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Bob Putnam, Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons

Wrestling: Robinson wins second straight tourney, this one the Kiwanis



BROOKSVILLE – There was a difficult battle at the top of the 35th Kiwanis Invitational standings this season, but the larger surprise may have been the presence of Springstead for the first time in a few years.

Robinson (139.5 points) captured the championship, but the Eagles and Orlando Boone gave the Knights a run for their money heading into the finals. It was the second tournament win in the first two weeks of the season for the Knights, who won the Peter Barker Invitational at Dunedin last weekend.

“We had some injuries and some kids wrestling out of weight class,” Robinson coach Tommy Montero said, “so I was as surprised as anyone to find us in first place.”

Holding a 4.5-point advantage before that final round, Robinson had only one competitor in the individual finals while Springstead had three. Devin Jandura (220 pounds) lost a 4-2 decision to Hudson’s Damien Hay in his bout, opening the door for the Eagles, but with only one champion, Travis Williams (170), the gap proved to be too much.

Springstead (138 points) had won eight consecutive Kiwanis titles from 2006-2013 before surrendering the crown the past two times with fourth and third place finishes. With program founder Bob Levija returning to the coach’s chair for the first time in over 15 years, the Eagles found themselves right back in the thick of things.

“It was a good tournament for us, because we were the only team coming in here that did not wrestle last week,” Levija said. “We have a lot of things we can work on going forward.”

Tom McCane (106 pounds), Richie Rivera (113), and Williams (170) each reached the individual finals of the tournament, but it was Williams winning a dominant 7-0 decision over Citrus’ Josh Hagan.

Hernando won an individual title for the first time in its home tournament since 2013 when Jesse Gaudin took home gold at 220 pounds. Senior Codey Maniates (152) continued his strong performance this season, running his record to 12-1 in his first two tournaments. In the finals, he bested Lake Highland Prep’s Logan Andrews in a 7-5 decision.

Wesley Chapel’s Emmanuel Torres (145) was the only other North Suncoast grappler to emerge with a title. The state placer won his 4-2 decision over Land O’Lakes standout Jacob Conrad.

35th annual Kiwanis Invitational

Individual finals

106 – Jonathan Conrad, Carrollwood Day dec Tom McCane, Springstead, 6-2.

113 – Jayden Bradshaw, Orlando Boone pin Richie Rivera, Springstead, 3:01.

120 – Vincent Menozzi, Lake Highland Prep dec Alan Morano, St. Stephen’s Episcopal, 5-1.

126 – Lucas Rodriguez, Orlando Boone dec John DeAugustino, Pasco, 5-2.

132 – Kyle Irwin, Belleview dec Zack Buchanan, Sarasota Riverview, 7-5.

138 – Jacob Darr, Sickles dec Hunter Gibson, Weeki Wachee, 3-1 (OT).

145 – Emmanuel Torres, Wesley Chapel dec Jacob Conrad, Land O’Lakes, 4-2.

152 – Codey Maniates, Hernando dec Logan Andrew, Lake Highland Prep, 7-5.

160 – John Cruz, North Port dec Jordan Gibson, Nature Coast, 7-2.

170 – Travis Williams, Springstead dec Josh Hagan, Citrus, 7-0.

182 – Brad Bolesta, Gaither forfeit Hamid Salahutdin, Sickles.

195 – Michael Porcelli, Citrus pin Justin Ortiz, Belleview, 3:25.

220 – Damien Hay, Hudson dec Devin Jandura, Robinson, 4-2.

285 – Jason Graham, Crystal River dec Masen Foss, Bradenton Christian, 14-7.

Team standings

1. Robinson 139.5

2. Springstead 138

3. Orlando Boone 136

4. Wesley Chapel 135.5

5. Hernando 126

6. Land O’Lakes 124

7. Lake Highland Prep 109

8. Crystal River 99

9. Citrus 97

10. North Port 95

11. Belleview 93.5

12. Sickles 92

13. Pasco 91

14. Gulf 85

15. Weeki Wachee 83

16. Sarasota Riverview 82

17. Nature Coast 66

18. The Villages 62.5

19. St. Stephen’s Episcopal 59

20. Hudson 54

21. Sunlake 50

22. Gaither 49

23. Carrollwood Day 39.5

24. Bradenton Christian 39

25. River Ridge 35

26t. Central 21

26t. Zephyrhills 21

28. Boca Ciega 14

29. Citrus Park Christian 12

30. Lecanto 10

31. Ocala Trinity Catholic 9.5

32. Tampa Prep 4

[Last modified: Saturday, December 10, 2016 10:12pm]


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