During his senior season at Ponderosa High School, Cohlton Schultz didn't leave behind any doubts that he is one of the best-ever Colorado high school wrestlers.
Schultz won his fourth consecutive state championship at the CHSAA State Championships Feb. 14-16 when he pinned Legend's Colin Lavell in 52 seconds in the title match.
He became the 24th wrestler to win four state titles. Schultz won two at 220 pounds and the last two in the 285-pound weight class.
Schultz amazingly never lost a point all season, had a 46-0 record and finished four years of wrestling at Ponderosa with a 188-2 record. In his four state tournament title conquests, he won 15 of 16 matches by pins.
He is the 2019 Colorado Community Media South Metro Wrestler of the Year.
Tim Yount is a guru of high school wrestling in Colorado and publishes the On The Mat rankings each season. He claims Schultz is one of the state's best.
“It is one thing to win matches, another to dominate every match,” said Yount. “He never made it to the second period this year. I can't recall that every happening.
“Cohlton might be the best kid to ever compete at the high school level all four years. Some might argue that point but he is so, so gifted that few will be able to do what he has done in Colorado and the many out-of-state tournaments where he has met some amazingly great competition.”
Schultz went into each match with a simple plan.
“I have a game plan going into every match but I am willing to take whatever my opponent gives me,” he explained. “If I put him on his back, I want to finish him every time.
“Being a big guy as a freshman, I wasn't the biggest or the strongest. I was able to use a little bit of my savvy or whatever. Now my physical ability has caught up with me a little bit and it feels good. It has definitely been a grind. It's been a lot of hard work, a lot of hours, but I've got a hold on it and it feels real good.”
Schultz, who won the Cadet Greco World Title in 2017, will wrestle next year at Arizona State and possibly in the 2020 Olympics.
“I love Colorado,” he said. “I was born and raised in Colorado. It will always have a special place in my heart. It will mean a lot to represent Colorado on a national stage.
“The Olympics is a definite possibility. Outside of high school matches, I'm in there wrestling with some of the best guys in the world. I'm right there with them. I know it's something I can do and I will make sure I put in the work to get there.”
Yount and many wrestling fans will continue to watch Schultz.
“He is a joy to watch,” said Yount. “I am so looking forward to his career at ASU and the next level. He will continue to make Colorado proud for many years to come.”
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