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.
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
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.
School: Fort Myers
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.
School: Cypress Lake
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.
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
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
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.