July 26, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Incoming UW wrestler Austin Breckenridge earned All-America honors over the weekend for his performance in a nationally renowned prep wrestling event.
Breckenridge, a product of Cheyenne, Wyo., finished sixth in the 152-pound weight class at the ASICS/Vaughan Junior and Cadet National Championships in Fargo, N.D., from July 15-23. In what is widely considered the top high-school age tournament in the nation, Breckenridge made it to the fifth-place match, losing to Clark Glass of Florida by technical fall, 6-0, 3-3, 8-2. He earned Junior National All-America status for his efforts.
"It's the biggest high school tournament in the country," Wyoming coach Mark Branch said of Breckenridge's performance. "It's kind of his last high school tournament, so for him to go and place, it's a big deal."
The incoming freshman, projected to wrestle for the Cowboys at 149 pounds, was a highly touted recruit for UW. He won individual state titles the last three years of his prep career under coach Bryce Leonhardt at Class 4A Cheyenne Central High School. He compiled a 160-21 overall record with 116 pins to become the first three-time state champion from Central and ended his career as the school's all-time pins leader. As a senior, he went 31-3 to earn the title at 152 pounds, after posting a 49-2 mark for the 145-pound championship during his junior campaign. He won at 140 as a sophomore with a 44-4 record and went 36-12 at 125 as a freshman. A four-time regional champion, Breckenridge earned all-conference and all-state honors each year and was named Wyoming's Dave Schultz Award winner as a senior.
Breckenridge also has excelled in the U.S. wrestling system by winning four All-America honors. During the summer of 2009, he finished fourth in freestyle and fifth in Greco-Roman at the U.S. Cadet National Championships, while also earning All-America accolades with a third-place finish in the sophomore division at the National High School Coaches Association's High School Nationals. Last summer Breckenridge placed eighth in Greco-Roman at the U.S. Junior National Championships.
On the football field, Breckenridge was a running back and earned all-conference and all-state honors during his senior season. He was also named all-conference as a junior while helping his team finish 10-2 and runner-up in the state. He earned four letters in wrestling, three in football and one in soccer.