Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

3A-2 region wrestling: PHU, Countryside squads show well

KISSIMMEE — Palm Harbor University and Countryside finished fourth and fifth, respectively, with 99.5 and 93 points, at the Class 3A, Region 2 meet Saturday.

The Hurricanes had three wrestlers in the finals and captured two individual crowns. PHU's Aaron Hartman scored a 4-2 decision over Osceola's Alex Rivera in the 130-pound weight class and Jared Stippert (215) defeated Countryside's Kevin Kitchen 9-6.

"We knew it would be close," PHU coach Brad Sakevich said of Hartman's match. "Overall, for a freshman, he did a good job."

Hartman defeated two-time state champion Rossi Bruno of Brandon in the semifinals. Last year, Hartman was the state runnerup at 103 while wrestling for Northside Christain.

Perennial state contender Brandon earned its 22nd straight region title and 30th overall. Brandon scored 318 points, ahead of host Kissimmee Osceola (172.5).

"Things are going right down to the end and looking good," said Brandon coach Russ Cozart, whose team won nine individual titles and qualified 14 for state.

The top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to the state meet that begins Friday.

2A-2: Springstead rallies to crown

AVON PARK — In the last Class 2A, Region 2 match of the night, heavyweight John Dreggors won his championship final to rally Springstead past Lake Gibson 222 to 218.50 on Saturday, giving the Eagles their first region team title in a decade.

Springstead trailed Lake Gibson by one point as Dreggors lined up to face the Braves' Devonte Terrell. The Eagles junior defeated Terrell 4-0 and erased last year's disappointment at the Class 2A state event.

John Coscia, Special to the Times

.UP NEXT

State wrestling

Class 3A-A at the Lakeland Center

Admission: $8 per session; parking is $7

Friday: Weigh-ins, 8 a.m.; first round, 10 a.m.; followed by wrestlebacks, second round and more wrestlebacks.

Saturday: Weigh-ins, 7:30 a.m.; wrestlebacks (third round), 9 a.m.; followed by semifinals, wrestlebacks (fourth round), fifth- and sixth-place finals and third- and fourth-place finals; introduction of finalists, 4:40 p.m.; Russ Mauger Award, 4:50 p.m.; championship finals, 5 p.m.

3A-2 region wrestling: PHU, Countryside squads show well 02/12/11 [Last modified: Sunday, February 13, 2011 12:05am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Tampa Bay Super Bowls: A brief history and some predictions for 2021

    Bucs

    At last, Tampa will host a Super Bowl again. It used to be that the Cigar City would host one a decade, but by the time February 2021 rolls around, it will have been 12 years since the epic showdown between the Steelers and Cardinals. Because it has been awhile, let's revisit those past Super Bowls while also peering …

    Santonio Holmes hauls in the game-winning touchdown in the Steelers' 27-23 Super Bowl XLIII victory over the Cardinals in 2009, the last time Tampa hosted a Super Bowl. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
  2. Rays bats go silent in second straight loss to Angels (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Sure, Alex Cobb was to blame for the Rays' 4-0 loss on Tuesday.

    Derek Norris strikes out with the bases loaded as the Rays blow a golden opportunity in the seventh inning.
  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Angels game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb made mistakes on back-to-back pitches to the first two Angels hitters Tuesday, allowing homers to Cameron Maybin and Mike Trout, but otherwise gave the Rays another solid outing, working into the eighth and scattering seven hits.

  4. Rays journal: Brad Miller won't return from DL when eligible

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — 2B Brad Miller (left abdominal strain) will not return from the 10-day disabled list Friday as he hoped. While he took ground balls Tuesday, he has yet to resume running.

    Rays second baseman Brad Miller, left, with infielder Tim Beckham, says he’s letting his left abdominal strain “cool down” before testing it by running.
  5. USF baseball rallies to beat Tulane in AAC tournament opener

    College

    CLEARWATER — With Tulane runners on first and second and two out in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday, USF's dugout watched as burly American Athletic Conference co-player of the year Hunter Williams' fly to left went deep.

    USF outfielder Chris Chatfield is congratulated by third-base coach Chris Cates after hitting a three-run homer in the third inning, tying the score at 3.