Ponderosa Wrestling

Colorado High School Wrestling 5A State Champions 1997 1998 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
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  • Letter from Coach Corey 8/13/2014

    Posted on August 13th, 2014 by Tyler Rinaldis No comments

    Welcome to the 2014-15 Wrestling season. We are excited to get going this year. We had a productive offseason and the coaches are excited about the hard working group we have this year. PLEASE be living in the weight room, as this is the time to be getting bigger and stronger.

    If you or your son is interested in Wrestling this year, please have them contact me @ corey.mcnellis@dcsdk12.org. Whether your son is in high school or you live in Parker and your child wants to get into our youth program I would love to talk to you. Both the High School season and Jr. Wrestling season starts in the beginning of November.

    We have a strong tradition of Wrestling at Ponderosa and we would love for you to be a part of it!

    Coach Corey McNellis
    High School Head Coach
    10x State Champions
    20x League Champions

  • Letter from Coach Corey 02/23/14

    Posted on February 24th, 2014 by Tyler Rinaldis No comments

    Parents and Wrestlers,

    The season came to a close Saturday night with a pin as Dylan Gabel earned his second consecutive State Championship. Dylan worked his butt off not only this year but for 4 years and his leadership will be missed. Congrats to Dylan and his family! We were also able to garner other state placing’s as Torry Williams was runner-up and Hayden Karren and Devin House earned 4th place finishes. Great job to Torry, Hayden, and Devin as they ended their high school careers on a positive note! As a team we took 3rd place. A bit of a disappointing team finish so the returners and coaches need to take a couple of weeks off, but then get back to the drawing board.

    We will have a post season team meeting soon and we will discuss our schedule for the spring and summer. I sincerely hope the returning wrestlers have a fire in their bellies. We lost a lot of senior power and we need several guys to step up and take the reigns. When disappointment happens, everyone needs to take responsibility and work harder (much harder) to make sure that the disappointment doesn’t happen again. As a coaching staff I can tell you that the conversations have already started about how we can improve as a staff.

    As for Wrap-Up items:

    Warm-up and Singlet return: All Varsity Wrestlers need to return their warm-ups and singlets and JV needs to return their singlets by this Wednesday. You may return to either me, Coach Thorsen, or Coach Tito.

    Banquet: The banquet is right around the corner. The date of the banquet is March 6, and information and RSVP’s have been sent. Please return the RSVP to me at Ponderosa this week. Ponderosa’s address is:
    7007 E. Bayou Gulch Road
    Parker, CO 80134


    P.S – Tito, Kaylon, and Dan have already committed to wrestling in the open division at Rocky Mountain Nationals in a few weeks. The boys should follow suit and I expect the full team of returning wrestlers (JV and Varsity) to be competing alongside them! If that fire is in your belly then register now for RMN. Just google Rocky Mountain Nationals and you will find the registration page.

  • Letter from Coach Corey 02/16/14

    Posted on February 20th, 2014 by Tyler Rinaldis No comments

    Parents and Wrestlers,

    Wow, yesterday was cool! Our boys put together a tournament that was really special. At the Regional tournament we walked away with the team Championship by almost 100 points, crowning an incredible 7 champions, and qualifying 11 wrestlers to the state tournament which is the most in 5A. Yesterday was sweet and the boys should feel good, however the next tournament is the one that we have been training for. We have kept our eye on the prize all year and finally it is time to claim that prize.

    We will have practice tomorrow morning at 8:56 a.m. For the 11 state qualifiers. The state tournament action starts Thursday so this will be a short week.

    If you thought yesterday was fun, wait to see the encore.


  • Letter from Coach Corey 02/09/2014

    Posted on February 10th, 2014 by Tyler Rinaldis No comments

    Parents and Wrestlers,

    Congratulations to the JV team as we captured 2nd place at the end of the year League Championship tournament. The impressive thing about taking 2nd place is we only had 9 Wrestlers instead of the 14 that the first place team had. We did far more with less as every single one of our 9 Wrestlers placed! Special congrats to tournament champions Brian Brice, Carl Schader, John Woodruff, and Sean Coneys. Tyler Copley ended as runner-up, while Daniel Turco and Jake Westenberger captured 3rd place. Luke Stewart and Daniel Blair rounded out the great performance of the team by taking 5th place. It is always fun to finish the year on a high note and the boys should be very proud of themselves!

    As for finishing the year on a high note, it is now the Varsity’s turn! Attached please find the schedule and information for the Regional tournament held this Friday and Saturday at Cherokee Trail High School. We are ready to go kick some butt as (in most cases) this is the easiest tournament of the year for us. I encourage all parents to come support the boys, even if you can just make finals on Saturday.

    We do not have school Friday, so we will meet for practice at 9:21 a.m. We will get a workout in and make sure everyone is on weight. We will then leave for Cherokee Trail around noon. Wrestlers need to bring with them everything they need for the 2 day tournament, including their own food for after weigh-ins on Friday. Saturday morning the parents will provide food for after weigh-in. We will be staying overnight in a hotel friday night. If you need the hotel information please let me know.

    Thanks and let me know if you have any questions,
    Coach Corey

  • Letter from Coach Corey 1/26/2014

    Posted on February 4th, 2014 by Tyler Rinaldis No comments

    We are near the end! The boys have been working hard and it will all pay off here at the finish.

    This will be the last week of Wrestling for the JV and only a few weeks left for the Varsity. Here is what this week looks like:

    Today: Regular practice
    Tuesday: Red Flag with a team meeting after
    Wednesday: Regular practice
    Thursday: League Championship Dual @ Chaparral. JV at 6 and Varsity at 7.
    Friday: JV starts its end of the year league tournament at Chaparral. More details will come from Coach Kaylon. Varsity will go to the movies. More details coming.
    Saturday: JV at league tournament. Varsity will practice in the morning and go and support the JV later.

    Thanks and please let me know if you have any questions. Let’s finish this year strong!


    P.S – We may keep several JV kids to wrestle with us next week to help prepare the varsity for regionals and state.