SANDY — Mountain Top Wrestling Club recently held its annual Awards Banquet, recognizing youth athletes for their achievements during the 2011 freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling season.
“This has been a great year, with a lot of new faces,” said Coach Bill Kilpack. “We had first-year wrestlers who performed very well at state levels. We had two Intermountain Champions. We had 12 All-American finishes. The club took second in Greco-Roman as a team at the Mountain Top Classic, and finished first as a team in freestyle. It was a really great year.”
Five trophies for Outstanding Wrestler were awarded to Weston Nielsen of Bluffdale, who wrestled flyweight (ages 6 and Under) 55 pounds; brothers Trever and Kelly Glaubensklee of Sandy, who wrestled intermediate (ages 9 and 10), Trever at 55 pounds. and Kelly at 70 pounds; Ethan Wood of Riverton, Intermediate 55 pounds; and Justin Schwendiman of West Jordan, Cadet (ages 15 and 16) 105 pounds.
Receiving Rookie of the Year awards were Krysta Orton of Sandy, Flyweight 45 pounds, and Austin Woolley of Sandy, Schoolboy (ages 13 and 14) 91 pounds.
Seven trophies were also awarded for the Most Improved wrestlers. These were awarded to Thomas Hekking of Sandy, intermediate 60 pounds; Gavin Dockstader of Riverton, intermediate 75 pounds; Tanner Orton of Sandy, Novice 60 pounds; brothers Alex and Adam Maxwell of Sandy, Alex schoolboy 112 pounds, Adam junior (ages 17 and 18) 160 pounds; MacKelti Kilpack of Sandy, Cadet 105 pounds; and Joey Day of Sandy, cadet 119 pounds.
Trophies for Most Dedicated went to Jackson Buehner of West Jordan and Brady Anderson of Sandy. “Sometimes it’s hard to decide on a most dedicated,” Kilpack said. “This year, it wasn’t. Jackson rarely missed a practice, always worked hard, even when his workout partners were All-Americans and he was a first-year wrestler.”
The trophy recipients were selected by the Mountain Top Wrestling Club coaching staff.