Tito Rinaldis Named New Head Coach

Ponderosa High School has named Tito Rinaldis as the new Head Wrestling Coach. Tito wrestling for Ponderosa from 2000-2004. In that time he become a 5A state champion and HS All-American. He was also part of 2 state championship teams in 2003 and 2004. After wrestling at the University of Northern Colorado and earning a bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise Science, Tito returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach in 2008. Since then, he has earned his master’s degree in secondary education and teaches science at Ponderodsa. During his time as an assistant coach under Head Coach Corey McNellis, Ponderosa won 8 League Championships, 4 Regional Championships, and 2 state championships. Since then, Ponderosa has also crowned 13 individual state champions and 28 state placers.

Grind Wrestling Club to Kickoff Spring/Summer Season

Grind Wrestling Club will have it’s first practice of the 2017 Spring/Summer season on March 7th and will continue until July. Practices will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm until 8:30pm. Freestyle and Greco-Roman will be the focus. Click this link below to view an impressive list of coaches and get more details:

Grind WC Info and Waiver

Upsets happen all of the time, we just don’t like them like this!

Letter of resignation from coach Corey McNellis after 15 years of service, 2 team state titles, and 8 consecutive Continental League Championships:

After much thought, prayer, and deliberation I have decided to step down as the Head Coach of the Ponderosa Wrestling team. There are many reasons why, but the one that matters most is that after 15 years of Coaching it just feels time for me to move on.

This program has been so important in my life that I cannot express it into words. I only hope that I have given back as much as I have received. I will always cherish my time with your son(s) and my greatest wish is that they grew as good human beings, they learned how to incorporate our creed into their life, they learned how to overcome obstacles in order to succeed, and that they look back on our time with fond memories.

Coach Rinaldis will act as the interim Head Coach while the process of hiring a new coach moves forward. Please trust that our Athletic Director, and former Wrestling Coach Tim Ottmann will do everything in his power to find the absolute best replacement, which I believe in the end will be Coach Rinaldis. If it is not, Tito is the ultimate team player and will support the new coach.

Thank you for your support and I will always wish your son and this program the very best.

Coach Corey McNellis

Statement from Coach Rinaldis:

I met coach McNellis when I was a Junior in 2002, since then he has been my truest friend. I have been his assistant for several years, and it has been one of my life’s honors. I am sad to see him go, but I know our friendship and his tutelage will persist. I owe much to this program, and I hope that as interim coach, I can give back even a fraction I was offered by former Head Coaches. If I am fortunate enough to earn the head coach position, I will do my best to put Mustangs in position to win matches. If I do not earn the position, trust that I want what is best is for Ponderosa Wrestling, and will fully support our new head coach.

Coach, you are my friend, you will be missed, I love you,