Canyon del Oro senior Kayden Luke had quite a beginning and end of December.
He was part of the Dorados’ 4A state championship football team beat Yuma Catholic 35-27 on Dec. 1 at ASU’s Mountain America Stadium.
He earned the Mile High Challenge Most Outstanding Wrestler honor on Saturday after going 5-0 (all wins by fall) at 215 pounds in the prestigious event at Prescott. He improved to 59-0 over the last two years.
In that state championship game against Yuma Catholic, Luke rushed for 217 yards on 31 carries with two touchdowns. He eclipsed 2,000 yards rushing in a season, the first CDO back to achieve the feat since Ka’Deem Carey in 2009.
“It means everything to me,” Luke said of his performance. “I know my parents are standing back there prouder than hell because they made this possible and I just want to thank them. Thank you, God. Thank you everyone. I’m proud to make my family proud.”
He earned the Southern Arizona Media Most Valuable Player honor and was selected the Arizona Bowl Player of the Year.
For his achievements, including notable perforamances in December on the field and the mat, Luke is the Jet Sports Training Male Athlete of the Month.
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