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A-10 wrestling: CCC builds big lead, takes team title

INDIAN ROCKS — Northside Christian pulled off an amazing task of winning six straight individual district championships Thursday night, but it still wasn't enough to pass Clearwater Central Catholic for the team title.

Before the medal round, the Marauders led Robinson by 23.5 points and the Mustangs by 40. Clearwater Central Catholic, which qualified 13 for regionals, clinched the team title with three individual champions and four runnersup. Northside finished with six champions and no runnersup.

"What I'm most proud of is all these kids are true CCC kids," said Marauders coach Scott Stern. "It's easy to win when you inherit a bunch of talent, but developing it is something else."

For Northside, Aaron Hartman started the championship round with a first-period pin. Brian Travis (112) and Dryden Dennis (119) won by major decisions. Dalton Dennis (125) followed with a pin, Anthony Melillo (130) scored an 8-4 decision and Cliff Barker (135) recorded a first-period pin. In that stretch, the Crusaders gained 30 points and overtook Robinson for second, but still trailed CCC 183-157.

"Anytime you get six champions it's a good thing," said coach Chris Wilmington. "You can't take that away."

Leo Queiroz earned CCC's first title with a 9-6 decision at 140. Dylan Bunn won the 152 title and Justin Lewandowski snatched the 189 title. Lewandowski, a No. 2 seed, was the only non-No. 1 seed to win an individual championship. He upset No. 1 seed Andrew Curron of Lakewood 7-1.

For Queiroz, this will be his fourth and final shot at regionals. He has not placed in his first three attempts.

"I want this to end at the state tournament," he said. "I just have to learn from mistakes. I've learned that mentally every match has to be like a state final."

Lakewood took fourth in the team standings and will send 10 to regionals. Admiral Farragut finished sixth and will send two to regionals, including 160-pound champion Thomas Gorman, who is 36-1 for the season.

Indian Rocks Christian qualified three wrestlers for the next round and St. Petersburg Catholic will send one.

District A-10 Wrestling

Team: Clearwater Central Catholic 197, Northside Christian 159, Robinson 153.5, Lakewood 120, Berkeley Prep 114, Admiral Farragut Academy 38, Indian Rocks Christian 26.5, St. Petersburg Catholic 17, Calvary Christian 0.

Championships: 103: Hartman (NSC) p. McKinzie (ROB) 1:01; 112: Travis (NSC) md. Nguyen (ROB) 9-0; 119: DryDennis (NSC) md. Christopher (CCC) 12-3; 125: DalDennis (NSC) p. Johnson (LKWD) 1:20; 130: Melillo (NSC) d. Sepe (CCC) 8-4; 135: Barker (NSC) p. Burkholder (CCC) 1:22; 140: Queiroz (CCC) d. Murphy (ROB) 9-6; 145: Pickren (BP) d. Ryan (CCC) 5-2; 152: Bunn (CCC) p. Applegate (ROB) 3:31; 160: Gorman (AFA) p. Padilla (ROB) 3:34; 171: Timmel (BP) p. Clarke (LKWD) 1:53; 189: Lewandowski (CCC) d. Curron (LKWD) 7-1; 215: Woods (ROB) d. Miles (BP) 3-2; 285: Turkel (BP) p. Sierra (AFA) 2:48.

A-10 wrestling: CCC builds big lead, takes team title 02/04/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 4, 2010 11:53pm]
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