First Team

David Brindza, Glenelg, Jr.: Brindza emerged from one of the most hotly contested weight classes (112), claiming the Gladiators' second county title in five years with a 11-7 win over Sean Vorsteg of Hammond. Brindza (28-7) also won the Class 2A/1A South Region title.

Kevin Cannon, River Hill, Jr.: Cannon overcame much more than just his competition as he won the county 135-pound title. The junior dealt with the pain of his Clarksville home burning down in the middle of the season and finished 26-9 on the season.

Vince Cina, River Hill, Jr.: Cina (38-3) has won two national titles, but a state title still eludes the plucky 103-pounder. He took third at the Class 4A/3A state tournament after taking first at the county tournament and second at the Class 4A/3A North Region tournament.

Jesse Fawcett, River Hill, Sr.: Fawcett excelled in the state's newest weight class, claiming the county 215-pound title a year after winning the county 189-pound title. He finished sixth at the Class 4A/3A state tournament and was 27-5 during the year.

Hamp Fields, Wilde Lake, Sr.: An all-county selection in football, Fields (26-10) was Wilde Lake's only county champion after beating River Hill's Tom Perkins, 9-3, at 160 pounds. He was second at the Class 4A/3A North Region tournament and fifth at the state tournament.

Grant Gormley, Mount Hebron, Sr.: Gormley (33-6) repeated as county champion, beating Mike Stromberg of River Hill for the 130-pound title. He was second at the Class 4A/3A North Region tournament and fourth at states.

Anthonio Josiah, Oakland Mills, Soph.: A native of Ghana, it's easy to see why Josiah (17-13) prefers wrestling to soccer. Tenacious on the attack, Josiah was a surprise county champion at 119 pounds, took second at the Class 2A/1A South Region tournament and was sixth at states.

Sean Kendig, Oakland Mills, Soph.: The Scorpions have a lot of hope for the future, and Kendig (28-8) has a lot to do with that. He should be a mainstay on the medal stand after taking the county 171-pound title this season. He was third at the Class 2A/1A South Region tournament.

Jeff Plasse, Oakland Mills, Jr.: Plasse (27-7) didn't let his hard luck get to him -- his second-place finish at the county tournament was his third runner-up award in three years -- and he rebounded to beat county champion Dominic Ventura at the Class 2A/1A tournament, where he took fourth.

Steve Sessa, Hammond, Soph.: Sessa (32-5) avenged a loss in the 171-pound final of the county tournament last season to win his first county title at 189 pounds this year. He was third at the Class 2A/1A South Region tournament and was third at states -- one of only four county wrestlers to take top three honors there.

Nick Shevland, River Hill, Sr.: Shevland's long arms act like lassos when he shoots at his competition's legs, and he didn't often miss this season against county competition, staying undefeated at 140 pounds and winning his second county title. He was third at the Class 4A/3A North Region tournament and finished the year 35-5.

Dan Stahovic, River Hill, Sr.: Stahovic rose from the junior varsity and team videographer to county champion in less than a year. Earning the heavyweight slot in midseason, he swept county and Class 4A/3A North Region titles and finished the year 20-3.

Phil Thomas, Howard, Sr.: Thomas (27-5) got back at Sessa for beating him in the county 189-pound final with a 2-1 decision in the Class 2A/1A South Region tournament en route to a region title. After a loss to Sessa at the state tournament, he took fifth.

Dominic Ventura, Centennial, Jr.: Among the hardest workers in the offseason, Ventura's sweat-filled summer days paid off with a county 125-pound championship. He was a runner-up at the Class 2A/1A South Region tournament and was sixth at states for the second year in a row.

Coach of the Year

Earl Lauer, River Hill

As impressive as the Hawks have been in Howard County, they had never won a state title -- until this year. After winning the regular season county dual meet title, River Hill won its fourth consecutive county tournament title, then followed it up with 4A/3A North Region dual meet and 4A/3A state championship dual meet crowns -- the first state championship in Lauer's 32-year career coaching wrestling. Only three other teams have won four consecutive county tournament titles.

Wrestlers of the Year

Mark and David Nakasone,

Centennial, Srs.

The Nakasones combined to go 71-0 during the season; Mark was 36-0 at 145 pounds and won his first Maryland 2A/1A title; David was 35-0 at 152 pounds and won his second state title. They both won titles at the McDonough, Franklin and Arundel tournaments and became the second pair of twins in as many years to win county titles, following Nick and Ryan Shevland last season. Mark finished with a career mark of 85-23 with 26 pins; David finished 97-21 with 52 pins and a 42-match winning streak.

Honorable Mention

Evan Bulger, Centennial, Jr.; Ethan Cohen, Hammond, Soph.; Ryan Lauer, River Hill, Soph.; Austin Merson, Hammond, Sr.; Mike Montanez, Centennial, Fr.; Kevin O'Connor, Glenelg, Soph.; Tom Perkins, River Hill, Jr.; Zak Porta, Mount Hebron, Sr.; Rob Richardson, Centennial, Sr.; Ryan Shevland, River Hill, Sr.; Doug Smith, Wilde Lake, Sr.; Sean Smith, Hammond, Sr.; Austin Sneeringer, River Hill, Sr.; Mike Stromberg, River Hill, Sr.; Sean Vorsteg, Hammond, Soph.; Pat Wallace, Hammond, Sr.

Front row, from left: Hamp Fields, Vince Cina, David Nakasone, Anthonio Josiah. Middle row: Dominic Ventura, Mark Nakasone, Jeff Plasse. Standing: Kevin Cannon, Sean Kendig, Dan Stahovic, Phil Thomas, Grant Gormley. Not pictured: David Brindza, Jesse Fawcett, Steve Sessa, Nick Shevland.