In the same season in which Fivay established school firsts with conference and district titles, the program did the same with a Class A, Region 2 championship Saturday at Lakeland Tenoroc.
After a scare, the Falcons won the title by advancing eight wrestlers to next week’s state championship tournament at the Lakeland Center.
Up at one time before the finals by more than 30 points, Fivay lost a lot of momentum after going 0-for-6 in their finals matches. Troy Reed (113 pounds), Sean Speer (120), Colin Hahn (160), Dominic Grilli (170), Nicco Lightfoot (182), and Mike Hahn (220) all came in second after losing tough championship bouts.
“We lost four matches at the end where we actually were winning,” Fivay coach Andy Medders said. “Some of (our) kids beat kids they weren’t supposed to beat to get to that point, and then they took their foot off the gas.”
Because of the finals losses, runnerup Lake Highland Prep was able to close the gap in the team standings to five points before it was over, almost overtaking the Falcons.
“(My wrestlers) learned a little more about match experience,” Medders said. “We got the team trophy presented to us at the end, but I think it says a lot about these guys that they weren’t smiling about how they won. They know their potential.”
After advancing only one grappler to state last season (Mike Hahn) and having no one in the finals, this was a huge leap forward for the budding program.
Pasco advanced four to state and crowned one region champion in J.P. Gamez (120).
For Gamez, the honor is nice, but the senior’s sights are set on another gold medal at state. Freshman Skyler White (126) also qualified along with Niko DeAugustino (138) and Zack Jordan (220).