Editorial: The legacy of Deets Winslow

Competitive wrestling is not one of life’s glamor sports. It requires a high pain threshold, the ability to repeatedly lose (and sometimes gain) weight at will, and to spend a great deal of time on one’s knees. And wrestling teams seldom fill stadiums.

It is relatively rare, therefore, that a wrestling team and a wrestling coach become icons of any school’s athletic program.

But thanks to Roger “Deets” Winslow – everyone called him Deets – Sonoma Valley High School was something of an exception and the man who made the difference was Deets.

Deets died Saturday afternoon in a boating accident on Lake Berryessa, far too early in an active and acclaimed life. The statistical record of his coaching career is exceptional, and although he stepped down from his role as head coach of the Dragons wrestling team in 2010, he continued as an assistant coach, mentor and inspiration behind Kyle Baird.

Deets, with then-assistant coach Baird, guided the Dragons to nine SCL titles, along with the 2008 NCS Redwood Empire Team Duals championship.

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