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High school players of the week: Matt Findlay and Caitlyn Larsen

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 15 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

Cedar's Dusty Hone tries to spin away from Alta's Matt Findlay as they compete in the 2012 Utah All-Star Classic wrestling tournament at Utah Valley University on Tuesday night. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) Cedar's Dusty Hone tries to spin away from Alta's Matt Findlay as they compete in the 2012 Utah All-Star Classic wrestling tournament at Utah Valley University on Tuesday night. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

MATT FINDLAY, Alta, wrestling: In last week’s wrestling showcase at the All-Star Classic, this junior came up huge in defeating Cedar’s Dusty Hone, 7-3.

The two-time state champion was very much looking forward to his match with Hone.

“He was my only loss last year. I went 49-1 and then beat him later in the season at nationals,” said Findlay. “We both have a lot of supporters in our background and there’s been some talk going and it felt good to put him down in what I felt was in a convincing manner.”

Findlay maintains a 3.8 GPA, and finished with a 43-3 record as a freshman and a 49-1 record as a sophomore. After the All-Star match, his record this year now stands at 17-1.

CAITLYN LARSEN, Viewmont, girls basketball: When the fourth-ranked Viewmont girls basketball team needs something – anything – the players turn to junior Caitlyn Larsen.

“Last year she had to take on the role of scorer and she wasn’t quite ready to do that,” said coach Clint Straatman. “She was starting to become a leader, but this year she has completely taken over that leadership role. She’s been doing everything for us.”

The honor student averages nearly 19 points per game for the team, which is undefeated in region play. In fact, Larsen is so versatile Straatman has a hard time singling out her greatest strength, at least athletically.

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