A-3 wrestling: Northside Christian crowns three champs, finishes second overall

FORT MYERS — Northside Christian crowned three individual champions Friday at the A-3 region tournament to finish second as a team.

Brian Travis (43-5) won at 112 pounds, Dalton Dennis (41-2) at 125 and Anthony Melillo (45-6) at 130 for the Mustangs.

For Dennis, whose only losses came against out-of-state competition, Friday was merely a formality as anything short of a state title will be a disappointment. Dennis is the top-ranked 125-pounder in Class A.

"There's a little pressure but I don't look at it that much," he said. "I was ranked No. 1 last year and I was ranked No. 1 as a freshman and didn't win state. …I've got to stay focused and stay motivated."

Aaron Hartman, Dryden Dennis and Cliff Barker each qualified for next weekend's state finals in Lakeland with third-place finishes to help Northside finish runnerup (136.5) to Jesuit. Any wrestler who places among the top four of his or her weight class advances.

Seniors Kevin Nichols (27-6, 145 pounds) and Michael Lamoureux (19-4, 215 pounds) won their weight classes to lead Jesuit, which finished with 153.5 points. The Tigers won their first region championship since 2004.

"I'm so proud of my team," Jesuit coach Mike Scicchitano said. "I'm so happy for everybody, not just the ones going to state. …It's a great day for Jesuit wrestling."

Jesuit qualified seven for next state.

Thomas Gorman (42-1) also won the 160 title for Admiral Farragut.

A-3 wrestling: Northside Christian crowns three champs, finishes second overall 02/12/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 12, 2010 9:51pm]

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