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 career 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 Women’s National team Camp Director and coach, and is a lifelong advocate for the sport. JB and his wife Stef have two daughters Ali 8 & Mia 5, and a son Vince 3.
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 and is currently getting his Masters of Education degree at Idaho State University. 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 and the two are expecting a baby boy in December.
Mitch comes onto the Pocatello Wrestling staff after being a Pocatello Grappler and Highland High School grad. Mitch was a 4X state qualifier for Highland, nearly placing all four years in state competition. 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 competition in the NCWA. With the Navy, he was named the North West Navy MVP and recipient of the Military Order of Foreign Wars Award and is a distinguished SAPPER graduate. He is the son of Cubbuck Elementary teacher Stacy Rowe and Idaho State Football alumni Joe Haber. Mitch is currently serving our country in the Army National Guard.
Zach comes to the Pocatello coaching staff after wrestling for University of Nebraska Kearney where he spent 3 seasons wrestling for the Lopers and brings in a wealth of knowledge to the program. Zach had a very successful high school wrestling career at Roosevelt HS in Colorado and was a 4X state Placer, 2X Regional Champ, and part of his teams 2008 6A State Championship team. He was the 2010 recipient of the Colorado High School Male Scholastic Athlete of the Year. His hobbies are hunting, fishing, hiking and training his dog Oakley. Zach is currently working on his Masters Degree in business and is married to wife Kylee and has a son Cooper.
Tyler is the current Irving Middle School head wrestling coach. 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 premier 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 & Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee Todd Praska and 2010 USA Wrestling Magazine’s Coaches Wife of the Year recipient Teresa Praska.
Roman is a 2013 Pocatello HS grad and continues his support for the wrestling program. Roman is a blacktop laying machine for Iron Horse Asphalt and the plow king during winter storms for Pocatello Sweep. Roman was a longtime Pocatello Grappler and while wrestling for Poky, he battled his way to becoming a 3x state placer. In Roman’s spare time off the mat, he enjoys tacos, dirt biking, branding cows, hunting and fishing in the mountain’s of East Idaho. Roman and his wife Kenzie have a daughter Raileigh and a son Kahlo.
Reagan joins the Pocatello staff as our first Girls wrestling coach. Reagan graduated from Teton HS in 2021 where she carried dual responsibilities as a wrestler and as a statistician for the Timberwolves. Wrestling as been a life long passion for her and is excited for the opportunity to continue her wrestling journey in helping Poky’s Girls Wrestling team in their first year of our state sanctioned IHSAA Girls’ State Wresting Championships. She is currently enrolled in the Dental Hygienist program at Idaho State.
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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 married to wife Tearra and has a daughter Acelynn and son Daxtyn.