Utah wrestlers perform at the US Olympic Wresting Trials

By Scott Schulte

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, April 22 2012 1:54 p.m. MDT

IOWA CIT , IA — Ben Kjar of Centerville, wrestling for Kingdom Klub, won his first round match of the US Olympic Wresting Trials in the 121 pound freestyle weight class over Frank Perelli of New York Athletic Club, 3-2 (01 OT, 3-0, 3-0).

After dropping the first period in overtime, Kjar went on a rampage completely dominating Perelli. Jason Chamberlain picked up a big first round win knocking off 2000 Olympian Cary Kolat in dramatic fashion, 2-1 (0-1 OT, 1-0, 1-0 OT). Chamberlain took his first lead of the match with 11 seconds remaining in the second period and was hit in the eye. The injury took several minutes to deal with, but Chamberlain came back to win the match and move on.

Vernal native Phil Keddy, wrestling for the Hawkeye Wrestling Club, knocked off reigning NCAA champion Ed Ruth of the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club 2-1 (0-1, 3-0, 7-0 TF).

Wrestling in front of a biased Hawkeye crowd, Keddy came back after dropping the first period to dominate the next two periods. Keddy, a 2005 Unitah High graduate, was a three-time NCAA All-American at Iowa.

Ben Kjar of Centerville and Kingdom Klub dropped a close match to no. 2 seeded Sam Hazewinkel of Sunkist Kids, 2-0 (01, 0-2) in his second match of the day at the US Olympic Trials. Kjar gave up a shove-out take down with one second left in the first period giving Hazewinkel the lead. The second period was scoreless until Hazewinkel hit a 2-point take down.

Candace Workman of Unitah was beaten in her first round match by Joey Miller of Gator Wrestling Club 2-1.

Phil Keddy of Vernal and member of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club won his second match at the 2012 US Olympic Trials, 2-0 (1-, 1-0) over John Leader of Sunkist Kids Athletic Club. Keddy brought the Iowa crowd to its feet picking up a 1-point take down with 3 seconds remaining in the first period. In the second period, Keddy picked up a 1-point take down and finished up the victory.

Jason Chamberlain of Springville and member of the Bronco Wrestling Club dropped his second round match, 2-0 (0-1, 0-2) to no. 2 seeded Josh Churella of the New York Athletic Club.

Phil Keddy of Vernal dropped his semi-final match at the US Olympic Wrestling Trails to no. 1 seeded Nick Herbert of the New York Athletic Club, 2-0 (1-0 OT, 1-0). Keddy dropped the first period in overtime on a take down and gave up a late take down in the second.

Keddy was the sole Utah wrestler in the championship rounds. All of the locals remain alive for third place as the tournament continues this afternoon and into tonight.

Ben Kjar remained alive for third place at the US Olympic Wrestling Trials by dominating Brandon Precin of New York Athletic Club, 2-0 (6-0 TF, 1-0 OT).

Kjar opened with a series of throws to take the first period on a technical fall (a 6-0 lead). In the second period, Precin held Kjar off and the period went into over time. In over time Kjar drove Precin out of bounds immediately to pick up the shove-out point and match victory.

Jason Chamberlain, Ben Kjar and Candace Workman picked up wins in the consolation rounds at the US Olympic Wrestling Trails, keeping them in the hunt for third place.

Chamberlain defeated Joe Johnston of Gator Wrestling Club, 2-0 (1-0 OT, 1-0 OT). Chamberlain used over time to earn take downs in each of the first two periods to take the win and move on to the consolation semi-final. In that match Chamberlain will meet Teyon Ware from the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club. Ware entered the tournament as the no. 1 seed, but lost early.

Ben Kjar moved into the consolation semi-finals with a 2-0 (3-0, 2-0) win over Earl Hall of New York Athletic Club. Kjar attacked early in the match and kept Hall off balance and will now face 2008 Olympic Gold medalist Henry Cejudo for the right to wrestle for third.

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