Workman will be missed at Q.C.
In this “dead” period that is July, it has somehow managed to be a strange week in the local wrestling landscape.
This week, the same time former Mesa High and Arizona State champion Anthony Robles went national (and viral) with his incredible story in winning the ESPY award for perseverance, the East Valley is also losing a longtime leader.
After nearly 25 years, Queen Creek coach Tod Workman is headed out of town. Though his new destination couldn’t be confirmed Wednesday, he’s likely headed back up north to Eagar Round Valley, a small-school wrestling power from whence he came; a school also looking for a new coach.
Workman has been widely praised over the years for the work he’s done on and off the mat with kids while bringing Queen Creek into the mix as one of the state’s better smaller-school programs. He’s also done great work in track and field as the Queen Creek pole vault coach.
In wrestling, the Bulldogs’ best showing overall came in 2010, when they finished second in the 4A Division I state tournament team competition — a dual-match format — to Phoenix Moon Valley. The Bulldogs led the pack after the first day, and, had the tournament been scored in typical state tournament fashion, Queen Creek would have won.
Just this May, Workman coached Bulldogs senior Greg Peterson to the Division II state pole vault crown, a win that played a big part in helping the team to a state title.
A three-time state champion as a high school kid in Round Valley (1982-1984), he had two hands’ worth of individual state champions in his Queen Creek tenure. His father also worked at the school, and his son, Todd, was a top-notch football player and wrestler.
He was passionate, had boundless energy and was unapologetic in his opinions, even when it ruffled feathers. And even nearly 30 years since he wrestled in high school, he looked like someone who could take down more than a few kids.
It’s not just Queen Creek, the East Valley will have to find someone who can fill these monster shoes.