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Ex-St. Cloud State wrestler Gabe Tudor killed in Illinois car crash

Gabe Tudor, former St. Cloud State University wrestler, was killed in a car crash in western Illinois last week, but the Rochester, Minn. resident was only identified this week.

Gabe Tudor
The ex-Huskies heavyweight who wrestled for the Minnesota-based NCAA Division II school was 24.

Tudor, a native of Peoria, Ill., was headed eastbound on I-74 between the Quad Cities and Galesburg, Ill. The Galesburg Register-Mail reported that Tudor's Toyota Corolla crossed over the grass median and struck a Chevrolet sport utility vehicle driving west near Woodhull, Ill. at about 11:30 p.m. last Thursday, Dec. 14. Tudor got out of his car to talk to the driver of the SUV, then, according to Illinois State Police, "attempted to cross westbound traffic when he was struck and killed by a Ford F-750 traveling westbound."

Time of death was reported to be 1:22 a.m. Friday, Dec. 15.

Gabriel Jude Kolbe Tudor was born in Peoria on Oct. 11, 1993 to Michelle (Vinson) and Dr. Gregory Tudor.

Gabe Tudor was a multi-sport athlete at Peoria Notre Dame High School where he earned a total of 11 letters in wrestling, football and track and field. The 6'0" Tudor, who wrestled at 285 pounds, compiled a 116-42 career record with 82 pins. A two-time wrestling team captain, Tudor led his team to three consecutive conference titles, and placed third at the Illinois state championships as a junior.

After graduating from Notre Dame in 2012, Tudor headed northwest to St. Cloud State, where he was on the Huskies wrestling squad for two seasons, taking a redshirt his first year.

Most recently, Tudor had been working as a research at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. According to his obituary in the Rochester Post-Bulletin, Tudor "was an avid CrossFit (participant) and enjoyed volunteering for the Special Olympics."

Gabe Tudor is survived by his parents, brothers and sisters, and grandparents. He was preceded in death by a brother, and his mother.

A funeral Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Peoria. Fr. Dominic Faure will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at the church, with an additional visitation thirty minutes prior to mass. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Women's Care Center, 7319 N University Peoria, IL 61614, or the Catholic community of Verbum Spei.

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