Taylor LaMont has been named wrestleutah.com "Athlete of the Week" for April 6th, 2016.
Taylor is a senior at Maple Mountain High School. Taylor recently finished his high school wrestling season with a record of 66-0 including 53 pins. Taylor recently won his fourth 4A state title, a Reno Tournament of Champions title, a Super State title, a Rockwell Rumble title, and recently FloNationals champion.
Taylor is a champion on and off the mat. He maintains a 3.97 GPA taking 12 AP level classes, for which he was also honored as a 4A Academic All-State wrestler.
Recently Taylor gave up his dream of becoming a triple crown USA Wrestling winner in order to pursue a larger dream of making a Greco Roman Olympic Team. The Last Chance Olympic Qualifier was held the same day as the Folkstyle Nationals for USA Wrestling. Because of that, one week before he flew to Pennsylvania to compete in the FloNationals and won that event handily. So his goal fell short after he beat two top ten ranked senior level wrestlers he made it to the finals where he fell 4-6 to a Minnesota Storm athlete. Taylor proved to himself that he belongs on the highest levels of competition in this sport and now he is one step closer to getting that Olympic Gold in 2020.
In addition to all of Taylor’s wrestling accomplishments, Taylor has unique commitment to Utah, to his college, club and high school teams. Taylor spends hours a week coaching other wrestlers. From the time Taylor was seven, he took charge of a kindergarten team and coached them in city recreation. He has been asked to be camp clinician on many camps around the country and state and he is the first to step up and give assistance to a teammate in need. Taylor not only loves to wrestle, he loves to coach and he takes great pleasure in other wrestler’s success. Taylor has always been a give back guy. Since grade school that has been his hallmark. When asked what he would like to do when he is done competing, Taylor said he would be competing until he died and that his dream is that he would actually die on a wrestling mat in the middle of a match somewhere at a veteran’s tournament.
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