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 coaches for the Pocatello Grapplers Wrestling Club (East Idaho’s oldest wrestling club), USA Wrestling Idaho Women’s National Team coach, and operates Gate City Youth Sports with his wife, Stef. They have 3 wrestlers; daughters Ali 10 & Mia 7, and a son Vince 5. JB is a lifelong advocate for the sport.
Head Assistant Coach
Hunter has been is a life long Pocatello wrestler. Tagging along with his dad and former coach Tadd Roubidoux, he was traveling with the team to matches and tournaments since before he could walk. During high school, he compiled an impressive 161-22 record for Poky while never being pinned, climbed the podium all 4 years as a state placer, making the state championship finals twice, and reaching his childhood dream of becoming a State Champ his senior year. Hunter was a standout on the baseball field as a pitcher, helping baseball bring home state trophies. He was recognized as the All-area Male Athlete of the Year, PHS Male Athlete of the Year, and played college baseball on scholarship for MSU-Billings. He is an avid hunter in the offseason while working as a Landscape tech. He is married to Brooke who is a 3rd grade teacher at Chubbuck Elementary.
Justin joins our coaching staff after competing for Caldwell HS. He started wrestling at a young age in the Cougar Wrestling Club and was coached by his father and current Caldwell head coach Adam Freeman. He was a three time state qualifier and had upsetting losses in the blood round each year. Justin has experience coaching the youth level as he coached the Cougar Wrestling Club prior to moving to Pocatello to coach with Poky, and currently coaches the Pocatello Grapplers Wrestling Club. Justin is currently attending ISU and is working towards his education degree.
Clancy makes his way to Pocatello after wrestling at Ottawa University in Kansas. Once a fierce rival with Pocatello, the Twin Falls native now joins our coaching staff to help our wrestlers reach their potential and to pass on his passion for the sport to others. While competing for the Bruins, he was a four time state qualifier, two time state placer finishing his senior season with a 3rd place finish atop the podium. Clancy is currently in the Engineering program at ISU and plans on working in the nuclear engineering field once he graduates.
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.
Daniel made his way to Pocatello to attend ISU where he earned his Associates in Respiratory Therapy and his Bachelors in Health Science before earning his masters in Health Care Administration from Grand Canyon University. Daniel was a 2002 graduate from Coeur ‘d Alene HS where he was a 2x District I & II runner-up. Wrestling opened the door for him to wrestle as a sports ambassador to Austria and competed in the Alpine Open in Eisenstaedt, Austria where he battle to a 3rd place finish. His drive and passion for wrestling took him to Edenborough University where he was a 2001 J Robinson Intensive Camps graduate. Daniel is fluent in Portuguese. He is married to Monique and has two daughters, Remy 10, and Alivia 7. Daniel loves wrestling, and enjoys soccer, football, basketball, and fishing and hunting in the great outdoors.
Assistant Women’s Coach
Holli joins the Pocatello staff as our Girls wrestling coach. Holli went to school in Cottonwood, ID and graduated there in 2023 while wrestling co-op at Grangeville HS, where she was a dual sport athlete including a 4 year varsity wrestler for the Bulldogs. Wrestling as been a life long passion for her and she is excited for the opportunity to continue her wrestling journey in helping Poky’s Girls Wrestling team. She is currently enrolled in the Dental Hygienist program at Idaho State University and is exploring her options to transfer schools to further pursue he wrestling journey at a collegiate level.
Assistant Women’s Coach
Alissa returns to Pocatello HS after graduating in 2023 and having a state qualifying season. Alissa was riddled with injuries her first year, but made huge gains in strength, conditioning and rehab by her senior season and constantly made the podium at tournaments. Alissa took 3rd place respectively at the girls 5th & 6th District championships. Alissa enjoys reading, spending time with her brother and nephew, giving back to the program, driving, and is pursuing a career as a hair stylist.
Hayden returns to Pocatello HS after a heat breaking 2023 season where he tore his MCL, ACL, and meniscus. This, however, only slowed him down temporarily as he has finished rehab and is focused on giving back to his team that meant so much to him. Hayden currently helps both Hawthorne & Irving middle school along with Poky.
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 teaches 6th grad math at Hawthorne Middle School and is their Head Wrestling Coach. 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 and has two sons Rudy 2, and Leeland 1.
Ben Reed VII
Ben joined the PHS coaching staff after graduating in 2020 and going off to the east coast to play college football. While coaching, Ben found a new level of love for the sport. He made the switch from football to wrestling, and enrolled at North Idaho College to wrestle for their storied program. He is studying business management and one day plans on opening his own gym.
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 Pocatello Sweep. Roman was a 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, snowmobiling, branding cows, hunting and fishing in the mountain’s of East Idaho, and raising his daughter Raileigh, sons Kahlo and CB and making his new fiancé Brenley smile!
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.
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 has a daughter Acelynn and a son Daxtyn.