FARMINGTON — After dominating New Mexico during the high school wrestling season, Piedra Vista received more awards on Wednesday.
Three Panthers, Sam Sandoval (126), Ryan Rino (138) and Anthony Juckes (145), were named to the 2014 New Mexico Dream Team as the best wrestler in the state at their weight classes, while head coach Levi Stout was named Coach of the Year.
The honors are given out based on a vote from coaches across the state.
Sandoval finished off his first state title this season with a 4-2 decision against Kirtland Central's Keishaun Aspaas.
The junior said it was a great feeling to have the award added to his state championship season.
"We've all been working our butts off day in and day out in the (wrestling) room," said Sandoval, who went 47-3 in his matches this season. "I'm happy all the hard work finally paid off. This season has been an amazing one. I thought that the state title was the best, but this just makes it that much sweeter. It makes me want to work even harder to get my second title and make the dream team again."
Rino capped off his senior season with a second state championship, winning via fall against Belen's Matt Lucero. He said he couldn't imagine a better way to finish his high school career.
"I was surprised and wasn't really expecting it," Rino said of the award. "It's great to be recognized along with my team and coach."
Juckes was named to the dream team for a second time after wrapping up his fourth individual title with a 4-2 decision against Capital's Isaiah Anaya.
"It's awesome, man. Last year, it was just me, but now there's two more," said Juckes, a junior. "They put in the work to get that (honor)."
Stout received the Coach of the Year award after the Panthers won their fourth consecutive state title.
"He's meant the world," Sandoval said of his coach. "He put us literally through hell and back, but in the end, for the past four years, it's been proven that what he does works. He's one of the best coaches you could ask for."
Stout led 10 PV wrestlers to individual final appearances and five claimed the titles in their weight classes. All 14 Panther wrestlers placed at state.
"He's a great man," Juckes said. "He's a key part of our success. He knows how to coach, and he knows what works. If he can't help us with something, he finds someone who can. He has built an awesome coaching staff. He definitely deserves it."
PV was the only team in the state with three wrestlers named to the squad. Capital and St. Michael's each had two wrestlers named to the team.
Cleveland, Las Cruces, Robertson, Rio Grande, Manzano, Volcano Vista and Atrisco Heritage each had one wrestler on the squad.
St. Mike's Korey Windham was named the Wrestler of the Year after he finished off his fifth individual state championship by pinning Bloomfield's J.D. Robinson in the 3A 160-pound final.Joshua Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4577. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.