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.”

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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.

Cowboys place 7 in Paonia

MEEKER I The Meeker High School Cowboy varsity wrestling team beat the Grand Valley Cardinals 42-22 in a dual meet last Thursday before wrestling in the competitive Screaming Eagle tournament in Paonia last Saturday, where they placed seven wrestlers in the top four.

Cowboys win RHS Invite

The Meeker Cowboy wrestling team won its third tournament in a row last Saturday in Rangely and will be tested this Saturday in Paonia.

MEEKER I For the third time in as many tournaments, the Meeker High School wrestling team won the team title last Saturday, where they dominated the competition, winning by more than 75 points.

MHS wins Eagle Valley tourney

Members of the Meeker wrestling team are pictured after winning the Eagle Valley tournament last Saturday. The Cowboys placed eight of 11 varsity wrestlers, including two champions, three runners-up, two consolation champs, one fourth place finisher and one JV wrestler placed fourth. Meeker’s T.J. Shelton was voted the outstanding wrestler in the upper weights and Tristin Pelloni remains undefeated this season. The Cowboys will wrestle in the Rangely Invitational this Saturday.

MEEKER I “Hard work,” is what Meeker wrestling coach J.C. Watt credited for Meeker’s win at the Eagle Valley tournament last Saturday in the Cowboys’ first action since Christmas break. “We had a lot of kids come in over Christmas break and I think we were in better shape than most teams.”

MHS wrestlers crown four champions in Kremmling

Coach Watt credited wrestlers like freshman Noah Overton for recording a pin and scoring team points in the consolation rounds. Overton finished third at 220.

MEEKER I The Cowboy wrestling team won the West Grand Invitational last Saturday in Kremmling, crowning four champions, including the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler. Meeker finished ahead of second place Basalt and third place Saratoga, Wyo.

Cowboys crown four

Meeker freshman T.J. Shelton trailed Rangely senior Colton Coombs 3-10 in the second period before reversing and pinning Coombs in the 160-pound championship match in Oak Creek last Saturday. Coombs beat Shelton 16-5 the week before and the two may meet again this Saturday, as both will be wrestling in Kremmling.

MEEKER I Due to injury and/or illness, six Meeker High School wresters who were on the Cowboy’s varsity team the first week did not wrestle the second week and the Cowboys did not defend their team title at the Soroco Invitational.

Cowboys win four duals

Meeker sophomore Tristin Pelloni scores back points before pinning his opponent from Coal Ridge. Pelloni won all five of his matches by pin fall and did not have a point scored against him.

MEEKER I The Meeker wrestling team opened the season last week with 12 varsity wrestlers competing in the Colorado Mesa University duals in Grand Junction and nine Cowboys wrestling in a JV tournament in Montrose. Meeker beat Cedaredge (51-16), Coal Ridge (63-12), Grand Valley (30-27) and Rangely (57-10) but lost to Palisade 21-52. “I think […]

Excitement among kids

J.R. Crawford and Lathrop Hughes will provide the senior leadership for the Meeker High School wrestling team this season, both have varsity experience and Crawford returns as a state-qualifier.

MEEKER I “We have a little bit of excitement amongst the kids,” Meeker High School wrestling coach J.C. Watt said of the attitude in the wrestling room.