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ALL-EMPIRE:

MALE WRESTLING

Wrestler of the year

Dominic DuCharme, sr., Windsor (170-pound weight class)

FIRST TEAM

106: Trevor Bagan, soph., Analy

113: Dakota Perez, sr., Ukiah

120: Jose Fernandez, fr., Upper Lake

126: Angelo Arcamo, jr., Casa Grande

132: Jake Butler, jr., Cardinal Newman

138: Samuel MacDonnell, sr., El Molino

145: Perez Perez, jr., Windsor

152: Joel Anguiano, sr., Healdsburg

160: Beau Colombini, sr., Windsor

170: Justin Thom, sr., Willits

182: Joe Valdez, sr., Windsor

195: Anthony Spallino, sr., Windsor

220: Dylan Miles, jr., Ukiah

285: Nicholas Iverson, sr., Ukiah

SECOND TEAM

106: Blake Fredrickson, fr., Lower Lake

113: Dominic Montanez, jr., Healdsburg

120: Connor Brown, soph., Windsor

126: Matt Green, jr., Maria Carrillo

132: Andrew Nunez, jr., Healdsburg

138: Luke Ah-Yeung, jr., Windsor

145: Casey Frazier, soph., Cardinal Newman

152: Mason Levinson, sr., Cardinal Newman

160: Tyler Winslow, sr., Sonoma Valley

170: Cameron Casey, jr., Maria Carrillo

182: Noah Bartolome, jr., Sonoma Valley

195: Perliss Brooke, soph., Lower Lake

220: Kameron Chase, sr., Casa Grande

285: Gunnar Hayman, jr., Cardinal Newman

Coach of the Year

Rich Carnation, Windsor

Windsor senior Dominic DuCharme, the All-Empire male wrestler of the year, spearheaded a dominant Jaguars team this season to a 15th place finish at the CIF state finals. Even more impressive was DuCharme’s third place individual finish in the 170-pound weight class at the state tournament.

“Dominic got tested all year long,” Windsor coach Rick Carnation said. “Dominic was the highest placer at state and he is the most accomplished wrestler in Windsor wrestling program history.”

At 5-foot-11, Ducharme, 18, positively progressed in technique, skill, strength and size throughout his high school wrestling career. Carnation said DuCharme was around 112 pounds as a freshman, 125 pounds as a sophomore, 154 pounds as a junior and 170 pounds as a senior. Through the varying weight classes, DuCharme utilized his technique and long arms to mollify opponents.

“Dominic stood out as a baby-faced freshman. Some of his success is innate ability,” Healdsburg coach Scott Weidemier said. “He just has all of the tolls. He really is that good.”

DuCharme said at age 5 he began partaking in Jiu-Jitsu, a skill he said has come in handy on the mat. He started wrestling at 10.

“Once I got to be bigger a lot of guys aren’t as smooth and are stiff,” DuCharme said. “I am a very technical wrestler. I use my technique to wither down opponents.”

Ducharme had an impressive 43-4 overall record this season. He finished in the top four in numerous prestigious preseason tournaments. He won the North Bay League 170-pound championship and was 9-0 against league opponents. He followed by winning the North Coast Section tournament before placing third in state with a 5-1 record at the CIF tournament.

Even with his success, according to numerous opposing coaches, DuCharme is very humble and has a dedicated work ethic.

“He doesn’t walk around with his chest pumped up,” Analy coach Ryan Stevens said. “Dominic is a good candidate to represent our sport.”

DuCharme’s older brother, Joe, wrestled at the University of Iowa and while Carnation received a lot of inquiries about him from major college programs, DuCharme choose to attend Cal State-Bakersfield in the fall on a partial athletic scholarship. He said the Roadrunners wrestling program felt right when he visited the campus and staying in California was also a small factor.

“I think the (Bakersfield) program can push me where I want to go, which is winning a collegiate national championship,” said DuCharme, who added that he might look into trying out for the Olympics or ply his trade in the MMA eventually.

“I’ll see where I’m at in wrestling in five years and see if I want to continue,” he said. “Not sure of my future with the sport. Time will tell if that (Olympics) is a realistic goal.”

DuCharme will almost certainly go up a weight class in college and likely wrestle in the 197-pound division, according to Carnation. DuCharme said he will need to improve his quickness in college and since he is flat-footed he doesn’t move around too much — a trait that might be a liability at the next level.

What lies ahead for DuCharme in college wrestling and beyond is unknown, but as he continues to mature and refine his style and improve his ability on the mat, success likely awaits.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All games 7:30 p.m.

Tonight

SCL

Boys

Healdsburg at Piner

El Molino at Petaluma

Elsie Allen at Sonoma Valley

NBL

Girls

Montgomery at Cardinal Newman

Windsor at Ukiah

Casa Grande at Santa Rosa

Rancho Cotate at Maria Carrillo

Wednesday

SCL

Girls

Sonoma Valley at Elsie Allen

Piner at Healdsburg

Petaluma at El Molino

NBL

Boys

Wednesday

Montgomery at Cardinal Newman

Windsor at Ukiah

Casa Grande at Santa Rosa

Rancho Cotate at Maria Carrillo

“The past two years I have really grown as a wrestler and as a man,” DuCharme said.

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