Last Updated: 2-27-2016
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
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
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
which gave area wrestlers their first
to compete in out of district tournaments including
the Texas State Championships. He was the
for the first State Tournament
that was held in Amarillo, TX at
In 1971 he founded the first kids wrestling program
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
“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
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
Cleveland, Viginia Beach, and Detroit.
Tascosa has also had 8 High School “ALL AMERICANS”
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
“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
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
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
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.
Coach Cobb is currently working on beginning
wrestling program at West Texas A&M University
Canyon, TX for 2009.
Johnny Cobb retiring (Amarillo
Globe News article).
Johnny Cobb and Scott Tankersley
Johnny Cobb (Retired)
Scott Tankersely and Johnny Cobb