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Utahns LaMont, Koelling represent USA on Junior World Greco-Roman team

Two wrestlers with Utah ties represented the United States at the Junior Worlds in Tampere, Finland, this past weekend.

Taylor LaMont, who will be a redshirt freshman at Utah Valley University this winter, went 2-2 at the Junior Worlds placing fifth in the 60-kilogram division.

LaMont prepped at Maple Mountain from 2011-15, winning four state titles. He reached the semifinals as, after a bye, he beat Belarus' Maksim Nehoda in the second round and Ardit Fazljija of Sweden 8-3 in the quarterfinals.

Ukraine's Oleksandr Hrushyn defeated LaMont 6-1 in the semifinals, and LaMont was denied the bronze when he fell to Magomed Nazirovitch of Russia, 2-1.

Koelling, who prepped at Davis High School, winning three titles and will wrestle for Missouri, lost his opening (and only) bout to Aleksandar Georgije Stjepanetic of Sweden 3-1 at 84 kilograms.

It should be noted that there are only eight weight classes and for two Utah natives to be represented on this team is quite phenomenal.

The Junior Worlds features wrestlers who are 20 and younger, and these wrestlers are on target to be Olympians for 2020 and 2024. The United States did have one gold medalist with Kamal Bey at 74 kilograms.

This is the second time LaMont has represented the United States in this event as he medaled in the previous competition.

Brian Preece is a freelance sportswriter. Preece was also the head wrestling coach at Provo High School from 1994-2006 when in 2006 he was named as the Utah Coach of the Year for the National Wrestling Coaches Association.