The National Wrestling Hall of Fame awarded the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award to former Mountain View standout Marcus Castillo. According to the Hall of Fame, the award is presented to a high school senior based on outstanding wrestling success, scholastic achievement and citizenship or community service. Former Sunnyside standout Roman Bravo-Young earned the distinction last year and former Ironwood Ridge standout Danny Vega earned the award in 2016.
Former Sunnyside standout Kory DeBerry received the award in 2011 and his brother, Kyle DeBerry, earned it in 2007. Former Sunnyside standout Nick Gallick earned the award in 2005 and his brother, Nate Gallick, earned it in 2001. Salpointe’s Nick Frost earned the award in 1999. Sunnyside’s Eric Larkin earned it in 1998.
In addition, the National Wrestling Coaches Association honored 11 student-athletes from Arizona with the NWCA/USMC Scholastic Scholar All-American Award:
Brandon Paredes, Marana Mountain View
Bryson Young, Marana Mountain View
Gavin Weaver, Marana Mountain View
Alexander Ruffentine, Williams Field
Allyn Tuey, Williams Field
Joseph Carroll, Williams Field
Joshua Gale, Williams Field
Francisco Gonzalez, Estrella Foothills
Nicholas Morin, Estrella Foothills
Sawyer Gasvoda, Estrella Foothills
Wyatt Powe, Estrella Foothills
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at email@example.com