VHS wrestler Sloan is state champ, other Vipers place

Vandegrift Viper senior wrestler Luke Sloan is a state champion at the meet at the Berry Center in Cypress, Tex. Photo posted by Texas UIL

Vandegrift Viper senior wrestler Luke Sloan provided the most memorable moment of last weekend by winning the state championship in the 138 lb weight class with a 6-1 victory in the finals, said Paul Muck, VHS head wrestling coach.

“This capped a perfect 12-0 run through the post season capturing the district, regional, and state title,” Muck said. “Luke ended the season with the most wins by anyone in the state with a 62-1 record.”  

Sloan ends his Viper wrestling career by setting a new Central Texas record of 204 career wins.  He is a four-time district champion, four-time state qualifier, three-time state medalist, two- time state finalist, and a 2020 state champion, Muck said.

VHS finished 6th in the toughest region in the state: Evan Ross (2nd place), Jason Foster (regional champion), Noah Gochberg (2nd place), and Sloan (regional champion) all advanced to the state meet by placing in the top 4 at regionals, while Rex Jacops (5th place) advanced as a state alternate.  

The state meet, which took place at the Berry Center of Northwest Houston in Cypress, Tex., was run over two days, Feb. 21 – 22.

Junior Noah Gochberg added to his state medal haul (1st place as a freshman and 2nd place as a sophomore),  by going 4-1 over the two days and placing 3rd in state at 126 lbs.  

Senior Jason Foster became a first-time state placer by going 3-2 and placing 4th in the girls 148-pound division.

Noah Gochberg, VHS junior, places 3rd in state at 126 lbs.
Jason Foster, VHS senior, places 4th in state.
Luke Sloan, VHS senior, in a match earlier this season.
Evan Ross wrestled at the state meet.