BROOMFIELD — Was there really ever any doubt about what Ryan Deakin was going to do this season?
His junior season ended in the most unexpected manner, a loss in the state championship match that sent him storming off the Pepsi Center floor with a whirlwind of emotions running through his head.
It was there and then in that moment that Deakin decided he wasn't going to be denied the top of the podium a year later.
Wrestling on a mission, Deakin obliterated the competition this season — losing only twice out of state — and capped off a brilliant prep career with a 7-0 victory over Denver East's David Kavanagh in the Class 5A 138-pound state championship match.
Deakin also won a state title as a sophomore at 126 pounds.
"It's crazy to think its all over," said Deakin, who was named the BoCoPreps.com Wrestler of the Year. "Normally now we are training for Fargo and getting ready for next year. It's weird, but it is still the same because I know I'm still going to be wrestling."
Deakin went to the Pepsi Center with one goal in mind and the key to achieving it was having his priorities in order the week leading up. Homework was done, tests were taken and all the work that needed to be done in the wrestling room was set.
"It was just a matter of making sure my weight was under control and making sure I recovered physically," said Deakin, who finished his Legacy career with 177 wins and placed in the top three at state all four years. "I was just going into it like it was another tournament."
Deakin, who will continue his wrestling career at Northwestern University, leaves with no regrets ... even that fateful February night in 2015.
"I think everything happened the way it was supposed to happen," he said. "I learned a lot and I had a lot of fun."
Deakin was the cornerstone of one of the greatest teams Legacy coach Mike Thompson had ever assembled. The Lightning sent seven wrestlers to state and sent two to the finals, including Nolan Funk at 195 pounds.