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Posted February 20, 2013
All-Metro wrestling selections

Cedar Rapids Prairie dominated the first-team All-Metro selections with eight, according to a news release of the teams to local media Wednesday.

Seniors Joel Northrup, of Linn-Mar, and Prairie’s Andrew Netolicky shared Athlete of the Year honors. Northrup (52-1) placed third at 145 pounds, which is his third bronze medal in three seasons. Netolicky was third at heavyweight, compiling a  record of 42-6.

The Lions, which qualified 12 to the state tournament, had six first-team picks, including Matt Wempen (113), who placed fourth and Alijah Jeffery (120), Ross Lembeck (152) and 182-pounder Andrew Holladay, who all placed fifth. District champion Justin Green, who placed sixth, was also a first-team selection for Linn-Mar.

Prairie placed third at the traditional meet, while Linn-Mar was fifth. Prairie also placed fourth in the State Duals. Prairie Coach Blake Williams was named Coach of the Year. The Hawks had eight medalists, including Josh Wenger (126) and Trey Blaha (138), who placed fourth, and Skyler St. John (145) and 170-pounder Cam Rathje were fifth. Sam Uthoff (106), River Whitters (160) and 195-pounder Casey Becker all earned state medals and were named to the first-team. Prairie senior Austin Gould, a state qualifier last year, had his season ended before the postseason by a shoulder injury, but shared first-team honors at 182.

Only one select on the first team wasn’t from one of those schools.

Cedar Rapids Jefferson 132-pounder Michael Moncivais earned first-team honors. Moncivais recorded five straight postseason pins, beginning in the first round at district and ending in the quarterfinals at the 3A state meet. Moncivais placed sixth in his state debut and finished with a 33-14 mark.

Cedar Rapids Washington did not have a member on the first team, but heavyweight Zac Gillis, who placed fifth at state, was a second-team selection.

Cedar Rapids Xavier’s top representatives were Clint Lembeck (120) and Sean Ickes (170), who were named to the second team. Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s top honoree was 106-pound freshman Nolan Hromidko.

Below is the first two teams and honorable mention:

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