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)

State wrestling: Brandon closes in on another championship

LAKELAND — With a 25th team title and 14th championship in a row all but clinched for Brandon, the focus has turned to individual accolades for the dominant Eagles.

A tournament-high 10 wrestlers clinched semifinal berths in Class 2A for Brandon (101.5 points), led by Dylan Lucas (132 pounds).

"The big thing is that they (the wrestlers) want it more than you (as the coach)," Brandon coach Russ Cozart said. "They want to be in that championship match."

Lucas is looking fourth individual title, only one from a record held by former teammates Rossi Bruno, Clark Glass and Kevin Norstrem. The junior is 64-0 this season and the odds-on favorite to capture a fourth crown.

Brandon senior James Flint (126) might be in store for a fourth title as well if he maintains his dominance. With three titles already to his credit, Flint (30-0) looks to avenge a runnerup finish last year that stopped him from the five-title pace.

Kyle Norstrem (113), Frank Bruno (106) and Dontae McGee (170) are also favorites to stand atop the podium tonight with gold around their necks. Norstrem is 67-0 with two state titles under his belt as a sophomore; Bruno (48-0), also a sophomore, has yet to taste state gold. McGee (55-0) looks for his first state title as a junior after finishing fourth last year.

Other Eagles advancing to the semifinals were Ty Lucas (120), Devan Berrian (138), Troy Joyce (145), Dakota Greene (160), and Joe Marcano (182).

Jesuit is putting forth a strong performance for the second straight year. The Tigers had five semifinal qualifiers including Jarrett Roop (106), R.C. Consuegra (126), Adam Lewis (138), Nick Mosco (195) and Austin Underwood (285).

Lewis was the 2A runnerup at 126 pounds last year, and Mosco, wrestling for Tampa Prep last year, was the 170-pound state runner-up in Class A. Underwood was the runner-up at 220 for the Tigers last year as well.

Tampa Prep is staging solid run in Class A. Donoven Hough (126), a state champ for Armwood last year at 113 pounds, has led the Terrapins. Joining him will be Anthony Artalona (120) and Leo Tarantino (138).

Robinson's Luis Peguero (182), who won the 170-pound title in Class A last year, is back in the semifinals. Tampa Bay HEAT competitors Cullen Telfer (106) and Noah Ridley (113) will also compete today for a state title.

Pinellas has 15 alive: Pinellas County had 15 competitors with a shot at individual state titles, headlined by defending champion Jared Prince (120 pounds), the Palm Harbor University junior who took gold in the same weight class a year ago. Prince and his brother Connor (126) are both undefeated at 64-0 and 63-0, respectively. Undefeated Dixie Hollins heavyweight Andre Matthews, Seminole's Anthony Parisi (138) and Dunedin's Anthony Dampier (170) are among the other Pinellas semifinalists.

State wrestling: Brandon closes in on another championship 02/14/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 14, 2014 11:54pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Cubs down Dodgers 3-2; force NLCS Game 5 Thursday


    CHICAGO — Javier Baez snapped an 0-for-20 skid with two home runs, former Ray Wade Davis hung on for a six-out save and the Cubs avoided a sweep, holding off the Dodgers 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series.

  2. Bucs' Vernon Hargreaves: 'I'm not making any plays'


    TAMPA — Eli Manning gathered his receivers together on the sideline during the Giants' Week 4 game against the Bucs and told them he planned to target the weakest link of the secondary all afternoon.

    Patriots receiver Chris Hogan gets position in front of Bucs cornerback Vernon Hargreaves for a 5-yard touchdown pass in New England’s win on Oct. 5.
  3. Lightning's J.T. Brown to stop anthem protest, focus on community involvement

    Lightning Strikes

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lightning wing J.T. Brown will no longer raise his first as a protest during the national anthem before games.

    J.T. Brown says he will work more with the Tampa police and groups that serve at-risk young people.
  4. Signs point to Jameis Winston dressing vs. Bills


    TAMPA — The Bucs didn't sign another quarterback Wednesday, which would suggest they are confident that Jameis Winston can be active as a backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday at Buffalo if he doesn't start.

  5. FSU doesn't feel need for ongoing reminder of last year's beatdown at Louisville


    Of course Florida State remembers what happened against Louisville last year. The 63-20 loss was one of the worst defeats in Seminoles history.

    Louisville's Lamar Jackson looks back at the action from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Murray State, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)