Wrestling: Three-time state champion Crowley signs with Colorado School of Mines


Regis Jesuit High School graduate John Crowley, the first three-time prep state wrestling champion from an Aurora school, has signed with the Colorado School of Mines.

Crowley put the finishing touches on a three-run run at 160 pounds at the Class 5A state wrestling tournament on Feb. 18, dominating Fort Collins’ Devin Dunnum 14-4 at the Pepsi Center to cap a 43-0 senior season.

A four-time state placer — he was sixth at 152 pounds after an injury-marred freshman season — Crowley was 145-11 overall in his career. He won his first title in 2010 and followed it up with another one as a junior, matching B.J. Sanchez (1993, 1994) as the only two-time winner in Regis Jesuit history.

Crowley, who was considering Virginia and a number of other schools, was one of seven wrestlers to sign national letters of intent with school in Golden, while another signed an acceptance of admission letter.

“I am very excited about this year’s recruiting class,” Mines head wrestling coach Josh Hutchens said in a statement. “It is impressive in both the number and quality of wrestlers. In total, this class includes nine individual state titles and 27 place finishes at the state tournament.  There is a lot of talent in this group and I am expecting them to have an immediate impact on the Mines wrestling program.”

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