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Times' all-Pinellas County wrestling

Northside Christian’s Dalton Dennis went after a state title in the 135-pound weight class after winning one at 125 last year. He succeeded, and now he is off to wrestle for the Oklahoma Sooners.

JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

Northside Christian’s Dalton Dennis went after a state title in the 135-pound weight class after winning one at 125 last year. He succeeded, and now he is off to wrestle for the Oklahoma Sooners.

First team

103: De'Jhaun Monroe, Jr., Boca Ciega, 33-5: Runnerup at conference, state qualifier in Class 2A.

112: Patrick Brown, So., East Lake, n/a: Runnerup at conference, state qualifier in 3A.

119: Ryan Hartman, Sr., Countryside, 35-5: Conference champion, placed third at state in 3A.

125: Brian Travis, Sr., Northside Christian, 45-3: State runnerup in Class A.

130: Aaron Hartman, Fr., Palm Harbor University, 22-3: Runnerup in Class 3A to Brandon's Bruno Rossi, a four-time state champion.

135: Clarence Longley, Sr., Largo, 43-4: Finished in Class 2A, losing to eventual state champion Nick Soto of Springstead.

140: Anthony Melillo, Sr., Northside Christian, 44-4: Topped Clay's Jason Wojcik for Class A state crown.

145: Josh Jeffries, Sr., Largo, 44-6: Sixth at Class 2A state meet.

152: Chris Johnson, Sr., Largo, 36-6: Capped a solid season as state runnerup in Class 2A, falling to Springstead's Shawn Landgraff.

160: Charles McDaniel, Sr., Countryside, 40-9: Fifth at Class 3A state meet.

171: Mike Hogan, Sr., Dunedin, 51-5: Conference champion, state qualifier.

189: David Vogheny, Jr., Largo, 39-8: Conference champion, state qualifier.

215: Jared Stippert, Sr., Palm Harbor University, 37-5: Conference champion, third at Class 3A state meet.

285 Shane Haller, Sr., Osceola, 30-4: Conference champion, state qualifier.

Second team

103: Jared Ballew, So., Largo, 30-12

112: Shaun Shakoor, Sr., Dunedin, 44-4

119: Marty Milne, Sr., CC Catholic, 35-11

125: Dana Harrington, Jr., Dixie Hollins, 38-4

130: Dryden Dennis, Jr., Northside Christian, 40-9

135: James Bueno, Sr., Dixie Hollins, 27-13

140: Cody McKinnon, Sr., Largo, 46-6

145: Cliff Barker, Sr., Northside Christian, 14-5

152: Zane May, Sr., Northside Christian, 36-10

160: Kyle Goodnow, Jr., Dunedin, 46-5

171: Nick Orgera, Sr., Palm Harbor University, 36-12

189: Justin Lewandowski, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic, 39-9

215: Kevin Kitchen, Sr., Countryside, 16-7

285: Ryan Johnson, Sr., Countryside, 26-13

Honorable mention

Admiral Farragut: Blaine Ward (215), Dontae McGee (140); Clearwater Central Catholic: Jordan Christopher (125); Dunedin: Austin Prince (140), RJ Luth (215); East Lake: Dylan Gouletas (145); Lakewood: Kenny Price (171); Northside Christian: Jason Piquette (160); Osceola: Jonathan Gille (160), Matthew Dixon (140), Jarred Willet (215); Palm Harbor University: Mike May (103)

Coach of the Year Jeremy Frioud, Largo

Frioud knew he had a good squad this season and helped squeeze out the Packers' potential, leading them to their first conference crown and qualifying five for state.

Wrestler of the Year | Dalton Dennis, Sr., Northside Christian, 46-2

Why we picked him: It was only fitting that the senior capped off his stellar prep wrestling career by winning his second straight Class A state title, this time in the 135-pound weight class. Dennis turned in a dominating performance in the final, getting a 9-2 decision over Tampa Prep's Eric Bach. Most impressive accomplishment: Claiming back-to-back titles in different weight classes; Dennis won last season at 125. The 135-pounder compiled a 91-4 record over the past two seasons. Did you know? Dennis will wrestle at the University of Oklahoma, picking the Sooners over offers from Cornell, Campbell, Duke, Liberty and Stanford. Oklahoma always had the edge as Dennis' brother, Dillon, who won a state title in '09 in the 140-pound class, wrestles for the Sooners.

Times' all-Pinellas County wrestling 03/19/11 [Last modified: Saturday, March 19, 2011 5:01pm]
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