Wrestlers of the Year
Denis Alampiev, 160, Waynesboro
A native of Siberia, Alampiev came to Waynesboro as a foreign exchange student. He left behind a successful seven-year freestyle career and a second-place finish in the Cadet Russian championships in 1995. At Waynesboro, he posted a 28-4 season. He placed third at the highly competitive Jefferson Invitational. More significantly, he won his sectional, placed third in his district and earned fourth place at the Class AAA Pennsylvania state tournament, an accomplishment earned by just five other Waynesboro wrestlers in 33 years.
"Denis had to learn to compete in a new language, in a new culture, and in a new wrestling style," Ireland said. "His talent not withstanding, he took a giant step coming here. His progress deserves a lot of respect."
Alampiev is considering wrestling for Lock Haven University.
Ryan Green, 152, Linganore
An undefeated 34-0 season is only one of Green's many achievements. Taken down only once all year, he won the Maryland 3A-4A state championship without being scored upon. With a career record of 112-15, he registered 22 falls this year, and the second-fastest pin in the area at seven seconds. He has twice won his county, his regional, the Smithsburg Invitational, the Hub Cup, and Eastern Nationals. He was also named Outstanding Wrestler at the Magruder tournament.
An 11-year wrestler, whose second home is the weight room, Green is a member of the Maryland state freestyle team. His immediate goals are to make All-America at High School Nationals and to place in Junior Nationals. He wants to wrestle in college, possibly at UNC-Greensboro or SUNY-Binghamton, then teach and coach in Maryland.
"He's like a second son to me" said Green's coach, Rich Gialanella. "In fact he rolls around with my son Mike (currently wrestling at 177 pounds for UNC-Greensboro). He's a good teacher now, helping out his teammates and doing community service in Physical Education at Kemptown Elementary school."
Josh Waugh, HWT, Berkeley Springs
A young man of few words, Waugh's statistics speak volumes. Only a five-year wrestler, he has compiled a career record of 121-18, including 93 pins. This year, he went 48-0 and scored 55 takedowns. He pinned 34 opponents, gave up no reversals, and only four of his matches went longer than two minutes.
In addition to winning the West Virginia Class AA state championship, he won the Berkeley Springs Invitational, the Hub Cup and the Viking Smash.
Waugh is going to High School Nationals, then to college, possibly Marshall University.
"Josh is a good athlete overall," Berkeley Springs coach Horace Blankenship said. "Perhaps the most remarkable thing is that he accomplished all this on his own. He doesn't have a workout partner his size."
Elite Lightweights (103-130)
Dustin Bane, 130, Frederick
Bane, this year's Maryland 3A-4A state champion, won every tournament in which Frederick competed. He is only the third Cadets wrestler to achieve four-time county champion status. His record - 39-2 this year, 115-26 career - confirms his position as Frederick's "first takedown" leader. The seven-year competitor runs and spars with his older brother as his only offseason preparation.
"Dusty is not especially muscular-looking, but he is mentally tough" Frederick coach Andre Jackson said. "He absolutely, positively believes he will win when he steps on the mat."
Bane hasn't decided yet between Penn State, University of Maryland and Penn - all good wrestling schools. With his 3.7 GPA and a 1280 SAT score, he should succeed as both a scholar and an athlete.
Elite Middleweights (135-152)
Zane Harshman, 145, Middletown