ST. PETERSBURG — Coach Chris Wilmington hoped to have a strong field for his Northside Duals. But a few schools dropped out at the last minute, leaving just five teams.
By the end, the competition was reduced to three Saturday.
The host Mustangs, Cypress Lake and Northeast each finished with one loss and were tied atop the team standings. Cypress Lake won the title on a tiebreaker because it had scored the most points (177).
The Vikings were the runnerup with 169 and Northside was third with 144.
Depth was key. Cypress Lake had a full lineup. Northeast was missing one wrestler and the Mustangs only had nine.
The award for most outstanding wrestler went to Cypress Lake’s Chuckie Kerkesner, a defending state finalist who went undefeated in the 215-pound class.
The best match was awarded to Northside Christian’s Kamen Wilmington, a sixth-grader who won the 103 final with an 8-7 decision over Conner Allshouse of Indian Rocks Christian. Wilmington rallied with a takedown and an escape in the final 18 seconds to win.