Coaching Staff

JB Plato
Head Coach

Plato took over as head coach in 2017 as only the 5th head coach in Pocatello High School’s historic program after longtime Hall of Fame coach Todd Praska. Plato began as a volunteer coach in the 2004-2005 season for Pocatello. Prior to moving to Pocatello, Plato Wrestled at North Idaho College from 2001-2004 where he was part of NIC’s 2003 NJCAA National Championship team. As a high school wrestler, he wrestled his freshman year at Kealakehe HS in Kona Hawaii as the teams only wrestler and was the schools first ever state qualifier. Plato finished his high school carrer at Bonners Ferry, Idaho under Hall of Fame coach Conrad Garner. Plato was a 3X Idaho State placer, a 2X State finalist, and a State Champion. He was a multiple time AAU and USA Wrestling kids state champion, a 2X USA Wrestling Junior Freestlye state champ, a 2X Greco-Romen state champ, and was a High School All-American placing 6th at the NHSCA Nationals. Plato also coaches for the Pocatello Grapplers Wrestling Club (East Idaho’s oldest wrestling club), USA Wrestling Idaho Womens National team Camp Director and coach, and is a lifelong advocate for the sport. JB and his wife Stef have two daughters Ali 6 & Mia 3, and a son Vince 1.

Tyler Praska
Head Assistant Coach

Tyler was brought on to coach for Pocatello HS in 2017. As a Pocatello grad, Tyler racked up an impressive HS career record of 130-13, was a 4X Idaho State placer, and a 3X State finalist for Poky. He was a multiple time USA Wrestling kids state champ, cadet and Junior State Champ, and Idaho National Team member. Tyler graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelors degree in Business. While attending BSU, Tyler spent his time coaching at Borah HS where he coached multiple state placers and state champs for Borah. He spends his summers at Canada’s premeir fishing destination as a world class fishing guide at Reindeer Lake Trout Camp. Tyler also coaches for the Pocatello Grapplers Wrestling Club. He is the son of former Pocatello Wrestling coach, Idaho State Wrestling Alumn & Hall of Fame inductee Todd Praska and 2010 USA Wrestling Magazine’s Coaches Wife of the Year recipient Teresa Praska.

Mitch Haber
Assistant Coach

Mitch comes onto the Pocatello Wrestling staff after being a longtime Pocatello Grappler and Highland High School grad. Mitch was a 4X state qualifier for Highland, nearly placing all four years in state competitoin. He was also a USA Wrestling Idaho State Runner up. Mitch attended University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics minoring in Naval Science. He was part of U of U’s wrestling club competing in regional compettion in the NCWA. With the Navy, he was named the North West Navy MVP and recipient of the Military Order of Foreign Wars Award. He is the son of Cubbuck Elementary teacher Stacy Seaton and Idaho State Football alumn Joe Haber.

Sam Davis
Volunteer Assistant Coach

Sam made his way to Pocatello from Mead, Washington. Sam was a decorated wrestler for Mead High School under coach Phil McLean. He was a Washington State qualifier and a top 5 finisher in USAW Western Regional Championships in Greco, Freestyle, and Folkstyle hosted here in Pocatello annually. Sam graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Sam enjoys the outdoors and when he’s not reading a good book, he’s out hiking & camping, fishing, and hunting. Sam is married to Alyssa Davis, a member of the Resonate Church at Idaho State University.

Roman Barela
Volunteer Assistant Coach

Romen is a 2013 Pocatello HS grad and the Irving Middle School head wrestling coach. He is the owner of Pocatello’s mini donut craze, Donut Bros and is the plow king during winter storms for Pocatello Sweep. Romen was a longtime Pocatello Grappler and while wrestling for Poky, Rromen battled his way to becoming a 3x state placer. In Romen’s spare time off the mat, he enjoys tacos, dirt biking, branding cows, and hunting in the mountians of East Idaho. Romen and his wife Kenzie have 8 month old daughter Raileigh and another on the way!

Bryce Florea
Volunteer Coach

Bryce comes to Pocatello after having a successful high school wrestling career at Mountain View HS in Orem, UT where Bryce was a 4X state qualifier and 2X Utah State placer. Bryce was a Utah USA Wrestling freestyle runner-up. Bryce is the brother-in-law of head coach JB Plato. He enjoys Patriot football and online gaming. Bryce is marrier to wife Tearra and has a daughter Acelynn and another on the way!