Clayton Armstrong

The surname Armstrong has been a fixture in the Pocatello community for many decades. One such Armstrong that has made a huge impact to the Pocatello community is Clayton Armstrong. Going undefeated in 1978, Armstrong won the Idaho High School State Championships after finishing runner-up twice and completed his prep career with a 95-7 record. Additionally, Armstrong was a three-time Idaho State Freestyle Champion. Graduating from Boise State in 1984, Armstrong was a Big Sky Conference Champion for the Broncos in 1982 and shortly thereafter began his coaching career at Pocatello High School. While at Pocatello, his teams won Idaho State Team titles in 1990, ’91, and ’92. Additionally, he was awarded the A-1 Large School Coach-of-Year the same seasons. Armstrong also coached at Irving Middle School from 1985 to 2013. During this long tenure at Irving, he coached 16 consecutive All-City Championship teams and produced an impressive record of 202 wins and 3 losses. Moreover, he coached three state middle school championship teams from 2009 to 2011. In 1983, Armstrong started the Pocatello Grapplers Wrestling Club with Dick Fleischmann and continued coaching at the club level until 1998. He also coached middle school football (1984-’93) and Cross Country (2011-’17). Other notable accolades include being the East Idaho USA Wrestling President (1987-’88), starting the “Dick Fleischmann Classic Dual Wrestling Tournament (still running), and in 2001, started, organized and ran one of the largest Middle School Invitational tournaments in Idaho, which fielded teams from Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. His teams won the Invitational 9 out of 13 times.


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