BRANDON — When Plant City’s Cody Chaney and Brandon’s Jacob Haydock square off in the 170-pound division, two things are certain. A tournament title is at stake and every outcome is decided by a few points.
Haydock, who won a state title last season in Oklahoma, eked out a 1-0 win over Chaney in Saturday’s Class 3A, Region 2 tournament at Brandon, which won its 23rd straight regional and 31st overall.
“Against him, it’s just a head-on collision,” Haydock said.
“Every time it’s either by a point or overtime,” Chaney said. “It’s definitely disappointing when you lose that close.”
With Haydock holding a 4-1 season advantage over Chaney, Brandon coach Russ Cozart predicted the pair could wrestle next weekend with a state title on the line.
“It’s been close,” Cozart said. “It’s always a great match with two great competitors.”
In another nail biter, James Flint had a 4-3 comeback win over Palm Harbor University’s Jared Prince at 113. The Hurricanes did, however, leave with a champion. Aaron Hartman got an 11-0 major decision over Sarasota’s Sean Dulom at 145.
Brandon totaled 289.5 points and runnerup Kissimmee Osceola had 205. PHU took third (100.5), Durant fourth (93) and Plant City 10th (41) to give bay area teams four of the top 10 spots.
“Anything can happen in regionals,” Cozart said. “Just like (four-time state champion Rossi) Bruno getting put on his back.”
Bruno overcame that move by Kissimmee Gateway’s Bryan Rosa to win a 17-5 major decision at 126.
The Eagles, who have their sights set on a 12th straight state title and 23rd overall, had nine winners Saturday. The other six included: Dylan Lucas, 106; Devan Berrian, 120; Kevin Norstrem, 132; Travis Berridge, 152; Clark Glass, 160; and Kyle Koziel, 182. Brandon’s runnersup were Troy Joyce, 138; and Robert Enmon, 195.
Other notable second-place finishers were: PHU’s Connor Prince, 106; Plant City’s William Joyce, 120; East Bay’s Nissan Anderson, 152; Freedom’s Chris Saintilien, 160; and Northeast’s Chris Roane, 285.