Provo hosts 9th annual Wrestling Against Cancer Duals

November 20, 2018

Wrestlers grapple on the mat during the 8th Annual Wrestling Against Cancer Duals on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017.

Provo High School will host the 9th Annual Wrestling Against Cancer Duals Tuesday. The event has three main purposes as it will raise money to help a family battling cancer, honor the memory of the late Ric Thompson and his wife Angie, and serve as the kickoff event for the upcoming wrestling season.

Ric Thompson passed away in November of 2010. He and his wife Angie created the Wrestling Against Cancer Foundation. The inaugural event was held just days after his death as a tribute to the Thompson family.

The competition has generally grown, and this year nine schools will compete in six duals. Wrestling will start at 5:30 p.m. with three duals with another three commencing at 7 p.m.

In the first set of duals Maple Mountain, third in 5A last year, will take on 2017-18 6A runner-up Layton. Other duals will feature Skyridge against Westlake and West versus American Leadership Academy (ALA). Skyridge placed fifth in 5A last season and Westlake was 11th in 6A. The Thunder did crown the school’s first ever state champion when Jacob Finlinson, a sophomore this season, won the 113-pound weight class.

In the 7 p.m. session, Skyridge will then take on West, while Westlake squares off against Corner Canyon, a top ten team from 5A last year. Provo and Timpview will also renew their cross-town rivalry. Last year Timpview broke a 30-plus year drought in dual meet competition by beating the Bulldogs. The score was tied but Timpview won by criteria based on having more falls.

Between the duals, the Provo wrestling program will make a donation to Erik Heppler (and family) as he battles cancer. Spectator fees are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and seniors (65 and over).

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