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Former high school wrestler dies during physical readiness test at Naval Academy

Duke Carrillo

A former Texas high school wrestler who was a U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman 3rd Class (sophomore) died while taking the semi-annual physical readiness test on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Duke Carrillo, 21, had wrestled at 285 pounds for Flower Mound High School in suburban Dallas-Fort Worth.

Carrillo collapsed during the 1.5 mile run portion of the physical readiness test. "Initial responders provided exhaustive resuscitation efforts," according to the United States Naval Academy's Facebook page. "He was rushed to Anne Arundel Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased at 12:23 p.m. Circumstances surrounding the cause of his death are under review."

Vice Adm. Sean Buck, 63rd Superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy, said, "My wife, Joanne, and I join the Brigade, staff and faculty in mourning the sudden and tragic loss of Midshipman Duke Carrillo. Our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences go out to the entire Carrillo family, and our extended Naval Academy family, during this extremely difficult time."

Duke Carillo -- along with his twin brother Dylan -- reported to Annapolis for the Class of 2022 Induction Day in June 2018, after completing a year at the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, R.I. He was a Quantitative Economics major (having earned a 4.0 last semester) who was an avid intramural athlete and a member of the Naval Academy's Flight Training Squadron, with aspirations of being a naval aviator.

"Duke was an active member of 24th company; he was able to have a special and close relationship with each of his classmates and company mates," said 24th Company Officer Lt. Sara Lewis. "I am honestly able to say he was friends with everyone and uplifted those around him. Due to his calm and loving personality, he will be especially missed in 24th company."

Duke Carillo's death was also being mourned back at Flower Mound High School.

"Tonight, instead of celebrating our wins and losses, FMHS Wrestling will be mourning one of its own," was the message on the Facebook page for the Flower Mound High School Wrestling program.

"If there was ever a wrestler that embodied either teams' values, it was Duke Carrillo. He is a true representation of what it takes to be the best. Duke is a two-time UIL 6A State qualifier, placing 3rd at the 2017 UIL 6A state tournament at 285lbs, he never once gave up."

Nick Carrillo was survived by his parents, Gerald and Jennifer, and his brothers Dylan and Jake, both of them Naval Academy midshipmen.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 13 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the United States Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Md. where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, February 14 at 1 pm. Interment will follow in the United States Naval Academy Cemetery.

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