Wilsons win, place sixth at national moguls

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From usskiteam.com

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado – Brad Wilson of Butte, Montana, and Mikaela Matthews of Frisco, Colorado, made it through multiple rounds on the Voodoo run to land national mogulist titles over the weekend.

The best regional and national freestyle skiing mogul athletes dueled it out on Steamboat Resort’s famed Voodoo mogul course in the final event of the season at the 2016 USANA U.S. Freestyle Championships.

Bryon Wilson of Butte placed sixth in the men’s competition.

Brad Wilson, 23, has been making a strong comeback from injury since returning to the World Cup in late February. He skied clean, fast runs all day leading into his final dual against Joe Discoe of Telluride, California. It was a close race, with Wilson taking the win 20-15 in the combined speed and aerials scoring formula.

“A national title is always awesome to have and it’s a great way to end the season,” Brad Wilson said.. “Another really cool think about it is coming out here and skiing with some of these younger skiers. It gives you some great hope for the future. These kids are shredding. They gave me a run. The kid in my first dual was really good. It’s fun to ski with those younger competitors and see what we got coming up.”

Jeremy Cota of Carrabassett Valley, Maine, and Tom Rowley of Long Beach, New York, went head to head in the small final. Cota stayed strong in the middle section while Rowley blew out, securing himself the third place spot.

“I love Steamboat,” Brad Wilson said. “This season, I was really looking forward to coming here. We showed up and it was cloudy and snowy. But here we are now, enjoying what nationals should be: a fun, sunny bump competition. It’s one of those places you always look forward to coming to.”

He was on the 2014 U.S. Winter Olympics Team and his brother, Bryon, 27, was the 2010 Bronze Medalist in men’s moguls. Bryon Wilson is a 2006 Butte High graduate and also played American Legion baseball for the Butte Miners. Brad Wilson is a 2011 Butte Central graduate and competed for the Maroons’ tennis team. They are the sons of Butte natives Bryon and Jeannette (Harrington) Wilson, who now live in Park City, Utah, to be near their sons who remain in training for international competition. The brothers have both torn anterior cruciate liganments (ACLs) in their careers and returned to world-class competition following reparative surgery and recovery.

The national women’s win was the first national title for Matthews, who captured a win in duals at the World Cup opener back in December and finished sixth in the World Cup rankings this season. She dueled young gun and Steamboat club local Jaelin Kauf of Alta, Wyoming, in the final. The two battled it out earlier this season at Park City’s Deer Valley Resort where Kauf was victorious. While Kauf was first across the line on Voodoo, Matthews was cleaner on her airs.

“Jaelin’s fast, so I knew I was going to have to push myself,” said Matthews. “For me, I don’t think as much in duals. I just go and don’t hold anything back. I ski fast, I ski hard, I go big. I lose that fear and that aspect of control. I was pretty excited to just ski my run. It was a clean, solid run and it was enough to give me my first national title.”
The women’s podium was completed with Nessa Dziemian of East Hampstead, New Hampshire, battling Kelly Lawson of Boulder, Colorado, in the small final to land in third.

The Friday moguls event saw Rowley win the men’s race and Keaton McCargo of Telluride prevail in the women’s race.

The Wilsons also earned placings in the men’s event — Brad, fifth, and Bryon, 14th. The runner-up was Bryan Zemba of Killington, Vermont, while Dylan Walczyk of Rochester, New York, placed third.

Olivia Giaccio of Vail, Colorado, placed second in the women’s competition while Lane Stoltzner of Park Ridge, Illinois, was third. Matthews finished in sixth place
With the conclusion of the 2016 season, the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team will head back to Park City to rest up before summer training begins.

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