Cowboys win West Grand Tournament, again

The Meeker Cowboy wrestling team, above, defending its team title at the West Grand Mustang tournament in Kremmling, dominated the competition and returned with 10 top-four placers, included four champions and the tournament’s outstanding wrestler. Wrestling for the Cowboys this season are: Sheridan Harvey and Calvin Shepherd, holding the championship plaque, with Tristin Pelloni, Josh Cochran, Dillan Frantz and Devon Pontine, also with one knee down. In back are: volunteer assistant coach Carl Padilla, Anthony Watt, T.J. Shelton, Jake Henderson, Nick Burri, Casey Turner, Willis Begaye, assistant coach Barney LeBlanc, behind, and Chase Rule. Not pictured are Cody Nielsen, Kylloe Goedert and Tyler Ilgen.

MEEKER I The Meeker High School wrestling team traveled to Kremmling to compete in a bracketed tournament Saturday and returned with five champions, the outstanding wrestler and the team championship plaque.

MHS Cowboys finish fourth in Delta

MEEKER I “We’re improving,” is what Meeker High School wrestling coach J.C. Watt wants his patented answer to be when asked how his team performed.

Cowboys look “confident” at Colorado Mesa University duals

MEEKER I “The kids looked confident, even with five freshmen,” Meeker Cowboy wrestling coach J.C. Watt said of his team’s demeanor after opening the season with five dual matches in the Colorado Mesa University Duals in Grand Junction. Meeker defeated Durango (48-27), Olathe (52-18) and Monticello, Utah (45-27) but lost to Delta (47-27) and Cedaredge […]

Wrestling coach continues to look for improvement

Wrestling for their final high school season are seniors Kelly Denny, Willis Begaye, J.C. Henderson and Calvin Shepherd.

MEEKER I “It’s good to have the room full,” Meeker High School wrestling coach J.C. Watt said of the 23 wrestlers out for the team and practicing in the wrestling room.


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Meeker head wrestling coach J.C. Watt has been holding practice for middle and high school wrestlers in preparation for upcoming team camps.

2013 State Wrestling Championships

Cowboy sophomore Aaron Cochran defends a takedown attempt in the 126-pound bracket.

Shelton: 1st MHS freshman to win state wrestling title

Twelve wrestlers from Rio Blanco County competed in the 2013 Colorado State Wrestling Championships in the Pepsi Center in Denver and they returned with one state champion and three state placers. Rio Blanco County was best represented in the 160-pound bracket where Rangely senior Colton Coombs earned a sixth place finish and Meeker freshman T.J. Shelton won the gold medal.

MEEKER I The Meeker wrestling program has produced 55 state champions, the fifth most of any Colorado high school. Although they have produced several multiple champions, including three, three-timers and five two-time state champions, Meeker has never had a wrestler win four individual state championships. In order to win four individual state titles, one must […]

State champion…


Meeker High School activities director Brett Steinacher, who is a member of the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) wrestling committee, shakes hands with Meeker freshman TJ Shelton before presenting him with his gold medal and championship bracket at the 2013 Colorado State Wrestling Championships. Shelton is the first freshman from Meeker High School to […]

MHS qualifies 8 for show

Cowboy senior J.R. Crawford scores back points in a regional tournament match last weekend in Grand Junction. Crawford finished third in the 170-pound bracket and qualified for the state wrestling tournament for a second time. Crawford and seven teammates will compete in the Colorado State Wrestling Championships, which starts today in the Pepsi Center at 3 p.m.

MEEKER I “We keep improving,” Meeker head wrestling coach J.C. Watt said of his team’s performance at last weekend’s Region 1, state-qualifying tournament. “Everybody wrestled well, to the kid.”

State wrestling …

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Rio Blanco County will be represented by 12 wrestlers, including the county’s only regional champion, T.J. Shelton, in the Colorado State Wrestling Championship which starts today in the Pepsi Center in Denver. Shelton will be joined by seven other Meeker teammates and Rangely will send four wrestlers to compete in the “Big Show.”

Cowboys prepared for regional tournament

Cowboy freshman Devon Pontine uses a bar arm to turn his Glenwood Springs opponent last Saturday. Pontine pinned all four of his opponents and will enter this weekend’s regional state-qualifying tournament as the No. 3 seeded wrestler in the 152-pound bracket.

MEEKER I The Cowboy wrestling team was humbled last Friday in Paonia when the No. 1 ranked defending state champion Paonia Eagles skunked the Cowboys in a dual meet.

Cowboys win three of four duals over weekend

The Meeker Cowboy wrestling team lined up before a dual meet last Friday against Moffat County. They won that meet and will host Rangely, Battle Mountain, Basalt, Hayden and Soroco this Saturday starting at noon. Dual meets will be wrestled on two mats and each team will wrestle five duals in the final action before the state-qualifying regional tournament Feb. 15 and 16 at Grand Junction High School.

MEEKER I The Cowboy wrestling team defeated Moffat County in its first home dual of the season last Friday, then won two of three duals in Coal Ridge Saturday last.