Reminders for state

Remember that if you want credit to officiate, you MUST pre-register this week on the state website.

Remember that there is no local weigh ins this week.  Only on site weigh ins.

Remember that registration closes on Thursday.   Don’t wait till the last minute.

State tournament week!

This week is the state tournament and I expect to see all 250 plus wrestlers at this event!   Remember that this tournament is part of the expectation of wrestling in the spring and yes, numbers do matter.   We want to return and repeat as team state champions and keep our legacy alive.    Greco State is on Friday and wrestlers will need to get out of school early so plan early.   Freestyle state is on Saturday.   The event is in Farmington again.

There are no Thursday night weigh ins and all brackets will be line bracket and double elimination.   Wrestling will need to weigh in on site.   Please check the flyer on www.wrestleutah.com for more details.

Practice will follow regular schedule this week.   Please come ready to prepare for the last week before state.

Remember that the state tournament is the event that qualifies wrestlers to go to Western Regionals, Cadet and Jr. Nationals, the national duals teams, etc.   So this is more than just a state championship on the line.   Remember to register under Champions Wrestling Club for team points.   See you all on Tueday and congratulations to so many of our champions and competitors down in Las Vegas this week.   Particularly Micah Gill, Johnny O’Hearon, Karson Shelly, and Sage Mortimer for winging gold medals.

Go Champions!

Grant’s last Missionary Letter on Wrestling

This is an email that was initiated by a national sports writer from Connecticut named Scott Schulte.   He is an author and a freelance writer for newspapers, internet sites and magazines.  Scott is currently writing Dan Gable’s biography.  He is LDS and served a mission a few decades ago and decided to write and article on national champion wrestlers who serve missions.   He has interviewed Cyler Sanderson, Andrew Hasstrasser, Roy Nash, Matt Brown and a few others.  Since Grant is the only athlete currently serving and the one that inspired the story, he sent the following email to Grant last week.  The first part is Scott’s email to Grant.   Then below that is Grant’s response to Scott.

Grant:

I am friends with your father and I am writing an article for a magazine about LDS wrestlers who serve missions.  While I am LDS and served a mission, I would like to know why you set aside your wrestling career to serve a mission.

Do you ever wrestle down there in Mexico?  Anything else you can add?

Thanks,

Scott

 

Hola Scott!

I would love to answer your questions.

Why did I decide to set aside my “career” to serve a mission?

A very good question.  It`s simple.  I have been EXTREMELY blessed in every aspect of my life; Physically, mentally, and more than anything spiritually.  Why?  This is something that I`ve asked myself time and time again.  Why am I so blessed?  And I believe that I now somewhat understand.  It`s because my Father in Heaven has a work for me to do.  That work extends far beyond wrestling for a few years in college (and hopefully in the Olympics).  Why should I be so short sighted?  I believe I have been blessed with my wrestling talent, not to be able to win a national championship, but to be able to inspire people to better follow Christ.  Yes it is my goal to be an NCAA national champion.  But how many people have accomplished that?

Something that I`ve come to realize a little bit more on my mission is that our success in life means very little if we are not lifting others as well.  And success in life is very different than success in a college wrestling career.  I spent most of my life before the mission focused on my own personal goals, which isn`t a bad thing.  But now I have the opportunity to serve a mission and help others reach their goals, goals that most don`t even realize that they have.  I can help lift others for two years so that we can reach our goals TOGETHER.  That is success to me.  Why limit myself to only personal success?  Why not lift those around me and reach our goals together?

I have many goals in life.  Goals are what push us to our limits.  Goals are what help us make “hard” decisions.

Of all my many goals, my main goal is to have an eternal family, or eternally happiness, and help others have it as well.  When I keep that goal in mind, the decision to leave my “career” for 2 years is simple.  What do I need to do to reach “The Goal” instead of “a goal”?  Serving a mission is one of the most important decisions of my life.  Some may think that it lessens the chance of accomplishing my goals such as winning a national championship in college, or making an Olympic team.  But they don`t understand “The Goal.”  God has blessed me with that understanding.  I wish all my friends understood it.  I wish all the youth in the church understood it.  I`ve seen many make decisions based on their goals.  My message and challenge to anyone who reads this article you are going to write, is to remember your greatest goal.

As for wrestling in Mexico… up to now I haven`t wrestled.  I think about it every once in a while, but I`m not supposed to wrestle for a few more months because I had shoulder surgery right before my mission.  I`m sure I`ll wrestle a few times here in Mexico, but I`m focused on “The Goal” for now.

Thanks for the opportunity to share my testimony!  Thanks for writing this article.

Elder LaMont (Elder LaMonster or Elder Lamoni) :)

Spring Break Practice Schedule

There will be practice Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday as normal for those still in town this week.   But the little kids practice that starts at 5:15 on Tuesday and Thursday is combined into the later practice.   So NO separate little kids practice this week.  All age groups together.   Weigh in on Thursday for the weekend tournament.   Have a great spring break!