CSU-Pueblo Assistant Wrestling Coach killed in rafting accident in Royal Gorge


FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. — A CSU-Pueblo assistant wrestling coach was killed in a rafting accident on the Arkansas River in the Royal Gorge Friday afternoon.

The man’s name was released by the coroner as 53-year-old Mike Roumph of Pueblo, according to the Fremont County Coroner Randy Keller.

Deputies said the accident happened around 5:30 p.m. at Narrows Rapid, which is a Class IV-V rapid about five miles from Cañon City.

Roumph, 53, was on a private rafting trip with friends when the raft hit a river hydraulic known as a hole, according to deputies. The man was ejected from the raft and was recovered downstream. CPR was immediately started and the man was taken to the hospital, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Deputies said the man was wearing a personal flotation device and helmet.

Keller said the autopsy determined manner and cause of death to be accidental drowning.

Roumph was a 1990-graduate of CSU-Pueblo, formerly University of Southern Colorado, and has been the assistant volunteer wrestling coach for 12 years.

He leaves behind a large family, including four kids and a granddaughter.

CSU-Pueblo Athletics said they would comment on the tragedy on Tuesday.

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