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Brandon High School wrestling just the tip of Eagles' rich sports history

Among the stellar accomplishments over the years:

• Brandon High has produced 29 state championship teams and 122 individual state champions.

• Brandon adopted the school colors maroon and white in 1931.

• Brandon got the nickname Eagles in 1941 when a Brandon student attended a basketball game against Saint Leo College donning a hat with an eagle. That prompted Saint Leo students to start calling the Brandon students Eagles.

• Brandon fielded its first football team in 1944. It lost every game that season without scoring a touchdown, but two years later went 4-2-1, playing home games on the land now occupied by First Presbyterian Church.

• Brandon has never won a state football title, but it did play for the state title in 1969 under legendary coach Charlie Livingston.

• David Galloway, a 1977 graduate, may be the most prolific football player to come out of the school. He earned all-state and all-American honors as a defensive lineman and went on to a standout career with the University of Florida and St. Louis Cardinals.

• The Eagles earned the school's first team state title in 1973 when William Vargo, Robert Dixon and Charles Wright led the boys track & field team to the top of Class 4A with solo titles of their own.

• In girls sports, Brandon's only two state championships came from Frank Vining's volleyball teams in 1984 and 1986.

• Brandon's Gretta Chestnut stands out as one of the school's top female athletes. She won state shot put titles in 1979 and 1980.

• In 1978, Garry Hancock became the first Eagle to reach the Major Leagues in baseball playing for the A's and Red Sox. The others: Jeff Carter, Ozzie Timmons, Jody Reed, Danny Graves and Chone Figgins. Brandon High graduate Carlos Tosca made the majors as the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2002 and is currently a bench coach for the Atlanta Braves.

• Eagle Jeff Turner played for Vanderbilt, earned a gold medal with the 1984 U.S. Olympic team and had a 10-year NBA career.

• In 1985, Brandon's Toney Mack led the nation with a 41-point scoring average as a senior. Mack scored 63 points in a victory against East Bay, then three nights later, improved his school record with 71 points against Winter Haven. He earned Florida's Mr. Basketball title before playing at the University of Georgia. In 1989, the Philadelphia 76ers drafted him in the second round.

• Dwayne Schintzius played alongside Mack and helped the Eagles to a Class 4A state runner-up finish as a sophomore, and another Final Four berth as a junior. As a senior, the 7-foot-2 center earned a spot on the McDonald's and Parade magazine All-American teams. He went on to the University of Florida where he was an Associated Press and Sporting News All-American and earned first-team All-SEC honors while leading the Gators in scoring (18) and rebounding (9.7).

• Jim Graves started the wrestling program as a football coach who taught himself wrestling by reading books. Brandon won its first wrestling state title in 1977 and has won the last 13, churning out 101 individual champions along the way. The next closest Florida high school is Homestead with eight school titles and 50 individual champions.

• Russ Cozart built on the foundation set by Graves and eventually helped Brandon amass an undefeated dual match streak of 459. The Eagles went 34 years without losing a dual match and ESPN chronicled the feat in a 2008 documentary entitled The Streak.

• Six wrestlers have won state titles all four years they wrestled for Brandon. David Craig went 184-0, winning championships from 2003-2006. Eric Grajales, who finished 218-0 before wrestling at the University of Michigan, earned titles at 103, 112, 130 and 135 weight classes. His brother Cesar Jr., a 2005 Brandon graduate, lost only to out-of-state competition en route to four state titles. Cesar Sr. wrestled on Cozart's first state title team in 1982. Kevin Norstrem won his fifth state title in 2013 after wrestling varsity as an eighth-grader at Tampa Bay Christian before coming to Brandon. Eagles Rossi Bruno and Clark Glass also pulled off a rare five-peat.

Compiled by Times correspondent Eric Vician

BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL STATE CHAMPIONS

1973, Boys track & field

1975, Boys track & field

1977, Wrestling

1982, Wrestling

1984, Volleyball

1984, Wrestling

1985, Wrestling

1986, Volleyball

1988, Wrestling

1991, Wrestling

1992, Wrestling

1993, Wrestling

1995, Wrestling

1997, Wrestling

1998, Wrestling

2001, Wrestling

2002, Wrestling

2003, Boys soccer

2003, Wrestling

2004, Wrestling

2005, Wrestling

2006, Wrestling

2007, Wrestling

2008, Wrestling

2009, Wrestling

2010, Wrestling

2011, Wrestling

2012, Wrestling

2013, Wrestling

INDIVIDUAL BRANDON HIGH school STATE CHAMPIONS

1969, Discus, Paul Orndorff

1970, Shot put Lowell Killian

1973, 100-yard freestyle William Vargo

1973, 880-yard run Robert Dixon

1973, Long jump Charles Wright

1974, Cross country Tommy Curtis

1974, Wrestling 167 Tony Ippolito

1975, 880-yard run Tommy Curtis

1975, Mile run Tommy Curtis

1976, Wrestling 167 Richard Lentz

1977, Wrestling 167 Richard Lentz

1978, Mile run Herbert Jackson

1978, 120-high hurdles Gilbert Brinson

1978, High jump Robert Haley

1979, Shot put Gretta Chestnut

1979, Wrestling 167 Bob Woodke

1980, Discus Reginald Singletary

1980, Shot put Gretta Chestnut

1982, Discus Stanley Scott

1982, 1-meter diving Chuck Wade

1983, 1-meter diving Chuck Wade

1983, 100-yard backstroke George Jurch

1983, Wrestling 145 Todd Gustafson

1983, Wrestling 155 Brady Keys

1984, Wrestling 167 Fred Cachilli

1984, Wrestling 145 Todd Gustafson

1985, Wrestling 220 Chris Denison

1985, Wrestling 105 Robert Hendrickson

1986, Wrestling 138 Brett Gustafson

1986, Wrestling 145 Todd Parry

1987, Wrestling 145 Brett Gustafson

1987, 2-mile run Amy Jackson

1988, High jump Maria Galloni

1988, Wrestling 189 Gary Garner

1988, Wrestling HWT Kevin Mancini

1988, Wrestling 160 Adam Parry

1989, Wrestling 125, Bryan Barrett

1991, Wrestling 125 John Heyman

1991, Wrestling 112 Dennis Kitko

1991, Wrestling 130 Ken Urquhart

1992, Wrestling 119 Dennis Kitko

1992, Wrestling 160 Mike Reynolds

1993, Shot put Cory Churchill

1993, Wrestling 125 Dennis Kitko

1994, Wrestling 125 Stein Edwards

1995, Wrestling 112 Mark Church

1995, Wrestling 125 Cecil Woodside

1996, Wrestling 160 Kris Urquhart

1996, Wrestling 171 Andy Yoerger

1997, Wrestling 112 Juan Edwards

1997, Wrestling HWT Mike Pucillo

1997, Wrestling 119 Ben Valladares

1998, Wrestling 171 Josh Lambrecht

1998, Wrestling 125 Zac Lambrecht

1998, Wrestling 140 Steven Moraldo

2001, Wrestling 140 David Emch

2001, Wrestling 160 Matt Juncal

2002, Wrestling 112, Khalid Andwele

2002, Wrestling 103 Cesar Grajales

2002, Wrestling 171 Matt Juncal

2003, Wrestling 152 Rocky Cozart

2003, Wrestling 145 David Craig

2003, Wrestling 215 Rashad Goff

2003, Wrestling 119 Cesar Grajales

2003, Wrestling 130 Ryan Joyce

2003, Wrestling 112 Sean Joyce

2003, Wrestling 189 Matt Juncal

2004, Wrestling 160 Rocky Cozart

2004, Wrestling 171 David Craig

2004, Wrestling 215 Rashad Goff

2004, Wrestling 125 Cesar Grajales

2004, Wrestling HWT Keith Simmons

2005, Wrestling 160 Rocky Cozart

2005, Wrestling 171 David Craig

2005, Wrestling 119 Franklin Gomez

2005, Wrestling 135 Cesar Grajales

2005, Wrestling 145 Marco Toledo

2006, Wrestling 130, Alex Araoz

2006, Wrestling 125, James Brown

2006, Wrestling 171 David Craig

2006, Wrestling 103 Eric Grajales

2006, Wrestling 145 Sean Joyce

2006, Wrestling 160 Tom Timothy

2007, Wrestling 125 Joe Cozart

2007, Wrestling 112 Eric Grajales

2007, Wrestling 145 Sean Joyce

2007, Wrestling 160 Tom Timothy

2008, Wrestling 140 Joe Cozart

2008, Wrestling 130 Eric Grajales

2008, Wrestling 135 Kevin Timothy

2008, Wrestling 215 Phil Uno

2009, Wrestling 119 Rossi Bruno

2009, Wrestling 145 Joe Cozart

2009, Wrestling 189 Mike Ettore

2009, Wrestling 130 Clark Glass

2009, Wrestling 135 Eric Grajales

2009, Wrestling 112 Ryan Renkey

2009, Wrestling 140 Kevin Timothy

2010, Wrestling 119 Rossi Bruno

2010, Wrestling HWT Henry Chirino

2010, Wrestling 152 Joe Cozart

2010, Wrestling 145 Clark Glass

2010, Wrestling 130 Tyler Liberatore

2010, Wrestling 125 Kevin Norstrem

2011, Wrestling 130 Rossi Bruno

2011, Wrestling 160 Wally Figaro

2011, Wrestling 112 James Flint

2011, Wrestling 152 Clark Glass

2011, Wrestling 171 Kyle Koziel

2011, Wrestling 135 Tyler Liberatore

2011, Wrestling 125 Kevin Norstrem

2012, Wrestling 126 Rossi Bruno

2012, Wrestling 113 James Flint

2012, Wrestling 160 Clark Glass

2012, Wrestling 170 Jacob Haydock

2012, Wrestling 182 Kyle Koziel

2012, Wrestling 106 Dylan Lucas

2012, Wrestling 132 Kevin Norstrem

2013, Wrestling 170 Travis Berridge

2013, Wrestling 126 Dylan Lucas

2013, Wrestling 138 Kevin Norstrem

2013, Wrestling 113 Kyle Norstrem

BRANDON HIGH STATE RUNNERS UP

1969, Football

1974, Boys cross country

1978, Girls golf

1979, Boys cross country

1980, Girls cross country

1982, Girls basketball

1982, Girls golf

1983, Volleyball

1983, Wrestling

1984, Boys basketball

1985, Volleyball

1987, Girls cross country

1988, Boys golf

1989, Softball

1989, Volleyball

1990, Baseball

1995, Baseball

1996, Wrestling

2000, Boys basketball

2000, Wrestling

2012, Baseball

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: The Brandon High boys cross country team earned state runnerup status in 1979. The accomplishment was not included in the initial list of the school's state runnerup teams.

Source: Florida High School Athletic Association

Brandon High School wrestling just the tip of Eagles' rich sports history 11/06/13 [Last modified: Monday, November 11, 2013 5:46pm]

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