Fantastic Turnout for Tournament of Champions

Despite nasty winter weather, the two day Tournament of Champions filled hotel rooms in the Vernal area with teams, families and fans over the weekend. The premiere high school wrestling event held each year at the Western Park is a destination tournament known for its organization and serious competition. We thought the cold would keep away teams, shares Western Park Manager Derk Hatch, but we had 34 teams show up which is over 500 wrestlers and 2000 plus followers, coaches, and fans. Two Ute wrestlers stood at the top of the podium as the champions in their weight class: Tucker Tomlinson and Gavin Ayotte. Other Basin wrestlers took turns on the podium and the event was considered a great success. “This is known as an iconic tournament,” says Hatch, “where the best wrestlers are ranked by their placement for all high schools!” 

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.