JB Plato state

Pocatello wrestling coach JB Plato, left, celebrates with 98-pound wrestler Josh Ronquillo (front right) and assistant coach Tyler Praska (back right) after Ronquillo won the 4A state championship Feb. 24 at Holt Arena.

Pocatello wrestling snapped a few pesky streaks this season.

First, the Indians beat crosstown rival Highland for the first time since 2012 in a December dual at The Pit.

Next, Poky went 7-0 to win the Dick Fleischmann Classic on its home turf to break a nine-year drought.

Finally, the Indians knocked Blackfoot off the 4A District 5-6 podium, winning their first conference crown since 2012.

To end the season, Pocatello finished third at the 4A state tournament — the program’s best finish at state since taking third in 2016.

It all happened under first-year head coach JB Plato.

After spending 12 years as an assistant for the Indians, Plato was promoted after longtime head coach Todd Praska retired last winter. Not only did Plato sustain the success and tradition of Poky wrestling, he elevated it.

The Indians crowned 10 state placers, including three top-two finishers and one state champion — 98-pounder Jorsh Ronquillo.

For his team’s on-mat success, Plato is the 2017-18 All-Area Wrestling Coach of the Year.