From the sidelines
By Shain Gillet
When someone tells you that you are part of a “community,” what exactly does that mean?
Does it mean you’re simply a part of something small, where a monthly fee is being paid in order to have someone come in and mow your grass and cut your trimmings for you?
Or, in those rare occassions, does it mean you’re a part of something bigger than anything you could imagine?
The latter case turns out to be true in world of wrestling, as you’ll read in this section about one of Davis County’s own trying to help someone in the “community” get back on his feet.
Rusty Lofthouse, coach at Mountain Crest High School and brother to Iowa wrestling coach Luke Lofthouse, went through an unimaginable set of circumstances that landed him in the hospital and will keep him from walking for at least six months.
The story, as you’ll read in this section, goes on to tell of his injuries. He suffered a number of broken bones and endured many surgeries and extensive therapy, all while being stuck in a hospital far from his Cache Valley home.
Thanks to the help of attentive neighbors, Rusty is recovering and the local community is hoping he’ll be back on his feet soon.
But then, there’s yet another “community” helping Rusty by putting together a camp in order to benefit to his aid: The wrestling community.
That is the community that is bigger than anything you could ever imagine. Nevermind being a part of “Braves Country” or “Red Sox Nation,” because the wrestling community spreads across all walks of life in nearly every corner of the globe.
It is now thanks to that community that Rusty Lofthouse, a former wrestler, will get a head start on being able to pay off his hospital bills, house bills, and any other necessary expenses he will surely have over the next six-plus months.
That’s a community worth being a part of for certain.
Ben Kjar, owner of the Kingdom Training Center in Woods Cross and former All-American wrestler at Utah Valley University, has teamed up with another All-American in order to put this camp together, which starts Monday.
Kjar told me that as part of the wrestling community, it’s the ideal camp to hold for Rusty.
The wrestling community is something I couldn’t be a part of even if I had tried, and I have.
As a middle-schooler in North Carolina, I tried out for, and made, the wrestling team but finished with just a pair of wins individually and never really remembered what life lessons I could have learned.
My wrestling days were over from that point on, but I attended high school matches as often as I could and watched college wrestling whenever it came on one of the major TV networks.
It should go without saying that wrestling is going through one of its roughest patches in history after having been removed from the Olympic Games after 2016, but even then, wrestlers from around the globe are fighting the IOC to get back on the ballot for the next Olympic Games in 2020.
A simple gesture such as the one Kjar is putting together may not seem like a big deal, but to the community of wrestlers across at least two counties and two states, it’s as big a deal as it gets.
So here’s to hoping Rusty will get back on his feet, and at the same time, knock those injuries he suffered right on their proverbial butts.
He is, after all, a former wrestler. They’re about as tough as they come.