BROOMFIELD — It’s been nearly one year since Ryan Deakin stormed through the state field on his way to an undefeated season and his first state wrestling title.
After pinning all four of his opponents this weekend in the Class 5A Region 1 tournament, the Legacy junior is ready to see if lightning can strike twice.
“It felt good, and I think it’s always nice to get one step closer to the final end-of-season goals,” Deakin said after his first-period pin in the 126-pound regional final Saturday at Legacy High School. “Hopefully I’ll have a good state tournament.”
Deakin was one of three regional champions for the Lightning, which placed third overall in the tournament and qualified six individuals for the 5A state tournament that gets underway Thursday at Pepsi Center in Denver.
Matt Hebel (182 pounds) and Tui Faamausili (285) also finished first. Nolan Funk (170) and Derek Coleman (195) placed third, and Devan Cogil took fourth and won a wrestleback at 106 to also advance.
Defending state champion Arvada West won the regional with 280.5 points and will send 12 wrestlers to state. Coronado was second at 198 with eight qualifiers, followed by the Lightning (153), Northglenn (132) and Castle View (117.5).
“We wanted to obviously take a couple more,” Legacy coach Mike Thompson said. “But six is a good turnout. We’ve got six good kids, they’ve been working hard all season and they’ve been six pretty consistent kids.”
Boulder finished 15th overall, with senior Martin Selby placing second at 160 pounds. Selby returned to the team for the final dual of the regular season after missing time because of an illness, which still affected him at regionals.
He trailed Castle View’s Bevan Haycock 3-0 headed into the third period, but scored a reversal and a takedown around a Haycock escape.
Haycock went ahead 5-4 with another escape, and Selby couldn’t get the deciding takedown.
“I just planned on continuing to try and score and doing whatever I could to win the match,” Selby said. “I wouldn’t say it necessarily put me off or anything, but I definitely wasn’t feeling good in that third period just from being sick the last couple of weeks.”
None of Deakin’s four opponents made it out of the first around. Northglenn’s Rocky Nava lasted the longest, but Deakin scored the fall with three seconds remaining in the title match.
“I think he got hit for stalling and then he started to come up a little bit,” Deakin said. “I slid in and got him pretty tight, so I turned him and it ended up well.”
Hebel earned a 4-0 decision over Coronado’s Evan Kay. Faamausili pinned Coronado’s Lotoni Afuhaamago at 1:04.
Both wrestlers will be making their first trip to state.
“(Matt) had lost to the Coronado kid before. He’s just continually going in the right direction,” Thompson said. “Tui, it’s fun to see him succeed. It’s his second year wrestling, and you see him get more excited every time he wrestles.”
Thompson was pleased to see his squad come away with three regional champions.
“It’s a big step for us. It’s a big different from what we did last year,” he said. “It’s a big step forward and the great thing is every one of these kids that placed today — we had seven placers — every one of these kids comes back next year.”
Selby will be making his final state appearance. The senior said he hopes to reach the podium this year and added that he’s looking forward to seeing some friends from offseason wrestling that live in different parts of the state.
He isn’t quite back to where he wants to be physically, but he has a few more days to try and make that happen.
“I’m going to have to work out enough to stay in the flow of working hard,” Selby said. “But at the same time I have to really rest up and let my lungs recuperate from being sick.”
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Class 5A Region 1 tournament
At Legacy HS
Team scores — Arvada West 280.5, Coronado 198, Legacy 153, Northglenn 132, Castle View 175, Eaglecrest 90, Regis Jesuit 89.5, Legend 85, Lincoln 78, Hinkley 73, Fort Collins 72, Horizon 59, Chatfield 44, Bear Creek 43, Boulder 36, Overland 32.
106 — Malik Heinselman, CV, dec. Ben Rhoton, Hinkley, 4-0; 113 – Cody Fatzinger, AW, dec. Jacob Espinosa, Lincoln, 8-2; 120 — Jackson Huffman, Horizon, dec. Maurisio Garcia, NG, 7-5, OT; 126 — Ryan Deakin, Legacy, pin Rock Nava, NG, 1:57; 132 — Jess Hankin, Coronado, pin Michael Garcia, NG, 3:18; 138 — Bennie Pachello, AW, pin Dominique Evans, Eaglecrest, 1:20; 145 — Jimmy Rothwell, AW, dec. Donovan Ronan, Regis, 11-8; 152 — Payton Tawater, AW, pin Logan Ronan, Regis, 1:44; 160 — Bevan Haycock, CV, dec. Martin Selby, Boulder, 5-4; 170 — Taylor Berquist, AW, dec. Jimmy Weaver, Coronado, 8-3; 182 — Matt Hebel, Legacy, dec. Evan Key, Coronado, 4-0; 195 — Zeb Foster, Coronado, dec. Zach Gomez, AW, 6-5; 220 — Devin Rothrock, AW, dec. Ryan Strabala, Coronado, 8-3; 285 — Tui Faamausili, Legacy, pin Lotoni Afuhaamago, Coronado, 1:02.
Local third-place matches
106 — Estavon Maldonado, AW, pin Devan Cogil, Legacy, 4:09; 170 — Nolan Funk, Legacy, dec. Hudsen Marker, CV, 3-1, OT; 195 — Derek Coleman, Legacy, pin Nick Elgin, Regis, 3:48.
Local state wrestleback
106 — Devin Cogilo, Legacy, pin Ricky Nava, NG, 4:35.