Junior All-American Kortney Lake won his third career Colorado Collegiate title while leading the Adams State College Grizzly wrestling squad to a tie for second place in Saturday's state championship, hosted by the United States Air Force Academy in its east gym.
The Grizzlies, who had won the 2004 crown, had six overall placers and finished with 73 points, equal to Division I Northern Colorado, which had no individual champions.
Lake, slotted third in the latest NCAA Division II 141-pound rankings, destroyed his three opponents by a 43-1 combined margin and had no trouble in claiming the crown. Now a winner of Colorado Collegiate titles in three different weight classes during his career, Lake is 18-6 on the year and is a perfect 7-0 since the calendar turned to 2005.
Posting 16-1 and 17-0 technical fall wins in the first two rounds, Lake was only slightly challenged by Air Force's Jacob Krieghaum in the finals. Scoring a 10-0 major decision over the Falcon freshman, Lake improved to 12-5 against NCAA Division I competition in 2004-05.
In 2006, Lake will have the chance to join only four previous four-time Colorado Collegiate champions.
Lake also was named as last week's Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's Wrestler of the Week after outscoring four opponents, three of whom he pinned, by a 50-5 margin en route to the Midwest Invitational title Jan. 7 and 8.