71st Annual CHSAA
State Wrestling Championships
at the Pepsi Center
Thursday/Friday/Saturday, February 16, 17 & 18, 2006

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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 takedown.

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.


103 - Eric Wilson
 LBF2 vs Paul Montoya - Brighton
LD 2-4 vs Marcus May - Green Mountain

112 - Patrick Brown
WD 8-7 vs Brandon Ford - Rampart
LBF1 vs Geoff Meng - Monarch
LD vs Martin Maldonado - Doherty

140 - Addison MacDonald
LBF2 vs Mike Conklin - Ft Collins
LD 8-10 OT vs Markus Garcia - Doherty

145 - Jon Brascetta
- 1st Place
WTF 29-12 vs Ted Gurule - Brighton
W vs Matayna Horowitz - Fairview
WTF 25-10 vs Nick Gerace - Arvada West
WD 8-4 vs
Patrick Armstrong - Ponderosa

152 - Curtis McNary
- 1st Place
WBF2 vs Jared Cruz - Grand Junction Central
WD 3-1 vs Brad Stansbury - Heritage
WD 8-3 vs Matthew Murphy - Chaparral
WD 3-1 OT vs Brandon Doyle - Poudre

160 - Matt Lucherini
- 4th Place
LD 0-6 vs Logan Johnson - Mitchell
WD 6-4 vs Matt Strohm - Regis
WD 14-7 vs Mitch Schubert - Columbine
WD vs Servando Heredia - Aurora Central
WD 11-3 vs Lee Nadeau - Ft Collins
LBF2 vs Logan Johnson - Mitchell

171 - Jon Simpson
LD 4-5 vs Brennan Whitman - Poudre
LBF2 vs Luke Vandenburg - Loveland

WBF2 = Win By Fall, 2nd Period - 6 Team Points
WTF = Win Tech Fall (by 15) - 5 Team Points
WMD = Win Major Decision (by 8 to 14) - 4 Team Points
WD = Win by Decision (less than 8) - 3 Team Points