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Utah High School All-Star wrestling tournament

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SANDY — The doubts will all be settled tonight.

Wrestlers from around the state will gather at Jordan High School Monday night for the first Utah Amateur Wrestling Foundation All-Star Match at 7 p.m. The cost is $5.

The format is set up so that a representative from the 5A/4A team will grapple with a wrestler from the 3A/2A/1A team.

U.S. Olympic gold-medal wrestler Rulon Gardner will also be on hand to sign autographs and mingle with the crowd.

Three of the most anticipated matches will be at 112, 152 and 160.

103 POUNDS

Kevin Hunter, Orem

vs.

Andy Butler, Monticello

ABOUT HUNTER: One of only two wrestlers competing who didn't place at state in 2000. He's apparently used that as extra motivation this year. The Tiger junior has compiled a 15-0 record. He maintains a 3.98 GPA.

ABOUT BUTLER: Lost to Tyler Teeples in the 2A 103-pound championship at state last year after capturing the region championship. He appears poised to avenge that loss in 2001 as he hasn't lost a match this year. Butler also placed sixth in state at the cross-country championships last fall. He maintains a 3.66 GPA.

112 POUNDS

Ben Kjar , Viewmont

vs.

Tyler Teeples , Millard

ABOUT KJAR: After dominating the 103 ranks last year in 5A, the junior is moving up a weight. Has compiled a 17-2 record thus far, with his only two losses at the Beat of the East wrestling tournament in Delaware in December. He maintains a 3.35 GPA.

ABOUT TEEPLES: This football letter-winner is also a two-time defending 2A state champion and has a very good shot at becoming a four-time state champ by the time his career is over. He is 20-0 this year and owns an overall record of 84-6. He maintains a 3.5 GPA.

119 POUNDS

Jordan Webb , Spanish Fork

vs.

Chris Abbott , Delta

ABOUT WEBB: The junior is the defending 4A state champion at 103 pounds, but he's moved up a few weight divisions this year. Webb has compiled a 9-2 record this year and was also the state freestyle champ back in 1999.

ABOUT ABBOTT: The sophomore beat teammate Luke Beckstrom to win the 112-pound 3A title last year. It was a surprising finish considering he'd finished fourth at the region tournament the week before. He's compiled a 16-0 record this year. He maintains a 3.2 GPA.

125 POUNDS

Cam Jones , Brighton

vs.

Justin Lake , Millard

ABOUT JONES: The senior is a two-time 5A state champ, but is moving up a weight from last year. He's 16-0 this year and has an astonishing 91-1 overall record. He is ranked seventh national at the 54kg Olympic Level USA National Team. He maintains a 2.8 GPA.

ABOUT LAKE: The senior finished second in 1A last year, after taking state his sophomore year. He is 19-0 this season and has a career record of 101-26. He lettered in football all three seasons for the Rebels and maintains a 3.7 GPA.

130 POUNDS

Kip Spencer , Pleasant Grove

vs.

Luke Francis , Wasatch

ABOUT SPENCER: 4A's 119-pound champ from a year ago has moved up two weights this year. He finished third as a sophomore. The senior is 11-1 this year and owns a 97-36 record. Spencer was the state freestyle champion in 1999 and maintains a 3.7 GPA.

ABOUT FRANCIS: Was a 3A state champion at 125 pounds on the might Wasatch team that was ranked in the top five nationally last year. This year he's compiled a 17-2 record bringing his overall record to 73-20.

135 POUNDS

Zach Lamano , Layton

vs.

Bryant Anderson , Wayne

ABOUT LAMANO: His 5A championship at 125 pounds last year helped the Lancers capture the state championship. He seems poised to duplicate his feat having compiled a 16-2 record this year. The junior maintains a 3.7 GPA.

ABOUT ANDERSON: Only a junior, he is already a two-time 1A state champion. He's 16-0 this year, and 89-8 overall. He was selected to the National High School Wrestling Coaching Association All-American team last year. He maintains a 3.4 GPA

140 POUNDS

Josh Lamano , Layton

vs.

Jake Abbott , Delta

ABOUT LAMANO: After taking state as a freshman, this Layton star has had to settle for two straight 5A third-place finishes. The senior is on track to get back on that top podium as he's amassed an 18-0 record this season. He maintains a 3.75 GPA.

ABOUT ABBOTT: The junior finished fourth at 135 pounds in 3A last year, a year after finishing third as a freshman. This year he's compiled a 21-3 record, bringing his career record to 76-11. He maintains a 3.9 GPA.

145 POUNDS

Jeff Newby Box Elder

vs.

Dustin Greenhalgh , Juab

ABOUT NEWBY: One of the state's premiere wrestlers is a two-time 4A state champ and is ranked fifth nationally by Wrestling USA Magazine. His 21-3 mark this year has upped his overall record to 62-15. The junior maintains a 3.87 GPA.

ABOUT GREENHALGH: As a sophomore last year, he finished second at this same weight in helping the Wasps capture the 2A championship. He's 17-0 so far this year and has a great chance at ending up on that top podium at state. He maintains a 3.85 GPA.

152 POUNDS

Robbie Maxwell ,Brighton

vs.

Judd Sweat , Wasatch

ABOUT MAXWELL: One of two Brighton wrestlers in the competition, he's placed at state his previous three years. He won it all at 140 pounds last year and finished third as a sophomore and fifth as a freshman. He is 18-1 this year and maintains a 3.5 GPA.

ABOUT SWEAT: The senior has experienced the bitter taste of finishing second at state three straight years. He is 18-3 this year, which included a sixth place finish at the prestigious Reno Invitational earlier this year. He maintains a 3.4 GPA.

160 POUNDS

Jon Schroeder , Mountain Crest

vs.

Tanner Cowan , Juab

ABOUT SCHROEDER: This senior all-state football player is also a defending state champion at 145 pounds. He is perfect this year with a 16-0 record and has an overall record of 87-23. He finished fourth as a sophomore and maintains a 3.2 GPA.

ABOUT COWAN: One of the most decorated wrestlers at the all-star competition. He finished second as a sophomore before racking up state titles in 1999 and 2000. He's 21-0 this year and seems poised to make it a hat trick. He maintains a 3.7 GPA.

171 POUNDS

Rod Raeder , Mountain View

vs.

Jon Carlisle , Wasatch

ABOUT RAEDER: One of only two competitors who isn't a returning state placer. Considering he's 17-1 this year, he will surely compete for the 5A title later this year. He maintains a 3.0 GPA.

ABOUT CARLISLE: After taking region last year, he was the favored wrestler in the 3A state tournament, but he was disqualified in his opening match. This year the senior wants nothing more than to avenge that humiliation, and he's off to a good start with a 17-2 record. He maintains a 3.5 GPA.

189 POUNDS

Josh Anderson , Box Elder

vs.

Gerard Habibian, Dixie

ABOUT ANDERSON: The senior's second-place finish last year helped the Bees to the 4A title. He is 20-2 this year and is one of the most versatile athletes in the competition. He is an all-state football player and finished second in the 110-hurdles last year. He maintains a 3.6 GPA.

ABOUT HABIBIAN: This sophomore has a bright future after finishing second at state last year. He is 17-0 this year and owns a 50-1 overall record. He maintains a 3.0 GPA.

215 POUNDS

Noah Fager , West Jordan

vs.

Will Webster, Wasatch

ABOUT FAGER: The senior was a fourth-place finisher last year. He has compiled a 10-4 record this year and should compete for the 5A title later this year. He was the captain of the Jaguars football team this year and maintains a 3.1 GPA.

ABOUT WEBSTER: The senior finished sixth as a sophomore and second as a junior. His only loss this year was in the championship match at the Reno Invitational in December. He is 17-1 this year and 89-35 overall. He maintains a 3.2 GPA.

275 POUNDS

Emosi Fiefia , Mountain Crest

vs.

Pace Jorgensen , Grantsville

ABOUT FIEFIA: The senior is the defending 4A champion in the heavyweight division. He finished fourth as a sophomore. He has compiled a perfect 17-0 record this year and owns an 87-14 overall mark. Was an all-state football player as well. He maintains a 2.0 GPA

ABOUT JORGENSEN: The two-year letterman in football is also the 2A defending state champ in the heavyweight division. He is 16-0 this year and 46-7 for his career. The junior maintains a 3.3 GPA.