CLEARWATER — Last year at Admiral Farragut Academy, Clearwater Central Catholic wrestlers held a huge celebration after defeating Robinson for the Class 1A, District 10 title.
This time around, the Knights gained a little revenge.
Not only did Robinson win its first district team title in 49 years Friday, but the Knights qualified all 14 wrestlers for the Feb. 13 region meet. The top four from the district meet advance to the region event.
CCC took second, 75 points back, and qualified 12 athletes for the next round. St. Petersburg Catholic was third and qualified eight for the region event, while Northside Chr. will send seven, including three champions. Admiral Farragut, Indian Rocks Chr. and Calvary Chr. also will be represented.
For CCC 130-pounder Leo Queiroz, the district meet was a confidence-builder. He finished third last year and bounced around at the region meet before finishing one win shy of going to state. This year he was crowned district champion and hopes for a smoother ride.
"I think it will be a little easier, but it's still going to be pretty tough, and I'm going to have to work very hard," Queiroz said.
The Marauders' other district champion was 112-pounder Ryan Hilpl.
Spencer VanBuskirk of St. Petersburg Catholic won a 145-pound title at district last year. This time he competed at 152 pounds as the No. 2 seed but won his second consecutive title.
"It meant I was going to have to work that much harder, but in my own mind I was not a No. 2," said VanBuskirk, who beat Robinson's Mike Hawthorne 9-7 but came off the mat to an angry coach.
Asked what all the commotion was about, VanBuskirk smiled. "I could have done better," he said.
Paul Medling (189) was another St. Petersburg Catholic champion.
Drydon Dennis (32-1), Cliff Barker (33-5) and Dillon Dennis (31-0) won titles for Northside Chr.. Dalton Dennis (29-1) saw his undefeated season end when he chose not to compete in the final. He was injured at the Blue Jacket Invitational last week.
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.
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) 0:45; 189: Medling (SPC) p. Weinberg (BP) 5:07; 215: Woods (Rob) d. Turkel (BP) 12-7; 285: Benitez (Rob) tf. Heard (IRC) 19-4.
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) 0:29; 285: Tomlin (BP) inj. dflt Sierra (AFA).