71st Annual CHSAA
State Wrestling Championships
at the Pepsi Center
Thursday/Friday/Saturday, February 16, 17 & 18, 2006
Aurora Sentinel 2/22/06
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Denver Post 2/19/06 ...
It took eight seasons for a wrestler from Grandview High School to win a
State Championship and this year the Wolves had two. Jon Brascetta, at
145, and Curtis McNary, at 152. Matt Lucherini finished fourth. The team
finished in seventh place with 63.5 points.
Brascetta met Ponderosa's Patrick Armstrong (32-7) in the championship
match for the third time in four weeks. Brascetta won at Top Of The
Rockies, 4-0, and last week at the Regional 1 Tournament, 13-2.
Brascetta's persistent attack from his feet was effective throughout the
six minute match and left no doubt that he was in control and that he
would become Grandview's first State Champion. He won 8-4. His brother
Dan was a second place finisher at 145 in 2005 and was at the Pepsi
Center throughout the tournament.
Curtis McNary was up next and he caught the attention of the Grandview
fans when he took the mat wearing a "throw back" gold singlet that had
not been seen for several years. McNary was paired up against Poudre's
Brandon Doyle (35-2). Both wrestlers wrestled a conservative match and
the score was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation. Then, with seconds
remaining in the first overtime period, McNary took Doyle down to his
back and continued to try to step over to demonstrate full control when
the period ended. The referees conversed and awarded 2 points for the
Matt Lucherini was competing at the State Tournament for the third time
and won his first medal when he finished fourth in the 160 pound
bracket. He lost his first match to Logan Johnson (36-3) from Mitchell,
0-6, and wrestled his way back to fourth place by winning four matches
in a row before meeting up with Johnson again for the third place match
and losing by fall in the second period.
Coach Greg Maestas left behind a strong wrestling program at Overland
High School in 1998 to begin a new wrestling program at Grandview High
School. The program at Grandview has seen steady improvement through the
years. The Wolves won the League Championship for the fourth year in a
row this year, they won Regionals in 2005 and now they have their first
two State Champions. Coach Maestas has now coached 11 State
Champions, 74 State Place Finishers and 165 State Qualifiers.