BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
WOODS CROSS — The Kingdom Training Center in Woods Cross got its “Iowa-style” wrestling camp off to a good start.
Almost 40 kids from all corners of the western United States signed up for the “Rusty Lofthouse Benefit” wrestling camp, and the total of funds raised was at $6,090 on the first day of camp.
“We have wrestlers here that really have come from everywhere,” said Ben Kjar, owner of the Kingdom Training Center and one of the organizers of the camp. “We got kids from California, Wisconsin, Utah, everywhere. This is a really good turnout.”
With most of the money being used to take care of the medical bills for Rusty Lofthouse, coach of the wrestling and football teams at Mountain Crest High School, it’s turned out to be a blessing.
However, the Lofthouse family received more bad news over the weekend.
After being released from the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray in early July, Rusty is now back in the hospital with what his brother, Luke, said are some complications.
“He’d sit up and be sore, or he’d just lie down and still be sore because he’s still recovering from the broken ribs,” said Luke of Rusty’s most recent complications. “He had his oxygen levels and blood pressure levels checked, and both dropped. He’s back at the Intermountain Medical Center now.”
Luke Lofthouse also added that it was discouraging news to hear, and that “we’re basically back at square one from this point.”
Luke also said that Rusty’s right lung has collapsed, and that two liters of blood were found in Rusty’s lung. He has a tube in his chest and is being monitored.
For now, Rusty and his family are waiting for a specialist.
The camp itself is seeing some of its own success, with Kjar leading the charge and Luke Lofthouse and Jared Richardson available to help with any of the training.
Wrestlers who signed up for the camp train from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.
On Monday during the final hours of the camp, wrestlers were put in pairs to learn “shooting” techniques, grappling skills, and other drills.
Kjar finished the Monday camp with a quick motivational speech on how to be physically and mentally ready for the rest of the week.
“Eating well is just the beginning,” he said. “Make sure you put good things in your body and come prepared for anything and everything. Every day is going to be tough.”
However, the camp is just the beginning of the fundraising phase by Kjar, Lofthouse and the training center.
Donations will be accepted until further notice.
“We really want to be there for Rusty,” said Kjar, “so we’re hoping that people will donate to either of those websites.”
Kjar was an All-American wrestler for Utah Valley University. His training center is located at 1431 S. 1800 West in Woods Cross.