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By Bill X. Barron, 05/03/18, 11:15AM MDT


Danny Coles Earns 1st Canadian Triple Crown

Rocky Mountain Nationals

Where the Great Get Tested & the Good Get Better

By Bill X. Barron – RMN Events Writer

{See published article in the May 1, 2018 WIN Magazine.}

Each wrestling season from October through May, RMN Events holds twenty large youth wrestling tournaments each with one thousand or more competitors in venues across the country in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, and Wyoming. The culminating event for each of these individual events is the Rocky Mountain Nationals held in Denver over a span of three days in March.

The 2018 Rocky Mountain Nationals totaled 2,312 participants from 29 states as well as a full team from Canada. Wrestlers competed in middle and high school duals in addition to freestyle on Friday, then wrestled in a Folkstyle tournament format Saturday and Sunday for all age groups. Sunday’s national’s final bouts were individually announced by RMN CEO Ed Gutierrez and the contestants were featured on two elevated platforms.

Like the Rocky Mountains with which this tournament shares a name, the Rocky Mountain Nationals stands tall above the landscape of annual events. Now in its 19th year, the Rocky Mountain Nationals features wrestlers of all ages, beginning at age 6, going through age 18, as well as an Open Division (above 18).  Danny Coles (18U, 145 lbs.) of the Delchev Trained Club from Alberta became the first Canadian to earn the RMN Triple Crown.

In Friday’s team duals, Team Kansas (Red) won its seventh consecutive high school crown, while the middle school division welcomed a new team champion POWA from Pueblo, Colorado. The top three teams in the individual tournament were Ages 6-15 – Team Montana, 1st (Coach Mike Stokes); Bear Cave (CO), 2nd (Coach Ben VomBaur); Sons of Thunder (CO), 3rd (Coaches Jeff Estrada & Luke Morris). In the All-Star team category, the top teams were Team Kansas, 1st (Coach Eric Johnson); Golden Eagle WC (CO), 2nd (Coach Scott McDoniel); Duran Elite WC, 3rd (Coach David Duran).

Outstanding Wrestlers for the 2018 RM Nationals were determined by most pins in the least amount of time. 6 & Under: Aiden Axtell, CO (Duran WC); 8 & Under: Boden Harker, ID (Upper Valley Aces (ID); 10 & Under: Derek Barrows, CO (Bear Cave WC); 12 & Under: D’mitri Alarcon, CO (Bear Cave); 15 & Under: Matthew Moore, CO (CO Bad Boys); 18 & Under: Wyatt Hendrickson, KS (Team Kansas).

In addition to individual honors, there is the opportunity to earn several huge annual trophies which range from winning 3-6 championships. These recipients must win the Rocky Mountain Nationals in March and at least one title must be won outside of Colorado. For the 2017-18 wrestling season, there were 24 Triple Crown Winners (3 titles, representing 10 states and Canada), 18 Golden Gear Champions (4 titles, 7 states), nine RMN World Championship Belt Holders (5 titles, 5 states), and the most prestigious award: a record seven Ring of Fame Recipients (6 titles, 4 states).

Ring of Fame recipients winning six titles in 2017-18, including the 2018 Rocky Mountain Nationals: D’mitri Alarcon, 12U 98 lbs. – Bear Cave WC (CO), Boden Harker, 8U 58 lbs. – Upper Valley Aces (ID), Richard Flores Jr., 6U 37 lbs. – Adams City (CO), Riker O’Hearon, 8U 62 lbs. – Champions WC (UT), Austin Paris, 10U 65 lbs. – Champions WC (UT), Ryder Schulte, 8U 78 lbs. – Grindhouse (AZ), and Thomas Verrette, 10U 77 lbs. – Sons of Thunder (CO).


DANNY COLES, Delchev Trained, 1st Canadian to Earn RMN Triple Crown