My daughter just e-mailed me the link to an excellent article written by Woody Paige at the Denver Post: "Piphers are Colorado's first family in wrestling."
Woody will have to be excused for missing some of the key historical elements of the story, since he had probably just been born by 1959, the year the prestigious Paonia High School class of 1959 graduated.
The Pipher family does have a pretty fair sports legacy at PHS, and they have just established the Bob Haueisen Outstanding Wrestler Scholarship, similar to the Class of 1959 scholarships we have been awarding since our 50th reunion in 2009 (the total of our scholarships will be well over $10,000 after our awards to the Class of 2013 this year). And, yes, that is the same Bob Haueisen who was a member of the PHS Class of '59. Lest we forget, the first state champion in any sport at PHS was Russ Hylton, also a member of the PHS Class of '59, who was state champion in the 120-pound weight class during the 1958-59 season. You might remember that was the year Bob Thompson, from Montrose, won his fourth straight state championship, which I understand was the first time anyone in the United States had accomplished that feat. That was back in the time when Montrose was the obvious king of state wrestling.
A bit of slightly sad news for my old wrestler buddies — the school district tore down the stage in the old PHS gym (now the vo-tech building) and converted the area to classrooms — no more wrestling practice there, even if you wanted to. The old music room has been designated unfit for classrooms, due to inadequate fires escapes — no more running the stairs up to that unsafe area, even if you wanted to.