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)

North Suncoast: Gulf wins third consecutive Sunshine Athletic Conference wrestling tournament

HOLIDAY — By the midway point in Saturday's tournament, it was obvious to the programs involved that a third consecutive Sunshine Athletic Conference championship was in the cards for Gulf.

The Buccaneers built a lead of more than 100 points after the semifinals and finished with 280.5, easily outdistancing runnerup Fivay (190.5 points).

Gulf had three individuals win their third consecutive SAC championships: Anthony Ayers (130 pounds), R.J. O'Connor (160) and Ladarious Jackson (171).

"You have to have that tough mentality," Jackson said. "Being able to go into the state series with a good conference tournament performance is huge."

Friday Karr (189) and Jeff Kruse (285) also won conference titles. For Kruse, who finished third at state last season, it was his second straight SAC gold.

Chris Palasky (215), who was one of the favorites in his weight class, was upset in the semifinals by Pasco's Zack Jordan. The other state-ranked wrestler at 215, Zephyrhills' Frank Morrison, suffered a left knee injury in the semifinals and was forced to forfeit the remainder of his matches. He is questionable for district this coming week.

The opening led to Fivay's Mike Hahn taking the title in that class by pinning Jordan in 3:32.

The Falcons, a first-year program, put five wrestlers in the finals, led by Sean Speer (119). Speer, the state-ranked lightweight, defeated Gulf's Forrest Swartsel 11-5 to capture his first individual conference title.

Wiregrass Ranch, which placed right behind the Bucs last season, had three individual champs — David Hill (125), Dylan Koesling (130) and Elliot Morales (140) — but only managed third place in the team standings.

"They know that we're the underdogs, and I love being the underdog," Wiregrass Ranch coach Kris Simmons said. "We are just going to keep rolling on this success and work our butts off."

One notable wrestler was missing. River Ridge's Andrew Herr (189) suffered a rib injury last week and was unable to participate. He expected to be ready for the district tournament.

Sunshine Athletic Conference Championships

Anclote High, Holiday

Individual finals: 103: Sorrick (ANC) dec Agazarm (GUL), 16-13; 112: Gamez (PAS) pin Reed (FIV), 3:16; 119: Speer (FIV) dec Swartsel (GUL), 11-5; 125: Hill (WGR) dec Timberlake (MIT), 7-4; 130: Ayers (GUL) pin Perez (WC), 3:01; 135: Koesling (WGR) maj dec DeAugustino (PAS), 14-4; 140: Morales (WGR) pin Baxter (GUL), 3:58; 145: Wertheim (MIT) dec Hart (SUN), 9-5; 152: Popolillo (WC) pin Hayes (GUL), 1:15; 160: O'Connor (GUL) pin Grilli (FIV), 1:47; 171: Jackson (GUL) maj dec Hahn (FIV), 20-9; 189: Karr (GUL) maj dec Corrin (RVR), 18-9; 215: Hahn (FIV) pin Jordan (PAS), 3:32; 285: Kruse (GUL) pin Wilson (PAS), :35.

Team standings: 1. Gulf 280.5, 2. Fivay 190.5, 3. Wiregrass Ranch 140.5, 4. Pasco 139, 5. Mitchell 135, 6. Sunlake 110.5, 7. River Ridge 102.5, 8. Wesley Chapel 90.5, 9. Anclote 76, 10. Zephyrhills 58, 11. Land O'Lakes 48, 12. Hudson 37, 13. Ridgewood 34.5

North Suncoast: Gulf wins third consecutive Sunshine Athletic Conference wrestling tournament 01/29/11 [Last modified: Saturday, January 29, 2011 11:08pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Bucs journal: Kicker Nick Folk has up and downs against Jaguars


    JACKSONVILLE — If the Bucs had hoped for a drama-free night in their kicking game, they'll have to wait another week.

    Bucs kicker Nick Folk celebrates one of his two made field goals against the Jaguars, but he also misses a field goal and has an extra point blocked.
  2. Bucs top Jaguars behind strong first half



    There is a reason why the air in Tampa Bay is filled with playoff talk. If Thursday night's 12-8 Bucs preseason win over the Jaguars is any indication, it's also going to be filled with footballs thrown by quarterback Jameis Winston.

    Doug Martin gets the Bucs’ only touchdown  on a 2-yard run, squeaking past linebacker Telvin Smith in the first quarter. He has five carries for 30 yards.
  3. Rays journal: Archer has strong outing, with two mistakes

    The Heater

    TORONTO — Two pitches RHP Chris Archer didn't execute are the ones that stood out Thursday as Josh Donaldson hit them out of the park. But the two solo home runs aside, Archer turned in a sterling outing that went atop the pile of good pitching the Rays keep wasting.

    Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) works during the first inning. [Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP]
  4. Tim Tebow continues wowing fans as he wraps up bay area games


    CLEARWATER — Tracey Fritzinger has seen Tim Tebow play baseball a few times this year. The 40-year-old St. Petersburg resident went to two of his games against the Tampa Yankees, along with Joy, her little sister from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

    St. Lucie Mets outfielder Tim Tebow, middle, hangs out in the dugout during Thursday night’s game against the Clearwater Threshers at Spectrum Field, the last of St. Lucie’s eight-day trip to the Tampa Bay area.
  5. Rays vs. Mariners, 7:10 Friday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Mariners

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun, 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Austin Pruitt (50) in the dugout during the ninth inning of the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017. The Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 7-3.