by Rob Tetro
Chris Stalker is the new head coach of the Fulton varsity wrestling team.
Stalker, a graduate of Medina High School, has Western New York roots. He was a successful head coach in Baltimore over the last eight years. He won the 2005 High School Wrestling National Championship as well as numerous city championships.
Stalker considers former Fulton wrestling coach Mike Conners to be one of the most successful coaches in New York State wrestling history. Conners won six state championships.
A coach like Mike Conners cannot be replaced, Stalker said. Though he plans on bringing new enthusiasm and concepts to Fulton Wrestling, Stalker said he is determined to continue the expectation of toughness, hard work and success that has long been associated with the program.
While having a great deal of respect for Fulton Wrestling’s past, Stalker recognized the importance of leading a program that is capable of winning state titles on a consistent basis.
Stalker credited his staff for their assistance while he’s made the transition into the coaching position. Asssistant coaches, volunteers, parents and members of the community have offered Stalker support.
Stalker also credited the Fulton community for how it has embraced Fulton wrestling.