Riverton’s Gregerson captures wrestling title
Aug 01, 2018 11:30AM
● By Greg James
In his first meet back after a year long rehab, Dylan Gregerson captured second place at the Junior Greco Roman Nationals. (photo courtesy of RoyAnn Gregerson)
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Dylan Gregerson, a Riverton High School graduate, finished his high school wrestling career as a state champion. One year later, in his first competition since high school, he qualified for the United States Junior Pan Am Games.
“I am really happy that he has gotten to this point,” Dylan’s mother, RoyAnn Gregerson, said. “He has worked so hard for a long time. It is pretty cool.”
Dylan hurt his knee shortly after he won the state championship in 2017. After having surgery and spending nearly one year in rehab he went to Las Vegas, Nevada, to compete at the UWW Junior Greco Roman Western Regional in April.
“I was a little scared with his first tournament after the injury, but he took fourth,” RoyAnn Gregerson said. “That qualified him to go to Indiana for the national qualifier.”
With his top finish at regionals, he advanced to the world team trials in Indianapolis, Indiana, in June. He placed second and earned a spot in the Pan American Championships this fall in Guatemala.
Dylan is the youngest of four sons for RoyAnn and Steven Gregerson. He is the first to wrestle in his family.
He played football until seventh grade when one of his coaches suggested he give wrestling a try. He currently attends Utah Valley University and plans to try out for the Wolverines wrestling team this fall.
For the past year, he trained with Taylor Lamont from Maple Mountain High School. Dylan Gregerson credits his success to his friends and coaches.
“I love my friends and coaches and the support they have given me,” he said. “Tim (Hamilton) helped sponsor me so I could get to Indiana. Without everyone’s support, I could not do it.”
Dylan Gregerson currently wrestles in the 63-kilo weight class (138 pounds). He took third at the state wrestling meet in 2016 and first in 2017. In high school, he wrestled at 132 pounds.
He suggests those interested in wrestling to give it a try and listen to their coaches.
“Dwayne Henry has got to be one of the best coaches I have ever had,” Dylan Gregerson said. “He pushed me to try Greco, and I found my love of wrestling. I think that nowadays the athlete needs to do what he or she likes. You can get better by putting in the time. I realize that my training is part of my life.”
Continued training and improvement could land him a spot on the national team and earn him a trip to the Olympics.
“My No. 1 goal is to go overseas and get an Olympic gold medal,” he said. “I really want to do that.”.
Dylan Gregerson is studying engineering and physics at UVU and graduated from Riverton in 2017.
“I really tried to steer him away from sports, but he wanted to give this a try, and I really want to support my kids in whatever they want to try,” RoyAnn Gregerson said.
The Gregerson family is very supportive of the wrestling community in Utah.
“I had no idea how amazing the wrestling community is and what the sport of wrestling does to build character in a young man or young woman,” Steve Gregerson said. “I definitely would have encouraged my older kids to give the sport a try if I had known. When Dylan got involved, we realized what we were missing.”
Dylan is scheduled to travel to Guatemala sometime in September.