Dillon Dennis, Sr., Northside Christian
Why we picked him: You can tag Dillon Dennis as the Wrestler of the Year or Most Improved Wrestler — either way, the award would be appropriate. Dennis, a 140-pounder who currently hasn't decided on a college, didn't win a district or region title last year or a match at the state tournament in Lakeland. This year, however, he won titles at all of the above.
Most impressive accomplishment: After losing 10 matches during the 2007-08 season, he went 39-0 this past season.
Did you know? In his four varsity seasons, Dennis wrestled for four high schools in three states — Santa Barbara (Calif.), Norman (Okla.), and Countryside and Northside Christian. … Dennis received a dedication award from Countryside last year. He is currently an honor society member. … After high school, Dennis hopes to wrestle Division I in the Midwest, ideally in Oklahoma.
103: Dryden Dennis, Fr., Northside Christian, 37-5. Went 2-3 at the state tournament and placed sixth in Class A; won district tournament over state medalist Brian Travis of St. Petersburg Catholic.
112: Nick Andries, Sr., Pinellas Park, 45-5. Won the PCAC and district titles; went 2-2 at the state tournament.
119: Kyle Grueninger, Sr., Countryside, 41-3. Started season 36-0, captured the PCAC title, runnerup at district and region, 2-2 at state.
125: Jeremy Goodloe, Jr., Dunedin, 40-16. Won a PCAC title, was second at district, fourth at region and 1-2 at state.
130: Layton Ayers, Sr., Countryside, 47-8. Won district title and PCAC title in a different weight bracket, went 1-2 at state
135: Jordan Frease, Sr., Countryside, 43-5. Won district title, PCAC title in a different weight class and went 4-2 at state for a fourth-place medal.
140: Jack Stewart, Jr., Palm Harbor University, 47-6. Won a district title, then went 3-2 for sixth at his first state tournament.
145: Scott Santangelo, Jr., Palm Harbor University, 36-12. Won district and PCAC titles, went 1-2 record at first state tourney.
152: Spencer VanBuskirk, Sr., St. Petersburg Catholic, 45-8. Won a district title, posted a 4-2 record at state for fifth place.
160: Donald Lipscomb, Jr., Osceola, 36-6. Won district and PCAC titles.
171: Antonio Talley, Sr., Dunedin, 44-2. Won PCAC and district titles, went 3-1 at state for second place. He went 75-5 over the past two seasons.
189: Justin Zeedyk, Sr., Dunedin, 54-7. Had the most wins by any county wrestler this season; nabbed East Lake Invitational and PCAC titles, was second at district, went 3-2 at state for fifth place.
215: Paul Riggs, Sr., Palm Harbor University, 41-7. Won district and PCAC titles.
285: Tyler Paar, Sr., Clearwater, 31-6. Second at the PCAC tournament, won district title and went 4-2 at his first state tournament for a fifth-place medal.
103: Brian Travis, St. Petersburg Catholic, So.
112: Ryan Hilpl, Clearwater Central Catholic, Sr.
119: Dalton Dennis, Northside Christian, So.
125: David Dougherty, East Lake, Jr.
130: Brent Sergakis, Osceola, Sr.
135: D.J. Frazier, East Lake, Sr.
140: Bobby Zagers, Clearwater Central Catholic, Sr.
145: Ryan Washington, Dixie Hollins, Sr.
152: John Cannizzaro, Dunedin, Sr.
160: Chad Brown, Countryside, Jr.
171: Austin Yelko, Northeast, Sr.
189: Berto Frutos, Dixie Hollins, Sr.
215: Gideon Levy, Dunedin, Sr.
285: Tray Butler, Pinellas Park, Jr.
Admiral Farragut: Doug Edwards; Clearwater: Adam Kerrin; Clearwater Central Catholic: Leo Queiroz, Ryan Alberdi; Dixie Hollins: Jordan McKenzie, Mike Lloyd, Taylor Cooper; Dunedin: Austin Prince, Luis Agramonte; East Lake: Nick Fierro; Largo: Clarence Longley; Northeast: Jacob Williams; Osceola: Matt Dixon, Luis Tonge, Jared Willett; Pinellas Park: Toby Tague, Anthony Yingling; St. Petersburg: Oshain Goslin, Bo Kennedy, Nick McNeal; St. Petersburg Catholic: Paul Medling; Seminole: Garrett Campbell
Coach of the year
Marc Allison, Dunedin
Dunedin's wrestling program hit a major milestone with its first Pinellas County Athletic Conference championship and first win ever over Countryside, a rivalry that has existed for 25 years. This year the Falcons finished in the top three at every tournament they competed in and sent four wrestlers to state, the most in school history.
Doug Kates, Times correspondent