AJ Tovey, Wes Kjar, Ben Kjar, and Sam Allen all competed at the Grapplers Quest tournament with Nate Veldhouse coaching the team.
With only official grappling training for a month, the group made some big noise at the tournament with Ben Kjar, a Centerville native, and incoming on the UVU wrestling team, placing first at the 129-pound division.
“I’ve been using grappling as a cross-training opportunity to stay in shape while in the off-season,” Kjar said. “I think wrestling at a high level in college helped me a lot.”
Kjar qualified for the 2010 NCAA national championships.
Millcreek Junior High’s AJ Tovey did well as he was beating both of his opponents by a large point margin and suffered losses getting caught in the same move on two occasions.
“AJ was impressive, and we are excited for his future grappling and wrestling career,” said Kjar who also worked as a coach for Kingdom Klub.
Wes Kjar had an impressive finish as he garnered two silver medals in the 179-pound division, and the beginner absolute division, (the absolute division has no boundary of weight).
“Wes is a tough, tough wrestler who is able to learn quickly in the sport of grappling. He beat some solid guys!” Ben Kjar said.
Sam Allen, an ex-collegiate wrestler at UVU, didn’t surprise many as he pounded his way to the top of his division in the intermediate level of 169 lbs. Allen garnered a gold medal in his weight category and an impressive silver in the absolute weight division.
“Sam is always going to brawl and fight his way through anybody who stands in his way,” Ben Kjar said. “He did that in his wrestling career and he has crossed that over into his grappling career as well.
“Beyond teaching skill and technique, we at Kingdom Klub also strive to teach positive principles and morals in life to our athletes,” Ben Kjar said. “We’re new and very young as a team but this was a great way to show what we have in this area.
“We expect our wrestling team and other areas to be even more competitive as the guys we have are training five to six days a week.”