2016 News-Press All-Area Wrestling

2016 News-Press All-Area Wrestling

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2016 News-Press All-Area Wrestling

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The News-Press Wrestler of the Year finalists are, from left, Jesse Pryor, Mike Delago, and Jalen Soto

The News-Press Wrestler of the Year finalists are, from left, Jesse Pryor, Mike Delago, and Jalen Soto

Hunter Weeks, Riverdale

Hunter Weeks, Riverdale

Najee Jacob, Fort Myers

Najee Jacob, Fort Myers

Jalen Soto, 16, is a sophomore wrestler at Cypress Lake High School in Fort Myers.

Jalen Soto, 16, is a sophomore wrestler at Cypress Lake High School in Fort Myers.

Jesse Pryor, 17, is a senior wrestler at Riverdale High School.

Jesse Pryor, 17, is a senior wrestler at Riverdale High School.

Jared Galan, Riverdale

Jared Galan, Riverdale

Cole Schneider, Riverdale

Cole Schneider, Riverdale

Gage Schield, Riverdale

Gage Schield, Riverdale

James Monos, Riverdale

James Monos, Riverdale

Hadley Vadyak, Fort Myers

Hadley Vadyak, Fort Myers

Daniel Williamson, Riverdale

Daniel Williamson, Riverdale

Jarrett Chandler, Riverdale

Jarrett Chandler, Riverdale

Judas McKenzie, Dunbar

Judas McKenzie, Dunbar

Christian Minto, Mariner

Christian Minto, Mariner

Matthew Malavsky, ECS

Matthew Malavsky, ECS

Gage Schield, Riverdale

Gage Schield, Riverdale

How we select All-Area teams

At the conclusion of each high school season, The News-Press staff sends area coaches a nomination form to select and rank players for our All-Area first teams and to nominate athletes for second team and honorable mention.

Mike Delago, 18, is a senior wrestler at Fort Myers High School.

Mike Delago, 18, is a senior wrestler at Fort Myers High School.

A combination of The News-Press’ research and the coaches’ player rankings lead to the teams being selected and three athletes are named finalists for player of the year. The three finalists are invited to The News-Press All-Area Stars Banquet to be held Tuesday, May 31 at Germain Arena in Estero where the players of the year will be announced.


Wrestler of the Year finalists

Jesse Pryor

School: Riverdale

Year: Senior

Weight: 220

Highlights: Pryor made a strong run to the state finals, boasting Lee County Athletic Conference, District 2A-11 and Region 2A-3 titles. He finished his 37-5 season with Class 2A runner-up honors.

Mike Delago

School: Fort Myers

Year: Senior

Weight: 285

Highlights: Delago (52-2) throttled  the competition this season on the way to LCAC and Region 2A-3 championships and a District 2A-11 runner-up finish. He ran into undefeated Gabe Beyer of Tallahassee Leon in the 2A final where he lost 4-3.

Jalen Soto

School: Cypress Lake

Year: Sophomore

Weight: 132

Highlights: Soto went 48-3 this season and had to battle back from a third-place finish at regionals. The District 2A-12 and LCAC champ scored three victories at state before falling in the 2A final.

First team


Riverdale wrestling scores second-place team effort


Second team

Colten Thomas, Fort Myers

Brian Opalensky, Estero

Keaton Koselke, Mariner

Jermaine Teague, Cypress Lake

Peter Joseph, North Fort Myers

Chris DePaola, Cape Coral

Nick Richards, Ida Baker

Lavaris Preston, Dunbar

Kyle Nesbit, Estero

Coleby Barnes, Riverdale

Mike Edouard, Fort Myers

Gregory Krempski, Oasis

Carl Monix, East Lee County

Nelson Ortiz, Riverdale

Lee County is shut out at state wrestling championships

Honorable mention

Cape Coral: Kevin Gary, Kobie Green

Cypress Lake: Brian Gimenez, Jean Malivert

Dunbar: Trevor McDaniel, Judah Bertolotti

East Lee County: Ryan Davis, Casco Monix

Ida Baker: Cristian Marzullo, JT Shelton

Island Coast: Joe Retherford, Joey Perez

Mariner: Cesar Yamamotto

Riverdale: Trey Floyd, Jalen Santiago


Coach of the Year

Kris Hayward, Riverdale

Kris Hayward, Riverdale

Kris Hayward

School: Riverdale

Highlights: In addition to winning district and regional titles, Hayward had eight wrestlers qualify for state where seven finished in the top four with two taking state runner-up honors. The Raiders finished second in Class 2A as a team behind perennial powerhouse Brandon, the program’s best showing at state since winning the Class A title in 2009.

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