DENVER -- Over the years, Ryan Deakin has become more than familiar with the Pepsi Center when it comes to wrestling.
Since he was in sixth grade, the Legacy freshman made the yearly trek to the arena to watch the best of the sport sort themselves out at the state wrestling tournament. The ritual has left the lightweight itching for his chance to show his moves at the major-league venue.
On Thursday night, Deakin finally got that opportunity and he did not disappoint. The 106-pounder made quick work of his first Class 5A state tournament match to continue what has already been an impressive first year.
"It's been my dream to be down here," he said. "I just need to keep wrestling as hard as I can to see how far I can go."
Deakin, one of four Lightning state qualifiers, walked out of his first match with an 8-2 decision over Rocky Nava. The freshman showed few chinks against the Northglenn wrestler, but he was not overly pleased with the match. After an explosive opening period, Deakin was disappointed he could not score an escape in the second
"I kind of got frustrated, I kind of died down," he said. "But I'll just get a good night's rest and come back fresh tomorrow."
Legacy's first freshman to qualify for state since 2009 -- state-champion Jesse Carlson -- will need to be rested as he can be for tonight's match. Deakin will have his hands full facing defending state champion Trent Watson in the quarterfinals.
The Coronado wrestler is undefeated on the season entering the match with a 44-0 record. Even with a daunting task ahead, Deakin's coach is optimistic about his wrestler's chances in his third meeting of the year with Watson.
"The two times he's wrestled him before it's been close," Mike Thompson said. "Ryan lost 6-2 the last time, but at UNC it was only a 2-0 match."
The difference between Deakin's past two matches, from his coach's perspective, was his mental approach. Thompson believes his wrestler was not as aggressive as he needed to be in his last meeting Watson.
"But if he comes out the way he has all year then he has a chance," the coach said. "If he wrestles his match and doesn't get caught up in the atmosphere, then he'll be OK."
Facing Watson again might have Deakin feeling some jitters, but the hubbub of the Pepsi Center certainly has not gotten to the freshman.
"There's been no real difference wrestling here or any other tournament," he said. "It just been another match."
Later in Thursday's first round, Legacy's Donovan Cogil lost a 5-1 decision to Greeley West's Dylan West at 113. Connor Casady at 160 and Skyler McWee at 220, meanwhile, both logged big victories to round out a strong first day for the Lightning.
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CLASS 5A FIRST ROUND
DENVER -- First-round results Thursday from the Colorado Class 5A state high school wrestling tournament held at Pepsi Center.
Team Scores -- Pomona 22.5; Greeley West 19.5; Fossil Ridge 19; Ponderosa 18.5; Pine Creek 17; Arvada West 13.5; Chaparral 13.5; Rocky Mountain 13; Grandview 12; Ralston Valley 12; Fruita Monument 11.5; Coronado 10.5; Doherty 10; Cherry Creek 9.5; Eaglecrest 9; Horizon 9; Legacy 9; Cherokee Trail 8; Grand Junction 7.5; Central (G.J.) 7; Fountain-Ft. Carson 7; Prairie View 7; Bear Creek 6.5; Douglas County 6; Lakewood 6; Regis Jesuit 6; ThunderRidge 5.5; Arapahoe 4; Brighton 4; Columbine 4; Gateway 4; Northglenn 4; Overland 4; Smoky Hill 4; Castle View 2; Chatfield 2; Denver East 2; Ft. Collins 2; Loveland 2; Poudre 2.
106 pounds -- Trent Watson, Coronado maj. dec. Caleb Strahan, Legend, 11-2; Ryan Deakin, Legacy dec. Rocky Nava, Northglenn, 8-2; Anthony Cortez, Horizon maj. dec. Cian Apple, Ralston Valley, 15-3; Matthew Rayas, Fossil Ridge dec. Tyrell Williams, Pine Creek, 6-4 OT; Tomas Gutierrez, Pomona pinned Manny Lopez, Rocky Mountain, 4:37; Frank Martinez, Chaparral dec. Bradley Colebank, Mountain Vista, 6-0; Cody Lacy, Grand Junction tech. fall Gabe Sandoval, Arvada West, 15-0; Anthony Garza, Greeley West tech. fall Jacob Espinosa, Abraham Lincoln, 17-1.
113 pounds -- Kyndall Rutz, ThunderRidge tech. fall Jonathan Garcia, Doherty, 20-4; Isaac Arellano, Ralston Valley maj. dec. Travis Torres, Pomona, 12-4; Maurisio Garcia, Northglenn pinned Matt Finesilver, Cherry Creek, :47; Xavier Cardenas, Grandview pinned Sergio Marquez, Gateway, 4:57; Kade Snider, Ponderosa tech. fall Logan Newman, Rocky Mountain, 19-1; JT Stancil, Chaparral tech. fall Austin Harp, Lakewood, 15-0; Jess Hankin, Coronado dec. Timmy Romero, Mountain Range, 4-3; Dylan West, Greeley West dec. Donovan Cogil, Legacy, 5-1.
120 pounds -- Adrian Cordova, Coronado dec. Dominic Alvarez, Ft. Collins, 6-3; Joshua Rosales, Pomona maj. dec. Kyler Schmidt, Rocky Mountain, 11-3; Josh Redman, Regis Jesuit dec. Eric Yamaguchi, Brighton, 9-7 OT; Jerry Trujillo, Arvada West dec. Santos Valtierra, Westminster, 7-2; Adrian Delacruz, Greeley West maj. dec. Josiah Vigil, Adams City, 18-5; Ian Konrad, Fruita Monument dec. Zach Martinez, Mountain Range, 8-6; Keaton Reed, Chaparral pinned Isaac Dinette, Lakewood, 2:09; Mitch Finesilver, Cherry Creek pinned Preston McQuade, Monarch, 1:10.
126 pounds -- Emilio Martinez, Greeley West pinned Matt Bishop, Fruita Monument, 1:54; Nathan Gonzales, Doherty dec. Zachary Moye, Ponderosa, 6-4; Lucas Vagher, Pomona dec. Riley Thomas, Ft. Collins, 8-5; Devan Cruz, Coronado tech. fall Raymond Baca, Brighton, 16-0; Payton Tawater, Arvada West tech. fall Donovan Ronan, Regis Jesuit, 16-1; Jacob Rubalcaba, Central (G.J.) maj. dec. Lucas Rivas, ThunderRidge, 14-3; Danny Murphy, Rocky Mountain dec. Payton Killion, Fossil Ridge, 11-4; Zach Finesilver, Cherry Creek tech. fall Chase Frye, Pine Creek, 17-0.
132 pounds -- Raymond Robledo, Pomona tech. fall Clayton Muller, Fruita Monument, 19-4; Shederick Boyd, Greeley West maj. dec. Jaime Cardenas, Grandview, 10-2; Ben Drysdale, Rocky Mountain dec. Downey Wood, Fountain-Ft. Carson, 7-5; Devon Zavala, Denver East dec. Jared Todd, Heritage, 9-2; Bennie Pachello, Arvada West pinned Bruno Nicoletti, Cherokee Trail, 3:55; Trevor Brown, Fossil Ridge pinned Jake Dugan, Eaglecrest, 1:17; Jake Thayer, Chatfield dec. Ben Trygstad, Chaparral, 5-2; PT Garcia, Bear Creek tech. fall Andrew Pellow, Palmer, 15-0.
138 pounds -- Geordan Martinez, Pine Creek pinned Mitch Wilson, Arapahoe, 2:57; Luis Bejarano, Prairie View maj. dec. Nate Carlson, Standley Lake, 10-2; Joshua Butler, Gateway dec. Shane Ricks, Greeley West, 10-3; Thaddeus Hayes, Doherty dec. Hayden Jones, Douglas County, 13-12; Roman Ortiz, Rocky Mountain dec. Louis Guillen, Grand Junction, 3-2; Brighton Moye, Ponderosa dec. Taylor Bergquist, Arvada West, 6-4 OT; Austin Marvel, Pomona dec. George Truong, Palmer, 5-3; Taylor Killion, Fossil Ridge pinned Dustin Sanchez, Central (G.J.), 1:25.
145 pounds -- Jacob Trujillo, Grand Junction pinned Jozef McClure, Adams City, 4:43; Gabe Marquez, Poudre dec. Ryan Pellow, Palmer, 5-1; Danny Clark, Rocky Mountain maj. dec. Patrick Romero, Mountain Range, 13-2; Deyaun Trueblood, Gateway dec. Torry Williams, Ponderosa, 7-6; Alec Wyatt, Prairie View pinned Rashawn Benford, Fountain-Ft. Carson, 2:05; Matthew Seifert, Pomona dec. Aaron Trygstad, Chaparral, 11-8; Isaac Rodriguez, Fruita Monument tech. fall Joey Laratta, Arapahoe, 17-1; Derrik Ortiz, Pine Creek maj. dec. Logan Trzeciak, Greeley West, 9-1.
152 pounds -- Randy Boerner, Mountain Range tech. fall Taylor Ziolkowski, Poudre, 15-0; Ethan Wright, Pomona dec. Karl Breidenbach, Columbine, 10-4; Mason Harms, Cherry Creek dec. Kaden Fife, Fruita Monument, 9-5; Harley Korte, Cherry Creek pinned Peter Enockson, Lakewood, 3:58; Austin Gonzales, Horizon dec. Jake Tarr, Chaparral, 9-5; Alex Smith, Pine Creek dec. Kolton Maybury, Central (G.J.), 9-4; Brandon Dunnum, Ft. Collins dec. Michael Fanning, Rocky Mountain, 9-2; Kelton Good, Ponderosa maj. dec. Elliott Smith, Fossil Ridge, 15-4.
160 pounds -- Archie Colgan, Pomona pinned Emery Lee, Poudre, 3:42; Jordan Brown, Grandview pinned Khyre Burns, Denver East, 3:44; TJ Campbell, Pine Creek dec. Grady Pina, Coronado, 9-6; Kaleb Geiger, Castle View dec. Konnor Schmidt, Rocky Mountain, 7-0; Brandon Supernaw, Doherty pinned Max Lavigne, ThunderRidge, 2:44; Tanner Olson, Ponderosa maj. dec. Dalton Wadkins, Brighton, 15-4; Connor Casady, Legacy pinned Jalen Reyes, Cherry Creek, 4:39; Austin Lindsay, Fossil Ridge pinned Joel Geers, Mountain Range, 5:16.
170 pounds -- Jacob Seely, Fruita Monument dec. Alex Klaer, Rocky Mountain, 8-3; David Chitwood, Horizon pinned Colton Fries, Legend, 5:25; Adin Puris, Eaglecrest dec. Nate Lightfield, Fountain-Ft. Carson, 14-8; Dalton Riba, Fossil Ridge dec. Diego Rogel, Cherry Creek, 9-3; Tony Silva-Bussey, Arvada West pinned Hudsen Marker, Castle View, 5:33; Steve Ullman, Ralston Valley maj. dec. Richard Cote, Coronado, 13-4; Caleb Hendricks, Central (G.J.) pinned Gabe Grimaldo, Westminster, 5:43; Dylan Gabel, Ponderosa maj. dec. Riley McConnell, Ft. Collins, 13-0.
182 pounds -- Corry Williams, Ponderosa pinned Matt King, Grand Junction, 2:43; Geoffrey Curtis, Pine Creek dec. Trent Rogers, Cherry Creek, 9-3; Dalton Weis, Loveland dec. Cody Driver, Fountain-Ft. Carson, 6-1; Trevon Beauford, Eaglecrest maj. dec. Ty Taylor, Fruita Monument, 12-4; Ricky Mahan, Doherty dec. Alex Munoz, Prairie View, 15-8; Jack Lindsay, Douglas County pinned Javier Alonzo, Overland, 3:11; Jaylen Mosqueira, Arapahoe pinned Matthew Young, Fossil Ridge, :47; Joel Hernandez, Brighton pinned Jacob Bancroft, Mountain Vista, 3:55.
195 pounds -- Payton Tapia, Fossil Ridge maj. dec. Harley Minjarez, Prairie View, 13-0; Matt List, Pine Creek inj. def. JD Rosales, Abraham Lincoln, 5:11; Joey Garcia, Lakewood maj. dec. York Douglass, Ponderosa, 10-2; Matthew Stanley, ThunderRidge dec. Luiz Perez, Rocky Mountain, 8-7; Grant Neal, Regis Jesuit pinned Clark Jones, Rampart, :59; Corky Phillips, Bear Creek maj. dec. Jonny Pauli, Grand Junction, 16-7; Rocky Michaelson, Ralston Valley dec. Sam Smith, Coronado, 3-1; Tracy Hancock, Fountain-Ft. Carson maj. dec. Zach Waanders, Arapahoe. 10-2.
220 pounds -- Amer Tipura, Overland pinned Martin Paredes, Central (G.J.), 2:32; Dexter Bess, Smoky Hill pinned Brendon Frazier, Rock Canyon, 1:07; Jacob Schoenberger, Fountain-Ft. Carson pinned Nick Elgin, Regis Jesuit, 3:35; Jakob Buys, Ralston Valley pinned Theo Colucci, Boulder, :25; Nick Debruyn, Lakewood maj. dec. Isaac Prudhome, Arapahoe, 11-3; Colt Chatfield, Fruita Monument pinned Dan Macoubrie, Rocky Mountain, 2:43; Brian Mayberry, Columbine pinned Jerell Nettles, Montbello, 5:51; Skyler McWee, Legacy maj. dec. Kody Kleman, Mountain Range, 10-0.
285 pounds -- Austin Waterman, Greeley West pinned Joe Hunt, Coronado, :38; Josh Vigil-Harrison, Grandview pinned Joe Hunsaker, Castle View, 1:22; Jamin Smith, Douglas County dec. Dorean Gonzales, Lakewood, 2-0; Dane Drimmer, Chaparral pinned Sam Jackson, Brighton, 1:58; Mike Howshar, Eaglecrest pinned Tevin Jones, Fountain-Ft.-Carson, 1:54; Garrett Zimmerman, Cherokee Trail pinned Anthony Childs, Overland, 3:50; Tony Martinez, Rocky Mountain pinned Blake Jacobs, ThunderRidge, 3:18; Jorge Rodriguez, Mountain Range pinned Mitch Chism, Pomona, 1:45.