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Craig Bad Dogs host wrestling invitational


— Vision quest.

A term frequently used in wrestling circles nationwide, according to Bad Dogs youth wrestling coach Shane Hadley.

Hadley said when an opponent beats a wrestler, vision quest is what goes through the defeated wrestler's mind until he/she faces that opponent again.

Today in the Moffat County High School wrestling room, many Bad Dog wrestlers - and their opponents - will enter the second annual Bad Dog Invitational with that opportunity.

The Bad Dogs host a group of teams from Northwest Colorado, in the fourth week of the Northwest Colorado Youth Wrestling League season.

Teams from Hayden, Rifle, Rangely, Newcastle, Meeker and Parachute - to name a few - will participate

More than 600 fans are expected to attend in an effort to catch a glimpse of Moffat County's future wrestling stars.

"This is a great event for us," Hadley said. "People can come see the future of wrestling here in town. You can see future athletes and scholars take part on the mats.

"Come down and see how special they are."

The event begins at 9 a.m. when the 8-and-under, 6-and-under and pre-kindergarten groups take the floor.

"The little kids are fun to watch," Hadley said.

"We just change their diapers in between matches and let them go at it," he said jokingly.

Noon kicks off the matches for the 10-and-under, 12-and-under and the 14-and-under age groups.

"That is where it gets really competitive," coach Rodney Klimper said. "Those are the kids who really have vision quest because they've been wrestling these same kids for a long time now."

Bad Dogs founder Billy Bingham hasn't been able to participate much this season due to work, but Hadley said the "big man" will be present today.

"This is his whole creation," Hadley said. "If it wasn't for him, we wouldn't be here right now. Come out and shake the hand of the man who got it all started."

The Bad Dog Invitational is the main source of income for the team, so Hadley said he hopes fans come out in droves to offer their support.

The event will have vendors, expanded seating and future champions on the mat.

"Our kids are incredible wrestlers," Klimper said. "They go out there and handle business. All the important things beyond winning and losing are there. These kids deserve for the local community to go out and see them and tell them how great of a job they are doing.

"They aren't sitting at home playing video games. They are working hard to become champions."


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