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A-9 wrestling: Robinson makes history with first team title

CLEARWATER — Finally, Robinson has a reason to celebrate.

After 49 years of wrestling as a school, the Knights captured their first district team title Friday night during the Class A, District 10 championship at Clearwater Central Catholic.

Not only did Robinson end a streak of six straight years as district runnerup, but the Knights also qualified the entire team for regionals.

"It's great," said interim head coach Shawn Taylor. "We've been runnerup to Jesuit and CCC every year. We have nine seniors who have been wrestling four years. This was a culmination of all their work. They wanted to be the first team to make history."

Among the 14 headed for regionals, seven were district champions: Chris Rollins at 119, Zach Boyer at 135, Eric Williams at 145, Chris Padilla at 160, David Canchola at 171, D.J. Woods at 215 and Mike Benitez at 285.

Robinson won the team title with 232 points. CCC was 75 points back in second place. Berkeley Prep was fourth, but qualified eight for regionals.

"We didn't wrestle well in the finals," said coach Al Blount, who saw four kids reach the championship round, but had to settle for second place.

Berkeley Prep had only five regional qualifiers last year. Among the newcomers is Eric Massey, who will head to regionals as an eighth-grader. Blount said Massey started the year on the JV team, but began impressing people in January.

Placing second for Berkeley Prep were Ryan Pickren at 135, Mark Timmell at 160, Antonio Weinberg at 189 and David Turkel at 215.

A-10 AT CLEARWATER CENTRAL CATHOLIC

Team scores

Robinson 232, CC Catholic 157, St. Petersburg Catholic 123, Berkeley Prep 107, Northside Chr. 101.5, Admiral Farragut Academy 41, Indian Rocks Chr. 20, Calvary Chr. 8.

Championship finals

103: Drydon Dennis (NSC) d. Travis (SPC) 8-5; 112: Hilpl (CCC) p. Niger (SPC) 1:23; 119: Rollins (Rob) inj. dflt Dalton Dennis (NSC); 125: Barker (NSC) d. Melillo (SPC) 9-6; 130: Queiroz (CCC) p. Atalig (Rob) 3:45; 135: Boyer (Rob) p. Pickren (BP) 4:14; 140: Dillon Dennis (NSC) d. Zagers (CCC) 5-1; 145: Williams (Rob) d. Alberdi (CCC) 5-4; 152: VanBuskirk (SPC) d. Hawthorne (Rob) 9-7; 160: Padilla (Rob) d. Timmell (BP) 6-5; 171: Canchola (Rob) p. Edwards (AFA) :45; 189: Medling (SPC) p. Weinberg (BP) 5:07; 215: Woods (Rob) d. Turkel (BP) 12-7; 285: Benitez (Rob) tf. Heard (IRC) 19-4

Consolation finals

103: Christopher (CCC) d. Nguyen (Rob) 9-3; 112: Ford (Rob) md. Mayer (NSC) 13-3; 119: N. Travis (SPC) p. Milne (CCC) 2:06; 125: Sepe (CCC) d. Lee (Rob) 9-3; 130: Massey (BP) d. Winkler (NSC) 12-11; 135: Owens (CCC) md. Duff (SPC) 13-1; 140: Murphy (Rob) tf. Salahutdin (BP) 15-0; 145: Campbell (BP) p. O'Malley (CC) 1:29; 152: Allen (NSC) tf. Ryan (CCC) 19-3; 160: Wiren (CCC) md. Marcano (SPC) 12-6; 171: Bunn (CCC) p. Wonderly (CC) 2:28; 189: Mercer (Rob) p. Calvo (AFA) 2:32; 215: Vaughan (CCC) p. Finnamore (AFA) :29; 285: Tomlin (BP) inj dflt Sierra (AFA).

A-9 at Mulberry

Team scores

1. Jesuit 213.5, 2. McKeel Academy 126.0, 3. Kathleen 102.0, 4. Tenoroc 99, 5. Lennard 91, 6. Tampa Bay Chr. 86.5, 7. Tampa Prep 86, 8. Mulberry 82, 9. Spoto 80.5, Kissimmee Chr. 72

Individuals

103 Baldwin (KC) d. Fugate (TBC) 9-7 OT; Popp (Jes) f. .50 Kennedy (Ten); 112 Norstrem (TBC) d. Boudreau (Jes) 11-4; 119 Berridge (TBC) md. Krutzky (KC) 9-1; Sanford (Jes) d. Collins (Ten) 14-11; 125 Gonzalez (Jes) md. Emmons (Ka) 10-1; Rabney (Len) f. Parker (Mul) 4.17; 130 Alonso (TBC) d. Baumann (TP) 4-0, Cimino (Jes) d. Swope (Ka) 8-3; 135 Alizzi (jes) d. Lopez (Ka) 7-5, Bare (Sp) F. Ratiff (Len) 1.45; 140 Aikman (Sp) d. Hamilton (Jes) 11-10, Phillips (Len) f. Ferrer (Ten) .48; 145 Vibbert (McK) md. Mills (Len) 12-3; Townsend (Jes) f. Byrd (Ten) 1.58; 152 Radway (Ka) f. Vibbert (McK) 3.36, Warnock (Jes) md. Haynes (Sp) 17-3; 160 Jarrell (TP) f. Clingan (Ten) 1.45, Lombardo (Jes) d. Taveras (McK) 9-4; 171 Leon (McK) d. Bravo (Ka) 17-11, Pagan (KC) f. Kendall (Sp) 1.31; 189 Gallagly (Jes) f. Leon (McK) 3.21, Rivera (Sp) d. Jardines (Len) 12-7; 215 Lamoreau (Jes) d. Farmer (Mul) 8-6, Hall (McK) f. Phillips (Ten) 1.18; 285 (HW) Strump (Len) f. Olinger (Mul) 1.45, Bates (Ten) f. Gift (TP) .35

A-9 wrestling: Robinson makes history with first team title 02/06/09 [Last modified: Friday, February 6, 2009 11:55pm]
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