2010-11 All-County wrestling team
March 21, 2011 4:10 PM
By DAMIAN CALHOUN
OCVarsity reveals the All-County wrestling team for the 2010-11 season, as well as the wrestler of the year and the coach of the year.
WRESTLER OF THE YEAR
Morgan McIntosh, Calvary Chapel, Sr.
103 – Gordon McDonald, Calvary Chapel, Jr.
McDonald follows in the footsteps of his brother Gavin, last year's first-team 103-pounder. McDonald opened the season going 1-2 at the Walsh Ironman tournament. He was fourth at the Asics Challenge and fifth at the Prep Slam in Georgia. McDonald was the Orange League champion and his second-place finish at CIF, helped Calvary to the team title. He was eighth at Masters and went 1-2 at the state tournament
112 – Matt Nader, Canyon, Jr.
Nader kicked off the season with a fifth-place finish at the Edison Beach Bash at 125 pounds, followed by a first at the Carlsbad Invitational and third at the West Coast Classic. Once down to 112s, Nader added a second-place finish at the Arroyo Tournament, a Century League title, a second at CIF and a sixth-place finish at the Masters Meet. He capped the season going 2-2 at the state tournament.
119 – Frankie Arounvong, Laguna Hills, Sr.
Arounvong was a picture of consistency for the Hawks this season. A second-team all-county performer last year, Arounvong was first rate this year, winning the Mann Classic, Nogales SuperChamps, Laguna Hills Invitational, South Coast League championship and a CIF title. He also posted a third-place finish at the Carter Invitational, second at Five Counties and third at Masters. He went 5-1 in the consolation bracket at state to finish fourth in his class.
125 – Sammy Cano, Santa Ana, Sr.
His junior season ended prematurely and he was focused on making his senior campaign a memorable one. Cano was first at the Edison Beach Bash and Asics Challenge. He was fourth at Five Counties. After winning the Golden West League title, Cano followed with both CIF and Southern Section titles. At the state tournament, he advanced to the quarterfinals, before finishing sixth.
130 – Alex Anunciation, Marina, Sr.
Anunciation put the state on notice when he pulled off upsets at Five Counties to win the title. That title boosted him into top of the state at his weight class. He was also first at the Asics Challenge, Laguna Hills Invitational, Sunset League championships and at CIF. He was second at Masters. At state, he advanced to the semifinals, and eventually placed fifth.
135 – Luke McDonald, Servite, Sr.
McDonald earned second-team honors last season. He was consistent performer for the Friars this year. He was first at the Westminster Invitational, JW North and the Peoria Invitational. He placed second at the Mann Classic and Five Counties and third at the Sierra Nevada Classic. The Trinity League champion won a CIF title and finished fourth at the Masters Meet and was the only county wrestler at his weight to advance to state. He went 0-2 at the state tournament.
140 – David Meza, Buena Park, Sr.
Meza had a storybook year. He started with a second-place at the El Dorado Invitational. He placed first at the Edison Beach Bash, Mann Classic, North Torrance TOC, along with a second at the Doc Buchanan and third at Five Counties. His postseason run was remarkable, winning the Freeway League, CIF and Southern Section titles to advance to Bakersfield. He advanced to the quarterfinals at state and went 4-0 in the consolation bracket to secure a third-place finish.
145 – Brenton Visnoski, Edison, Sr.
Visnoski opened the year with a third-place finish at the Edison Beach Bash and second at the Mann Classic. He was first at the South Pasadena Invitational. He won the Sunset League and CIF title and placed fourth at the Masters Meet. Dropped to consolation bracket after the third round at state, but went 4-2 to stay alive and secure a sixth-place finish.
152 – Gianpier Yanez, Servite, Sr.
In one of the toughest weight classes in the state, Yanez was first at three regular-season tournaments (Westminster Invitational, JW North and Mann Classic). He placed fifth at the Sierra Nevada Classic, third at the Peoria Invitational and Five Counties. Yanez won the Trinity League title and was second at CIF and third at Masters. At state, he went 3-2 in the consolation bracket to place seventh. He was a third-team all-county performer last season.
160 – Greg Meline, Edison, Jr.
Meline opened the season with a third-place finish at the Edison Beach Bash. He went on to medal at some of the season's tougher events, including seventh at the Mann Classic and sixth at the Temecula Valley Invitational. Meline was first at the South Pasadena Invitational and Asics Challenge. He was second in the Sunset League, third at CIF and second at the Masters Meet. He went 1-2 at the state tournament.
171 – Alfredo Becerra, Santa Ana, Sr.
Becerra won the SoCal Asics Challenge in January and went 3-2 the following week at Five Counties. He capped the year with a Golden West League title, followed by a CIF title and third-place finish at the Masters Meet. He was the lone county wrestler to survive Masters at his weight class. Becerra went 1-2 at the state tournament.
189 – Preston Quam, San Clemente, Sr.
Quam opened the season with a fifth-place finish at the Walsh Ironman. Didn't medal at the Reno TOC, but that was only tournament that happened. He was first at the North Torrance TOC, Jim Londos Memorial, San Clemente Rotary and second at the Temecula Valley Invitational. After winning the South Coast League title, he placed first at CIF and second at Masters to advance to his second consecutive state tournament, where finished second to Morgan McIntosh.
215 – William Knowles, Calvary Chapel, Sr.
The only thing that stood between Knowles and a second consecutive perfect season was a 6-3 match to Tanner Hall of Idaho in the finals of the Walsh Ironman. After that, nobody was able to stop Knowles. He won the Asics Challenge (again), Five Counties (again), a fourth consecutive CIF crown and a second consecutive Masters title. At the state tournament, he put the finishing touches on the year with a 5-4 victory over Austin Lobsinger to secure his second consecutive state title.
285 – Wyatt Baker, Servite, Sr.
Wrestling season started late for Baker due to the Servite football team advancing to the CIF State Bowl Game. Once on the mats, he wasted little time dominating. He placed second at the Mann Classic, his first tournament following football. He was also second at the Sierra Nevada Classic and first at the Peoria Invitational, Five Counties Invitational. He was also Trinity League, CIF and Southern Section champion. He placed sixth at the CIF State Tournament. Baker earned second-team honors last season.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Alan Clinton, Servite
The line on the team website says it all: "Every day we get a little better." Under the direction of Clinton, the Fightin' Friars, in just their fifth year as a varsity program, reached new heights. The Friars were second at Mann Classic, Sierra Nevada Classic and Peoria Invitational and was the highest placing county team (third) at the Five Counties Invitational. The Friars dominated the Trinity League finals, sending all 14 wrestlers to the CIF championships. The Friars placed second at CIF Duals and Individuals and fourth at the Masters Meet. Servite sent four to the state tournament, with Gianpier Yanez (152) and Wyatt Baker (285) becoming the first Friars to medal at the state event. Clinton was awarded the 2010-11 Model Coach Award at the state tournament
103 – Nam Tran, Irvine, Jr.; 112 – Johnny Sanchez, Santa Ana, Jr.; 119 – Dean O'Bourke, Fountain Valley, Jr.; 125 – Blake Lowrie, Laguna Hills, Sr.; 130 – Mike Longo, Laguna Hills, Fr.; 135 – Keanu Tom, Los Alamitos, Jr.; 140 – Wyond Mills, Laguna Hills, Soph.; 145 – Zach Fishman, San Clemente, Sr.; 152 – Cameron Bustos, Edison, Sr.; 160 – Austin Bakker, Los Alamitos, Sr.; 171 – Kamron Abedi, Dana Hills, Sr.; 189 – Paul Yoo, Cypress, Sr. ; 215 – Elder Cruz, La Habra, Jr.; 285 – Carl Hulick, Esperanza, Jr. Note: Third-team list available on OCVarsity.com.
103 – Gary Howe, Los Alamitos, Sr.; 112 – Adam Alvarado, Calvary Chapel, Soph.; 119 – Colin Contreras, Servite, Sr.; 125 – Aaron Negrette, Calvary Chapel, Fr.; 130 – Richard Vargas, Santa Ana, Sr.; 135 – Miguel Ramirez, Laguna Hills, Jr.; 140 – Erick Zumwalt, Edison, Sr.; 145 – Bryan Seefried, Dana Hills, Sr.; 152 – Micah Macias, Sonora, Jr.; 160 – Austin Devone, Dana Hills, Sr.; 171 – Robin Kim, Troy, Sr.; 189 – Bradley Beaudette, Newport Harbor, Sr.; 215 – Nick McKinney, Servite, Jr.; 285 – Shea Bailey, El Dorado, Sr.