RIVERVIEW — One week after wrestling the closest match at the Hillsborough County Championships, Brandon's Ty Jones and Wharton's Basim Saed made things even tighter at Saturday night's Class 3A, District 6 tournament hosted by Riverview.
Jones, who edged Saed 4-3 at the county event, needed triple-overtime to defeat him 4-2 in the 135-pound championship final. That helped powerhouse Brandon win all 14 weight classes and tally 319 points. Wharton edged Newsome 144-143 for the team runnerup spot.
Tied at 2 through three periods and a one-minute sudden-death round, Jones got the decisive two points in the first of two 30-second frames and held on for the win.
"It was pretty tough," said Jones, a senior who improved to 48-9 and had two pins before taking on Saed. "I had to rely on my conditioning."
The top four individual wrestlers in each weight class advance to regional events later this week.
Faced with the prospect of meeting Saed yet again in the postseason, Jones said, "I'll definitely be up for the task."
Another Brandon wrestler who distinguished himself at this tournament was Terry Dawson. The senior had missed the county and Tony Ippolito tournaments because of an injured left forearm, but he came back Saturday with a vengeance. The 112-pounder pinned Bloomingdale's Sammy Conner in 41 seconds in the final.
"I wasn't worried about this tournament, I was worried about states," said Dawson, whose injuries forced him to miss all of last season and parts of two others.
"He's been nursing an injury," coach Russ Cozart said of Dawson. "Everything worked out great. He's been working hard, and this is his year."
Wally Figaro (160), Mike Ettore (189) and Henry Chirino (285) also had pins for the Eagles. In another close championship match, Brandon's Zack Baldwin (215) outlasted Newsome's Garret Fuglaar 1-0.
There were a few other dominant efforts by the Eagles with Kevin Norstrem (125), Clark Glass (145) and Joe Cozart (152) all winning by technical fall.
Class 3A, District 6 Championships
TEAM SCORES: 1. Brandon (319), 2. Wharton (144), 3. Newsome (143), 4. Alonso (98), 5. Bloomingdale (68), 6. Riverview (44.5), 7. Plant (42), 8. Freedom (38.5), 9. Tampa Bay Tech (13).
INDIVIDUALS: 103: Fugate (BRA) 7-3 dec.Devault (WHA); 112: Dawson (BRA) pin :41 Conner (BLO); 119: Bruno (BRA) 17-2 maj. Milanes (ALO); 125: Norstrem (BRA) tech. 19-4 Reagor (BLO); 130: Liberatore (BRA) ff Schepman (ALO); 135: Jones (BRA) triple OT 4-2 Saed (WHA); 140: Berridge (BRA) dec. 9-3 Defontaine (BLO); 145: Glass (BRA) tech. 17-2 Hinton (NEW); 152: Cozart (BRA) tech. 19-2 Dobler (NEW); 160: Figaro (BRA) pin 1:04 Drake (NEW); 171: Koziel (BRA) dec. 10-3 Jordan (WHA); 189: Ettore (BRA) pin 3:42 Wilson (WHA); 215: Baldwin (BRA) dec. 1-0 Fuglaar (NEW); 285: Chirino (BRA) pin 2:56 Nold (WHA).