#Smiles: Local wrestler takes 2nd at 2021 Rocky Mountain Nationals in Las Vegas

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    (Pavillion, WY) – Local 16-year-old wrestler Tucker Jensen competed past weekend in the 2021 Rocky Mountain Nationals in Las Vegas where he took 2nd in the tournament for the 18U boys’ 220lb weight class.

    This was his first year participating in this multi-day event which includes approximately 3,500 wrestlers from 40 states. His bracket included 20 wrestlers.

    h/t Vay Jensen

    Tucker, a soon-to-be Wind River High School junior, has wrestled since he was in 7th grade.

    “It felt really rewarding that my efforts are paying off,” he shared with County 10. “It felt good that I got 2nd.”

    In February, Tucker won the 2021 2A state championship for his weight class and was named a 2021 2A all-state athlete by the Wyoming Coaches Association.

    His parents Vay and Amber Jensen shared how proud they are of Tucker’s accomplishments.

    “I’m really proud of his ethics,” Vay shared with County 10. “He’s humble in winning and gracious in losing.”

    Amber also expressed her appreciation for Tucker’s wrestling coaches as well and how they genuinely care about their athletes.

    “They teach them that wrestling is really important, but that schooling and real life is even more important. Sometimes you learn and grow more if you lose a match and tried your best.”

    “Tucker never gives up,” she continued. “I hope he continues to live his life like that; it has helped him a lot in life. He loves the sport and loves the coaches.”

    h/t Vay Jensen

    Congratulations, Tucker!

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