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Cochi: Deakin, Budd to represent Colorado at National Duals

  • David R. Jennings/Broomfield Enterprise

    Mead's Sage Budd is declared the 4A 126-pound state champion after his victory against Broomfield's Darek Huff in the finals of the 2014 state tournament.

  • David R. Jennings/Broomfield Enterprise

    Lightning sophomore Ryan Deakin completed an undefeated season by winning the fourth state wrestling title in Legacy High School history at the 2014 state tournament.

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At the 2014 NWCA USA National Scholastic Duals, local wrestlers will be well represented on Team Colorado.

From Legacy High School, two-time defending champion sophomore Ryan Deakin will wrestle for his state at 113 pounds. Mead junior Sage Budd, who won his first state title this season with the Mavericks, will man the 126-pound weight class for Team Colorado.

For both Deakin and Budd, making the team counts them among lofty company as far as the best of Colorado wrestling, both past and present.

This year’s Team Colorado features a pair of two-time state champions, seven overall state champions, nine state finalists and no wrestler who placed lower than third at the Colorado state tournament. The team is composed of wrestlers from all over Colorado and from all of its classifications.

The boys from Colorado took third last year. Past Colorado team members include Ben Cherrington (NCAA champions and current UNC head coach), Tom Clum (two-time All-American), Donovan MacMahill (two-time NCAA Division-II champion) and Sonny Yohn (three-time All-American).

The NWCA USA National Scholastic Duals is a folkstyle showcase dual tournament for 24 state teams and will be held on April 11-12 at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Team Colorado:

106 – Fabian Gutierrez, Adams City

113 – Ryan Deakin, Legacy

120 – Sam Turner, Discovery Canyon

126 – Sage Budd, Mead

132 – Bo Pipher, Paonia

138 – Danny Murphy, Rocky Mountain

145 – Parker Simington, Thompson Valley

152 – Roman Ortiz, Rocky Mountain

160 – Konner Schmidt, Rocky Mountain

170 – TJ Shelton, Meeker

182 – Ty Taylor, Fruita

195 – Jacob Seely, Fruita

220 – Devin Rothrock, Arvada West

285 – Dane Drimmer, Chaparral

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