MHS wrestlers open at CMU Duals

MEEKER I After qualifying 10 wrestlers and placing third as a team in the 2014 Colorado State Wrestling Championships, the Meeker Cowboys will begin their quest to improve this season, starting in Grand Junction, when they compete in the Colorado Mesa University Duals.

Winter sports…

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Two-time defending state wrestling champion T.J. Shelton is pictured practicing with teammate Casey Turner in preparation for the upcoming mat season at Meeker High School.

MHS wrestling camp…


Eleven Meeker wrestlers competed in the Paonia Summer Duals, and many wrestled more than 12 matches during the two-day event, which featured 4A and 5A teams from Colorado along with teams from Nebraska, Arizona and New Mexico.

State championship…

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Meeker sophomore T.J. Shelton stands atop the podium after receiving the gold medal in the 2A, 170-pound championship bracket.

State Wrestling Tournament 2014

Shelton wins second Colorado state wrestling title — Cowboys finish 3rd in team standings

Shelton dominated the 2A 170-pound bracket, including a pin against Jon Hickman of Lyons in the championship match.

MEEKER | “T.J. just dominated his opponents,” Meeker head wrestling coach J.C. Watt said of sophomore T.J. Shelton, who won his second individual title at the 2014 Colorado State Wrestling Championships over the weekend in Denver. Meeker’s Tristin Pelloni (113) and Devon Pontine (160) made it to the championship match in their respective weights, finishing […]

Cowboys finish second, qualify 10 for Colorado state tourney

The Meeker wrestling team was awarded the “sportsmanship” plaque by northwest Colorado referees before the championship matches of the Region 1 state-qualifying tournament and several wrestlers posed with the award and second place plaque including: Casey Turner, Tristin Pelloni, Kylloe Goedert, Tyler Ilgen, Calvin Shepherd, Sheridan Harvey, Jake Henderson, TJ Shelton, Aaron Cochran, Anthony Watt, JC Henderson, Nick Burri, Willis Begaye and Chase Rule. The Cowboys qualified 10 wrestlers for the “Big Show,” which starts today at 3 p.m. and can be followed online at

MEEKER I “We’re improving,” Meeker’s head wrestling coach, J.C. Watt, said about his team’s performance at the state-qualifying Region 1 tournament last weekend in Grand Junction.

Cowboys finish regular season with four wins

Meeker senior wrestlers Aaron Cochran, Calvin Shepherd and J.C. Henderson (above) return to their team after the coin flip in Rifle. The three seniors will lead the No. 2 ranked Cowboys into the state-qualifying regional tournament at Grand Junction High School starting Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m.

MEEKER I Ranked No. 2 in 2A by On the Mat, the Meeker Cowboys wrestling team finished the regular season with four dual meet wins and will enter arguably the toughest 2A regional tournament (Region 1) in the state, since it features the Cowboys and the defending state champion and No. 1 ranked Paonia Eagles.

Cowboys host dual meet tourney Saturday

MEEKER I The No. 2-ranked 2A Meeker Cowboys wrestling team will host seven teams Saturday for a dual meet tournament, starting at 9:30 a.m. All the Cowboys got on the mat last week, when they wrestled in Palisade against the host Bulldogs and the Hotchkiss Bulldogs, losing to the former and beating the latter, then […]

Cowboys finish third in Paonia, crown 2 champs

MEEKER I The Meeker High School wrestling team finished third in the Screamin’ Eagle tournament Saturday in Paonia, then pinned the Bulldogs seven times to win a dual in Craig on Tuesday. Tonight the Cowboys will wrestle a triangular in Palisade against the host Bulldogs and the Bulldogs from Hotchkiss.

Cowboys lose to Eagles, win Vern Rose tournament

The Meeker High School wrestling team was supported by a full gymnasium Friday to watch the No. 2-ranked Cowboys wrestle the defending state champion and No. 1-ranked Paonia Eagles. Meeker lost the dual 51-17 but won the first annual Vern Rose Memorial wrestling tournament in Rangely the next day.

MEEKER I “Highly competitive,” is the level Meeker wrestling coach J.C. Watt wants his team to reach, and although they are not there yet, Watt believes his team continues to “improve.” The defending state champion Paonia Eagles came to Meeker on Friday and beat the No. 2-ranked Cowboys, 51-17, in front of a full Meeker […]

Wrestling team hosts defending state champs

Meeker senior J.C. Henderson wrestled eight matches in the Tournament of Champions, winning five and placing eighth at 138. Henderson is pictured defeating his opponent from Grand Valley 16-2.

MEEKER I The Meeker Cowboy wrestling team appreciated the crowd support in their first home dual of the season and are hoping for more crowd support Friday when the defending state champion Paonia Eagles come to town.