ST. PETERSBURG — One week ago at the Pinellas County Athletic Conference championship, runnerup Osceola finished 71 points ahead of Dixie Hollins in the team standings. At the 2A-10 district tournament Friday night, the outcome was extremely different.
With six wrestlers in the lineup who were missing at PCAC, the Rebels collected 203 points to win the district team title and will also send 13 to regionals.
Osceola finished 33 points out of first, but still qualified 12 for the next round. Largo took third place, 59 points out of first, and tied Dixie Hollins for the most individual champions with four.
"We had some upsets in the semis which made a difference in our favor," Rebels coach Nick Spataro said. "Largo made a run and that changed a lot of things. (The Packers) made it interesting."
Three of Dixie Hollins' individual titles came over Osceola opponents. Tyler Sunseri (103), Dana Harrington (119) and Taylor Cooper (140) each won. The highlight was at heavyweight where No. 3 seed Kevin Secrest (19-8) upset No. 1 Taylor Montgomery of Largo 3-0.
Osceola qualified 12 for regionals, but was 7-8 vs. Dixie Hollins and Largo combined. The Warriors finished with three champions, including Jordan Harriot (125), Matt Dixon (130) and Luis Tonge (145). In Harriot's match, he trailed Mike Lloyd of Dixie Hollins 6-2 after two periods, but came back to score the winning takedown with less than 25 seconds remaining.
"I've wrestled him before, and he's a very good wrestler, but I knew the longer it went the better I would do," Harriot said.
A short time later there was a similar story taking place with 160-pounder Adrian Howell of Largo, who trailed Brandon Knapp of Dixie Hollins 14-5 heading into the third period. Howell ended up scoring a third-period pin.
"This was the first time I have ever gone for first (at districts)," Howell said. "I was pumped up and really wanted to win, but I was just so nervous."
Clarence Longley (135), C.J. Johnson (152) and Derrick Doss (171) also won titles for the Packers.
Boca Ciega placed sixth and qualified five for regionals, including 112-pound champion DeJour Monroe, a senior, who is now 35-7 for the season. Gibbs was seventh and qualified four for regionals.