The Post-Journal 2012-13 Wrestling All-Star Team

99 Pounds

Ryan Hetrick

Southwestern

This freshman reached the state wrestling tournament for the first time after compiling a 51-2 record. … Went 4-1 at the state tournament, earning a third-place finish. … His career mark is currently 88-18. … In addition to winning both a Section 6 and Class C title, season highlights include victories at the Attica Wrestling Tournament, the Ken-Ton Tournament, the Ripley Invitational and the Patrick J. Morales Memorial Wrestling Tournament. … He also went undefeated at the Falconer Duals.

106 Pounds

Brad Bihler

Maple Grove

A freshman who went 34-8 this season, improving his career mark to 61-18… Reached the quarterfinal round during the state tournament before suffering defeat, but bounced back with two more wins for a third-place finish. … A runnerup at the Maple Grove Kickoff Classic, the Ripley Invitational, the Morales Tournament and the Salamanca Tournament, he captured first a Class D title and later a Section 6 title.

113 Pounds

Cody Risley

Jamestown

A senior, Risley recorded 21 victories this season, of which 13 were by fall. … The Red Raiders’ most improved wrestler from a season ago, this honor-roll student placed second at the Patrick J. Morales Memorial Wrestling Tournament, third at the Eisenhower Kickoff Classic and fourth at both the Class AA Championship in Lockport and the Section 6 Division 1 state qualifier at the University at Buffalo. … Over the past two seasons, he’s compiled 42 victories – half of those wins by pin.

120 Pounds

Dylan Lundmark

Southwestern

Already in his fourth year of competition at the varsity level, this sophomore reached the 100-win plateau during the Patrick J. Morales Memorial Wrestling Tournament, where he finished second. … His career record is 112-42. … He finished second at the Class C Championship and fourth at the state qualifier. … Is a three-time PJ All-star. … Clinched the title at the Ken-Ton Tournament, was 5-0 at the Falconer Duals and placed second at the Ripley Invitational.

126 Pounds

Brandon Muntz

Falconer

This senior reached the 175 career wins mark after compiling a school-record 44 victories (versus just five losses) this season. … Earned MOW honors at the Division 2 state qualifier. … Was a Class D champion. … He made his second career trip to the state tournament, where we went 3-2 on the way to a sixth-place finish. … Was first at the Eisenhower, the Morales and the Salamanca Tournament and third at the Niagara Frontier Wrestling Officials Association Tournament.

132 Pounds

Tyler Cassidy

Fredonia

This senior was 43-8 this season, making his career mark 156-54. … After placing third at state qualifier, he earned his first trip to the state tournament as a wild card. … At states he finished the tournament with a 2-3 record, finishing sixth. … Of his 156 victories, a whopping 110 were by pin. … Captured titles at the NCCC, Pine Valley, Lockport, Catt-LV Tournaments and was also a Class C champion. … This season won by fall in 29 matches.

138 Pounds

Brian Westerdahl

Southwestern

This sophomore went 41-5 this season, along the way clinching a Class C title and a second-place finish at the Section 6 Division II state qualifier. … He was first at the Ripley Invitational, first at the Morales Tournament – where he toppled Kyle Ross of Falconer in a hard-fought bout – and he also went a perfect 5-0 at the Falconer Duals. … At the Dunkirk Duals, he compilied a similarly solid record, winning nine of his 10 matches. … He also placed third at the Ken-Ton Tournament.

145 Pounds

Jude Gardner

Fredonia

One of just four WNY wrestlers to have won more than 200 matches and record over 100 pins. … Is third on Fredonia’s all-time win list with a 202-61 record. … A senior, he went 47-4 this season, of which all four losses were to the eventual state champion. … He placed third at states and second at sectionals. … Was first at Maple Grove, at Webster, at NCCC and at the Pine Valley Tournaments and first at the Cattaraugus-Little Valley Invitational.

152 Pounds

Nick Zentz

WRCL

A Chautauqua Lake Central School senior, Zentz went 20-6 this season. … His career record was 98-48, just shy of the 100 victories plateau. … In addition to a title at the Ripley Invitational, Zentz was named to the Midlakes Duals All Tournament team. … He placed third for the 152-pound weight class at the Section 6 Division 2 state qualifier, and helped WRCL clinch a Class B title.

160 Pounds

Caleb Lawson

WRCL

A senior at Westfield, Lawson, despite an injury that forced him to miss some time, still managed to compile a solid 21-7 record this season, along the way capturing titles at the NCCC Round Robin while also earning second-place finishes at both the Ripley and the Class C Championships. … Was third at the Section 6 Division 2 state qualifier, which was held at Alumni Arena in Buffalo. … Finished with a career record of 110-62.

170 Pounds

Zach Buckley

Fredonia

Was 41-0 heading into the state tournament, and ended his season at 42-2. … Finished with 164-31 record with 88 pins. … He recorded 30 victories by fall this year. … Captured both a sectional and class title. … Selected to the Post-Journal All-Star team for the second time in as many years. … He placed first at Maple Grove, first at Webster, first at NCCC, first at Pine Valley, first at Lockport and first at the Cattaraugus-Little Valley Invitational.

182 Pounds

Austin Lynn

Frewsburg

A senior who went 33-8 this season, including a 4-2 mark at the state tournament that earned him a fourth-place finish. … Ends career with a record of 144-57. … He was a Section 6 champion and a class champion as well. … His class title was his second in a row. … Captured a title at the Salamanca Tournament and was a runnerup at the Morales Tournament, the North East Tournament, the NCCC Tournament and the NFWOA Tournament.

195 Pounds

Matt Booth

Catt-LV/Pine Valley

Entering the state tournament with a record of 38-1, this senior went 5-1 at the in Albany to clinch a third-place finish. … He was C-LV’s first place finisher since 1967 and the first to qualify for states in 41 years. … His lone losse at states came to eventual champion Hunter Ayen of Gourvenour. … More than half (26) of his wins were by virtue of a pin. … He was first at the state qualifier and the Class C tournament, first at the Ripley Tournament and the Cattaraugus-Little Valley Tournament.

220 Pounds

Chris Saden

Fredonia

Went 3-3 at the state tournament on the way to a sixth-place finish, giving him a 46-4 record in his final H.S. season. … Finished his career just shy of the 150-win mark, going 148-44 with 94 pins. … Of his 46 victories this year, 30 were by fall. … In addition to a sectional title, he won the Pine Valley, the NCCC, the Maple Grove, the Webster, the Lockport and the Cattaraugus-Little Valley tournaments. … Entered the state tournament with an impressive win-loss mark of 44-1.

285 Pounds

Javen Newman

Falconer

Saving his best for last, this senior went 34-8 this season to finish his career with a record of 51-28. … His biggest victory came during the Class D Tournament, when the heavyweight flattened a sectionally-ranked Lukas Hanssen of Barker in 2:32 to capture a class title. … Later, at the Division 2 state qualifier, he placed fourth. … Was a first-place finisher at the Pine Valley Tournament, second at the Salamanca Tournament, third at the Patrick J. Morales Tournament and fourth at the NFWOA Tournament.

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Past Wrestlers Of The Year

1991-92

Chris Stevens

Fredonia

1992-93

Chris Stevens

Fredonia

1993-94

Jacob Schaus

Falconer

1994-95

Jamie Bloomquist

Jamestown

1995-96

Brad Rowe

Ripley

1996-97

Brad Rowe & Ryan Bentley

Ripley

1997-98

Ryan Bentley

Ripley

1998-99

Ed Pawlak

Southwestern

1999-2000

Bill Prince

Frewsburg

2000-01

Garrett Hicks

Chautauqua Lake

2001-02

Jim Nelson

Southwestern

2002-03

Wil Sidey

Fredonia

2003-04

Kane Smith

Salamanca

2004-05

Kane Smith

Salamanca

2005-06

Chris Conti

Fredonia

2006-07

Kenny Betts

Fredonia

2007-08

Chris Conti

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Kenny Betts

Fredonia

2008-09

Kenny Betts

Fredonia

2009-10

Aaron Kroll

Gowanda

2010-11

Ben Haas

Salamanca

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Pat Langworthy

Southwestern

2011-12

Ben Haas

Salamanca

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Past Coaches Of The Year

1991-92

Craig Swanson

Jamestown

1992-93

Steve Penhollow

Falconer

1993-94

Craig Swanson

Jamestown

1994-95

Walt Thurnau

Southwestern

1995-96

Mark Hetrick

Maple Grove

1996-97

Steve Penhollow

Falconer

1997-98

John Carleton

Ripley

1998-99

Terry Norris

Cassadaga Valley

1999-2000

Marty Rowe

Ripley

2000-01

Alex Conti

Fredonia

2001-02

Larry Harrington

Panama

2002-03

Rich Morton

Salamanca

2003-04

Mark Hetrick

Southwestern

2004-05

Mark Hetrick

Southwestern

2005-06

Alex Conti

Fredonia

2006-07

Greg Betts

Fredonia

2007-08

Marty Rowe

Ripley

2008-09

Tim Prince

Frewsburg

2009-10

Mark Leous

Gowanda

2010-11

Alex Conti

Fredonia

2011-12

P.J. Wendel

Falconer