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2A-9 district wrestling: Durant's depth leads way to crown

Durant and East Bay were the only wrestling teams with multiple individual weight class champions Saturday at the Class 2A, District 9 tournament in Gibsonton.

The Cougars led the way with six, and the host Indians had four.

Not coincidentally, that's how they finished in the team standings as well. Durant scored 251 points, well ahead of runnerup East Bay's 157 and Armwood's 136.

"They put a lot of guys into the finals," East Bay coach Erik Matricardi said of the Cougars. "Once they got out in front there was no catching them."

Added Armwood coach Jim Henrickson: "(Durant) walked away with it. They qualified all 14 for regionals."

Durant's six champions were Chase Haley (119 pounds), Jared Rogers (130), Nick Cullen (135), Branden Booher (152), Keith Watford (160) and Jamil Hewlett (189).

The four East Bay winners were: Omar Soler (140), Nissan Anderson (145), Morquez Forest (171) and Tevin Franklin (285).

"To finish the night with four district champs, I was very, very pleased," Matricardi said.

The remaining individual champions included: King's Jacob Wasserman (103), Plant City's William Joyce (112), Armwood's Dan Duchesne (125) and Ben Richards (215) of Hillsborough.

2A-9 district wrestling: Durant's depth leads way to crown 02/05/11 [Last modified: Saturday, February 5, 2011 11:23pm]
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