2021 Wrestler of the Year: Mark Samuel
With several high school sports seasons coming to a close, it’s time to reveal the All-Coastal Preps teams. Over the next week, you will get to know more about the players of the year while also seeing who made first and second team in baseball, girls tennis, track & field and wrestling.
The Coastal Preps Wrestler of the Year is junior Mark Samuel from Laney.
Mark Samuel had a dominant junior season, finishing with a perfect 29-0 record and a second straight NCHSAA 4A state title.
Samuel rolled through the state tournament with a pin, major decision and two decisions. He secured the 120-pound title with a 14-9 win over Providence’s Noah Luna.
After finishing fifth as a freshman, Samuel has claimed back-to-back state titles without suffering a loss. He joined Andre Humphrey (1991-92) and Kevin Saravia (2016-17) as the only two-time champions in Laney history.
Samuel will enter his season season riding an 84-match winning steak.
In addition to his individual title, Samuel helped the Buccaneers claim their first team state championship since 1992. He scored 23 points of Laney’s 100.5 points.
More about Mark
Favorite Food(s): Steak
Favorite Restaurant(s): Waffle House
Favorite Movie(s): Interstellar
Favorite TV Show(s): Invincible
Favorite Athlete(s): Jordan Burroughs
Favorite memory from this season: Winning states as a team and then going out to eat
Favorite memory from your career: Being in hotel rooms with my friends
Favorite thing about your school or team: My friends and coaches
Favorite vacation you’ve taken: Going snowboarding at Beech Mountain
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?: Japan
Are you a fan of roller coasters? If so, what is the best roller coaster you’ve ridden?: SheiKra
Do you like breakfast, lunch or dinner best?: Breakfast
What is a skill you are bad at that you wish you could master?: Cooking
What app on your phone do you use the most?: YouTube
Which local restaurant has the best hamburgers?: Red Robin
What toppings do you like on your pizza?: Pepperoni
What was your favorite TV show as a child?: SpongeBob SquarePants
If you could have dinner with any 3 people (dead or alive), who would they be?: Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton
How did you pass the time during the COVID-19 lockdown?: Video games