2/17/2007 10:50:00 PM                                           
Hooper wins state championship, Regis third at 5A state wrestling
Raiders have five of city's eight placers for best-ever finish

By Courtney Oakes
The Aurora Sentinel & Daily Sun

DENVER | Regis' Super Six produced a Terrific Three on Feb. 17 at the Pepsi Center.

Highlighted by 140-pounder John Hooper's state championship victory, five of Regis' six qualifiers for the Class 5A state wrestling tournament placed in the top five and the Raiders miraculously took third as a team - the best finish in school history - behind five-time champion Ponderosa and Legacy.

Hooper won a 9-5 decision over Brighton's Dietrick Turney in a rematch of the Region 3 final a week earlier to put the cherry on top of Regis' stunning tournament performance. Hooper, who placed fourth last season and was Aurora's only returning placer, finished the season 43-3.

Heavyweight Ryan Tauer took second after he was pinned in 50 seconds by Thornton's Marcus Felker in the Raiders' other finals appearance, while 171-pounder Matt Strohm was fourth and Danny Bieshaar at 125 pounds and 160-pounder Pasha Tabatabai each finished fifth.

Wasson's Casey Cruz pinned Grandview's Tyler McGoffin in the 135-pound final, denying the Wolves a third state title to go with the championships won in 2006 by Jon Brascetta and Curtis McNary. Sophomore Eric Wilson battled his way all the way through the consolation bracket to take third at 103 pounds, giving the Wolves two placers among their city-best eight qualifiers.

Rangeview 135-pounder Adam Jerome captured sixth as the eighth Aurora placer.