Cowboys win team title; Shelton wins fourth title

The Meeker High School wrestling program made history by winning its eighth state team wrestling title at the 2016 Colorado State Wrestling Championships in the Pepsi Center last weekend in Denver. Meeker senior T.J. Shelton became the 19th wrestler in Colorado history to win four individual state wrestling titles and doing so in such dominate fashion, he was named the 2A Outstanding Wrestler and received two standing ovations for his efforts. Meeker head coach J.C. Watt's efforts were also recognized as he was named the 2A Coach of the Year after his team was awarded the trophy. Every Meeker state qualifier won a match and scored at least one bonus point for the team. "It truly was a team win," coach Watt said.

MEEKER I Once upon a time, in small town in northwest Colorado, there lived a young man named T.J. Shelton, who had set goals for himself. Last weekend in front of more than 10,000 people, he accomplished them, while helping himself, his team and his community win a state championship, too.

2016 State Wrestling Championships – Day 1

Rangely’s Nych Deleon is only Panther wrestler going to state

Rangely assistant coach J.C. Chumacero and head coach Travis Witherell will be in Nych Deleon’s corner at the 2016 2A Colorado State Wrestling Championships in Denver. Deleon was the only Panther to qualify for the Big Show, which starts today at 3 p.m., in the Pepsi Center.

RANGELY I Several Panthers won matches at the 2016 Region 1 wrestling tournament last weekend in Grand Junction, but only one qualified for the 2A Colorado State Wrestling Championships, which starts today in Denver.

Rangely gets prepared for mat regionals

RANGELY I The Rangely High School Panther wrestlers finished the regular season competing in the Meeker Duals, and they will enter nine wrestlers in the state-qualifying regional tournament, which starts Friday at Palisade High School. Although the Rangely Panthers did not win a dual match, their coach is still proud of his team and is […]

Panthers get preview of regional mat tourney

Rangely senior Jessy Powell scores back points during a match in the Screamin’ Eagle wrestling tournament held in Paonia. Powell recorded a pin in the 145-pound bracket, and Panther coach Travis Witherell named him the team’s “Athlete of the Week.”

RANGELY I Competing in the Screamin’ Eagle wrestling tournament in Paonia last Saturday, the Rangely High School wrestlers got a preview of the regional tournament.

Rangely’s grapplers improving; four of eight wrestlers place at tourney

RANGELY I The annual Vern Rose Memorial Wrestling Tournament was held in Rangely on Saturday and RHS Panther coach Travis Witherell was pleased with his team’s continued improvement.

Lawson third for Panthers at Tourney of Champs; RHS mat men to play host

RANGELY I The Rangely High School Panther wrestling team wrestled in the annual Tournament of Champions in Vernal, Utah, and Panther senior Caleb Lawson finished third in the 160-pound bracket.

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.

Deleon takes third in Rangely mat tourney, Lucero wins consolation

RANGELY I “Our guys competed with an entirely new attitude,” Rangely High School wrestling coach Travis Witherell said. “It was such an improvement from last week and I’m very pleased with how we did.” The Panthers wrestled in the West Grand Invitational in Kremmling with five wrestlers and how they did was two Rangely grapplers […]

Panther senior wrestlers…

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There are only four senior students/athletes on the Rangely High School wrestling team this season, so the team leadership roles will fall on seniors Chance Sheppard, Jessy Powell, Kiki Ruiz and Caleb Lawson, who will lead the Panthers as they hit the mat this season.

Rangely wrestling team wins two matches at CMU tourney

RANGELY I The Rangely High School Panther wrestling team opened the season with a new head coach in the Maverick Duals at Colorado Mesa University on Saturday in Grand Junction, and the team won two of five duals it wrestled.

Travis Witherell moves to head wrestling coach for RHS wrestlers

RANGELY I Rangely High School’s most recent state wrestling champion will also be its most recent head coach. Travis Witherell, who won an individual Colorado state wrestling title wrestling as a senior for the Panthers in 2010, has been named to take over the Panther grapplers in his first year as head coach.