RIO RANCHO New Mexico's Mr. Football proved he is much more than a star quarterback Saturday night.

Aztec's Adam Lucero won the 4A wrestling state championship at 170 pounds, defeating Farmington's Essiel Carrasco in a 7-2 decision.

"It feels like 13 years of hard work summed up on one match," Lucero said. "I knew what to expect against Carrasco because we wrestled twice before. I knew all I had to do was go out there and do it."

Lucero placed sixth as a freshman, third as a sophomore and fifth as a junior despite a wrist injury.

His vision quest to win a state title was finally complete Saturday night at the Santa Ana Star Center.

"I grew up going to all the wrestling tournaments. Football is my best and favorite sport, but wrestling was my first sport," he said. "When I would go watch wrestling, I always knew who the state champions were. Two years ago my partner Jimmy Brown won a title, and ever since I have wanted to taste it so bad."

Lucero credited his coaches Monte Maxwell and Ronnie Clark for preparing him for Saturday's moment, but he said he was also blessed to have legendary coach Herb Stinson back in the Tigers' wrestling room.

He also credited his family, and especially brother Jordan Lucero for working with him each day.

"My brother trains MMA and is 3-0 right now. He is a beast," Lucero said. "He wanted this for me more than I even wanted it I think, which says a lot because I wanted it badly. He drilled me every day for this.


To add my name to the legendary wall of Aztec wrestling state champions, it is an unbelievable feeling."

Aztec finished seventh in the team standings with 123 team points. The Tigers were the second highest-placing District 1-4A team in the tournament.