SEFFNER — After failing to win the district wrestling meet for the first time in a decade last year, Jesuit reclaimed the top spot at the 2A-9 meet hosted by Armwood on Saturday.
Jesuit heavyweight Jack Taylor defeated top-seeded Freddie Guevara from Lennard in the day's final match to put an exclamation point on a performance in which the Tigers scored 209 to runnerup Lennard's 174.
"I'm very proud of this team because they've been working for this since last spring," Jesuit coach Mike Scicchitano said. "After the way we lost last year we've had today circled on the calendar all season. It's a very special day for Jesuit wrestling and to have our heavyweight win that last match made it even more special because he lost in the final match last year."
Host Armwood came away with four champions — Donoven Hough (106 pounds), Taylor Dutrieux (160), Robert Witte (175) and Travis Macon (182) — but was sixth in the standings. Coach C.J. Gittens said that the number of Hawks winners is an indicator of good things to come.
"Our goal was to go to regionals with four wrestlers, and we ended up with that so I'm not disappointed," Gittens said. "We have a lot of young guys, but when you see that we had three guys beat wrestlers from the winning school (Jesuit), I think we'll be really good once we have a full lineup."
A-9: Robinson edged
Wesley Chapel's Thomas Fee (195 pounds), Diego Farchaka (220) and heavyweight Teddy Johnson beat their Robinson foes in the final three matches and the Wildcats edged the host Knights 189.5 to 180.5 to win the Class A, District 9 championship.