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
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.
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