BGHS state champion wrestlers, from left, Danny Coyne, Ethan Harris, Steven Bradley, Gary Pierson, and Ralph Edwards hold their awards in front of appreciative crowd.
Beech Grove High School honored its five Indiana state champion wrestlers in a special ceremony Thursday before the Hornets match against Christel House Manual.
The honorees were IHSAA state champions Ralph Edwards, 98-pound class in 1972; Gary Pierson, 119 pounds in 1972; three-time champion Steven Bradley; Ethan Harris, 112 pounds in 2005; and Danny Coyne, 112 pounds in 2006. Bradley won successive championships from 1996 through 1998 in 118- and 126-pound classes respectively. The champions were special guests with family and friends at a reception before going into “The Hive” to be honored on Matt English Court. Hosts for the special recognition were Beech Grove Athletics, Beech Grove Alumni Association, and the Beech Grove Wrestling program. Current BGHS head wrestling coach Ryan Williams explained his association with all five champions.
Coach Williams also honored BGHS wrestling supporter and P.A. announcer Steve Nontell with a special award from Beech Grove Wrestling and mentioned that Nontell “bleeds orange and black.”
Nontell later introduced each of the state champion Hornets and emphasized that the wrestlers brought home two IHSAA state team championships. He drew applause when he announced to the crowd that the wrestling program turned Beech Grove into a “city of champions.”