Joe Imelli from Spanish Springs was named the head wrestling coach of the year for Nevada. Also, coach Dan Shaw from Fallon was named Nevada’s assistant coach of the year, according to Mike Garcia, the Nevada representative for the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
Imelli led his team to a second-place finish at the Nevada State Championships this year. The Cougars qualified nine wrestlers for the state tournament, had one individual state champion and six other state place winners. They have won four consecutive Regional Championships and seven out of the last eight Regional Titles.
They have also won the last nine consecutive High Desert League Championships. This was Imelli’s 10th year at Spanish Springs.
Shaw has been at Fallon for the last 5 years and helped lead the Greenwve to the Nevada Division I-A State Championship. He is a former Fallon wrestler.
Fallon was third at Regionals, then won the Nevada State Championship a week later with four individual state champions and three state runner-ups.
Shaw and Imelli are eligible for Regional and National Coach of the Year honors.