Countryside, Plant land Class 3A wrestling champs

Plant junior Will Putnam is exhausted but thrilled after winning the Class 3A state title at 285 pounds Saturday night with a last-second 5-2 decision. (Scott Purks, Special to the Times)
Plant junior Will Putnam is exhausted but thrilled after winning the Class 3A state title at 285 pounds Saturday night with a last-second 5-2 decision. (Scott Purks, Special to the Times)
Published March 3

KISSIMMEE — Three local wrestlers reached the finals in Saturday's Class 3A state championships at Silver Spurs Arena, with two claiming titles.

Countryside's Anthony Burburija won the 195-pound weight class as did Plant heavyweight Will Putnam. Palm Harbor University's Gabriel Naranjo lost in his 113 finals match.

Burburija, a junior who won all but one of his 53 matches this season, defeated Lakewood Ranch's Chase Sharp 6-2. It was his second state appearance, having gone 1-2 in last season's meet.

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"Right after states last year, I got after it," said Burburija, who has wrestled at the club level since he was 9. "Ever since I was little I've been dreaming about this."

The victory in the finals was especially rewarding since Burburija defeated Sharp 3-1 for a district championship.

Unbeaten Putnam, a junior, capped a 25-0 season with a 5-2 decision over Miami-South Dade's Trayvonne Jackson.

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Naranjo (57-4) did not fare as well in his championship match, getting pinned in 48 seconds by Briar Jackson of Fleming Island. Naranjo's teammate, Austin Agazarm, took fifth at 138.

Additionally, Strawberry Crest's Charles Waller placed sixth at 152. At 160, Freedom's Alex Kiester, Palm Harbor U.'s James Totten and Newsome's Kohl Drake were third, fourth and sixth, respectively.

Palm Harbor U.'s Jacob Mason finished fourth at 195 and teammate Dylan Whitman was sixth at 170.

Countryside junior Anthony Burburija attacks low during his 6-2 state title decision Saturday night at the Class 3A state wrestling meet. (Scott Purks, Special to the Times)
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