On the strength of six individual champions, Gulf hoisted its fifth consecutive district trophy Saturday evening at the Class A, District 8 meet in Brooksville.
The Buccaneers (233.5 points) easily outdistanced second-place Nature Coast (164) and the rest of the 11-team field, advancing 12 wrestlers to the region tournament next weekend.
The top four wrestlers in each weight class at district advance to the region meet.
Gulf had four repeat champions from last year: Anthony Ayers (130 pounds), R.J. O'Connor (160), Ladarious Jackson (171) and Jeff Kruse (285). Gulf's first-time district winners were Anthony Agazarm (103) and Friday Karr (189).
Jackson and Hernando's Zach Pritz had the top match of the tournament, needing three overtimes to decide their finals bout. The 2010 state champ maintained his undefeated record with a 2-1 decision. Jackson has now pushed his record to 4-0 over Pritz this season. The two will likely face each other again next weekend at the Class A, Region 2 Championship at Tenoroc High in Lakeland.
Nature Coast qualified 10 for the next round. Carter Bolesta (135) was the lone champ for the Sharks, pinning Anclote's Victor Demelo in 1 minute, 56 seconds.
Fivay (124), in its first season of existence, finished third. With three individual champions, the Falcons qualified six for next week. Sean Speer (119), Jesse Barker (125) and Mike Hahn (215) became the first three title winners in school history.
Wesley Chapel's Nick Popolillo (152) and Pasco's J.P. Gamez (112) were the other North Suncoast wrestlers to win district crowns.
Team Standings: 1. Gulf 233.5, 2. Nature Coast 164, 3. Fivay 124, 4. Hernando 97, 5. Pasco 92, 6. Trinity Catholic 59, 7. Anclote 52.5, 8t. The Villages 51, 8t. Crystal River 51, 10. Wesley Chapel 49, 11. Dunnellon 37.5.
Finals: 103: Agazarm (GUL) dec Sorrick (ANC), 8-3; 112: Gamez (PAS) dec Forand (GUL), 9-3; 119: Speer (FIV) dec Swartsel (GUL), 8-5; 125: Barker (FIV) dec Tull (NCT), 4-0; 130: Ayers (GUL) pin Ruiz (NCT), 1:00; 135: Bolesta (NCT) pin Demelo (ANC), 1:56; 140: Young (HER) dec Baxter (GUL), 5-2; 145: Hoppel (OTC) pin Gough (VIL), 2:18; 152: Popolillo (WC) pin Jimenez (OTC), 3:55; 160: O'Connor (GUL) t-fall Delgado (DUN), 19-4; 171: Jackson (GUL) dec Pritz (HER), 2-1; 189: Karr (GUL) maj dec Holoman (NCT), 11-3; 215: M. Hahn (FIV) maj dec Jordan (PAS), 12-0; 285: Kruse (GUL) pin Wilson (PAS), 0:27
Consolation Finals: 103: Nguyen (NCT) dec Carlisle (FIV), 7-0; 112: Varqulish (CR) dec Reed (FIV), 7-2; 119: Padilla (DUN) pin Bridenstine (PAS), 0:40; 125: Bussey (GUL) pin Crawford (ANC), 1:53; 130: Perez (WC) pin Genberg (HER), 0:51; 135: DeAugustino (PAS) pin Horn (OTC), 0:53; 140: Thompson (CR) pin Spears (VIL), 2:29; 145: Ayala (CR) dec Vovan (NCT), 13-7; 152: Hayes (GUL) dec Nuby (NCT), 10-8; 160: Carasquillo (NCT) dec Sullivan (HER), 3-2; 171: C. Hahn (FIV) dec McCarty (NCT), 5-3; 189: Bronson (HER) pin Lightfoot (FIV), 1:41; 215: Palasky (GUL) pin Savory (NCT), 1:33; 285: Davis (VIL) dec Carter (ANC), 2-1