The top wrestlers in the state have put away the Thanksgiving leftovers, and are now targeting the big invitational portion of the season as teams figure out where they stand.
Based on preseason rankings by the Wrestling USA magazine's Utah editor, it looks like it could be a banner year for Top of Utah schools.
The magazine ranks Maple Mountain as the top wrestling team in the state across all five divisions, with Box Elder second and Millard (2-A) third and Pleasant Grove fourth.
Breaking things down, Pleasant Grove, Layton and Fremont rank 1-2-3 in 5-A, with Viewmont, Syracuse and Weber in the mix.
In the 4-A ranks, Maple Mountain, Box Elder, Mountain Crest and Clearfield top the poll.
In 3-A, Bear River is rated tops, with Payson and Delta right behind. Millard and Altamont (1-A) are favored again in the lower divisions.
Big events this weekend include Layton Invitational and Syracuse Shuffle on Friday and Saturday, as well as the Evanston Invitational and Salem Hills Showdown.
Diarrion Hinton from Layton Christian Academy has won a national athleadership grant sponsored by NCSA Athletic Recruiting and the NFLPA.
The athleadership grant is awarded to student athletes who qualify based on leadership in their community, academic achievement, athletics and a required essay written by the student athlete.
As a result of his selection as the recipient of this Athleadership Grant, NCSA Athletic Recruiting will work with him and his family throughout his high school career and assist him in finding a collegiate institution that best matches his achievements.
Snow reaps honors
The Western States Football League recently announced its postseason awards, and No. 4 Snow College (10-1, 8-0) topped the charts. Badgers Breon Allen (RB, Daytona Beach, Fla.) and Ofa Hautau (DT, East High) were named offensive and defensive players of the year.
Offensively, Damond Powell (WR, Toledo, Ohio), Justin Manu (OL, Highland HS) and EJ Pauni (OL, Clearfield HS) were selected to the first team. Christian Stewart (QB, Timpanogos HS) was on the second team.
Defensively, Jake Miller (DL, Bear River HS), Thomas Bryson (DL, Layton HS), Nik Wolford (LB, Alta HS) and Kapena Clark (DB, Timpview HS) were recognized on the first team. Two other Badgers were picked for the first team with Chris Van Orden (punter, East HS) and Spencer Groner (kicker, Littleton, Colo.) being selected.
Coach Tyler Hughes was also recognized as the WSFL coach of the year.
Snow will finish its 2012 season on Dec. 1 when it faces ASA College (Brooklyn, N.Y.) in the inaugural Carrier Dome Bowl in Syracuse, N.Y. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m.
Back in the pool
This Saturday, the City-County Championships and Davis District Championships will be staged at Ogden and Layton pools.
The City-County, which includes swimmers for Weber County and Ogden schools, will begin at 8 a.m. at Ogden High's pool.
The Davis District, for all Davis County schools, will begin at 8 a.m. at Layton Surf 'N Swim.
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