Ponderosa wrestling is turning to one of its former state champions to continue the program’s proud winning tradition.
Athletic director Tim Ottmann announced on Wednesday that Tito Rinaldis will take over as the new coach of the program, filling the spot vacated by Corey McNellis.
Rinaldis is a 2004 graduate of Ponderosa where he wrestled for the varsity program all four years and eventually made his way to the University of Northern Colorado.
At the completion of his four years with the Bears, he returned to Ponderosa as a teacher and an assistant coach to McNellis.
The Mustangs are a traditional wrestling powerhouse that holds 10 team titles. They won championships in Rinaldis’ junior and senior seasons.
The 10 titles are third most in state history, and Ponderosa trails only Rocky Ford (12), Alamosa (11) and Montrose (11).