Posted: 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2014

All-Area: Kyle Vangel, Olympic Heights, Wrestling



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Kyle Vangel of Olympic Heights is the 2014 All-Area Wrestler of the Year. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

By Steve Dorsey

Special to The Palm Beach Post

Kyle Vangel admits he was not pleased when his parents informed him last summer that the family was leaving Virginia and relocating to Florida for job-related reasons.

Although he misses his classmates and friends in Virginia, Vangel seems to have adapted very well during his senior year at Olympic Heights, particularly on the wrestling mat.

“At first, I was really upset and didn’t like it,” Vangel said of being uprooted before the start of his senior year. “But it worked out pretty well. It’s weird. I was told Olympic Heights had never had a state champion before. I thought, well, maybe I can make history.”

That, he did. Vangel won the 152-pound title at the Palm Beach County Wrestling Hall of Fame Championships and punctuated an outstanding season by winning the gold medal at the Class 3A state tournament in Lakeland last month.

“It felt surreal,” Vangel said of his emotions as he stood atop the awards podium in Lakeland. “It didn’t really sink in until about a week later.”

Vangel turned to wrestling his freshman year at Sherando High in Stephens City, Va., after breaking his arm and leg playing football in middle school, but he admits that he did not take the sport too seriously his first two years on the mat. His attitude, however, changed between his sophomore and junior years, and now he’s a state champion.

Vangel had a 44-4 record that included 20 pins and 110 takedowns this season. One of his losses was in the regional semifinals, a setback that further motivated him at the state tournament, where he won two of his four matches in overtime.

“He’s a very mentally strong kid,” Olympic Heights coach Boomer Mears of Vangel. “His cardio was great, his strength was great, he has good technique and mental toughness. Put all those together and you have a state champion. I’m just glad we got him for at least one year.”

FIRST TEAM

Alex Radli

Jupiter, Junior

106 pounds

Regional runner-up compiled a 59-8 record and placed fourth at Class 3A state championships.

Juan Castillo

Boca Raton, Senior

113 pounds

District and regional champion placed sixth at Class 3A state tournament and finished season 49-7.

Briar MacFarlane

Wellington, Senior

120 pounds

County and regional champion had 43-7 record and placed fifth at Class 3A state tournament.

Nik Bonadies

Wellington, Senior

126 pounds

County and regional champion was 44-7 and lost only one match at Class 3A state tournament to claim bronze medal.

Peterson Aulibrice

Palm Beach Gardens, Senior

132 pounds

Palm Beach County champion compiled 21-7 record and was Class 3A regional runner-up.

Christopher Zaskey

Royal Palm Beach, Junior

138 pounds

Palm Beach County champion went 1-2 at Class 3A state tournament to finish season 37-8.

Laurence Kosoy

Olympic Heights, Sophomore

145 pounds

County and regional champion was 2-2 at Class 3A state tournament and had 50-6 record.

Brandon Paz

Wellington, Senior

152 pounds

Regional runner-up was 45-9 and went 4-1 to claim bronze medal at Class 3A state championships.

Andres Sanchez

Olympic Heights, Senior

160 pounds

Palm Beach County champion was regional runner-up, went 2-2 at 3A state tournament to finish season 45-9.

Nick Keller

Seminole Ridge, Senior

170 pounds

Palm Beach County champion compiled 45-7 record, placed third at Class 3A regional finals, was 1-2 at state.

Wouvel Chevelon

Palm Beach Gardens, Senior

182 pounds

County and regional champion went 5-1 to earn bronze medal at Class 3A state tournament and finish 45-1.

Ronaldo Abreu

Olympic Heights, Senior

195 pounds

Regional champion was 46-3 and earned silver medal at Class 3A state tournament, losing 8-6 decision in finals.

Shamar Hamilton

Santaluces, Junior

220 pounds

Palm Beach County champion was 34-6, won three matches at Class 3A state tournament to place sixth.

Troy Artiles

Seminole Ridge, Senior

285 pounds

Palm Beach County and regional champion placed sixth at Class 3A state tournament, compiled 35-6 record.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Travis Gray

Wellington

Wolverines won county title for first time in 12 years, were regional runner-up and placed 12th at Class 3A state tournament.

SECOND TEAM

106: Bryce Marcus, Palm Beach Central, Fr.

113: Tyler Difiore, Palm Beach Central, Fr.

120: Preston Kyle, Olympic Heights, Sr.

126: Kyle Williams, Boca Raton, Sr.

132: Marcus Morin, Wellington, Jr.

138: Danny Fernandez, Forest Hill, Sr.

145: Tag Wilbur, Jupiter Christian, Sr.

152: Joseph Eavarone, Jupiter, Jr.

160: Robert LaPeter, Seminole Ridge, Sr.

170: Joel Sabastien, Forest Hill, Sr.

182: Nicholas Thomas, Santaluces, Sr.

195: Xavier Kelly, Palm Beach Gardens, Sr.

220: Tyrone Toson, Palm Beach Gardens, Sr.

285: Jean Alternor, Park Vista, Jr.

HONORABLE MENTION

American Heritage: Bryce Hill, David Morse, Ronald Smith; Atlantic: Chandler Ferguson; Forest Hill: Lamarcus Allen, Kiaun McClure; Jupiter: Joseph Wahlen; Jupiter Christian: Will Clervil, Johnny Raich; Olympic Heights: J.P. Azevedo; Palm Beach Gardens: Jimmyson Jeanite; Park Vista: Carlton Armstrong, Aaron Santosus; Wellington: Devin Gillotte, Colton Macfarlane, Andrew Mitchell.