Coronado wrestlers nearly triumphant at state
Coronado High School's wrestlers went undefeated in the Metro League, won their first-ever Regional Championship and nearly claimed the state team title in the
2009-10 season. Their second place behind Ponderosa was the best Coronado has ever done at state, according to coach Matt Brickell.
The Cougar grapplers were led by state individual 125-pound champion Carter McElhany. Other state medalists were Jared Rieck (145 pound category), second; Nick Burghardt (152), second; Adrian Cordova (112), fifth; and Ethan Olson (160), fifth. The team had 10 state qualifiers in all.
If one of Coronado's top wrestlers (Nathan Burak - won-lost record: 25-2) had not gotten hurt at the Metro League Finals, Coronado could have won state, Brickell said this week. However, looking to 2010-11 in a written postseason summary, he states, “The Cougars are looking very strong for next season, returning all the state medalists with a goal to win the state title.”
Individual Metro champions were McElhany, Rieck, Olson and Riley Ehrlich (215). Winners at Regionals were McElhany, Dusty Solis (130), Rieck, Burghardt and Olson.
McElhany's won-lost record for the season was 34-1. Burghart was next best at 42-3.
For Coronado, it was the second time in three years the school has been the dual as well as tournament champ in the Metro League.
Courtesy of Don Ellis