SPRING CREEK – After an illustrious high school career, one of the best wrestlers in the history of Spring Creek High School has planned his next move.
Senior Dyllan Fuchs, a three-time Nevada state champion, will compete at the collegiate level for Colorado Mesa University, in Grand Junction.
He made his only official visit a few weeks ago, saying he “liked the town and the smaller school,” Colorado Mesa a Division-II program with an enrollment of less than 10,000 students – Grand Junction’s population currently around 62,000 people.
“Everything was pretty close together. It’s not a very big campus, so you don’t have a long way to go between classes,” he said. “I really like the coach (Chuck Pipher), he’s a cool guy. I met with almost all of the wrestlers and they like the program.”
How did he come into contact with CMU?
“Our assistant coach, AJ Estrada, is cousins with an assistant coach at Colorado Mesa, so that’s how I heard about the program,” Fuchs said.
He also had conversations with Utah Valley University, Oregon State University and Missouri Valley College.
Fuchs capped his brilliant senior season with a 60-4 record, winning 45 matches by fall – setting the Spring Creek record for wins and pins in a single season.
He earned his third straight state championship on Feb. 9, in Winnemucca, pinning Lowry’s Cade Bell at the 1:26 mark in the 145-pound title match.
As a sophomore, Fuchs won his first state championship – claiming the 2017 138-pound crown with a fall victory in 1:18 over Moapa Valley’s Christian Riordan.
In 2018, Fuchs completed the defense of his title in his junior season – notching back-to-back state championships at 138 pounds – beating Lowry’s Bryan Day in a 6-1 decision.
To go along with three state titles, he also earned three regional championships – winning the 3A North hardware as a sophomore and junior in the 138-pound class and completing the three-in-a-row domination at 145 pounds as a senior.
As a freshman, Fuchs took second place at regionals in the 120-pound division – losing the then-Division I-A title match against Elko’s Aram Villegas in a 7-1 decision.
He went on to take fourth place at the I-A state tournament, finishing with a 2-2 record.
For his career, Fuchs tied for the fourth-most wins in SCHS history – finishing with a 182-40 record with 113 wins by fall.
With the Spartans, he was part of four regional championships and a key member of three-consecutive team state titles.
Entering his collegiate career, Fuchs already has lofty goals: “succeed, do well and qualify for nationals.”
Colorado Mesa had two wrestlers earn positions in the national tournament this season, Fuchs saying it was the Mavericks’ “141-pounder and 165-pounder.”
Fuchs expects he will wrestle in the 149-pound division in college, saying he “only had to cut four or five pounds” to make weight for the 145-pound division during his senior season.
“You have to be mentally tough to wrestle,” he said. “I have a great support system. People want to see me do as well as I can.”
As he prepares to compete for a new coach, Fuchs leaves “a great coach” behind.
“Coach (Wade) Pehrson wrestled in high school and college, so he knows the sport and he knows what he’s talking about,” Fuchs said.
He will attend freshman orientation May 10, in Grand Junction, planning to move to CMU sometime in August.
Fuchs will study exercise science, saying he’s “undecided on a career” but added “there are a few options.”
Congratulations to Dyllan Fuchs on a fantastic high school wrestling career and best wishes as he attempts to experience similar success at the collegiate level for Colorado Mesa University.