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3A-2 wrestling: Pinellas wrestlers find going tough in Brandon-dominated region

BRANDON — Once again, 14 Brandon wrestlers qualified for the next round — only this time they're not all moving on as champions.

The Eagles' 14 district champions all finished in the top four of their weight classes in Saturday night's Class 3A, Region 2 meet to advance to the state tournament. That's two more state qualifiers than last season when Brandon won a school-record seven individual titles.

It also matched the number of wrestlers Brandon sent to state in 2004. That year, the Eagles had a school-record 11 regional champions.

Eight Eagles earned region crowns, which led to another dominating performance. Brandon's 311.5 points were well ahead of runnerup Kissimmee Osceola's 177.5. None of the other 28 teams cracked 100.

"We're on a mission and we're not done yet," Brandon coach Russ Cozart said. "We've got one more week. We want to go to states and we want to win it, and we're going to work for it."

Victor Fugate had the Eagles' first shot at a region title and wasted little time. The 103-pounder pinned Kissimmee Gateway's Alex Perez in 57 seconds.

None of Brandon's other wins came that quickly with Wally Figaro(160 pounds) notching the only other pin. It took him two minutes, 53 seconds to pin St. Petersburg's Bo Kennedy.

Joe Cozart had the next most dominating effort with a 21-5 technical fall against Newsome's Chandler Dobler at 152.

The other Eagles with victories were Ross Bruno (119), Kevin Norstrem (125), Tyler Liberatore (130), Mike Ettore (189) and Henry Chirino (285). Brandon's other state qualifiers included Terry Dawson (112), Ty Jones (135), Travis Berridge (140), Clark Glass (145), Kyle Koziel (171) and Zack Baldwin (215).

Pinellas County had four finalists, but none of them won. Aside from Kennedy, the county's other finalists were Countryside's Ryan Hartman (112), St. Petesburg's Jameel Bryant (171) and Pinellas Park's Trey Butler (285).

REGION 2A-3 WRESTLING TOURNAMENT

At Charlotte High (Punta Gorda)

Team scores:­ 1. Riverdale 213, 2. Charlotte 155, 3. Palmetto Ridge, 145.5, 4. Durant 94.5, 6. Osceola 67, 7. Dixie Hollins 64, 10. Largo 51, 14. Hillsborough 45, 16. Plant City 34.5, 17. Leto 34, 18. 19. Gibbs 26, 20. East Bay 25, 24. Sickles 9.5, 25. Jefferson 9, 26. King 8, 26. Bogie 8, 29. Armwood 4, 31. Blake 0, 31. Bayshore 0.

Championship finals: 103: Dalton Langford (RD) d. Luis Garcia (PR), 7-5 OT; 112: Brady Logan (NFM) p. Brandon Gacad (IB), 0:16; 119: Jonathon Heffner (RD) d. Jeremy Erickson (VEN), 5-2; 125: Cody Singletary (PR) md. Alex Hamm (DUR), 9-1; 130: Zak Katine (RD) md. Killian Whitley (LE), 13-4; 135: Alex Paraschuk (RD) d. Clarence Longley (LAR), 3-2; 140: Jose Lopez (RD) d. Taylor Cooper (DH), 7-0; 145: Benel Frazile (CH) d. Luis Tonge (OSC), 7-6; 152: Nick Sanchez (RD) p. Avery Brightwell (CH), 3:42; 160: Basil Minto (MAR) d. Jackson Dodd (RD), 9-2; 171: Titus Horner (DUR) d. Divante Davis (CH), 6-1; 189: Josh DaSilveira (BAR) d. Trevor Dunn (RD), 5-2; 215: Dylan Gamret (PR) d. Jawon Richardson (CH), 3-0; HWT: Darius Brooks (PAL) p. Adam Donohue (GIB), 3:22.

Consolation finals: 103: William Joyce (PC) d. Matt Parker (VEN), 9-4; 112: Blaine Ison (PR) inj. Def. Hilo Watanabe (FM); 119: Dana Harrington (DH) d. Joseph Lugo (HB), 3-2; 125: Andrew Vartiainen (CH) d. Sean McClimans (NAP), 4-3; 130: Matt Dixon (OSC) p. Jared Rogers (DUR), 3:31; 135: David Tanguma (PR) d. Brett Hurt (MAR), 3-0; 140: Brennon Scott (CH) d. Colton Schuchert (VEN), 7-2; 145: Richie Blasucci (BAR) d. Bobby Nuccio (IB), 3-0; 152: T.J. Davis (DUR) p. Donell Reed (PAL), 4:10; 160: Mike Myers (LR) d. Cody Chaney (PC), 5-2; 171: Victor Castillo (RD) p. Romarchio Jones (HB), 2:23; 189: Michael Rippy (FM) d. Davion Stuarts (CH), 5-2; 215: Ben Richards (HB) p. Matthew Rippy (FM), 2:35

Class 3A, Region 2 Wrestling

at Brandon

Team Scores: 1. Brandon 311.5. 2. Kissimmee Osceola 177.5. 3. North Port 97. 4. Bradenton Manatee 95. 5. Lakeland George Jenkins 89.5. 6. Newsome 79. 7. Pinellas Park 63.5. 8. Alonso 56. 9. Wharton 55. 10. Lakeland 53. 11. Palm Harbor University 50. 12. St. Petersburg 42. 13. Seminole 38. 14. Chamberlain 37.5. 15. Countryside 36. 16. Naples Gulf Coast 34. 17. Sarasota 32. 18. East Lake 29. 19. Kissimmee Gateway 23. 20. Bayside 21.5. 21. Port Charlotte 17. 22. Bloomingdale 14. 23. Clearwater 14. 24. Riverview 13. 25. Gaither 12. 26. St. Petersburg Northeast 10. 27. Plant 8.5. 28. Freedom 6. 29. Sarasota Riverview 6. 30. Tampa Bay Tech 3.

Individual Scores: 103 Fugate (Dur) pin :57 Valez (Kiss Gate). 112 Habiel (Jenk) 7-1 dec. Hartman (Country). 119 Bruno (Bra) 12-1 maj. Ti. Locksmith (Kiss Osc). 125 Norstrem (Bra) 14-1 maj. Strickland (Kiss Osc). 130 Liberatore (Bra) 16-4 maj. Callahan (Nor Port). 135 Jo. Locksmith (Kiss Osc) 18-5 maj. Jones (Bra). 140 Baldwin (Kiss Osc) pin 1:47 Cotton (Bra Man). 145 Bird (Kiss Osc) 13-6 dec. Moskowitz (Jenk). 152 Cozart (Bra) tech. 21-5 Dobler (New). 160 Figaro (Bra) pin 2:53 Kennedy (St. Pete). 171 Clemons (Kiss Osc) 14-8 dec. Bryant (St. Pete). 189 Ettore (Bra) 4-2 dec. Edward (Lakeland). 215 Newman (Jenk) 4-3 dec. Baldwin (Bra). 285 Chirino (Bra) 8-3 dec. Butler (PP).

UP NEXT

State tournament

At the Lakeland Center. First round starts at 10 a.m. Friday. Semifinals are at 11 a.m. Saturday and finals at 6:35 p.m.

3A-2 wrestling: Pinellas wrestlers find going tough in Brandon-dominated region 02/13/10 [Last modified: Saturday, February 13, 2010 10:36pm]
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