Meet Paco: Colorado Mesa’s unique heavyweight wrestler

Colorado Mesa University’s Francisco Retana, top, wrestles teammate Alex Wranik during a drill at practice. Ever since he can remember, Retana has been known as ‘Paco’ by friends and family. The heavyweight wrestler, who was nearly cut from the Mavericks before his career got started, is a regional champion and NCAA Division II national qualifier. Retana is one of five Mavericks who will wrestle Friday in the national tournament.



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Colorado Mesa University’s Francisco Retana, top, wrestles teammate Alex Wranik during a drill at practice. Ever since he can remember, Retana has been known as ‘Paco’ by friends and family. The heavyweight wrestler, who was nearly cut from the Mavericks before his career got started, is a regional champion and NCAA Division II national qualifier. Retana is one of five Mavericks who will wrestle Friday in the national tournament.

His name is Francisco Retana. Call him Paco. “As long as I can remember I’ve been Paco,” Retana said. “The first day of Kindergarten, my mom introduces me and the…




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