Former Durango High School wrestler Rhett Breed is going to the NCAA Championships - in his first collegiate season.
Former Bayfield High School wrestler Jordan Larsen, who won a state title in 2008, is going to the NCAA Championships - in his first collegiate season.
Breed, wrestling at 133 pounds for Mesa State College, finished third in the Regional Championships last weekend in Kearney, Neb., and qualified for the NCAA Division II Nationals later this month in Houston.
The freshman Breed, part of the resurrected wrestling program at Mesa State, will join teammate Chase Walker, a 157-pounder, as the Mavericks' two qualifiers to the national finals. Walker also finished third at regionals.
The ex-DHS standout compiled a 17-9 record his freshman year, breaking into the starting lineup a month into the season.
He went 4-1 at the regionals, earning his trip to the NCAA finals at the University of Houston on March 13-14.
He opened with a 4-2 victory over Ryan Zavala of Chadron State.
After a 9-1 loss to Dominic Valencia of Adams State, Breed won three matches in the wrestle backs to take third place.
He defeated Joey Morrison of Nebraska-Kearney, the No. 2 regional seed, 9-5 to advance to the national championships.
Breed will be matched against the No. 3-ranked 133-pounder in the country when he opens the NCAAs against Joe Kemmerer of Kutztown (Pa.), 23-1.
Larsen, wrestling at 165 pounds for the Colorado School of Mines, finished fourth in the NCAA Regionals at Kearney, earning his first trip to the NCAA Championships in Houston next weekend.
Larsen reached the regional semifinals before falling into the wrestle backs, where he wound up third.
The former BHS standout (20-15) will be matched against Tyler Rubbs of Minnesota-State Morehead (24-3) in the first round of the national finals at the University of Houston.