Future Wrestlers Hit The Mats


Summer is a busy time of year for Rim country wrestlers.

Currently, many of the grappling hopefuls are attending a skills camp at Payson High School in hopes of better preparing themselves for upcoming middle and high school campaigns.

Several of the athletes are prepping to attend the AAU Grand National Greco-Roman and Freestyle Tournament, June 28 to July 5 in Billings, Mont.

Only last week, 10 youngsters traveled to Phoenix for the Grand Canyon Games, and days earlier most of the group was participating in the USA Wrestling state championships at Chandler High School.

Escorted by PHS coaches Dave LaMotte and Dennis Pirch, the young Rim crew returned with a bevy of medals.

In the 80-pound Midget (9-10 years) competition, Porter Wilbanks wrestled his way to a gold-medal finish.

Nathan Lee took a gold medal in the 120-pound Novice (11-12 years) class, as did Zack Lee in the 110-pound School Boy (13-14) competition.

Also in School Boy, 160-pound Taylor Walden captured the gold. Garrett Stanley finished fourth among the 115-pounders.

In the Cadet class (15-16 years), R.C. LaHaye won the 132-pound championship. Larry Wilbanks was third among the 103-pounders and Caleb Miller sixth in the 154-pound class.

In the Grand Canyon Games, gold medalists from Payson included Jarred Smith, Justin Smith, LaHaye, Miller, Lee and Wilbanks.

Bryce River won two silver medals, John Maynard took a bronze and Nathan Lee captured fourth-place laurels.

A benefit
In an effort to help the young wrestlers earn the money necessary for the upcoming trip to Billings, a group of parents has organized a benefit car wash and bake sale.

The event will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, at Bud's Plumbing, 606 W. Main Street.

The cost of the car wash is whatever amount the patron wishes to contribute to the fund-raising effort.

Also, there will be a barbecue going on in which hot dogs, hamburgers and possibly green chili burros will be sold.

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