CO-WRESTLERS OF THE YEAR
Nakasone (35-0) capped an undefeated season at 152 pounds with his second straight state title, earning a decision over Darric Kamp of Northern-Garrett in the final, 19-11. It was Kamp's second loss this season. In the semifinals, Nakasone beat Chip Purnell of Stephen Decatur, another wrestler with just one loss entering the bout. In pinning Charles Orme of Southern of Anne Arundel to win his second regional title, Nakasone helped the Eagles win the Class 2A-1A South, the school's first regional title. At the Howard County tournament, Nakasone won his first title after finishing second the year before, earning a major decision over Zak Porta of Mount Hebron, 17-8. Nakasone also won the McDonogh, Franklin and Arundel tournaments and finished with 18 pins. He has a career record of 97-21 with 52 pins and a 42-match winning streak. He said his toughest match this season was against McDonogh's Travis Holmes, a 5-4 victory. Nakasone is also impressive in his studies, holding a 3.7 grade-point average.
Like his twin brother, Mark completed an unbeaten season of his own (36-0), winning his first state championship after finishing third last year. By earning a decision over 145-pound Devin Hewitt of Williamsport, 11-9, Nakasone became only the sixth Centennial wrestler to win a state title. He won his second straight regional title by decisioning Mike Dowling of Southern-AA, 11-6. And he won his first county title, after finishing third the previous season. Nakasone pinned Ryan Shevland of River Hill, a county champion the previous year, in 3:45. Nakasone also finished first at the McDonogh, Arundel and Franklin tournaments. His career mark is 85-23 with 26 pins, and off the mat, he holds a 3.8 GPA. His toughest opponent was Owings Mills' Mike Kessler, who fell to Nakasone in overtime in the state semifinals.
COACH OF THE YEAR
In his 32nd season of coaching wrestling, seventh at River Hill, Lauer had an impressive season: His Hawks soared to five championships, including their first dual-meet state title, a 31-18 victory over La Plata.
River Hill also won the county and regional dual-meet titles, as well as the county and regional tournament titles. In the county tournament, the Hawks beat runner-up Centennial by 42 points (246 1/2 -204 1/2 ).
In winning its fourth straight county tournament title, River Hill matched the record for longest streak, set by Oakland Mills (1977-80, 1985-88) and matched by Hammond (1996-99). The Hawks also won their fourth county dual-meet title in five years.
Returning 10 starters and three county champions from a 16-4 season a year ago, the team compiled a 23-3 dual-meet record -- the program's best -- and didn't lose to a Maryland team. Two of the losses were to Colonial Forge (Va.) and one to Conestoga (Pa.). The Hawks finished second in the River Hill duals, third at the Arundel Invitational and fourth in the Dallastown (Pa.) duals.
After third-place county and regional finishes as a sophomore, Brindza won the 112-pound-class county title with an 11-7 decision over Sean Vorsteg of Hammond. Brindza, only the second Glenelg wrestler to win a county title in five years, went undefeated against county competition and finished with a 30-7 record. He also won the 2A-1A South regional title on a pin. He's a member of the Maryland national team.
River Hill, junior
Cannon (135) improved upon his third-place county finish from a year ago to capture his first county championship, defeating Evan Bulger of Centennial, 6-5. He won despite having to overcome a great personal loss when his house burned down in January. Cannon (26-9) also finished third in this season's Arundel Tournament.
River Hill, junior
Cina (38-3) won the county championship, finished second in the region and third in the state tournament. A junior-national Greco-Roman champion and a three-time junior national high school All-American, he pinned Ethan Cohen of Hammond to win the county title. Cina (103) also won the Arundel Tournament. After losing to state runner-up James Knox of Dulaney, 5-0, in the 4A-3A North final, Cina defeated Justin Bowser of Arundel for third place at states. Cina also has a 4.0 GPA.
River Hill, senior
Fawcett (28-4) took advantage in the first season of the 215-pound weight class. He became a two-time county champion, pinning Austin Merson of Hammond in the championship match. A repeat All-County selection, Fawcett improved from third to first at the 4A-3A North regional tournament by defeating Joe Purpora of Bel Air, 6-1, in the final. He also finished sixth at the state tournament to conclude his career with 111 wins.
Wilde Lake, senior