South Fremont’s Sawyer Hobbs signed his letter of intent to wrestle for Orem, Utah’s Utah Valley University Friday.
One major reason Hobbs selected UVU was the teammates there were the wrestlers he knew.
Kase Mauger (Wendell) who signed with UVU this year as well and Kekona Fouret (Nampa), Payson Anderton (Snake River) were all familiar faces to Hobbs from several of the tournaments he wrestled in.
“I know a few of the wrestlers on the team,” Hobbs said. “So that was nice. All the kids seem pretty nice and fun.”
When Hobbs went on his visit to UVU, he practiced with, went to activities with and ate with his would be future teammates.
Associate head coach Ethen Lofthouse, an Iowa Hawkeyes alum whos list of college accomplishments include being ranked number one in his weight class, placing second in the Big Ten tournament and placing fifth and the NCAA tournament, was a big part of Hobbs’ decision to wrestle for Utah Valley.
Lofthouse’s uncle Luke is also a coach on the team.
“I like the lofthouse boys,” Hobbs said. “That’s who I usually talk to is Ethen Lofthouse. He’s the main reason I decided to go there.”
Hobbs met Ethen when he went to Nationals in Virginia Beach and they haven’t stopped talking since.
Hobbs will likely wrestler 184 at UVU after wrestling mostly 182 and 195 for the last two years.
Another reason Hobbs selected UVU is because he wants to be somewhere where his parents can easily travel to watch his matches and he said his parents like that idea too.
Hobbs is one of the best wrestlers in South Fremont history having won three-straight state championships and is vying for a third. Last season, Hobbs was named the Post Register Area Wrestler of the Year last season and is a NHSCA All-American.