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Region wrestling: This time, IRC gets past Dunedin

After finishing runnerup to Dunedin at last week's Class A, District 11 tournament, Indian Rocks Christian coach Jay Dugmore was sure his wrestlers would do better at regions.

At Saturday's Region 3 tournament at Berkeley Prep, it beat Dunedin 133.5-131. But both finished behind Cape Coral Mariner, which had 138.5.

IRC had three champions. Jay Dugmore beat Joey Fazio of Bradenton Southeast 5-2 in the 132-pound final. Eighth-grader Erich Byelick topped Dunedin senior Marc Allison 4-3 in the 145 final after beating him 7-2 at districts.

"(Byelick) is more determined than any kid I've ever seen. He truly wants to be the best wrestler in the world," Dugmore said. "He's not scared of anyone. He challenges me at practice all the time. I wish I had 10 eighth-graders like that."

In the 152 final, sophomore Conner Allshouse drew Connor Steinfeld of Sarasota Military Academy, whom he beat 6-1 at districts. Steinfeld proved much tougher Saturday. The match was tied 2-2 until the last minute, when Allshouse bull-rushed a takedown, overpowering Steinfeld and taking a 4-2 win.

In all, the Golden Eagles qualified six for state, including Jack Pohler (120), Michael Gingras (138) and Selbourne Steward (170).

Dunedin qualified five: Allison, Stephen Nichols (106), Brendan Ditro (126), Anthony Dampier (170) and Michael Dunlap (195). Dampier won his class after a 6-5 decision against Southeast's Stephen Kelle in the semifinals and Mariner's Carrick Brennan was injured during his semifinal win.

Dunlap, a sophomore who won a district title, took third by beating Berkeley Prep's Brad Grundy 4-1.

"(Dunlap) is making good adjustments and is learning to wrestle with strength," said Dunedin's Marc Allison, who coaches his son of the same name.

Clearwater Central Catholic senior Aaron Nauert rallied from a semifinal loss to beat Tampa Prep's Landon Carter 2-1 in the 132 third-place match. Nauert pinned Alfande Pierre of Naples Lely to clinch a berth at state.

Northside Christian freshman Kamen Wilmington qualified at 138 and wound up on the other side of a rematch with Sarasota Booker's Eric Cabral. Wilmington handed him a major decision last week but fell 5-2 in Saturday's third-place match.

3A-2: PHU makes history with second

Palm Harbor U. finished runnerup to host Kissimmee Osceola 208-161.5 in the best region finish in school history.

The Hurricanes will send a school-record 10 to the state meet. Three won their classes.

Jared Prince (126) pinned his way into the final and scored a technical pin on Seminole's Luis Rivera there to improve to 66-0 this season. Twin brother Connor Prince (132) gave up just five points in his four matches in improving to 65-0. Senior Aaron Hartman (145) either pinned or won via major decision on his way to the title.

The Hurricanes also qualified: Anthony Mina (113), Joe Capone (120), Anthony Agazarm (138), Tucker Hardwick (152), Gunner Hurst (160), Tyler Orgera (195) and Marco Prusac (220).

East Lake finished ninth with 49 points, Dylan Renaker finished runnerup at 170 and Juilian Santos runnerup at 285.

Seminole finished 12th with 37.5 points. Anthony Parisi (138) won his class, beating Ryan Strickland of Lakeland Jenkins 9-2 in the final.

Rivera was Seminole's only qualifier.

Countryside was 13th with 33.5. It qualified Cain Martin, who took third at 106.

Tampa's Riverview was seventh with 68.5. Connor Barrick (195) took second while Kizhan Clarke (120) was fourth.

Durant was 10th with 46 points. The Cougars are sending 120-pounder Austin Haley to state after he lost the final in overtime.

Sickles' Andrew Martin was runnerup at 152. Alonso finished 14th with 29 points and qualified heavyweight Nathan Brantley.

2A-3: Dixie Hollins qualified two for state at Punta Gorda Charlotte. Andrew Matthews won the heavyweight class while Drew Harrington finished third at 106. Boca Ciega's Clifton Thomas qualified by finishing fourth at 195.

Region wrestling: This time, IRC gets past Dunedin 02/08/14 [Last modified: Saturday, February 8, 2014 11:52pm]
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