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Workman will be missed at Q.C.

Posted by on July 14, 2011 – 4:48 pm

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.

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  • Former Dawg says:

    I’m glad nothing was mentioned about football. I had to deal with him for 4 years and everyone other than the Mormons knew HE was the reason we never got past the 2nd round!

  • Once A Dawg Always A Dawg says:

    Another Mormon reference not related to the story. Good job.

  • Qc athlete! says:

    if you have nothing smarter to say than some stupid mormon joke than every one has heard five thousand times or not mormon or not you are more than likeley as stupid as you sound. Coach Workman did more for Queen creek and its atheletes than any other coach ever has or will. And you former dawg obviously have a very high opinion of him because you got treated like you deserved and did not like it. from it seems like your jackass attitude got you into some trouble. and i also suppose that you think because you were not “mormon” you did not get to play, and the reason you never got past the second round is because your cocky ass was not on the field correct! Pull your head out and see all that he did for every one! i have mixed emotions about caoch leaving but i happy for him because i know he will be treated better in round valley than he is here! Godd luck coach you deserve the best!!!

  • Former Dawg says:

    I started every year in high school. I wouldn’t be insulting my intelligence when your post is filled with grammatical errors and mis spellings. My advice to you is get off your knees, wipe your mouth and keep your mouth shut!!

  • TIGID says:

    y’all never made it past the second round because you did’nt have a
    real offense. Workman was one of the only things that helped QC do as well as they did. He loved the sport and he loved the athletes. Anyone that thinks differently is a fool.

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