SEMINOLE — According to Dunedin 103-pounder Ray Khemraj, coach Mark Allison told the Falcons that if they wanted to capture their second straight Pinellas County Athletic Conference tournament they needed pins.
Khemraj did his part. With two first-period pins and two second-period pins, Khemraj went 4-0 to clinch the first of four county titles for Dunedin. The Falcons finished with 11 medalists and 240 total points, 35 more points than last year, to beat Osceola.
"My coaches told me I needed pins, so I did what I had to do to get the job done," he said.
Khemraj really wanted to join an elite list of Falcons wrestlers.
"In our wrestling room we have these championship boards," he said. "I wanted my name on that board."
Jeremy Goodloe defended his 125-pound title for Dunedin, going 3-0 with three pins. Austin Prince won the 140-pound title, and heavyweight Luis Agramonte improved to 45-0 with four pins.
Osceola posted a second-place team finish with 213 points, three champions and nine medalists. Last year, the Warriors were fourth with only 149 points.
Matt Dixon (130), Luis Tonge (145) and Jared Willett (215) posted victories in the finals.
"I was really just going with the flow," said Tonge, who finished with four pins. "Whatever happened, I capitalized on. I wasn't trying to pin everybody, but this worked out better."
Palm Harbor placed third with 178.5 points and saw Scott Santangelo win his second straight PCAC title. He captured the 145-pound title last year and won at 152 pounds this year.
St. Petersburg High had back-to-back champions with Bo Kennedy winning at 160 and Jameel Bryant winning at 171.
Largo's Clarence Longley had to defeat a surprise contender at 135 pounds. Brennan Davis of Palm Harbor was not seeded in the top four but knocked off the Nos. 2 and 3 seeds.
Team: Dunedin 240, Osceola 213.5, Palm Harbor 178.5, Dixie Hollins 142, Largo 127, East Lake 113, Seminole 98.5, Pinellas Park 96, Countryside 94, St. Petersburg 84.5, Lakewooad 59.5, Boca Ciega 41.5, Gibbs 38.5, Tarpon Springs 38, Clearwater 35, Northeast 26.
INDIVIDUAL FINALS: 103: Khemraj (Dun) p. Sunseri (DH) 2:58; 112: Hartman (CS) d. Parrino (STP) 4-2; 119: Harrington (DH) md. Tague (PP) 19-8; 125: Goodloe (DUN) p. Harriott (OSC) 2:48; 130: Dixon (OSC) md. King (DUN) 14-5; 135: Longley (LGO) p. Davis (PHU) 3:24; 140: Prince (DUN) p. Cooper (DH) 3:07; 145: Tonge (OSC) d, Dougherty (EL) 3:11; 152: Santangelo (PHU) d.Smith (DUN) 11-6; 160: Kennedy (STP) d. Campbell (SEM) 5-3; 171: Bryant (STP) md. Tarantino (PHU) 12-2; 189: Murphy (PP) d. King (PHU) 3-2; 215: Willett (OSC) p. Homol (PP) 1:56; 285: Agramonte (DUN) p. Montgomery (LGO) 1:14.
Blue Jacket Invitational
Team: Berkeley Prep 38.5, Southeast Bradenton 33, Admiral Farragut 23, Tampa Bay Christian 16, St. Petersburg Catholic 15.5, Indian Rocks 6.