Hunt Memorial meet ends season for young wrestlers
|Two young wrestlers pair off during the Randy Hunt Memorial Invitational held at East Carbon High last weekend.|
The East Carbon Junior Viking Wrestling Club held the Randy Hunt Memorial Invitational wrestling tournament on April 1 at the old East Carbon High School gym.
Wrestlers of preschool age through 8th grade from around the area attended the tournament. The wrestling club has been around since 1980 and has produced some of the areas finest wrestlers.
One such wrestler was the late Randy Hunt, for whom the tournament was named. Hunt was twice a state high school champ as well as winning championships in Roman Greco and Freestyle events. He was also a champion in the prestigious four state Tournament of Champions. He went on to wrestle in the collegiate level in Wyoming after graduation.
The current team attended their state championship meet last week. Winners from the team include: Cody Hunt (Bantam State 3rd, Junior High State 5th); Duke Curtis 1st; Kahill Hunt 1st; Triton Abeyta 1st; Taylor Abeyta 2nd; Emilio Gonzales 3rd; Joseph Gallucci 3rd; Caleb Sanderson 3rd; Colton Sanderson 2nd; Tyson Torrez 4th and Chandler Boyd 4th.
The wrestling club has had wonderful community support to keep it going. They especially are appreciative to the Carbon School District who kept the high school's utilities turned on so they could hold their practices and meets at the old high school. They also had great support from Carbon County Recreation.
An entry fee from each participant ensured that each participant would receive a medal for his participation in the event. T-shirts and a snack bar also helped raise money to pay for the clubs expenses for another year.
Next year the club will be homeless as the high school is slated to be demolished to make way for a new school. It is hoped that a new location can be found to keep the club going.