PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kevin Dunn, Royal, 119-pound
Dunn pulled off the difficult challenge of winning both a CIF-SS individual title and also helping Royal defend its CIF-SS Division V team title. He was one of three locals to make the state tournament. The phenomenal junior proved to be one of the best wrestlers in the county, winning the Marmonte League title and also winning the Newbury Park tournament and being named the lower weight MVP. He was third at the Edison Bash and sixth at both Masters and the Reno TOC. His favorite movie is "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." He enjoys watching the Ultimate Fighting Championships and eating pizza.
THE STAR'S FIRST TEAM
Steve Barnett, Camarillo, 189-pound
Barnett completed his prep career with a solid season, finishing with a 37-10 mark. During his time at Camarillo, he won one Pacific League title and finished second two other times. He finished fifth at the CIF-SS Championships this season, earning a spot in the Masters Tournament. Barnett enjoys writing poetry and has twice been published. He also won an Excellence in English award. His hobby is track and field (the throwing events). His favorite band is Jethro Tull and favorite athlete is Carl Sanders. Barnett will attend Brigham Young University this fall.
Eric Bodjanac, Moorpark, 152-pound
Bodjanac turned in a solid final season as a prep wrestler, posting a record of 27-7 and winning his second Marmonte League title and earning upper-weight MVP honors. Bodjanac finished third at the Santiago Tournament, the Newbury Park Tournament and the Bishop Amat Tournament. He also finished seventh at the Rosemead Tournament. Bodjanac is a fine student, carrying a 3.0 GPA and is on the principal's honor roll. His hobbies include fishing and pole vaulting. His favorite television show is "Seinfeld" and favorite food is seafood alfredo. He will attend Moorpark College this fall.
Devin Conroy, Agoura, 130-pound
The senior posted a solid final campaign, posting an overall record of 37-8 with 23 pins. Conroy won the Marmonte League title, and was third at the CIF-SS tournament, earning a spot at the Masters meet. He was first at the Camarillo Tournament, and second at both the Ontario Tournament and the Highland Tournament. He was third at the Nipomo and Montclair Tournaments. Among his hobbies are watching movies and driving his 1967 Mustang. His favorite television show is "Family Guy" and his favorite food is spaghetti. He will attend Moorpark College in the fall.
Mike Dicato, Royal, 171-pound
Dicato posted a record of 37-10 in his final season of prep wrestling, helping Royal defend its CIF-SS Division V team title. DiCato finished third at the CIF-SS tournament to earn a spot in the Masters Tournament. He was also second at the Estancia Tournament and fourth at the Edison Tournament. Dicato also excels in the classroomm carrying a 4.3 grade point average. His hobbies include listening to Hedwig, hanging out with teammate Kevin Dunn and eating. His favorite television show is "Degrassi: The Next Generation" and his favorite food is his mom's home cooking. He will attend Cal Poly SLO.
Jacob Frye, Ventura, 160-pound
This senior turned in a spectacular final season, posting a 42-8 mark. He won his second Channel League title, defeating Thomas Bonson of Dos Pueblos 9-3 in the finals. He followed that with a fourth place finish at the CIF-SS tournament and a seventh place finish at Masters, earning him a spot in the state tournament. He also won the Black and Gold Challenge and was second at the El Dorado Tournament. Frye lists skateboarding and chilling as his hobbies. His favorite musician is Jimi Hendrix and his favorite athlete is Heath Sims. He plans to attend Moorpark College this fall.
Robert Garcia, Hueneme, 145-pound
Garcia posted a terrific season in his final year of high school wrestling, earning team MVP honors in the process. Garcia won the Pacific League title and finished at the CIF-SS tournament, which earned him a spot in the Masters tournament. Among his hobbies are talking to his girlfriend, lifting weights, eating and wrestling. His favorite movie is "Wedding Crashers," and his favorite television show is "That 70s Show." An Oakland Raiders fan, Garcia lists teammate Jonathan Urango as his favorite athlete. Garcia plans to continue his wrestling career at Moorpark College next fall.
Adrian Ghaffari, Westlake, 112-pound
The junior was a standout for the Warriors. Ghaffari finished second in the Marmonte League as a sophomore but came back this year to win the title by pinning Colin Sasaki of Thousand Oaks in 1:20 to win his encore showing. He went on to place third at the CIF and went 2-2 at Masters. Ghaffari ended the season with a record of 39-7. Ghaffari has a fiery personality and uses his emotions to pump himself up before each match. When he's not wrestling, Ghaffari enjoys practicing the martial art of Hapkido and also playing the piano.
Shaun Hastie, Ventura, 103-pound
The talented junior turned in a spectacular season which culminated with being one of three local wrestlers to reach the state tournament. Along the way, Hastie posted a record of 48-7, including winning titles at the Black and Gold Tournament, the Gold Coast Tournament, the Sierra Nevada Classic and the Rio Mesa Invitational. In the postseason, Hastie finished second at the CIF-SS tournament and was fifth at Masters. Off the mat, Hastie was equally strong posting a 3.5 GPA. His favorite movie is "Wedding Crashers," and his favorite food is sushi. His hobbies include mountain biking.
John Hernandez, Pacifica, 215-pound
Despite hardly weighing 200 pounds for most of the season, Hernandez dominated his weight class. He posted a mark of 43-6 and captured the Pacific View League Championship. He followed that by winning the first CIF title in the history of Pacifica High. His hobbies include wrestling and playing football. His favorite band is Bonethugs-N-Harmony and his favorite television show is "Drawn Together." He enjoys his mom's carne asada and is an Oakland Raiders fan.
Ren Studinarz, Pacifica, 140-pound
The senior completed his high school career with a terrific season, posting a record of 47-7. Studinarz captured his second consecutive Pacific View League title and followed that up with a second place finish at the CIF-SS tournamemnt. His second place showing earned his a berth at the Masters meet. Studinarz lists wrestling as his hobby. His favorite movie is "Ghostbusters," and his favorite television show is "Scooby Doo." A fan of the University of Notre Dame, Studinarz's favorite foods are cupcakes and doughnuts. His favorite athlete is Walter Payton. He is undecided about college.
Cameron Teitelman, Calabasas, 125-pound
Teitelman finished off a sensational high school career with a strong senior season, winning his second consecutive Marmonte League title. He was 45-5, and finished second at the CIF-SS tournament, Teitelman won the Newbury Park Tournament, the Nogales Tournament and the Rosemead Tournament. He finished third at the North Torrance. Teitelman is a gifted student, posting a 4.45 GPA. His favorite television show is "South Park," and he enjoys eating New York steak. He will attend Stanford in the fall.
Louis Thornton, Oxnard, Heavyweight
This talented junior had a strong 2006 season, finishing with a 28-12 mark. He was second in the Pacific View League Tournament and also finished second at the CIF-SS Tournament, earning a spot in the Masters Tournament. He was second at the Irvine Tournament, third at the Newbury Park Tournament and seventh at Morro Bay. Thornton carries a 3.8 grade point average. He enjoys watching television and wrestling. His favorite food is pizza, and his favorite athlete is Michael Jordan. He listens to the music of Tupac aand watches ESPN's Sports Center.
Jonathan Urango, Hueneme, 135-pound
This freshman burst on to the wrestling scene in a big way, posting an overall mark of 45-10. Urango captured the Pacific View League title and was named the league's MVP. Urango finished fifth at the CIF-SS and he was named "Rookie of the Year." Urango calls wrestling his hobby. His favorite movie is "Dawn of the Dead," and his favorite food is tacos. Urango said his favorite college team is the Oklahoma State wrestling team, a team he hopes to be a part of some day.