Last Updated: 2-12-2018

Johnny Cobb says:

I started at the Maverick in 1953 as soon 
as I was old enough and have never really 
left. My Dad was one of the first Mavericks 
and he made sure I got to the Club as soon 
as I was old enough. (He died in 1963 and 
Mr. Dykeman became my second Dad).

I played football, baseball, and did gymnastics.

I went to Maverick Camp every year and was 
Junior staff all through high school.

Ihave my name on every paddle Mr. Dykeman 
had. (He was also my kids Godfather)

I wrestled at Oklahoma State University.

I was an Assistant Director under Jim Lea. At 
that time started the first kids Wrestling 
program in the Texas Panhandle. The  Mavericks 
won Team State Championships in both elementary 
and Jr. High divisions.

I served on the Maverick board and was at one 
time board President (resigned after I helped 
organize Mr. Dykemans retirement party). 

Coached at Tascosa High School for over 20 years. 
We won 3 state Championships in both the men 
and womens divisions. Had one former Maverick 
at Tascosa High School who went on to win an 
Olympic Gold medal (Brandon Slay)

Recently retired from coaching the only 
college wrestling program in Texas. Got 
the first program started at Waylan Baptist University

I am  currently working with USA Wrestling 
and Titan Wrestling Club.

This update is from March 10, 2008

Wrestling Bio Sheet for Johnny Cobb III

Johnny Cobb wrestled for Tascosa High School 
in 1965, 66, & 67.  
He was a three time 
District Champion, only losing one high 

school match in 3 years.  During those years 
in the 1960’s 
there was not a Texas State 
tournament available to Amarillo 
this most likely kept Coach Cobb from being 
a three 
time State Champion in high school.

Coach Cobb went on to wrestle at Oklahoma 
State University in 
1969 before injuries 
ended his college wrestling career. 

on during his coaching career he chose to 
compete one 
more time and won the gold 
medal at the 1993 Masters National 
freestyle championships, held in Hershey, 

Johnny was one of the founding 
members of the (Panhandle Amateur 
Wrestling Association), 
which gave area wrestlers their first 
to compete in out of district tournaments including 

the Texas State Championships.  He was the 
tournament director 
for the first State Tournament 
that was held in Amarillo, TX at 
Amarillo College.

In 1971 he founded the first kids wrestling program 
in the 
Panhandle of Texas, at the Maverick Boys Club.  
While at the 
Maverick Club his teams won both 
Elementary and Junior High 
Team State Championship 
titles and over 50 Elementary and 
Junior High 
“individual” State titles. 

He started coaching wrestling at Tascosa in 1988.  
Since 1990, Tascosa has finished in the top ten at State 
15 times.  Tascosa 
has had 4 – 4th place finishes, 
4 – 3rd place finishes, 3 State 
runner-up titles 
and 3 State Championships.  Tascosa has won 
boys and girls State team titles. Coach Cobb is 
the only high school coach to ever win 
state team titles in 
both the boys and girls 
divisions.  Tascosa has had over 21 
State Titles and 26 National qualifiers of 
18 participated in the National Championships 
in Pittsburg, 
Cleveland, Viginia Beach, and Detroit.  

Tascosa has also had 8 High School “ALL AMERICANS” 
and two 
ASICS “Dream Team” members.  In 2000 Coach 
Cobb’s most well 
known wrestler,  3X State Champion 
Brandon Slay, who won the 
Olympic Gold Medal in 
Sydney, Australia.  

“All State” wrestler recognition 
began in 1993 and Tascosa 
wrestlers have been 
recognized over 45 times.  

Coach Cobb says one of the things that makes 
him most proud, 
is to see his former wrestlers 
move on to become wrestling 
coaches in their 
adult life giving back to the sport of 
These are only to name a few of Coach Cobbs 

former wrestlers that have donated their time 
back to our 

Currently one of the top teams in the State is 
High School which placed second in the 
2005  and 2007 Texas 
State Championships.  Randall 
is coached by Coach Cobb’s former 
1990 Tascosa 
State Champion, David Quirino. Steve Nelson and 

Scott Tankersley were also coached by Coach Cobb 
at the Maverick 
Boys Club and both of their teams 
have won Texas State Team 
Titles in the Girls 
division for Palo Duro HS and Caprock HS.  
Ronnie Higdon started his wrestling career at 
the Maverick 
Boys Club under Coach Cobb and is 
now the Assistant Coach at 
the University of 
Nebraska Omaha, which won the 2005 NCAA 
II National Championships. 

Coach Mark Stovall who 
started wrestling for Coach Cobb at 
the Maverick 
Club is now the head wrestling coach for Newman 

University in Ks.

Coach Cobb founded the West Texas 
A&M Wrestling Association 
and coached the first 
West Texas club wrestling program.

He was voted the 1990/91 Texas Coach of the Year 
and in 2000 he was inducted into the Texas 
Wrestling Ring of Honor. 

******Update January 20, 2018

Johnny Cobb will be inducted into the PSHOF on Feb. 11th at 2:00 PM 
at the Amarillo Civic Center.

Before Johnny Cobb retired a couple of years ago, he became the first-ever 
coach of the new men’s and women’s wrestling program at Wayland Baptist back 
in January of 2010. This was the first college wrestling team in Texas.
Prior his stint at WBU, Cobb was a two-time Texas High School Coach of the 
Year at Tascosa High School, a member of the Texas Wrestling Ring of Honor 
and the Texas chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, 

Cobb was a three-time district champion at Tascosa in the mid-60’s, losing 
only one high school match in three years of competition. Cobb was one of 
the founding members of the Panhandle Amateur Wrestling Association, he also 
founded the first kid’s wrestling program in the Texas Panhandle of Texas at 
the Maverick Boys Club in 1971. 
Cobb started his high school coaching career in 1988 coaching the boys and 
girls teams at Tascosa. He coached the Rebels from 1990 to 2008 (his first retirement) 
where his teams won three state championships.
Tascosa High wrestlers earned 21 individual state titles under, one of those, 
Brandon Slay, going on to win won the 2000 Olympic Gold Medal.
Please try to attend this induction of one of our Maverick’s!!

Johnny Cobb retiring (Amarillo 
Globe News article).

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