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The National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholastic Board of Directors is proud to announce the annual National Scholastic Award Winners.* The NWCA presents awards in three categories: National Coach of the Year, National Assistant Coach of the Year and National Senior Wrestler of the Year.

In each category, an individual is selected from their state association, as is a winner from the National Preps.

The 2011 NWCA National Head Coach of the Year is Paul Morina of New Jersey. Morina is the longtime head coach at Paulsboro High School. This season, Morina and his Red Raider team accomplished a rare feat ? becoming just the third high school in the country to win 1,000 matches.

For the last 26 years at the helm at Paulsboro, Morina?s teams have won 25 class state championships, 24 district championships and 25 conference titles. He?s coached 168 district champions, 72 regional champions and 13 state champions. In 26 years, Morina has coached over half of Paulsboro?s 1,000 victories. He?s 529-30-4 at Paulsboro as well as the principal at the school.

?I am very honored and proud to be recognized for doing something I love,? said Morina. ?Coaching is one of the most rewarding activities not because of winning, but because of the gratifying feeling you get watching kids achieve and some over achieve in the most demanding sport. Wrestling gives kids the opportunity to meet so many different people from all walks of life and make contacts they may never make otherwise.?

?I am very fortunate to be administrator and coach at a small high school, in a blue color town that has such a strong wrestling tradition and community support,? said Morina. ?This award is a credit to our head coaches, assistant coaches and wrestlers who have ever worn a Paulsboro wrestling singlet in the last sixty eight years. **Dan Gable once said ?Once you?ve have wrestled everything else in life is easy,?*I truly believe that.?

Jeff Buxton of Blair Academy (No. 2) was named the National Prep Coach for the second time in his career. Buxton has led the Bucs to 26 straight National Prep Championships, coached 145 individual champions and has claimed titles at the prestigious Ironman and Beast of the East tournaments a combined 25 times. Buxton?s team has perennially been the nation?s top-ranked program the last two and a half decades.

?It was a very exciting season for Blair Wrestling. This was one of the most improved teams I have ever coached, our young athletes developed throughout the season meeting the demands of our schedule which also helped them to develop,? said Buxton. ?We went to many exciting events having a different line up almost every match or tournament and it was rewarding to see the number of kids jump so many levels as we finished the season with a very good performance at the National Preps. This was one of those teams that energized me as they wanted more knowledge and technique as they improved. Each week was a testimony of buying into a winning culture.?

Minnesota?s Destin McCauley (No. 1 @ 152) is the NWCA?s Senior Wrestler of the Year. The Apple Valley High School senior won is fifth state championship, completing a 51-0 senior season. McCauley, who will spend next year at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs before enrolling at the University of Wisconsin, finished with a 286-7 career record, with 198 victories coming by fall.

Evan Silver (No. 3 @ 112) of Blair Academy, is this year?s recipient of the National Prep Wrestler of the Year Award. He won his fourth consecutive National Prep this year, and is one of five wrestlers who have ever accomplished the feat. He holds a career record of 131-10 along with being a Beast of East, Ironman and Maccabiah Games Champion. He has committed to wrestle at Stanford University next year.

?Both Destin and Evan have finished outstanding high school careers both individually and as a part of successful teams (Apple Valley and Blair Academy). We look forward to seeing them excel at both the collegiate and Olympic levels,? said Moyer.

?Our goal as a coaches association is to continue to recognize coaches and wrestlers for their outstanding accomplishments, both on the mat in competition, academically and in life.?

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