From Alaska to UNK: Isaac Deaton wrestles and works construction

Isaac Deaton
Isaac Deaton

Hub Sports Writer

University of Nebraska at Kearney wrestler Isaac Deaton was in high school when he started looking for places to wrestle at the collegiate level.

When he Googled “good D2 wrestling team” places to go to wrestle, the Valdez, Alaska, native stumbled upon UNK.

Isaac Deaton
Isaac Deaton

“I knew I wanted to wrestle in college, but didn’t know where,” Deaton said. “I filled out the recruiting questionnaire online and sent an email to (then-coach Marc Bauer) with a highlight video.”

After Deaton found UNK he realized someone he knew had wrestled for the Lopers in the past.

The former wrestler pointed Deaton in the direction of one of Bauer’s assistant coaches, Tom McCann. From there, McCann helped Deaton get an official visit to UNK and the rest is history.

Every summer after the school year Deaton would return home to Alaska to work on salmon fishing boats.

This summer, however, he has stayed in Kearney, where he landed a construction job on campus as part of his construction management course work.

“It was hard being away from home for my first semester of college,” he said. “But after that it was no big deal.”

When Deaton walked onto campus, Loper wrestling coach Dalton Jensen could see plenty of potential.

The above story is published in the Kearney Hub’s annual UNK Today section.

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