Cowboy wrestlers win Rangely’s tourney, to face top state teams

Meeker Cowboy senior Dillon Frantz uses a turk to score back points against a Coal Ridge opponent during the Vern Rose Memorial tournament in Rangely on Friday. Frantz pinned four of his five opponents and won the 195-pound bracket. Frantz and eight other Cowboys won individual titles, easily giving Meeker the team title. Meeker will wrestle in the Screaming Eagle tournament in Paonia on Saturday, which will feature five of the top six rated teams in 2A.

MEEKER I The Meeker High School wrestling Cowboys easily won the Vern Rose Memorial Wrestling Tournament in Rangely on Saturday, and this week the squad will wrestle in the Screaming Eagle Wrestling Tournament in Paonia, which will feature five of the top six 2A teams in Colorado.

Meeker’s Shelton wins at ToC, is named tourney Outstanding Wrestler

MEEKER I For the second year in a row, Meeker’s three-time defending state champion T.J. Shelton has won the competitive Tournament of Champions, and this year he was also named the Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.

Winning on new mat…

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Above, Meeker senior Sammy Palmer wasted no time taking his opponent down to his back with a head lock, before locking up a cross-face cradle to pin the wrestler from Grand Valley early in the first period. Palmer and the Cowboys wrestled Grand Valley and 5A Ralston Valley on Jan 7, on a brand new […]

MHS wrestlers No. 3 in state…


The Meeker Cowboy wrestling team, currently ranked No. 3 in 2A by On the Mat Rankings, will host Grand Valley and 5A Ralston Valley tonight at Meeker High School, starting at 6 p.m. The Cowboys and the Rangely Panthers are both in the field of 32 teams wrestling in the Tournament of Champions, starting Friday […]

Rangely and Meeker’s high school teams back in action this week

The Meeker High School boys’ basketball team is practicingafter returning from Christmas break and will put their 5-0 record on the line in their first league game Friday in Cedaredge against the Bruins. The Rangely Panthers will host Cedaredge on Saturday after playing in Collbran on Friday.

MEEKER I Winter sports teams in Rio Blanco County will start the 2016 portion of their schedules tonight, when the Meeker Cowboy wrestling team hosts two teams, while Rangely’s wrestling team and the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will take to the courts starting on Friday.

Meeker’s T.J. Shelton wins Warrior Classic title; MHS earns ‘Best Small School’

The Meeker Cowboys won 36 matches in the 2015 Warrior Classic, 24 by pin, which earned bonus points, enough for Meeker to be the “Best Small School” team and fifth overall. Meeker’s three-time state champion T.J. Shelton won his first individual Warrior title and was named “Outstanding Wrestler” in the upper weights. Head coach J.C. Watt said he was “really proud of all the kids” and the Warrior Classic was a “good confidence builder” for his team. Pictured are assistant coach Carl Padilla, head coach J.C. Watt, Chase Rule, T.J. Shelton, team managers Abbey Morgan and Avery Watt, Tyler Ilgen, Sheridan Harvey (holding trophy), Jacob Pelloni, Caleb Bradford, Hunter Garcia, Tannen Kennedy, Casey Turner, Garrett Frantz and assistant coach Tyrell Turner. Devon Pontine is in front.

MEEKER I T.J. Shelton has won many wrestling tournaments in his career, including three Colorado state titles, but he had never won a Warrior Classic title until his senior season.

Cowboy wrestling team wins five dual meets in tournament

MEEKER I The Meeker Cowboy wrestling team opened the season in Grand Junction at the Maverick Duals on the Colorado Mesa University campus on Saturday and won all five of its duals. Meeker will compete in the Panther Invitational in Delta on Saturday.

Meeker wrestlers set for opening mat matches at CMU Duals in GJ

Hopes are high again this year for the Meeker Cowboy wrestling team, coming off a good year last season. MHS head wrestling coach J.C. Watt has high hopes this season with six wrestlers who will return with state tournament experience. The Cowboy matmen will kick off their season in Grand Junction where they will wrestle five duals at Colorado Mesa University. The junior varsity will head to Olathe.

MEEKER I For a 13th time in Meeker High School’s wrestling history, the Cowboys finished second in the Colorado state wrestling tournament last year and this year they return six wrestlers with state experience and lots of confidence. “We wrestled and finished well at state last year, which will give us a lot of confidence […]

Wrestling season begins…

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Meeker High School senior wrestler Sammy Palmer practices a turk on teammate Christopher Strate, as does Daylon Nielsen on assistant coach Carl Padilla during one of the first practices of the season. The season officially started Nov. 12, when most Meeker wrestlers were still playing football. The Cowboys, who finished as the 1A state runners-up […]

Brothers wrestle at Rocky Mountain Nationals; Shelton represents Colorado

MEEKER I Many brothers from Meeker, related by blood and wrestling, spent the first weekend of their spring break wrestling at the Rocky Mountain Nationals held in Denver.

Meeker’s Shelton wins third straight state mat title; Meeker No. 2 in state

It was a terrific weekend for the Meeker High School wrestling team at the state tournament at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The team placed No. 2 in the state and MHS junior T.J. Shelton captured his third straight state title.

MEEKER I Anything can happen at a state tournament and a lot did during the 2015 Colorado State Wrestling Championships in the Pepsi Center last weekend in Denver. “You learn more from a loss, but you don’t want to get into a habit of losing.” ~Coach Bill Turner

Nine Meeker wrestlers qualify for state wrestling championships

Meeker’s two-time defending state champion T.J. Shelton won the 170-pound bracket in the Region 1 tournament held at Colorado Mesa University last weekend in Grand Junction. Shelton defeated Rangely senior Ethan Allred in the championship match. Allred will also be wrestling for a third time in the Colorado State Wrestling Championships, which start today at 3 p.m. at the Pepsi Center in downtown Denver.

MEEKER I Nine Meeker High School wrestlers qualified for the “Big Show,” the 2015 Colorado State Wrestling Championships, where all classifications of state high school wrestlers gather to compete in the Pepsi Center in downtown Denver, starting today.