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Wrestler of the Year

Pat Prada, DeMathaThe DeMatha senior capped off one of the more successful careers in school history with a second-place finish in the 125-pound weight class at National Preps. He took first in the Maryland Independent State Tournament and won a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title. He also won the Mat Madness Tournament, Max Horz Tournament, finished third in the Beast of the East Tournament and was undefeated in the Pallotti and Centennial duals. He will attend the U.S. Naval Academy in the fall.

Coach of the Year

Cortez Hayes, DuVal, first year

Hayes came over from Gwynn Park and immediately turned around a struggling DuVal wrestling program. The Tigers defeated perennial powers Eleanor Roosevelt and Bowie during the season and finished second at the Prince George's County championships and qualified for the 4A/3A Region Dual Meet by winning the Prince George's County North Division title. DuVal also qualified two freshmen wrestlers for the state tournament.

First team

103: Matt Halkos, St. Vincent Pallotti

Pallotti coach Tom Owens called Halkos one of the best wrestlers in the program's history. The senior placed seventh at National Preps and third at the Maryland Independent State Tournament.

112: Tito Onyekweli, DeMatha

The sophomore took third in the Maryland Independent State Tournament and fourth at National Preps. He won his first championship for the Stags in the Max Horz Tournament and won a WCAC crown.

119: Tayo Fagbuyi, Eleanor Roosevelt

Fagbuyi was the only Prince George's County wrestler to capture a championship at the 4A/3A South Region Tournament. He also won a county championship and qualified for the state tournament, where he won two matches.

119: John Chenault, St. Vincent Pallotti

Chenault advanced to National Preps for the third consecutive year. The Pallotti junior was one match away from placing at the tournament and finished sixth at the Maryland Independent State Tournament. He also finished third in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Division.

125: Donovan Daniel, Eleanor Roosevelt

Daniel was the only wrestler from the Prince George's County champion Roosevelt to place at the state tournament, taking sixth place. He also won his second consecutive county championship and will attend McDaniel College in the fall.

130: Tobe Onyekweli, DeMatha

The senior placed fourth at the Maryland Independent State Tournament and qualified for National Preps. He also won a WCAC title.

135: Sam Yirenki, Parkdale

The senior finished one of the more accomplished careers in county wrestling. He won his third county championship, third Winter Blitz Tournament and qualified for the state tournament for the third time. He will attend the University of Maryland, College Park, on a full academic scholarship.

140: Josh Sanders, Bowie

Sanders used his fifth-place showing at last year's regionals to motivate him during his senior season. He turned that motivation into a second county championship and qualified for the state tournament, where he placed fifth.

145: Joseph Rollins Jr., Surrattsville

After not making it to the second day of the state tournament the past two years, Rollins finally got there this season and made the most of it with a third-place finish. The senior also added county and 2A/1A South Region championships to an impressive career.

152: Pete Ward, Bowie

Ward won his first county championship and finished second at the South River Tournament. The junior placed fifth in the 4A/3A South Region Tournament and will be one of the leaders for Bowie next season.

160: KeyShaun Ward, Bowie

Ward bounced back from a difficult showing at the county championship with a third-place finish at regionals and placed fifth at the state tournament. The senior also won the South River Tournament.

171: Caleb Jackson, Bowie

The senior finished his career by qualifying for the state tournament. He won the county championship, South River Tournament and finished second in the region.

189: Durrell Thomas, Parkdale

Thomas won the county championship and placed fifth in the region. The junior also won the Parkdale Winter Blitz and placed second at the Patriot Classic and fifth at the Mad Mats Tournament.

215: Chibuzo Obi, High Point

Obi became a pioneer for the High Point wrestling program. The senior was the first wrestler from the Beltsville school to win a county championship in nearly 30 years. He finished second in the region and qualified for the state tournament.

285: Isaiah Shelton, Charles H. Flowers

Shelton made his second trip to the state tournament a memorable one with a fourth-place finish. The senior won the Parkdale Winter Blitz and finished second in the county and regional tournaments.

Second team

103: Thierno Diallo, DuVal; Aaron Jackson, Bishop McNamara.

112: Lionel Green, DuVal; Nick Finnblade, Pallotti.

130: Kevin Washington, Roosevelt; Oluwatobi Akinsanya, Charles H. Flowers.

135: Kevin Lashley, DeMatha.

140: Randy Polanco, High Point; Josh Couto, DeMatha.

145: Gearet Fitzpatrick, DeMatha; Alpha Jalloh, Parkdale; Jaraad Padgett, Roosevelt.

152: Josh Crockett, McNamara.

160: Sean Patrick-Meehan, DeMatha; Isaac Ndze-Williams, Roosevelt.

171: Shane Cockerille, DeMatha; Anthony Norman, Suitland.

189: Ascene Jacques, Flowers.

215: Tommy Boozer, Roosevelt; Khari Brown, McNamara.

285: Trey Seymour, Gwynn Park; Dylan Devine, DeMatha; Joshua Clark, Suitland; Demeji Layeni, DuVal.