For over five years PrepColorado has covered the Hog Olympics, held at Heritage High School and ran by Eagle line coach Ray Barron. Most importantly the Olympics are a rare show case for always underappreciated linemen. Beyond giving the big boys their due, the Olympics have also become a rite of passage for many top Colorado linemen. Numerous alumni have gone on to top DI programs and even the NFL. Columbine’s Ryan Miller, Chaparral’s Jack Harris, Brendon Austin and Shane Callahan as well as Marc Mustoe and Paul Thurston of Arvada West have all laid it on the line at the annual Hog Olympics.
This year’s most prominent names include Ponderosa lineman and Michigan commit Chris Fox, Colorado commit John Lisella of Columbine and Douglas County’s Blake Nowland who is headed to Colorado State.
With a solid team effort Columbine brought home the overall title by staying consistent in multiple events. Some of the individual highlights included 26 reps in the bench by Arvada West’s Keenan Leary. Big Chris Fox popped off 25 reps and in an impressive performance at 210 pounds Douglas County stud Greg Parker hit 24 reps. Heritage senior Jon Wilson won the tire toss with a throw of 35’10 followed closely by his teammate junior Connor Cain who went 35’5.
Impressive about this year’s Olympics was not so much names you know, but rather names you need to know. Arvada West lineman Keenan Leary is not the tallest defensive tackle, but strong and weighing 270 he could have a very solid season. Heritage, junior Connor Cain will also be a player to watch this upcoming season.