Brighton wrestling coach Tom Wagner, left, and heavyweight wrestler Tanner Aitken maneuver around Pepsi Center Feb. 18 in advance of Aitken’s state title match. Wagner earned coach of the year honors this season. Aitken wound up second among the state’s 285-pounders.
Brighton’s Wagner tabbed state wrestling coach of the year



Samantha DeMers

Brighton HS student

Twenty-three years ago, Tom Wagner, Brighton’s head wrestling coach, was accepting his third, first-place wrestler of the year award in his weight class. He was also watching his coach at the time, Tom Cortez, accept the award for the Colorado High School Athletics and Activities Association’s coach of the year.