2008 Intermountain Champion Series Doubles in Size
In its second year, the Intermountain Champion Series has doubled in
size, adding two more tournaments in Idaho and Utah: the Box Elder
Tournament in Brigham City, Uta., and the Kuna Classic, in Kuna, Ida..
"It's really exciting to see tournament directors showing so much
interest," said series co-founder Bill Kilpack of Sandy, Utah-based
Mountain Top Wrestling Club. "It's great to see so many wanting
to go the extra mile to recognize kids in the Intermountain West."
The Box Elder tournament is one of the biggest freestyle and
Greco-Roman tournaments in Utah, as is the Kuna Classic in Idaho.
They will join the ranks of the Idaho Express Invitational in
Meridian, Ida., and the Mountain Top Classic which, this year, will be
held in Murray, Uta. The Idaho Express Invitational and Mountain
Top Classic are two of the largest freestyle and Greco-Roman
tournaments in the Intermountain West.
"We're continuing with our plan to start small and build each year,"
said co-founder Lani Wall of Meridian, Idaho-based Idaho Express
Wrestling Club. "Last year, we recognized one Intermountain
Champion in each age division. This year, we're recognizing two,
breaking up each age division into upper and lower weights. The
kids really were wowed by the awards we put together for them."
To be eligible for the Intermountain Champion Series awards, athletes
must participate in at least two of the four tournaments. Points
are awarded for placing first through sixth, as well as being named an
Outstanding Wrestler or receiving an award for Fastest Pin.
In its first year of existence, the Intermountain Champion Series
recognized seven Intermountain Champions:
Jaxon Moore of
Pleasant Grove, Uta., for the Flyweight/Pre-Bantam Division
Jed Lee of
Draper, Uta., for the Bantam Division
Matt Lee of
Draper, Uta., for the Midget Division
Kilpack of Sandy, Uta., for the Novice Division
Jacob Falk of
West Jordan, Uta., for the Schoolboy Division
Carson Kuhn of
Sandy, Uta., for the Cadet Division
Kirk Smith of
Boise, Ida., for the Junior Division
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.
All tournaments in the Intermountain Champion Series are sanctioned
through USA Wrestling, and offer both freestyle and Greco-Roman
competition. For more information, go to
www.IntermountainChampion.com or call (801) 641-9832.