The high school wrestling season ended more than three months ago, but several of the state's premier grapplers have participated in both regional and national events with varied levels of success.
Alta's Carson Kuhn (98 pounds), who had an undefeated high school season where he was a state champion and went 49-0, has continued to impress. The current sophomore returned a couple of weeks ago from the Junior Wester Regionals in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman with individual titles.
Others who fared well included Jacob Falk (105) of West Jordan, who placed fourth in the Freestyle and fifth in the Greco-Roman. Ethen Lofthouse (first, 171) from Mountain Crest and Cole Shafer (second, 171) from Wasatch had guaranteed places in the Freestyle while Shafer finished second and Lofthouse third in the Greco-Roman, and Adam Fager (215), a two-time state champion from Layton, finished fifth in both events.
Some former Utah high school wrestlers also made some noise at the FILA Junior National Greco-Roman event. Bo Beckman, who wrestled at Pleasant Grove was fourth (145.5 pounds) and Talan Knox, formerly of Brighton, finished as well (163). Jasaon Chamberlain (138-75) was third at the FILA Junior National Freestyle event.
WRESTLING SIGNEES: In keeping with the wrestling theme, UVSC announced a signing class with six Utah high schoolers. Fager from Layton was highly decorated wrestler. Morgan's Josh Wilson was a two-time state champion and won a national championship as a junior. Paul Johnson from Lone Peak won three state titles. Wyatt Ray was a runner-up and state champion while wrestling for Roy. Nicko Paraso from West Jordan won a state title, and Nick Flores from Layton was an All-Star wrestling participant.
BASKETBALL SIGNEE: Wasatch High standout Kim Parker has verbally committed to accept a basketball scholarship offer with BYU in the 2009-10 season. Parker is a versatile, quick player who can post up or play the shooting guard. She averaged nearly 15 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 3.9 steals and 2 blocked shots per game as she helped the Wasps to a 3A title and an undefeated season.
"When the game is on the line, she's the person you want on your team," said her club coach Ray Stewart.
Parker also played for Utah Flight Basketball last year with another future Cougar, Skyline point guard Jenteal Jackson.
The Cougars offered Parker a scholarship a couple of weeks ago, and the self-effacing, hard-working player accepted the offer Thursday night.
Stewart called her one of the quickest and most versatile players he's ever worked with.
She works just as hard off the court, maintaining a 3.9 GPA.
ANOTHER '09 COMMITMENT: South Sevier's Jaden Parsons has verbally committed to sign a letter of intent with Southern Utah University during the fall signing period. Parsons was the 2A MVP this season as she led the Rams to a 2A title. She averaged 13.9 points, five assists and 2.5 steals per game.
"Parsons is an excellent shooter with very good handes," said her Salt Lake Metro club coach Dave Hammer. "She is very efficient at running a team and knows how to make her team win."
Parsons is a committed student as she maintains a 3.98 GPA.
TWO SILVERWOLVES SIGN: Two key contributors to the Riverton girls basketball team's success this winter will play for separate out-of-state colleges. Malissa Ingram signed with Miles City Community College in Montana and Chelsea Arnell will play for Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado. "They contributed to our success by doing all the little things like jumping on loose balls, rebounding, screening, steals and some timely baskets," said Riverton coach Ron Ence.
ALL-STAR BASEBALL GAME: The Marshall Gates Foundation and Deseret News All-Star Baseball game is just over a week away. The players chosen to participate have been receiving notice, and the game time is set for Tuesday, May 27, at 7 p.m. at Gates Field on the campus of Kearns High School.
BASEBALL RANKINGS: Just a side note on how a national Web site perceives the high school baseball teams in Utah. MaxPreps.com has the top 15 teams regardless of classification as: 1, Timpanogos; 2, Pine View; 3, Bingham; 4, Riverton; 5, Spanish Fork; 6, Taylorsville; 7, Viewmont; 8, Judge; 9, Alta; 10, Lone Peak; 11, Cyprus; 12, Dixie; 13, Springville; 14, Pleasant Grove; 15, Cottonwood. All the teams except Pleasant Grove, which didn't qualify for the playoffs, and Judge, which already won the 3A state title, are still active in pursuing the 4A or 5A state title this week.
GAME RESCHEDULED: The Weber vs. Layton softball game will be played today at 3:30 p.m. at Davis High. This is one of the 5A state tournament's one-loss games that was originally scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m., but it conflicts with Weber High School's graduation.
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