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.

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.