Wrestler of the year - Mike Rowe, DeMatha
With his two victories in the 135-pound division at the Senior All-Star Meet March 10, Rowe became the state's all-time leader in wins (221), surpassing the 220 by former DeMatha star Wes Cummings in 1999. In four seasons at the Hyattsville school, Rowe was 221-8 with 161 falls, including a 58-2 mark this season. He is a four-time National Prep finalist and three-time champion of the prestigious private schools event and he also became the private schools state tournament's first four-time winner. Among his other notable achievements were four championships at the annual St. Albans (D.C.) Tournament and two Maryland Wrestler of the Year honors. He is a strong candidate to win that award again when it is handed out later this spring. Rowe, ranked No. 2 in the country by USA Wrestling and No. 1 in the state, will attend Nebraska this fall.
Wrestling Coach of the Year - Dick Messier, DeMatha
When Messier started the wrestling program at DeMatha in 1979, he had 30 students on his roster, but the only mats he had to use were the fold-out variety that weren't really intended for wrestling. Twenty-six years later, Messier has transformed the Hyattsville program into the best in the county and consistently one of the best in the state. This season, he guided the Stags to their 20th consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship. The Stags are 328-92-5 all-time under Messier. In 2004-05, the team went 13-1, losing only to St. Benedict's (N.J.) by six points, and won five tournaments along with the WCAC title. The Stags placed fourth in the undergraduate division at the National Preps this season and sixth overall and also were third at the private schools state tournament. A former all-state wrestler at Bishop Hendrickson High in Rhode Island, Messier is a member of the Hall of Fame at both Frostburg University and DeMatha.
Christian Alvarez, senior, Parkdale (103): A major player in the Panthers' strong run in County 4A this season, Alvarez won his first county crown. He was also the consolation champ at the 4A/3A South Regional and was victorious at the Senior All-State Meet. He was 28-7 this season.
William Gurtshaw, junior, Progressive Christian (112): A private schools state tournament runner-up for the second consecutive season, Gurtshaw has won 103 matches at Progressive Christian in 2004-05 and Grace Brethren the previous two years. He was the runner-up at the Top Gun tournament in Ohio, third at Lackey and fourth at St. Albans.
Jon Hunt, junior, Eleanor Roosevelt (119): A workhorse for the Raiders, Hunt went unbeaten at the Pallotti Duals and claimed his first career title at the county tournament in February. He was 24-8 this season.
Steve Sargent, sophomore, DeMatha (125): After a freshman campaign in which he won 50 matches, Sargent followed that with a 41-9 run this season, including 26 falls. He defended his titles at the WCAC and Arundel tournaments and was again the runner-up at St. Albans, while placing fifth at National Preps. He is ranked No. 26 in the country by USA Wrestling.
Reggie Parker, junior, DeMatha (130): A top-three finisher in nearly all of the Stags' tournaments this season, Parker was a gold medalist at the Pallotti Duals and was runner-up at both the WCAC and Ireton tournaments. He also placed third at the private schools states and took fifth at National Preps. Of his 41 victories this season, 19 came by fall.
Brandon Franklin, junior, Bladensburg (140): Franklin started at 145 pounds, but dropped to 140 in January and did not lose a match at that weight until he had advanced deeply into the state tournament, where he finished fifth. He was the runner-up at 145 at the Ed Peery and War on the Shore tournaments in December and won county and 4A/3A South Region titles at 140. He finished at 29-4.
Robert Michels, senior, Progressive Christian (145): Statistically as impressive this season as he was in 2003-04, Michels went 42-16 in his final campaign, taking titles along the way at two team-hosted events. He was fourth at both St. Albans and the private schools state tournament, where he did not place a season ago.
Jeulian Summerville, senior, Gwynn Park (152): Summerville won 27 of his first 28 matches heading into the 4A/3A state tournament. He won titles at the county and regional tournaments and also was a winner at the Winter Blitz tournament at Parkdale, pinning his opponents in all three finals.
Deven Watson, junior, Bowie (160): As the top seed at the county tournament, Watson survived two two-point decisions to win the title, then qualified for the 4A/3A state event where he won one match for the County 4A league champ Bulldogs. He won 28 matches this season.
Jerome Owens, senior, Flowers (171): Owens has been the top name for Flowers in the program's five-year history. He became the Jaguars' first county champion this season and its first regional finalist. He finished with a 32-4 mark after winning a match at Sunday's Maryland vs. Virginia All-Star Meet.
Charles Carafano, junior, Progressive Christian (189): Among the top-ranked private school wrestlers, Carafano was 51-8 this season and won six tournaments. He placed third at the private state tournament, his best finish there, and was sixth at National Preps.
Zak Adomanis, senior, Bowie and Tim Jennings, senior, Pallotti (215): Two of the state's strongest competitors, Adomanis closed the season at No. 2 and Jennings at No. 3 in the Maryland State Wrestling Association's overall rankings. The MSWA ranked Jennings as the state's top private school wrestler. Jennings became the Panthers' first National Preps champion after having won the private schools state title for the second time in three seasons. He also won his first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association title and gained a victory at last week's Senior All-Star Meet.
Adomanis dominated his public school foes this season and repeated as champ at both the county and 4A/3A South Region tournaments. He advanced to the title bout at the state tournament before having to default with a partially torn hamstring. Adomanis, 33-3 this season, took a decision from the West Point-bound Jennings in December. Jennings won 27 consecutive matches in 2005 leading up to his win at National Preps.
Chris Hutton, junior, Largo (275): Clearly the dominant heavyweight in the county in his debut season on the mat, Hutton won the county tournament, placed third at the 4A/3A South Region and was fifth at the state tournament. His lone losses at the state tournament were by close decisions, one in double overtime. Hutton finished with a 30-6 record.
103: Johnathan Farringer, DeMatha; 112: Justin Hawkins, Largo; David McClain, Gwynn Park; 119: Matt Green, DeMatha; Logan Putnam, Progressive Christian; 125: Jamal Daramy, Parkdale; 130: Charles McIntosh, Bowie; Luke Schaeffer, Progressive Christian; 135: Michael Bressler, Progressive Christian; 140: Drew Pappas, Progressive Christian; 145: Antwaun Johnson, Surrattsville; 152: Lancei Keita, Bladensburg; Paul Bressler, Progressive Christian; 160: Wayne Neal, Northwestern; Antonio Wells, Crossland; 171: Paul Santone, Bowie; Joe Eden, DeMatha; Dustin Meehan, Pallotti; 189: Dixon Jordan, Parkdale; Scott Miller, DeMatha; 215: Jason Smith, Parkdale; Rafael Jones, Northwestern; 275: Derrell Qualls, Bowie.