Wrestling

Tom Wokasch

Tom came to Arizona in 1965 from White Bear Lake High School in central Minnesota and began his Arizona wrestling career as an assistant at Ajo High School.  Two years later Tom was the head coach and remained at Ajo another 22 years.  In 1989 Wokasch moved to Mingus Union High School where he remained another 21 years.  Coach Wokasch made his final move to Queen Creek High School in 2010 and plans to retire from there at the end of this (2017) school year.  In his 40 years + career Coach Wokasch has amassed 514 dual match victories with an 81% winning ratio.  Coach's teams have won 5 Arizo

Russell Winer

Russ Winer coached high school wrestling for 26 years at Arcadia, Chandler, and Dobson High Schools.  His teams won 135 and only lost 58 in dual matches for a winning percentage of 69.9%.  Winer's Dobson Mustangs were the 1993 Class 5A State Wrestling Champions.  Coach was inducted into the National Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2005.  He was inducted into the Arizona Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 2009.  Coach Winer was the All Star Wrestling Coach on two occasions.  In retirement, Russ has been a clinic speaker and served on the High School Junior Olympics Committee.  H

John Carlson

John Carlson was the head wrestling coach at Chandler High School in the late 1980's and 1990's.  Coach Chandler's Wolves were the back to back Class 5A State Wrestling Champions in 1989 and 1990.  The 1989 team broke Tucson Sunnyside's 8 year streak of State Titles.  The Wolves won the meet by a mere 6 points, but it was enough for the gold.  Coach Carlson was inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2013.

John McGlumphy

John McGlumphy is often remembered as the "Father of Rural School Wrestling".  He taught and coached at Benson High School from 1958 until 1989.  His 1971 Bobcats were the Class 2A State Champions.  His 1962 and 1963 teams were the Arizona State Runners-Up.   He coached 22 individual state champions.  Coach McGlumphy is credited with helping several rural schools in the southeastern  rural areas of Arizona to begin wrestling programs.  John was honored as the ACA 1995 Wrestling Decicatee at the All Star Matches.  Coach McGlumphy was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2011

Gilbert Padilla

Gilbert Padilla finished an outstanding career at Morenci High School as the head wrestling coach in 2006.  His Wildcats were 5 time Class 3A State Wrestling Champions in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2005.  They were the State Runners-Up in 1998, and third at the state meet in 2004.  Coach Padilla has been inducted into the Arizona Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.  Padilla was the National Coach of the Year twice (1996 and 2000), and the ACA Wrestling Coach of the Year 5 times (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005).  Padilla was the head coach of the ACA All Star Wrestling Matches twice, an

Bobby Gonzalo

Bobby Gonzalo coached wrestling for over 35 years at Peoria High School.  His Panthers built a 178-38-2 record during Gonzalo's tenure.  Coach Gonzalo led his boys following the wise old adage, "don't curse the darkness, light the candle."  The 1998 Peoria Panthers won a whopping 465 matches, scored the 7th highest point total at a state meet (231), and had the 6th highest pin total in Arizona history with 247.  One of Gonzalo's wrestlers, Sammy Chagolla, won 100 straight matches from 1980-83.

Nick Karantinos

Nick Karantinos was the head wrestling coach at Mesa Red Mountain High School in the 1990's and 2000's.  His Mountain Lions won the Arizona State 5A Team Title in 1994.  His teams won 5 other region championships during his tenure.  Coach Karantinos dual meet record was an amazing 442-88-1.  Nick served as the USA-Arizona National Team Wrestling coach from 1990 to 2004.  He was the president of the Arizona Wrestling Coaches Association from 1992 to 1998.  Individually Karantinos was an outstanding college wrestler at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  He was the region champio

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