ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas wrestling teams have had a tough time winning an invitational tournament inside their own county this season, but Northeast broke through Saturday night to capture the Blue Jacket Invitational hosted by Admiral Farragut.
The Vikings had nine medalists, including two champions, and scored 162 to top the 11-team field. Northside Christian, which had a tournament-high four champions, was runnerup with 123 points.
"It's definitely good," said Northeast's 145-pound champion Jacob Williams. "It gets our team's confidence going heading into districts. We have to try to beat Dixie (Hollins). Dixie's our rival."
Williams, the No. 2 seed, trailed No. 1 seed Ryan Alberdi of Clearwater Central Catholic 4-2 heading into the third period. At 5-5, Williams scored a takedown with 21 seconds left for the win.
Austin Yelko (171) also won a title for Northeast.
Perhaps the most dramatic title match took place at 130 pounds. Pinellas Park's Ryan Hyatt, a senior, had never been to a final in any tournament. Hyatt knocked off No. 2 seed Lee Queiroz of CCC in the semifinals, then decisioned No. 1 seed Oshain Goslin of St. Petersburg for the title.
"He's beaten me three times since last year," Hyatt said. "I finally beat him."
The Dennis brothers all won titles for Northside Christian: Dryden (103), Dalton (119) and Dillon (140) outscored their foes 27-3 in the finals.
Other champions included: Nick Andries of Pinellas Park (112), Cliff Barker of Northside Christian (125), Ryan Pickeren (135) and Dave Turkel (215) of Berkeley Prep (135), Garrett Campbell of Seminole (160), Jameel Bryant of St. Petersburg (189) and Josh Looney of Boca Ciega (285).
Blue Jacket Invitational at Admiral Farragut
Team scores: Northeast 162, Northside Christian 123, Seminole 111.5, Bradenton Southeast 110, Berkeley Prep 109, Clearwater Central Catholic 104.5, St. Petersburg 100, Pinellas Park 74.5, Admiral Farragut Academy 48.5, Boca Ciega 43, Indian Rocks Christian 22.
Championship matches: 103: Dryden Dennis (NSC) d. Christopher (CCC) 6-1; 112: Andries (PP) p. Sanchez (BP) 1:42; 119: Dalton Dennis (NSC) tf. Bueno (Sem) 17-2; 125: Barker (NSC) d. Sepe (CCC) 10-5; 130: Hyatt (PP) d. Goslin (STP) 8-4; 135: Pickeren (BP) p. Visic (NE) 0:34; 140: Dillon Dennis (NSC) d. Moore (NE) 4-0; 145: Williams (NE) d. Alberdi (CCC) 7-5; 152: Cox (SEB) p. Allen (NSC) 5:59; 160: Campbell (Sem) d. Gonzalez (SEB) 7-2; 171: Yelko (NE) d. Rekstis (Sem) 4-2; 189: Bryant (STP) d. Brehmer (NE) 5-3; 215: Turkel (SEB) p. Vaughn (CCC) 1:37; 285: Looney (BC) d. McNeal (STP) 11-7.