Tucker wins second straight state title
Sports top ten story No. 10
The second one was just as difficult as the first to achieve, but it felt just as good.
Grand Junction High School 215-pound wrestler Robert Tucker claimed his second Class 5A state title on Feb. 23.
His feat, along with the state titles won by Matthew Gurule and the Grand Valley wrestling team, was voted as the No. 10 sports story of the year.
It was a measure of sweet revenge for Tucker (37-2), who defeated Ponderosa’s Jake Ottmann 3-2 in the final match. Tucker had lost to Ottmann in the regional finals the week before.
After finishing sixth at state as a freshman, Central’s Matthew Gurule won the state 103-pound championship in his sophomore season. His 5-2 decision over Jared Rieck of
Coronado in the final was his closest match of the tournament.
Grand Valley went out in style in its final season in Class 2A, winning the state team title by 33 points over Paonia.
The Cardinals, who moved up to 3A this season, also crowned two individual 2A champions, Tyler Miles (152) and his brother Cody (160).
Western Slope State Champions
Central, 103 pounds
Robert Tucker, Grand Junction, 215 pounds
Scott Redden, Gunnison, 215 pounds
Ty Sickels, Nucla, 130 pounds
Dove Creek, 135 pounds
Norwood, 140 pounds
Justin Smith, Paonia, 145 pounds
Grand Valley, 152 pounds
Grand Valley, 160 pounds
Devon Brown, Paonia, 171 pounds
Stryker Lane, Norwood, 215 pounds