Legacy wins Gator Duals

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Jonathan Maness
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WESTMINSTER - The Legacy wrestling team got a good jump on the 2012-13 season Saturday.

The Lightning took first at the Gators Dual, sweeping all five rounds to go a perfect 5-0 on the day and also had two wrestlers earn top honors. Freshman Ryan Deakin (106 pounds) was undefeated and was chosen the tournament’s outstanding wrestler in the 106-145 class. Senior Connor Cassidy also went undefeated at 160 pounds and was chosen the outstanding wrestler from 152-285.

“I thought I wrestled well,” Deakin said. “I was light on my feet and thought we did a good job as team.”

Horizon, which sent both its varsity and junior varsity teams, took second and sixth. Overland was third, followed by Standley Lake and Faith Christian.

“It was a good early tournament,” Legacy’s coach Mike Thompson said. “There was a lot of great competition and we had a lot of wrestlers that wrestled well.”

Deakin had little problems in his matches; he pinned Standley Lake’s Dakota Ogata and Overland’s Daniel Cue Capota, and beat Horizon’s Jackson Huffman (10-6).

Cassidy was just as dominant at 160. He had two forfeit victories and pinned the three opponents he faced.

“Ryan did a great job, as did Connor,” Thompson said. “I think we had a lot of wrestlers that did well.”

Legacy’s Brian Mooney went undefeated, while Adam Otterman (132), Cole Randall (145) and Lucas Robinson (195) all went 4-1 for the Lightning.

Horizon’s varsity team won four of its five duals. The Hawks lone loss came to Legacy, 47-27. Horizon also had three wrestlers that went undefeated, Brian Janovach, Matt Emerson (145), and Austin Gonzalez (152). Gonzalez had four pin falls, while Emerson had three.

Standley Lake beat both Faith Christian and Horizon’s junior varsity team, but had Nathaniel Carlson go undefeated on the day at 132 pounds. Carlson also pinned three of his foes on the day.

Horizon, Legacy and Standley Lake will all be wrestling at the Denver North tournament on Saturday.

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