Head Coach: Erik Burnett
Coach Burnett is entering his 19th season as the Head Wrestling Coach at Elyria High School. During his tenure at Elyria High, he has coached his teams to a dual meet record of 197-85. Since 2004 Elyria has finished in the state’s top ten six times, culminating with last year’s runner-up finish at the individual state tournament and final four appearance at the state dual meet competition. Coach Burnett was named NWCA Coach of the Year for the State of Ohio in 2015. He has coached at total of 49 state qualifiers, 29 state placers, 10 state finalists, and five state champions. Before coming to Elyria, Coach Burnett served as an assistant at Amherst Steele High School. His previous coaching experience included being an assistant coach at both The University of California-Pennsylvania and Clarion University. Coach Burnett has been both an assistant and head coach for the Ohio Cadet and Junior National Freestyle Teams and has coached the Ohio Junior National Freestyle Dual Team to a three national dual championships. He also coached the Ohio Grapplers Elementary Dual Team.
During Coach Burnett’s wrestling career, he was a four time state champion (1984-87) at Oberlin High School. He continued his wrestling career at Clarion University where he was a 3 time NCAA Division I National qualifier and an NCAA All-American in 1992 placing 5th at 118 lbs. Coach Burnett was a Freestyle All-American at Espior, University, and Senior Nationals, as well as a U.S. Olympic Festival Bronze Medalist.