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Class A, Region 3 wrestling: Robinson finishes second overall

FORT MYERS — History was not on Brian Travis' side at the A-3 region meet at Evangelical Christian on Saturday, but luck certainly was.

After losing to Tampa Bay Christian eighth-grader Victor Fugate twice this season, Travis, a sophomore at St. Petersburg Catholic, pulled out an 11-9 decision Saturday. The win gave Travis the school's first individual region title and helped the Barons place sixth in the team standings, another best.

Fort Myers Riverdale won for the second straight year, totaling 171.5 points. Robinson placed second and Jesuit (106.5) was fourth. The top four from each weight class advance to the state meet, which starts Friday at the Lakeland Center.

After winning the first district title in Robinson history last week, the second-place Knights continued their dream season, advancing six to state. Robinson had three individual champs.

Senior Chris Rollins (119) won the Knights' first title, narrowly defeating Riverdale's Alex Paraschuk 7-6. Rollins and Paraschuk were tied at 6 going into the final 20 seconds of the third period, but Rollins escaped, earning him a point and win.

"It's so hard to explain. I was just going on reaction, really," Rollins said of his win. "Going to the last period I was so scared. I didn't know what I was thinking, but I just had to hold on."

Other local titlists included Kevin Norstrem of Tampa Bay Christian, David Gonzalez of Jesuit, and Zach Boyer and Mike Benitez of Robinson.

Class A, Region 3 wrestling: Robinson finishes second overall 02/14/09 [Last modified: Sunday, February 15, 2009 12:24am]
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