Loveland wrestler Morgan Johnson says she belongs in CHSAA’s four-timers club


Thirty wrestlers have won four state championships in CHSAA history, and each time one finished off the feat as a senior, they were treated to a long, roaring standing ovation from the downtown crowd.

All Morgan Johnson wants is to soak in that moment, too. All she wants, in a year where there will be no male wrestler going for the four-peat, is for her name to be added to that list in February as Colorado’s 31st four-time champ — and the first female wrestler to do so.

And if you try to put an asterisk on her pursuit — because her first title as a freshman came in CHSAA’s unsanctioned, pilot state tournament in Thornton — she politely but strongly disagrees.

“There’s nothing else I could’ve done my freshman year,” Johnson said. “That (pilot state tournament) was the tournament I had to go to, and I’ve won all three years including the last two, but for some reason (a 2023 title) doesn’t count as four because….?

“It bothers me a lot. It makes me mad.”

A mad Johnson is trouble for the rest of the field. The Loveland star pinned her opponent in four of her six sanctioned state tournament matches over the last two years, with her closest competition coming in a 9-1 major decision in the finals as a sophomore. Johnson has yet to be beaten by another girl in Colorado with a glitzy 55-0 record.

“This whole journey has been fun,” Johnson said. “And all the success I’ve had so far makes me hungry going forward.”


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