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All-County Wrestling: state champ Malyke Hines of OHS dominated

Posted on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 2:12 pm

By J. Daniel Pearson

Osceola’s Malyke Hines (top) won the Class 3A 120-pound state championship. Photo/Martin Maddock

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It wasn’t a bad sophomore wrestling season for Osceola High School’s Malyke Hines.

He won 60 times, took several prestigious invitational championships and claimed the county’s only individual state crown at Class 3A, 120 pounds. That makes him the the Osceola Gazette Wrestler of the Year.

“Malyke had a sensational year for us,” Osceola Coach Jim Bird said.   “He was in a highly competitive weight class and really turned it on in the state tournament.”

At the Class 3A state tournament at the Silver Spurs Arena, Hines defeated Miami Beach’s Daishaun Felton (17-2), St. Thomas Aquinas’ Stephen Moreno (4-0), Flagler Palm Coast’s Michael DeAugustino (7-1) and Manatee’s Ed Craig (6-1).

His four opponent’s in the state tournament had a combined record of 193-13 and two of them (DeAugustino and Craig) had beaten Hines earlier this season.

“It was important to win this tournament because it was in our back yard in front of our fans,” Hines said.  “It was also great to avenge my two prior losses.  In the finals, our game plan was to be real aggressive with Craig.  I wanted to keep him on his heels and take him out of his comfort zone.”

At the state tournament, Hines out-scored his opposition by a combined aggregate of 34-7, a domination that Bird said did not surprise him.

“When he wrestles the full six minutes, he’s going to be a handful for any opponent.  He has a chance to be really special and he’s the type that is willing to do the work to get there.”

Bird added that the losses suffered earlier in the year had little effect on Hines.

“Sometimes you can learn more from a loss than a win, but I don’t think his two losses this year gave him any reason to panic,” Bird said.  “He understood why he lost and decided not to let it matter.  He was in total control during the state tournament.”

Counting his 63-1 record last season, where he took third place in the state tournament as a freshman, Hines is now 125-3 in his two seasons with the Kowboys.  His goal is to win multiple state championships at Osceola High.

“We have a great program here and have had many state champions,” Hines said.  “But  what separates the good from the great is winning multiple state champions.  It’s what made guys like Fox and Pete Baldwin legends and when I am done here, I want to be in that same group.”

Others considered for Wrestler of the Year honors were Osceola’s Ethan DeLong and Liberty’s Anthony Lopez.


All-County Wrestling

Wrestler of the Year: Malyke Hines (OHS)
All-county team: Liberty: Anthony Lopez, Jonathan Figueroa, Joshua Figueroa. Poinciana: Esau Bazilme. Osceola: Saul Mayorga, Luis Pena, Jose Cuevas, Jeff Mercado, Leandro Velasquez, Blake Fuller, Ethan DeLong, Nick Parsons. St. Cloud: Lucas Pancake, Demetrius Anderson, Bryce Bakken. Harmony: Austin Gilhart, Carter Harris.