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Wrestling World Champion Returns to Ponderosa

Cohl in Athens at World Championship game, holding a large American flag over his head

PARKER - Ponderosa High School student and wrestler Cohlton Schultz has just returned back from Athens, Greece to Colorado after becoming the first United States World Champion in 20 years in Greco-Roman wrestling.

Ponderosa Assistant Principal and Athletic Director, Tim Ottman led a 30-minute assembly Wednesday for Cohl, joined by Cohl’s parents, his coaches from the Olympic Training Center, his former Ponderosa wrestling coach (and current Assistant Principal) Corey McNellis, and current wrestling coach Tito Rinaldis.

“I just want to say thank you to everyone who is here for me,” Cohl said, speaking to the full staff and student body that came out to celebrate his success. “I’m so thankful for all the students who supported me, all the teachers who helped me out. Everyone’s always been helpful since my freshman year.”

“Cohl’s success is a direct result of hard work, sacrifice and team effort,” Ottman said.

Rinaldis added, “I’m often asked how Cohl is so good at what he does. First of all it’s his enthusiasm, he’s been doing this sport since three years old. Not only is he enthusiastic about wrestling but he’s enthusiastic about everything he does. If you’re having a bad day, hang out with Cohl, it’ll change you right around. Second, is his willingness to forego a normal teenage life. To get to that level you have to sacrifice weekends, entire summers, holidays, time with friends, time with family, and sometimes you can’t get that back. Finally, Cohl said in his post-match interview that this was ‘a step in the right direction.’ That tells me two things: First of all, he’s still hungry, he’s not done yet. To be a great competitor you have to stay hungry. We’re going to see more out of this guy. But it also tells me that even though he is such a great competitor, he is still humble and he knows there’s still a lot of work to be done.”

Read more about Cohl and his win here, and watch clips from his World Championship match!

September 14, 2017 | By CSilberman | Category: Athletics and Activities, High School Education, Schools

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