1990, 1991, 1992, 1994,
1998, & 1999
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Garden City High School and especially Garden City
wrestling has been fortunate to have known Rocky Welton.
Rocky came to Garden City in 1985 and brought to the
school and program a sense of class and a championship
During his 39 years coaching wrestling his teams have
won nine state titles - three at Goodland and six at
Garden City. His programs have produced 30 state
champions, and his lifetime dual record is 200-50-4.
Welton’s legacy to high school wrestling is, in part,
the number of his former wrestlers who have coached.
These wrestlers include Tom Scott of Texas, Rod Spellman
of Hiawatha, Kirk Baker of Hoxie, Doug Moore of
Concordia, Dale Samuelson of Oakley, Russ Decker of
Wellington, Doug Duell of Burlington, Colorado, Randy
Bahe at Goodland High School, Steve Evertt at Goodland
High School, Dave Evert of Brewster, Stacy Graff of
South Gray High School, Martin Segovia at Garden City
High School, Eric DeLaRosa at Garden City High School,
Jack Otero youth coach at Garden City, Rick Rivera at
Andale , Steve Mesa at Olathe Northwest High School, Myron Ellegood at
Hutchinson Middle School,.
Kevin Perez at Kenneth Henderson Middle School, and
Garden City High School. Chris Bahl the head club coach at Stillwater, MN, Asst HS
Coach, Asst Coach of PINnacle School of Wrestling, MNUSA
Head Youth National Team Coach and on the Board of
Directors of USA Wrestling, A.J. Bahl is the head youth
coach and Asst HS coach at Monett, MO, Tate Thompson is
the head coach at Pratt High School.
Rocky Welton became endeared at Garden City High School
not only in the wrestling room, but also in the
classroom by showing interest and concern for all his
students. He challenged everyone in the school to be
better, and largely he succeeded.
It is with great honor that we, the community of Garden
City rename the Garden City Wrestling Invitational as
the Rocky Welton Wrestling Invitational commemorating
his time spent changing so many lives during his tenure
as an educator and coach.
Thank you Rocky