Utah wrestlers continued to show the Beehive State has what it takes to compete at the national level during the National High School Coaches Association National Wrestling Championships at Virginia Beach, Va.
Jason Chamberlain became a two-time national champion at 140 pounds after rolling over the competition. He won the title as a junior propelling him to the No. 1 ranking for his senior year at Springville. After completing an undefeated season and winning a fourth consecutive state title, he defended his national title this past weekend. He was so dominant, he even picked up a technical fall in the championship match.
Ethen Lofthouse from Mountain Crest also became a repeat champion winning in the Junior Nationals at 160 pounds after taking the title last season in the sophomore class at 152 pounds. He had a tougher time in his final match as he faced off against the defending 160-pound champ, Ryan LeBlanc from New York, but was able to win a close 3-2 decision.
Several other Utah wrestlers placed at the tournament as Chasen Tolbert of Delta was second at 103 pounds in the juniors. Other seniors included Justin Ballantyne of American Fork (8th), Ryker Vandertoolen of Bingham (7th), Wasatch's Blake Mangum (7th), Jarrett Morrill of Mountain Crest (8th), teammates from Wasatch Ethan Smith (4th) and Jake Salazar (6th), and Layton's Adam Fager (5th).
UTAH SHOWCASE: The National Scouting Report and Paramount Scouting are putting on a showcase June 17 at Woods Cross High School. Registration can be found at paramountscouting.com.
The opportunity to play in the Paramount National Showcase Game begins with participation in an area showcase. Players must be entering their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year in high school. Recent high school graduates may also participate in a showcase for a chance to be seen by college coaches and professional scouts, but they may not qualify to play in the National Showcase Game.
National Scouting Report provides scouting services for college coaches and high school athletes and will make available the results of the showcase to all college coaches.
WEBER COMMITMENT: Weber standout Amie Jensen verbally committed to play basketball for Salt Lake Community College next year. Jensen averaged 11.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game this season for the Warriors.
"I thought a lot about it," said Jensen, "And I really liked coach (Betsy) Specketer. It's closer to home, and my coach played there. It seemed like a good opportunity. I want to be in a winning program, and they had a great season."
Jensen played club basketball for Salt Lake Metro last summer and was described by her coach, Dave Hammer, as an "explosive athlete with great potential."
The honor student and softball player will sign with SLCC during the spring signing period.
NEW COACH NEEDED: Wasatch High School is seeking candidates to coach boys basketball. Coach Lonnie Magnusson is retiring after seven years. Interested candidates should contact Paul Sweat, principal, or Jason Watt, athletic director, at 435-654-0640 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Teaching positions are also available, and applications can be obtained at www.wasatch.edu.VOLLEYBALL CAMP: Provo High School is hosting a junior high Volleyball Clinic for 7th- through 9th-graders. The clinic is for boys and girls and runs April 22-24 at 5-6:30 p.m. Clinic registration forms are available at the Provo High main office or at the Web site: phs.provo.edu/activities/volleyball. Questions can be addressed to coach Wendy Bills at 801-362-3373.