Wrestling Accomplishments:

2009-2010 - Uintah High School
Region 8 Champion 135lbs
Green River Tournament (undefeated) - Best of the Best Champion 135lbs
Utah All-Star Dual Champion - 140lbs
Tournament of Champs 1st Place Champion - 135lbs

2008-2009 - Wasatch High School
Utah State Champion 3A - 135lbs
Region 3A - 2nd Place
High School All-American - 5th Place - Reno
Tiger Grizz - 1st Place Champion
Rocky Mountain Rumble 3rd Place

2007-2008 - Fishers High School, Indiana
Damon's record: 47-2
(Indiana State has All-Class Championships)
Semi-State: lost in triple over-time in the single elimination round to advance to State.
North Montgomery Regional Champion
Zionville Sectional Champion
2nd at Ohio Tournament

2006-2007 - Fishers High School, Indiana
High School All-American - Freshman 1st Place Champion, NHSCA

(wrestling scrapbook - still under construction)

Region Tournament - Maple Mountain H.S.

January 29th & 30th
Damon Mele - Region Champion

Payson rolls to Region 8 wrestling title
Uintah crowned three champs with Colby Christensen (119), Damon Mele (135) and Taylor Merkley (140). Christensen was named as the outstanding wrestler in the lower weight classes.

Maple Mountain Dual - Maple Mountain H.S.

January 20th

Utes wrestle to summit of Maple Mountain

Vernal Express
Damon Mele, one of UHS’s number one ranked wrestlers, breaks the hold of a Maple Mountain opponent last week.

Green River Tournament - Green River H.S.

January 15th & 16th
Damon - Undefeated all week and won the "Best of the Best" at the Green River Tournament.

Utes wrestlers set a strong tone for season (Vernal Express)
Uintah finished with five wins and two losses.

Team results:
First Day
Torrington - won
Rifle - won
Centaurus - won
Evenston -won (Damon Mele pinned Brandon Short, 3:02)
Second Day:
Green River - lost 38 – 28.
Douglas - won 34 – 31.
Cheyenne Central - lost 40 – 24.
"Utes wrestlers Colby Christensen and Damon Mele were selected to the Best of the Best competition at the end of the tournament, and both ended up pinning their opponents, and were named the Best of the Best in their respective weight classes."

Springville Dual - Springville H.S.

January 14th
Uintah team score, 62 – 15

Salem Hills Dual -Salem Hill H.S.

January 13th
Uintah team score, 52 – 18

Wrestling All-Star Duals

Not quite spotlit - Utah Photographer Patrick Smith
"Uintah's Damon Mele ties up with Millard's Dakoa Payne during the 140-weight bout at the All-Star Wrestling Dual at the McKay Center on the campus of UVU, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010."

Wrestling Videos on Flowrestling

High school wrestling: All-Star results Deseret News
Damon Mele, Uintah def. Dakota Payne, Millard, 7-4 dec.
Brett Clapier, Skyline def. Taylor Merkley, Uintah, 11-6 dec. Video
Carson Kuhn, Alta def. Colby Christensen, Uintah, 10-4 dec. Video

15 Top of Utah wrestlers at Utah All-Star Duals Standard Examiner
Utah's top prep wrestlers are ready to rumble
All Star Classic wrestling results Salt Lake Tribune

Three Utes chosen for Utah All-Star Duals

Uintah High School wrestlers Taylor Merkley, Colby Christensen, and Damon Mele, were recently selected to wrestle at the Utah All-Star Duals in honor of their outstanding performance on the mat during the last several seasons. (Gary Parker/Vernal Express article here.)

Tournament of Champs - Western Park, Vernal, UT

January 8th & 9th
Uintah had two winners – Damon Mele (135)and Coby Christensen (119)
Tournament of Champions crowns success Vernal Express
Mele took first in the 135 lbs. weight class.
““He had a solid performance,” said Stensgard. “He wrestled well all through the entire tournament. He has a great stand-up, and wrestles strong.”

Payson Dual - Uintah H.S.

January 7th

Wasatch Dual - Uintah H.S.

January 6th
Damon pinned Brady Turnbull.

Warrior Classic Tournament - Grand Junction, CO

December 18th and 19th
Damon Mele took 4th Place

Spanish Fork Dual - Uintah H.S.

December 16th
Uintah won 60 – 18.
Uintah beat Union H.S. 58-18 the next day.
Wrestlers ready for Christmas break after busy early season

Brandon Duals - Brandon, Flordia

December 11th and 12th
Damon Mele took 3rd Place, lost two matches at 140lbs.
Wrestlers ready for Christmas break after busy early season

Green River Dual - Uintah H.S.

December 9th
Green River lost to Vernal 49-24
Damon pinned Brady Turnbull

Millard Duals - Fillmore, Utah

December 4th and 5th

After Red & White, Utes wrestle duals, and learn Vernal Express
Stensgaard also praised Damon Mele, a returning state champion who went 8-2 in the event.
“He’s so good that we can move him around, and wrestle him against bigger wrestlers and he is still competitive,” said Stensgaard.
(Damon missed the Red and White Ute dual because of the death of his Grandma Mele.)

2009 Wasatch Wrestling Banquet-Team Picture

2009 Wasatch Wrestling Team Photo Gallery

Wasatch Wrestling on MySpace
135 - Damon Mele
State Champion in 2009
2nd at Region in 2009
5th at Reno in 2008
1st at Tiger Grizz in 2009
3rd at Rocky Mountain Rumble in 2009

Photo Gallery-click here

2008 Reno Tournament of Champions

High School Invitational Wrestling Tournament-click here.
Reno Events Center, Reno, Nevada USA
Friday, December 19, 2008 and Saturday, December 20, 2008
2008/2009 Tech-Fall.com

1st--#1 Jose Mendoza, Selma
2nd--#2 Josh Chang, Mingus
3rd--#3 Nathan Hoffer, East High -- Alaska
4th--#6 Ethan Owens, Grundy
5th--Damon Mele, Wasatch
6th--Jonathan Carpenter, Bishop OConnell
7th--#7 Brandon Reich, Kotzebue
8th--#5 Doug Delporto, Galena

TEAM SCORES 12/20/2008

1 - 158.5 - Phillipsburg High School (NJ)
2 - 144.0 - Selma High School (CA)
3 - 141.5 - Sunnyside High School (AZ)
4 - 139.5 - Poway High School (CA)
5 - 134.0 - Ponderosa High School (CO)
6 - 132.0 - Calvary Chapel High School (CA)
7 - 124.5 - Union High School (OK)
8 - 124.0 - Easton Area High School (PA)
9 - 121.0 - El Reno High School (OK)
10 - 120.0 - Rio Rancho High School (NM)
11 - 108.5 - Grundy High School (VA)
12 - 108.0 - Temecula Valley High School (CA)
13 - 107.5 - Lemoore High School (CA)
14 - 103.5 - Newberg High School (OR)
15 - 95.5 - Bergen Catholic High School (NJ)
16 - 92.5 - De La Salle High School (CA)
17 - 92.0 - Crater High School (OR)
18 - 87.0 - Columbia High School Nampa (ID)
19 - 84.5 - LaSalle Institute High School (NY)
20 - 81.0 - Wasatch High School (UT)

Damon Mele "Wasatch High School" - UT - Profile on Takkle

"Wasatch High School Profile"
Damon's Junior Year at Wasatch High School in Heber City, Utah.

Damon mentioned in the Indy Star; November 20, 2008.
”Damon Mele, who was 39-2 at 135 pounds and also came within a match of advancing to state, has moved back to Utah."

2009 Wasatch High School 135 lbs. Utah State Champion-Wrestling-Junior Year

2009 UHSAA State Wrestling Tournament - 3A
February 12-14, 2009 McKay Center, Utah Valley University
MD 13-2 (brackets)

Utah State Finals 3A Part 1

Utah State Finals 3A Part 2

Utah State Finals 3A
Utah State finals 135lb weight class Damon Mele (Wasatch) vs. Creedon Merkley (Uintah)
Video-click here.

Picture by Salt Lake Tribune; Fly On the Wall
More from the State Wrestling Tournament
Pictures by Trent Nelson-PhotoJournalist
Here are the reactions of four state wrestling champions-click here:

Deseret News Sports
It was a little bittersweet for Damon Mele (135) of Wasatch, as he beat Creedon Merkley of Uintah.

"It is a little strange since he will be my teammate in a couple of weeks," said Mele, whose family is moving to Vernal. "It was nice to get the win, but at the same time I respect my opponent."

Wasatch Wrestling Camp with Olympian Gold Medalist Cael Sanderson

Wasatch Wave Sports; July 23, 2008--2nd pictures-Damon standing next to Cael Sanderson.

Semi-State-2008 (Sophomore Year)

Wrestling: North Montgomery Individual Regional Results

Damon vs. Nathon Whitlow --Region Championship Match--Damon won 12 - 7
Region Championship Match-2008
Damon won 12-7

To see 'Nathon Whitlow vs. Damon Mele' video by Digital Sports.com-click here

Digital Sports; February 2, 2008
Fishers, Hamilton Southeastern, Westfield, and Zionsville all advance wrestlers to the semistate
Here are the results from the North Montgomery Individual Regional held February 2nd

No. 11 Carmel crowns three champions and advances two other wrestlers to the New Castle Semistate. Southmont – upset winner of the team regional at North Montgomery three days ago – also wins three titles and advances three runners-up. Of note was No. 6 Fountain Central’s Derick Minick staying unbeaten at 39-0 by downing No. 7 Josh Hale of Westfield in the heavyweight finals.

Among the upset victims were …

• No. 8 Brock Sempsrott of North Montgomery, who finished second to No. 12 Wade Bohannon of South Vermillion at 125
• Lebanon’s No. 12 Adam Skelton, who placed third behind No. 10 Damon Mele of Fishers and unranked runner-up Nathan Whitlow after falling to the Southmont grappler in the semis at 135
• North Montgomery’s No. 16 Sam Myers, who took third behind unbeaten No. 9 Nick Hodges of Southmont and unranked runner-up Robert Melby of Westfield after a semifinal loss to the eventual champion at 189

Individual results: (top three in each weight class advance to the New Castle Semistate on February 9th)

1st Place #10 Damon Mele 10 39-1 Fishers

2nd Place Nathan Whitlow 10 34-2 Southmont
3rd Place #12 Adam Skelton 11 29-7 Lebanon
4th Place Dan Frascella 12 30-10 Carmel
Last Non-Placing Individual Defeated by the Champion
Joshua Rager 11 16-17 Crawfordsville

Zionsville Sectional-Damon takes First Place

Wrestling: Westfield Triumphs at Zionsville Sectional
Shamrocks have three individual champions, Zionsville and Fishers each have two

Here are all of the results from the 2008 Zionsville Sectional held January 26th

135 lbs.

(Damon had one lost going into Semi-State; loss was to a senior at the Ohio Tournament earlier in the season; undefeated in Indiana)

Making History-First Ever HCC Champion for the Tigers Wrestling Program

Noblesville Daily Times; Sunday, 13 January 2008

Meanwhile, Fishers sophomore Damon Mele made history, as he became the first ever HCC champion for the Tigers wrestling program. Mele did that in style, as he won the 135-pound match with a second-period pin of ninth-ranked Zionsville junior Dusty Youngs.
“It feels pretty good. Building tradition is our No. 1 thing at Fishers, so it just feels good to help in that part,” the 20th-ranked Mele said. “I was just doing my inside reverse and caught him off guard and got lucky and took him to his back.”

Wrestling: Avon Captures 2008 Hoosier Crossroads Conference Championship

Here are all of the results from the Hoosier Crossroads Conference Wrestling Championships held Jan. 12 at Brownsburg High School

Team Results
1. Avon 241
2. Zionsville 159
3. Harrison 150.50
4. Westfield 147
5. Brownsburg 115.50
6. Lafayette Jeff 115
7. Fishers 109.50
8. McCutcheon 90
9. Hamilton Southeastern 86
10. Noblesville 83

Individual Champions
103 lbs. Blaine Hall (11) - Avon
112 lbs. Brady White (9) - Westfield
119 lbs. Michael Lovitt (10) - Noblesville
125 lbs. Kyle Estrada (12) - Avon
130 lbs. Matt Rassbach (10) - Avon
135 lbs. Damon Mele (10) - Fishers
140 lbs. Patrick Robinson (10) - Hamilton Southeastern
145 lbs. Brad Farrell (11) - Fishers
152 lbs. Cameron Vlahos (10) - Harrison
160 lbs. R.V. Peter (11) - Westfield
171 lbs. Andrew Leach (11) - Avon
189 lbs. Sean McCann (12) - Lafayette Jeff
215 lbs. Sam Johnson (12) - Avon
285 lbs. Eric MacDonald (12) - Harrison

HoosierAuthority.com was on hand to webcast the event. Click here to listen to an archived audio version of the semifinals, then click here to listen to the finals.

High School Dual-- Fishers against rival Hamilton Southeastern

Highlights of Fishers sophomore Damon Meeler(sic.) defeating Hamilton Southeastern sophomore Chris Sanders at 135 lbs. by major decision on 1/9/08. Fishers went on to win the team competition 35-30.
To see video 'Fishers Wrestler: Damon Meeler(sic.)' by Digital Sports.com click here.

Wrestling Mudsock Trophy Presentation to Fishers-click here
The Fishers wrestling team is presented the wrestling Mudsock trophy on 1/9/08 in recognition of their 35-30 win over arch-rival Hamilton Southeastern.

Article by Digital Sports.com
Wrestling: Fishers Knocks off arch-rival Hamilton Southeastern-click here.

Free Style Wrestling - Kansas City, Kansas

The original photo of Damon wrestling was featured in the October 1, 2007 - Wrestling U.S.A. Magazine on page 2. The caption reads: 2007 Indiana State Greco-Roman Championships – 140 lbs. Damon Mele (Fishers) with a reverse gut wrench throw on Paul Manbu (Warsaw). Mele won by tech fall; 6-0, 9-3. Photo by Charles T. Bennett.
(original in magazine)

High School All-American--1st Place Freshman Nationals-Virginia Beach

Damon took 1st place in the 135lb weight bracket at the 2007 Freshmen National's at Virginia Beach, Virginia making him a High School All-American in collegiate/folkstyle wrestling.

Fishers High School Wrestling Team 2007

New FHS Student Carries on a Family Tradition in Wrestling

Tiger Topics N the Red (Fishers High School Newspaper) February 23, 2007.

Fishers Star Newspaper-Feb. 1, 2007

Jan. 30-31, 2007

A BIG WIN-Freshman beats top Senior:
1st Picture: Fishers Lawrence Topics-Jan. 31, 2007
Fishers sixth in Zionsville Sectional

ZIONSVILLE--The Tigers scored 196 points Jan, 27. No. 9 Carmel won with 296, while Westfield finished second with 234, and Zionsville was third with 217.
Damon Mele won the 130-pound championship while Brad Farrel placed third at 135. The top four in each weight class qualify for the Feb, 3 North Montgomery Individual Regional.

2nd Picture: The Noblesville Ledger - Jan. 30, 2007

3rd Picture: Hamilton County AM - IndyStar - Jan. 31, 2007

Wrestling Skills, Heritage Makes New Tiger Stand Out

Fishers Star-January 27, 2007

Freshman Year-Fishers High School

Tiger Topics N the Red; (Fishers High School Newspaper) January 26, 2007
Fishers High School, a new High School begin their first wresting season. Damon transferred from Green River High School, Green River, Wyoming at the end of the wrestling season his Freshman year and finished up at Fishers High School at Fishers, Indiana.
(photo inset is Damon)