Team wrestling camp…


Eight Meeker High School Cowboy wrestlers recently attended the Western State Team Camp in Gunnison and wrestled in 17 duals, winning 13 of them. “Our kids wrestled tough,” Meeker assistant coach Carl Padilla said. Wrestling for the Cowboys in back row were: Chase Rule, Christopher Strate, Charles Curry, assistant coach Carl Padilla, Sheridan Harvey, head […]

Wrestling camp…

The defending state champion Meeker Cowboys sent five wrestlers to Paonia for a wrestling camp, and according to high school assistant coach Carl Padilla, “We had a great camp; the kids wrestled well.” Attending the camp were Casey Turner, Jacob Pelloni, Caleb Bradford, with Tannen Kennedy on his back and Hunter Garcia. Several Cowboys will attend another camp this week in Gunnison.

Tipton’s office recognizes Meeker wrestling…


Brandon Baynor, representing Third District Congressman Scott Tipton’s office in Grand Junction, recently brought a Congressional Tribute Plaque to Meeker High School for the Meeker State Champion Wrestling Team, the State Champion Wrestlers and their coaches. From left, Baynor delivers the plaque to state champions TJ Shelton (four-time state champion), Devon Pontine and Casey Turner […]

Shelton honored…

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Meeker’s first and Colorado’s 19th four-time Colorado state wrestling champion T.J. Shelton was honored for his accomplishments at the annual honors banquet in Colorado Springs. Shelton, pictured with his parents Janae and Bob, was named the Co-High School 2A/3A Wrestler of the Year, an honor he shared with Paonia’s Bo Pipher. Shelton’s coach, J.C. Watt, […]

Roman Gutierrez inducted into wrestling hall of fame; Watt and Shelton honored

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MEEKER I “It says a lot about Meeker’s wrestling program,” J.C. Watt said about the honors banquet, where Watt and four-time state champion T.J. Shelton were honored and Meeker High School alumni Roman Gutierrez was inducted into the Colorado Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Cowboys win team title; Shelton wins fourth title

The Meeker High School wrestling program made history by winning its eighth state team wrestling title at the 2016 Colorado State Wrestling Championships in the Pepsi Center last weekend in Denver. Meeker senior T.J. Shelton became the 19th wrestler in Colorado history to win four individual state wrestling titles and doing so in such dominate fashion, he was named the 2A Outstanding Wrestler and received two standing ovations for his efforts. Meeker head coach J.C. Watt's efforts were also recognized as he was named the 2A Coach of the Year after his team was awarded the trophy. Every Meeker state qualifier won a match and scored at least one bonus point for the team. "It truly was a team win," coach Watt said.

MEEKER I Once upon a time, in small town in northwest Colorado, there lived a young man named T.J. Shelton, who had set goals for himself. Last weekend in front of more than 10,000 people, he accomplished them, while helping himself, his team and his community win a state championship, too.


Be sure to look for our keepsake special section for the 2016 state wrestling championships in the Feb. 25th edition of the Herald Times!

2016 State Wrestling Championships – Day 1

Meeker wrestling team has four regional champs, 10 going to state

Meeker senior T.J. Shelton, right, won his fourth regional title Saturday in Grand Junction and he now has the opportunity to become Meeker’s first-ever four-time state wrestling champion and only the 19th Colorado wrestler to accomplish the feat. The Cowboys finished third as a team in the regional tournament but more importantly qualified 10 wrestlers for the Big Show, which starts today at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The Cowboys are currently ranked No. 2 in 2A by On the Mat Rankings, behind defending state champion Rocky Ford.

MEEKER I The brackets are set for the 2016 Colorado State Wrestling Championships, and Meeker will have wrestlers in 10 of the 14 brackets, including four regional champions, one of whom has an opportunity to make Meeker and Colorado history.

Meeker matmen win local dual, preparing for regional tourney

Meeker junior Ty Gibson gets his arm raised in victory for the first time ever Saturday at the Meeker Duals and now he, along with his teammates, will enter the state-qualifying regional tournament this Friday, starting at 1 p.m., on the Colorado Mesa University campus in Grand Junction.

MEEKER I During the regular season, the Meeker High School wrestling team has always sought out the best competition to prepare them for the 2A regional and state tournaments, and this season was no different, as the Cowboys wrestled in the CMU Duals, the Warrior Classic, the Tournament of Champions and the Meeker Duals, which […]

MHS wrestlers win, to play host

MEEKER I The Cowboy wrestling team made a long trip to Buena Vista on Jan. 28 for a dual meet with the 2A Demons, and they returned home victorious.

Cowboys place 10 in Screamin’ Eagles mat tourney, three are champs

MEEKER I “We are still improving,” Cowboy wrestling coach J.C. Watt said after his team wrestled in the competitive Screamin’ Eagle tournament in Paonia on Saturday, less than one month before the 2016 Colorado State Wrestling Championships.