Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Times' all-Pinellas County wrestling team

Why we picked them: The twins were impossible to separate this year. They were the only Pinellas wrestlers to win state titles — Jared (66-0) at 126 pounds and Connor (65-0) at 132 — they both went undefeated and wrestled some of the best competition in the state.

Most impressive accomplishments: Jared, who won his second straight state title, gained national attention this season when he beat Dalton Macri of Canon McMillan, Pa., at the Buzz Hill Invitational. Macri was ranked No. 5 nationally by Intermat at the time; Jared now has top-10 rankings with three services. … Connor's most impressive feat came in the Class 3A state final. He faced second-seeded Justin Ramirez of Miami South Dade in the second round, then third-seeded Charles Cuthbert of Fleming Island in the semifinals. To win his first state title, he pinned Lakeland George Jenkins' Ethan Owen in 1:13 of the first period in the championship.

Did you know? Connor is 13 minutes older than Jared. Connor weighed 7.9 pounds and Jared 6.9, which according to dad Mark is big for twins: "It's the only time they've ever been called 'big.' " …The twins finished the season a combined 131-0 and had more than 100 pins between them (Jared 53, Connor 51). They also extended their undefeated streaks, winning the all-class meet in Kissimmee the week after state. …They were featured in Sports Illustrated's March 3 edition of "Faces in the Crowd."

Coach of the year

Brad Sakevich, Palm Harbor University. The Hurricanes took 10 wrestlers to state, a school record, and had the highest finish of any Pinellas school (fifth). They won two state titles in the same year, a school record that also tied the county record. They won their sixth straight district title and third straight county title. Sakevich put his team in position to succeed by taking it down to Miami for the District 16 Duals and to Kissimmee for the Knockout Classic, where the Hurricanes competed against wrestlers they would see again at state.

First team

106: Tim Sakow, Sr., PHU, 42-4. Won PCAC, 3A-7 district and Jerry Mita titles.

113: Anthony Mina, Sr., PHU 37-11. PCAC champ, 3A state qualifier.

120: Joe Capone, So., PHU, 40-11. PCAC champ, 3A state qualifier

126: Luis Rivera, So., Seminole, 37-9. 3A state qualifier, region runnerup, PCAC runnerup.

132: Jay Dugmore, Jr., Indian Rocks Christian, 44-9. Fifth at state in Class A, region champ.

138: Anthony Parisi, Sr., Seminole, 44-3. Fourth at state in 3A, region champ, PCAC champ.

145: Aaron Hartman, Sr., PHU, 59-3. Third at state in 3A, won regionals, four-time PCAC champ.

152: Conner Allshouse, So., IRC, 40-3. Class A state runnerup, region champ.

160: Gunner Hurst, Sr., PHU, 40-11. Class 3A state qualifier, PCAC champ.

170: Anthony Dampier, Sr., Dunedin, 45-7. Fourth at state in Class A, region champ.

182: Artez Small, Sr., Dixie Hollins, 25-7. PCAC champ.

195: Clifton Thomas, So., Boca Ciega, 41-6. Class 2A state qualifier, PCAC champ.

220: Marco Prusac, Sr., PHU, 47-11. Class 3A state qualifier, PCAC champ.

285: Andre Matthews, Sr., Dixie Hollins, 34-1. Class 2A state runnerup, region champ, PCAC champ.

Second team

106: Cain Martin, Jr., Countryside, 52-8

113: Alex Kantelis, So., Countryside, 44-8

120: Noah Farrelly, So., Pinellas Park, 39-12

126: Jared Wolfenbarger, Sr., IRC, 31-6

132: Aaron Nauert, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic, 19-10

138: Anthony Agazarm, Sr., PHU, 51-13

145: Erich Byelich, 8th, IRC, 45-5

152: Tucker Hardwick, Sr., PHU, 56-8

160: Kevin Underwood, Sr., Osceola, 24-7

170: Dylan Renaker, Jr., East Lake, 28-6

182: Steven Borrelli, Sr., PHU, 34-11

195: Tyler Orgera, Sr., PHU, 36-12

220: Roy Williams, Jr., Gibbs, 22-3

285: Julian Santos, So., East Lake, 15-10

Honorable mention

Admiral Farragut: Devin Griffin (285); Boca Ciega: Brandon Mercado (120), Jacob Mohr (145), Stephon Sharpe (220), William Sharpe (285); Countryside: Jarek Vance (145); Dixie Hollins: Drew Harrington (106); Dunedin: Stephen Nicholls (106), Brendan Ditro (126), Marc Allison (145), Dakota Myers (160), Michael Dunlap (195); East Lake: Jason Ibrahim (220); Indian Rocks Christian: Jack Pohler (120), Michael Gingras (138), Selbourne Steward (170); Largo: Hunter Joseph (152); Northeast: Danny Gutierrez (132), Angelo Lombardi (138), Tim Rudderham (160); Northside Christian: Kamen Wilmington (138); Osceola: Ben Wagner (152), Zack Hehn (170); Palm Harbor U.: Jake Timpanaro (170); Pinellas Park: Dylan Lehman (132), Chance Leccese (195); Seminole: Jacob McConnell (120), Gavin McCandlish (160); Tarpon Springs: Connor Menendez (145)

Co-wrestlers of the Year | Connor and Jared Prince, Jr., Palm Harbor University

Co-wrestlers of the Year | Connor and Jared Prince, Jr., Palm Harbor University

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