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Wrestler of the Year

Josh Frederick

Damascus, Sr., 215 pounds (33-0)

Followed state football championship with perfect season that included sweep of county, regional and state titles.

Coach of the Year

Derek ManonWhitman, 1st year

Without one dominant wrestler, immediately led Vikings to undefeated regular season, victory at 4A-3A West Region Duals.

First team

Rasheim Smith, Blake, Jr., 103 pounds (37-4)

Despite not wrestling until last year, improved to point of being state runner-up, while also winning county and regional titles.

Danny Lethbridge, Paint Branch, Sr., 112 pounds (34-6)

Third consecutive year with stranglehold on weight class, winning county and regional titles and finishing second at states.

Ryan Garey, Watkins Mill, Fr., 119 pounds (32-1)

Dislocated elbow all that denied Garey — county champion with 24 pins on season — chance at regional- and state-tournament runs.

Joe Galeano, Springbrook, Soph., 125 pounds (32-8)

Brilliant come-from-behind victory in county final highlighted emerging starís sophomore season.

Sean McCarty, Northwest, Sr., 130 pounds (34-1)

Finished career, which included county and regional titles this winter, with 145-7 record and second consecutive state runner-up finish.

Matt Danielson, Bullis, Sr., 135 pounds (49-3)

Capped impressive season by placing fifth at National Preps while taking first in IAC and St. Albans meets and second at MISC.

Steve Miller, Paint Branch, Sr., 140 pounds (38-3)

Repeat first-team member won county and regional titles for second year in a row.

Carlo Galeano, Springbrook, Sr., 145 pounds (37-3)

Third-place finish at states capped brilliant four years at Springbrook on heels of county and regional titles.

Steven Gamble, Sherwood, Jr., 152 pounds (36-1)

Reached state final for third time in three-year career, where he sustained only loss on season.

Tim Stewart, Paint Branch, Sr., 160 pounds (39-3)

His 141 career wins are second-most in Montgomery County history, behind McCarty. Also won three county and three region titles.

Brian Wittenberger, Damascus, Sr., 171 pounds (34-5)

Key component to county-title team. Individually, captured county and region crowns, placing sixth at state meet.

Paul Okeyo, Walter Johnson, Jr., 189 pounds (37-3)

Already one of schoolís most accomplished wrestlers ever, did not lose once until regional final.

Chance Gaffney, Georgetown Prep, Sr., 215 pounds (40-5)

Leader of IAC championship team, Gaffney won IAC and MISC titles and placed fifth at National Preps to earn All-America honors.

Terrence Stephens, Quince Orchard, Jr., 285 pounds (29-1)

Two-sport star came within one point of adding state championship to titles at counties and regionals.

Honorable mention

Jordan TolbertMagruder, Fr., 103 pounds

Helen MaroulisMagruder, Jr., 112 pounds

Joe HancherWhitman, Sr., 119 pounds

Anthony VitoChurchill, Sr., 125 pounds

Arthur HollandQuince Orchard, Jr., 130 pounds

Alex TolbertMagruder, Sr., 135 pounds

Eric BeverlyWhitman, Jr., 140 pounds

Zeke GammillDamascus, Soph., 145 pounds

Bereket KebedeBlair, Sr., 152 pounds

Mike KellyLandon, Sr., 160 pounds

Nadjitade Badje

Springbrook, Jr., 171 pounds

Jake MaddoxPaint Branch, Sr., 189 pounds

Dake WilliamsQuince Orchard, Jr.,215 pounds

Bryan MurrayGood Counsel, Sr.,285 pounds