John Lucchi was born in 1954 in Rock Springs but resided in Reliance WY. His parents were Johnie & Deloris Lucchi. The Lucchi’s had five girls and one boy. Lucchi believes his sisters were the reason he learned to be TOUGH. He graduated RSHS in 1972.
Lucchi started wrestling in junior high with Coach Claud Harvey, taking first in many tournaments.
Coach Tom Bernartis was Lucchi’s coach at Rock Springs High School during his freshmen year at Rock Springs High School. He won his first state title as a freshmen. Then under Rock Springs High School Hall of Fame Coach Joe Oldfield, Lucchi earned his next three consecutive state championships. His record of 106 wins 2 loses and one tie. Lucchi stated that family, teammates, friend, and community support were instrumental in him becoming a 4 time state champion. As a Junior, Lucchi was selected to participate on the Wyoming – Japan wrestling team along with teammate Ron Arguello, also from Rock Springs. The wrestlers got the chance to wrestle many of Japan’s champions, as well as making stops in Seattle, WA and Hawaii to wrestle other teams. Lucchi wrestled multiple tournaments in different states and won many of those tournaments. Lucchi was also invited by the AAU to compete in a wrestle off for the 1972-1973 Junior World freestyle team. Due to “black marks” scoring system, John placed behind Jimmy Carr from Pennsylvania, even though he beat Carr head-to-head, Carr went on to be the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic Freestyle Team. Lucchi was personally recruited by Dan Gable and given a Big 10 Scholarship to the University of Iowa.
Lucchi is married to wife Judy and has two children Susie and Joseph. His son was named Joseph as a tribute to Coach Oldfield. Lucchi is proud that many of his family members have continued to wrestle and participate in sports and carry on the legacy.
John is retired from the oil field and is pursuing the joys of life. He enjoys boating, fishing, camping, family reunions, Indian Pow-wows, cruises, 4-wheeling , snowmobiling with family and friends.
Mr Lucchi stated being a RSHS wrestler has brought him many blessings and has taught him many valuable lessons in life. He state that it was such an honor to be inducted into the Rock Springs High School Hall of fame and mean so much to him and his family.