DOVER – Mark Mullnack of Polytech, who went 37-2 and won the DIAA individual state championship at 220 pounds, was named The News Journal Wrestler of the Year on Thursday night at the annual Delaware Wrestling Alliance banquet at the Modern Maturity Center.
Several other awards were announced, highlighted by the winners of five $8,000 DWA college scholarships. Delmar’s Dillon Fletcher won the Howard L. Duncan Scholarship. Sanford’s Chase Rapine was awarded the Louis J. Sneed Scholarship. Tower Hill’s Jim Guan earned the John J. Meys Scholarship. The Alfred “Buddy” Hurlock Scholarship went to Sean Marshall of Appoquinimink, and Justin Engelmann of St. Mark’s was awarded the Zane Robinson Memorial Scholarship.
The $40,000 in scholarships increased the total awarded by DWA over the years to $786,000. The organization also presented two DWA honorary scholarships to wrestlers who have accepted appointments to service academies. The winners were Conrad’s Ryan “Bubba” Hersch, who will attend the U.S. Naval Academy, and Archmere’s Sean Devine, who will attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Eric Buckson of Polytech and Clif Bakhsh of Middletown shared coach of the year honors in Division I. Buckson guided the Panthers to a runner-up finish in the DIAA Division I Dual Meet state tournament and coached four individual state champions. Bakhsh coached the Cavaliers to their first Blue Hen Flight A and Blue Hen Conference tournament titles.
Middletown’s Brant Perry was named Division I assistant coach of the year.
Milford’s Dan Rigby, who led the Buccaneers to their second straight DIAA Division II Dual Meet championship, was named Division II head coach of the year. Delaware Military Academy’s Darren Kelly was named Division II assistant coach of the year.
Tower Hill earned the team academic award, and Lake Forest took home the team sportsmanship award. Josh Holloway was named the Matthew J. Holloway Official of the Year.
The first-, second- and third-team All-State wrestlers also were honored, along with Academic All-State wrestlers and managers from every wrestling program in the state.