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Dunedin wrestlers find upside in repeating runnerup status

PALM HARBOR DUALS

Pool Play: Palm Harbor 43, Mitchell 21; Crawfordville Wakulla 77, Tarpon Springs 6; Countryside 40, River Ridge 39; Dunedin 78, Berkeley Prep 0; Palm Harbor 52, Bradenton Southeast 21; Wakulla 59, Mitchell 16; Dunedin 54, River Ridge 21; Nature Coast 66, Berkeley Prep 12; Palm Harbor 75, Tarpon Springs 0; Bradenton Southeast 43, Mitchell 42; Dunedin 61, Nature Coast 9; Countryside 60, Berkeley Prep 18; Wakulla 67, Bradenton Southeast 7; Mitchell 60, Tarpon Springs 11; River Ridge 59, Berkeley Prep 15; Countryside 43, Nature Coast 30; Wakulla 44, Palm Harbor 24; Bradenton Southeast 60, Tarpon Springs 0; Dunedin 49, Countryside 23; River Ridge 40, Nature Coast 30.

Medal Round: 1. Crawfordville Wakulla 45, 2. Dunedin 29; 3. Countryside 37, 4. Palm Harbor 35; 5. River Ridge 64, 6. Bradenton Southeast 15; 7. Nature Coast 51, 8. Mitchell 25; 9. Tarpon Springs, 9. Berkeley Prep

CCC DUALS

(Wins for each team)

First place: Riverdale 4-0; Riverdale 51, Pinellas Park 21; Riverdale 44, Rockledge 27; Riverdale 69, East Lake 0; Riverdale 54, CCC 21; Second place: CCC 3-1; CCC 36, East Lake 30; CCC 83, Calvary 0; CCC 57, Lennard 15; Third place: Rockledge 3-1; Rockledge 63, Lakewood Ranch 16; Rockledge 54, Seminole 18; Rockledge 43, Pinellas Park 32; Fourth: Pinellas Park 2-2; PP 41, Lakewood Ranch 37; PP 60, Lennard 15; Fifth: East Lake 2-2; East Lake 48, Seminole 31; East Lake 74, Calvary 0; Sixth: Lakewood Ranch 2-2; Lakewood Ranch 40, Seminole 35; Lakewood Ranch 83, Calvary 0; Seventh: Seminole 1-3; Seminole 39, Lennard 17; Eighth: Lennard 1-3; Lennard 54, Calvary 0; Ninth: Calvary 0-4.

PALM HARBOR — For the second straight weekend, the Dunedin wrestling team earned a spot in a dual tournament final. But, in also a repeat, an out-of-town guest took home the trophy, as Crawfordville Wakulla won the Palm Harbor Duals championship Saturday.

Not to worry, said Falcons heavyweight Luis Agramonte, who was 5-0 with five pins, "I believe it's good to face different competitions to get a feel for what levels are there."

Wakulla went 4-0 through pool competition and defeated the Falcons 45-29 in the medal round final. The War Eagles jumped out to a 31-0 lead and clinched with two matches remaining. Last weekend at the Dunedin Duals, it was Manatee defeating Dunedin 59-18.

"We have to show we can't underestimate any teams, no matter how big or small," Agramonte said. "We just have to wrestle our best. (Another time) we could beat them, but today most of our guys still wrestled fine."

Dunedin went 4-0 in its pool with victories over Berkeley Prep, River Ridge, Nature Coast and Countryside. Overall, the Falcons scored 30 pins in the tournament. Gideon Levy earned five wins (four pins) at 215 pounds. Justin Zeedyk went 5-0 (three pins) at 189. Ray Hemraj went 4-1 (four pins) at 103.

Countryside went 3-1 in pool play and edged Palm Harbor (3-2) 37-35 for third place. Two Cougars had a perfect tournament. Kyle Grueninger (119) and Layton Ayers (130) both won five matches by five pins. Jordan Frease also posted five victories (four by pin, one by technical fall).

For the host Hurricanes, Jack Stewart, Nick Mahle and Paul Riggs all went 5-0, but each picked up at least one forfeit.

River Ridge (3-2) defeated Bradenton Southeast (2-3) for fifth, and Nature Coast (2-3) beat Mitchell (1-4) for seventh. Tarpon Springs (0-4) and Berkeley Prep (0-4) both settled for a ninth-place tie because neither team had enough wrestlers to match up against each other to decide the finish on the mat.

There were two ties during the tournament. Countryside tied River Ridge 39-39 but was awarded the win based on the fifth tiebreaker, most first points. Bradenton Southeast tied Mitchell 42-42 but had the tiebreaker fall in its favor.

In the day's other strange event, a team from Hudson showed up but was not registered to compete in the event.

CCC Duals

CLEARWATER — Preparing for the postseason is all about facing strong competition, so several Pinellas County teams tested themselves against one of the best Saturday.

Riverdale, a defending state champion, and two years ago a state runnerup, took first at the Clearwater Central Catholic Duals with a 4-0 record. The Fort Myers-based team defeated Pinellas Park 51-21, Rockledge 44-26, East Lake 69-0 and the host Marauders 54-21.

CCC was 3-0 heading into its final match against Riverdale. That battled decided the championship.

The Marauders opened with a 36-30 win over East Lake, followed by wins over Calvary Christian and Lennard.

Rockledge took third, Pinellas Park fourth and East Lake fifth.

Dunedin wrestlers find upside in repeating runnerup status 01/24/09 [Last modified: Saturday, January 24, 2009 10:46pm]
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