Three high school wrestlers from Utah were honored this past week for winning national championships in their respective styles and weight classes.
Springville's Jason Chamberlain, Mountain Crest's Ethen Lofthouse and Alta's Carson Kuhn all were spotlighted because of their accomplishments.
The Utah Amateur Wrestling Foundation honored the standout grapplers at a fund-raising dinner and auction to benefit the only Division I wrestling program in the state at UVSC. Chamberlain is a senior and three-time state champion. He added a national title in Freestyle at the July tournament to add to his Greco-Roman national crown. He has committed to wrestle for Boise State next year.
Lofthouse, a junior, won two national titles as he captured both the Greco-Roman and Folkstyle championships. He narrowly missed winning a third title as he lost in the semifinals of the Freestyle tournament and had to settle for third.
Kuhn is a sophomore for the Hawks. He lost to a wrestler from Montana early in the tournament but came back through and avenged that earlier loss to capture the national championship. He also reached the finals of another national title tournament.
Along with the three wrestlers, three coaches were inducted to the Utah Wrestling Hall of Fame during the event. The inductees included John Webb, who coached and Ben Lomond and Weber, Fred Rowland, who headed up Orem, West and Mountain View, and Ladd Holman, who coached Delta to eight straight titles in the 1980s.
NO MORE CONFUSION: All three Region 2 football games this week will be played on Friday: Brighton at Skyline, Jordan at Alta, Taylorsville at Hillcrest. The games were originally scheduled for Thursday, but they were moved to Friday well before the season started.
TEAMMATES WILL BE FOES: Taylorsville seniors Tia Paulani and Cyd Allen have been playing softball together since they were little girls. Together the duo helped lead the Warriors to a 5A state softball championship last spring in their junior year. Both were key in the Warriors' powerful offensive line-up, while Paulani played shortstop and Allen anchored the defense at catcher.And while both teens will go on to play college softball, they will be competing against each other when they start their collegiate softball careers in 2008-09. This summer, Paulani gave a verbal commitment to the University of Utah, while Allen committed to play softball for BYU a few weeks later.