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Wrestler of the Year
Kyle Goodnow, Sr., Dunedin
Why we picked him: Goodnow entered the Class 2A state tournament undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the 170-pound weight class by Scout.com. He had a tough road to his first state title. In the semifinals, Goodnow beat undefeated Tyler Goudy of Crestview 3-0. In the championship bout, Goodnow beat Springstead’s Conor Ross 3-1 to claim his first title. He and teammate Clarence Arrington (120-pound champion) became the first Dunedin wrestlers to win state titles in 37 years. Goodnow also was the county’s only undefeated state champion and was one win from the school record for victories.
Most impressive accomplishment: In the finals, Goodnow and Ross were locked in a 1-1 tie in regulation. In overtime, Goodnow saved his best for last, recording a takedown in the final four seconds.
Did you know? On Oct. 23, a fire knocked out the electricity in the condo Goodnow’s family rented. The unit remained dark for months, eventually forcing them to move. He bounced around between friends and family before moving in with his girlfriend this semester. Wrestling became his escape as he zeroed in on his ultimate goal of winning state.
What’s next: Goodnow plans to enter the Army, where he hopes to continue wrestling.
106: Connor Prince, Fr., Palm Harbor University 55-3: State runnerup solidified the top of the Hurricanes’ lineup.
113: Jared Prince, Fr., Palm Harbor University 55-3: Joined his twin as the Hurricanes’ two state runnersup.
120: Clarence Arrington, Jr., Dunedin, 47-8: Transfer from Texas won his first state title.
126: Dylan Husserl, Sr., East Lake: Came through this season with a conference title and barely missed qualifying for states.
132: Dana Harrington, Sr., Dixie Hollins, 44-2: One of the county’s strongest wrestlers took third in 2A meet.
138: Alex Lebhar, Jr., Dunedin, 32-10: State qualifier was among Falcons’ top middleweights.
145: Aaron Hartman, So., Palm Harbor University 51-2: Entered state tournament undefeated and finished fifth in 3A.
152: Mitch Larivee, Sr., Seminole: Conference champion was leader of the Warhawks.
160: Jordan Harriott, Sr., Osceola, 34-3: Won a conference title and qualified for state.
170: Brandon Bell, Sr., Dixie Hollins, 37-6: State qualifier was also a conference champion.
182: Novisa Petrusich, Jr., Admiral Farragut, 18-6: Blue Jackets’ top wrestler also was a state qualifier.
195: Derrick Doss, Jr., Largo, 36-7: Football star qualified for state meet and just missed placing.
220: David Vogeney, Sr., Largo, 42-6: Came through late in the season and finished fifth at state.
285: Chris Roane, Sr., Northeast, 31-5: State qualifier was the anchor at the bottom of the Vikings’ lineup.
Coach of the Year
Marc Allison, Dunedin
Though a good portion of his lineup was lost to graduation, Allison still guided the Falcons to the county’s best finish at state and had the county public schools’ only two state champions.
106: Matt Collora, Jr., Countryside
113: Kamen Wilmington, 7th, Indian Rocks Christian
120: Mike May, Jr., PHU
126: Marc Allison, So., Dunedin
132: Chandler Pope, Sr., Dunedin
138: Ryan Myers, Sr., PHU
145: Dryden Dennis, Sr., Northside Christian
152: Aaron Mengel, Jr., Dixie Hollins
160: Jason Piquette, Sr., Northside Christian
170: Stephen Doyle, Jr., Northeast
182: Elisei Carcalete, Jr., Clearwater
195: Brandon Mayhone, Jr., St. Petersburg
220: RJ Luth, Sr., Dunedin
285: Andre Matthews, So., Dixie Hollins
Admiral Farragut: Jonathan Jun (285); Boca Ciega: Antoine Benjamin (182); Clearwater Central Catholic: Zach Grandich (132), Jason Owens (152), Ryan Lewandowski (170), David Ferry (195); Countryside: Giovanni Dudley (145); Dixie Hollins: Jared Wolfenbarger (106), David Schultz (113), Tyler Halisky (138), Dom Irizarry (220); Dunedin: Chris Winowich (152); East Lake: Patrick Brown (120), Canyon Ebanks (160), Dylan Renaker (145), Matt Tuohy (132); Gibbs: Marlin Scott (285); Indian Rocks Christian: Michael Ginigras (106), Chance Leccese (182), Taylor Andres (220), Tyler Mayer (138); Lakewood: Aaron Teetor (160); Largo: Jared Ballew (120); Northeast: Joshua Deese (138); Osceola: Tucker Kemp (195), Mycoll Scott (126), Tyler Petsch (170), Craig O’Neal (182); Palm Harbor University: Tucker Hardwick (126), Josh Kampmann (132), Tyler Modlin (220); Seminole: Samuel Chaffman (220); St. Petersburg: Joshua Brown (113), Thomas Moser (152); Tarpon Springs: John Galvan (113)