Utah State Championships held at the Legacy Event Center in Farmington, Utah, Garrick Kilpack, from Sandy, won a state championship in the schoolboy’s 120 lbs. Greco-Roman division. The club also had six second-place finishers.
At the Corner Canyon tournament April 17-18, 12 club wrestlers earned 31 awards in the three wrestling styles.
Conner Fullmer, from West Jordan, earned championships in Greco-Roman, freestyle and folk style. He wrestles in the schoolboy’s division (ages 13-14) at 105 lbs. In each of his other three tournaments, he pinned every one of his opponents. However, in the Corner Canyon match, he won by major fall (10 point lead) 10-0. This was his first time to win all three of his competing brackets.
Also winning gold medals at the Corner Canyon tournament in freestyle were brothers Bryton and Kolten Bradshaw, from South Jordan. Bryton wrestles in the flyweight division (six and under) 40 lbs; Kolten at bantam (ages 7-8) 45 lbs.
Jaeden Fowers, from West Jordan, finished with a gold medal in his first ever Greco-Roman tournament. He wrestles in the schoolboy’s division 77 lbs. Garrick Kilpack rounded out the Corner Canyon tournament winners, capturing the schoolboy’s 120 lbs. division.
“The guys have wrestled well. In previous weeks we lost too many matches in the last few seconds. After practicing this we won those last minutes. It was good to see them polishing and refining their skills,” coach Richard Fry said.
Several club wrestlers are ranked according to utahwrestling.org. Fuller is ranked eighth in the schoolboy’s division and 16th overall in kids division rankings (ages 4-14); Garrick Kilpack is ranked fifth in the schoolboy’s division and 11th overall. Bryton Bradshaw is seventh in the flyweight division and Kolten Bradshaw is 15th in the schoolboy’s division. Fowers is 15th in the schoolboy’s division.
Mountain Top Wrestling Club is a nonprofit club dedicated to providing a venue for wrestlers to learn and compete. Practices are held three days a week at Copper Hills High School. For more information, go to www.mountaintopwrestling.com