Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hillsborough: Brandon dominates its own Graves Invitational wrestling meet

BRANDON — As the visiting teams boarded their buses, either to make a short drive home or start the first leg of a long commute, Brandon wrestling coach Russ Cozart looked around his gymnasium after another successful meet.

Some of the 16 visitors had come from as far away as Alabama and Utah, but the Graves Invitational title remained in Brandon's house Saturday. The Eagles outpointed next-best Lake Gibson 712-531 as eight of 11 Brandon wrestlers claimed victory in the finals.

"You have teams from Utah (Uintah) and Alabama (Vestavia Hills) and two great Miami teams (South Dade, Columbus), and you had a lot of other teams that were really good," Brandon coach Russ Cozart said. "And we were looking for those individuals to come out and make their way to the finals."

Brandon's eight champions were: Rossi Bruno (121 pounds), Kevin Norstrem (127), Tyler Libertore (132), Clark Glass (147), Joe Cozart (152), Kyle Koziel (173), Zach Baldwin (217) and Henry Chirino (287).

"The competition we get down here is really good," said Vestavia Hills coach Steve Gaydosh said, whose team finished in fourth place behind third-place Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas. "I just really enjoy competing with all these teams, and we come down here so we can compete against the best guys. I really enjoy this because there are a lot of good teams in the South like (Brandon). But overall we came down here to get better."

Great competition took place all day as Lake Gibson, St. Thomas Aquinas, Vestavia Hills, Columbus and South Dade all gave the Eagles their best shot.

After Brandon, St. Thomas Aquinas sent four wrestlers to the finals, with all four claiming victories.

In one of the best finals matches, St. Thomas Aquinas' Joey Eterno and Brandon's Ty Jones battled until the final seconds with Eterno just edging Jones 6-5 in three periods.

"We needed the strong bouts today and we're out here trying to get that edge," Cozart said. " … We're going to go back into the workout room because we have some important dates ahead of us."

Fast Facts

Team scores

Brandon 712; Lake Gibson 531; St. Thomas 406; Vestavia Hills (Ala.) 395; South Dade 388; Uintah (Utah) 334; Columbus 325; Citrus 259; Newsome 221; Chamberlain 177; Wiregrass Ranch 177; Wharton 171; Kathleen 146; Sickles 106; Lake Region 103; Freedom 102; Plant 87.


105: Uhre (St. Thomas) p. S. Hall (South Dade); 114: E. Hall (South Dade) d. Jorge (Lake Gibson) 4-3; 121: Bruno (Brandon) d. Christensen (Uintah) 8-3; 127: Norstrem (Brandon) d. Noffo (Columbus) 9-4; 132: Libertore (Brandon) p. Krutzky (Lake Gibson) 3:33; 137: Eterno (St. Thomas) d. Jones (Brandon) 6-5; 142: Martin-Hadalgo (Columbus) p. Coterell (Lake Gibson); 147: Glass (Brandon) d. Carlson (Vestavia) 3-2; 152: Cozart (Brandon) d. Dobler (Newsome) 14-5; 162: Speilar (St. Thomas) d. Figaro (Brandon) 10-7; 173: Koziel (Brandon) d. Jackson (Citrus) 7-3; 191: Weiss (St. Thomas) d. Ettore (Brandon) 6-3; 217: Baldwin (Brandon) p. Griffen (Vestavia); Hwt: Chirino (Brandon) d. Wethy (Columbus) 4-2.

Hillsborough: Brandon dominates its own Graves Invitational wrestling meet 12/12/09 [Last modified: Saturday, December 12, 2009 10:56pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays beat Orioles, but tough stretch looms that could change their plans (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tuesday was a step back in the right direction for the Rays, who halted a season-high five-game losing streak by hanging on — and we mean that pretty much literally — for a 5-4 win over the Orioles.

    The Rays’ Tim Beckham celebrates with Mallex Smith after hitting a three-run homer in the second inning for a 5-0 lead.
  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    Rookie RHP Jake Faria had his lucky rubber duck — OG, the original one he has had since high school — with him, and the Rays had nothing to worry about as he put his rocky Wednesday outing well behind him, working into the eighth while scattering seven hits.

  3. Rays journal: Rookie Jacob Faria continues to show veteran poise

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Orioles threatened in the first inning and the second. They loaded the bases with one out in the fifth inning with the top of the order up and seemed poised for a big inning. But those opportunities produced only one run because Rays rookie RHP Jacob Faria kept his composure and got the …

    Jacob Faria goes a career-high 71/3 innings, staying composed when the Orioles threaten.
  4. Rays vs. Orioles, 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, Tropicana Field


    Today: vs. Orioles

    12:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM

    Tickets: $15-$275; available at Tropicana Field box office,, surcharge of up to $5 within 5 hours of game time.

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  5. Bruce Arena blends intense demands with humor to lead U.S. soccer


    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Bruce Arena bites his fingernails religiously, a habit he has had since age 10.

    Among some other unmentionables.

    Bruce Arena