Provo High will host the 7th Annual Wrestling Against Cancer Duals on Tuesday. This event will kick off the 2016-17 wrestling season and features seven duals and 12 different teams.
The event was started by former Provo High head wrestling coach Brian Preece as a way to honor his friends Ric and Angie Thompson. Ric Thompson, the former head coach at Payson High School who led the Lions to their first state championship in school history in 1998, passed away from cancer on Nov. 11, 2010, just a few days before the inaugural event.
The event raises funds to donate to a family that is battling cancer. This year the focus is Eli Oyler, who was born in 2015 with a tumor that was attacking his nervous system. His parents, Dustin Oyler and Kate Chappell, along with Eli, will be attending his event. After five surgeries, Eli is cancer free but the family still faces medical bills and further screenings.
The Wrestling Against Cancer Duals also kicks off the wrestling season as competition across the state can start on Tuesday.
This year the Wrestling Against Cancer Duals will feature seven duals among 12 competing teams. In the feature dual, Fremont will take on North Sevier. Both schools placed fifth in their respective classifications, Fremont in 5A and North Sevier in 2A.
Both teams boast returning state champions in Tayton Bennett (Fremont) and Dillon Torgersen (North Sevier) along with numerous returning state placers. Both teams will be strong contenders for trophies in February.
Another dual will feature Layton and Mountain View. Both teams have been consistently in the top ten and this year the Lancers should be vying for the gold trophy in 5A.
Layton has returning state champion Terrell Barraclough along with finalists Dalton Stutzman and Tanner Bennedict. Meanwhile, Mountain View will counter with its own returning state finalist in Gabe Terry.
Corner Canyon will take on Westlake in the feature dual at 8 p.m. Both schools are relatively new and hope to move up a level. The Thunder return state placer Izaya Valdez while the Chargers will be led by Shaun Stockwell, a state placer from 2015.
Host school Provo will battle Lone Peak and other duals have Davis tangling with Timpanogos, Layton wrestling Skyridge and Westlake up against Timpview.
Spectator cost for the event will be $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors 65 years of age and over. The North Sevier vs. Fremont and Corner Canyon vs. Westlake matches will be livestreamed by Track Wrestling and the matches can also be followed on Track Wrestling.
Westlake vs. Timpview (center mat)
Layton vs. Mountain View (north mat)
North Sevier vs. Fremont (center mat)
Davis vs. Timpanogos (south mat)
Layton vs. Skyridge (north mat)
Lone Peak vs. Provo (center mat)
Corner Canyon vs. Westlake (south mat)