LAKELAND — Pinellas County has six wrestlers in the state wrestling tournament winner's bracket and two could end up facing each other tonight for a championship.
Brian Travis (42-9) of St. Petersburg Catholic and Dryden Dennis (37-2) of Northside Christian went 2-0 Friday in the Class A, 103-pound weight bracket. Travis and Dennis each qualified for this morning's semifinals and if both win will go head-to-head in the final. Dennis decisioned Travis 8-5 two weeks ago for a district title.
"I'm ready for the rematch," Travis said. "But I still have a lot of work to do to get there."
Dennis was expected to reach the semifinals, but Travis had a roadblock. Carl Forbes of Wakulla was 41-5 heading into the quarterfinals, but Travis beat him 4-1.
"I just beat a kid who was ranked No. 3 and I was way down at the bottom," Travis said. "Everyone's been talking about how good he is, but I just got it in my mind that I was going to beat him."
Also with a shot at reaching tonight's title matches are Ryan Washington of Dixie Hollins at 2A, 145 pounds; Antonio Talley of Dunedin at 2A, 171 pounds; Justin Zeedyk of Dunedin at 2A, 189 pounds; and Dillon Dennis of Northside Christian at A, 140 pounds.
Washington won 5-4 and 10-7 and faces Joe Cozart (63-1) of Brandon in the semifinals.
Talley said his two matches on Friday were not as offensive as he had hoped, but he did score a second-period pin in his quarterfinal match. He'll face undefeated Maxwell Watson (26-0) of Bayside in his morning semifinal.
Zeedyk was trailing 3-1 in the third period of his quarterfinal against Michael Reynolds of Tate High School. That's when the Falcon decided he wasn't going to settle for a loss in his final high school tournament. He tied Reynolds 3-3 and scored a reversal with 1:30 remaining. Three penalty points later, Zeedyk was a 7-3 winner.
"I'm not going to let anyone take away this feeling of winning," Zeedyk said. "This is what I've dreamed of."
Dillon Dennis kept his undefeated season alive with 6-0 and 5-2 decisions. The Dennises' middle brother, Dalton, won his opening match 17-2 but lost 5-4 in the quarterfinals.
Defending state champion Kyle Grueninger of Countryside lost his opening match 3-0.
Team scores: 3A: 1. Osceola (Kissimmee) 27, 12. Cs 8, 12. Riverview 8, 20. Bloomingdale 6.5, 28. Alonso 4, 28. Durant 4, 37. East Lake 3, 37. Palm Harbor U. 3, 55. East Bay 0, 55. Largo 0, 78. Pinellas Park -1.
2A: 1. Brandon 40.5, 3. Springstead 18, 24. Northeast 4, 40. Armwood 2, 40. Clearwater 2, 40. Dixie Hollins 2, 40. Newsome 2, 52. Land O' Lakes 0, 52. Osceola 0, 52. Wharton 0, 52. River Ridge 0.
A: 1. Monsignor Pace 23, 5. Robinson 15, 10. Hernando 11, 12. Jesuit 9, 13. SP Catholic 8, 19. Tampa Bay Chr. 6.5, 20. Gulf 6, 20. Sunlake 6, 45. Pasco 2, 45. Zephyrhills 2, 54. Admiral Farragut 0, 54. Nature Coast 0, 54. Tampa Prep 0.
Individuals: 3A: 103: Turner (HML) d. Conner (Blm) 8-7; 119: Villanueva (SDA) d. Grueninger (Cs) 3-0, Chandler (BRD) t.f. Milanes (Alonso); 125: Dougherty (EL) md. Mark (SBR); 130: Ayers (Cs) f. Barr (PKV); 135: Frease (Cs) dflt. Durand (CSP); 140: Gordon (OVI) md. Fierro (EL) 17-5, Montero (Blm) t. f. Lamb (LIC), Stewart (Palm Harbor U.) md. Grimes (DLD) 13-2; 145: Hajner (CYC) d. Santangelo (Palm Harbor U.) 9-4; Davis (Durant) d. Polson (APK) 9-4; 152: Figari (Blm) md. Kemp (EDG) 13-2, Hazen (LKM) d. Brown (Cs) 8-7; 171: Englar (FLA) d. Horner (Durant) 8-2; 189: Ivy (alonso) f. Conley (WES); 275: Wethy (CHC) d. Hadick (Durant) 9-2.
2A: 103: Bliss (Spr) d. Mckenzie (Dixie) 9-2, Logan (NFM) d. LefeVre (Bra) 4-1; 112: Gray (Arm) d. Fulk (MAN) 5-4, Renkey (Bra) f. Ware (NPT), Ison (PAR) tf. Mckay (Land O' Lakes); 119: Ross (Spr) md. Singletary (PAR) 12-0, Bruno (Bra) tf. Lloyd (Dixie) 16-1; 125: Soto (Spr) md. Eterno (STA) 9-0, Lliberatore (Bra) f. Ambar (OLH); 130: Glass (Bra) tf. Oliver(MAC) 17-2, Magliocca (STA) tf. Rodriguez (Wharton); 135: Saintil (TRC) md. Zimmerman (Spr) 11-4, Jenkins (DWY) d. Dobler (Newsome) 5-3, Grajales (Bra) f. Pellecer (STA); 140: Tanguma (PAR) f. Hitchcock (River Ridge), Timothy (Bra) tf. Cotton (MAN), Drake (Newsome) d. Antoine (LEY) 7-5; 145: Washington (Dixie) d. Bocci (MER) 5-4, Cozart (Bra) f. Matlaga (FWB), Fischetti (TAT) f. Landgraff (Spr); 152: Johnson (RDV) d. Vannata (River Ridge) 6-5; 160: Kozie (Bra) f. Bell (NEA), Klenovich (Spr) d. Winkler (FWB) 9-7; 171: Lorensten (Spr) d. Weiss (STA) 6-4, Berridge (Bra) md. Thomas (DWY) 13-2; 189: Ettore (Bra) f. Blackwell (OLH) 3:20
Wern (Spr) f. Hefner (SAT) :21.
A: 103: Laxton (SUW) f. Gunderson (Hernando) 2:37;
112: Boudreau (Jes) d. Lomax (AMC) 3-0; Gamez (Pasco) d. Felt (SWA) 8-2; Rollins (Rob) f. Garcia (KEY) 5:00; Ayers (Gulf) f. Wojcik (CLA) 1:58; 125: Gonzalez (Jes) md. Donovan (BOL) 11-0; Marcello (CAG) f. Isom (Gulf) 4:30; 130: Adrade (CAG) d. Madden (Wiregrass) 9-4; Cimino (Jes) f. Suttles (UNC) 2:25; 135: Varner (WAK) f. Alizzi (Jes) 3:14, Boyer (Rob) md. Laniel (CLA) 13-3; 145: Morrill (Hernando) f. Pabon (SFM) 5:23, Hubbard (AVP) f. Williams (Rob ) 1:59; 152: Leone (DUN) d. Ros (MAC) 12-10; Jackson (GUL) d. Buncy (JEB) 7-2; Moore (ARN) forf. Hawthorne (ROB); 160: Jackson (GUL) d. Buncy (JEB) 7-2, Moore (ARN) forf. Hawthorne (ROB); 171: McGurrin (BOL) f. Ritter (GUL) 1:11; Davidson (HER) d. Terre (EPS) 6-1; 189: Baker (SUN) f. Hagerty (BIK) 3:30; Alexander (MEN) f. Gallagher (GUL) 2:46; 215: Woods (ROB) f. Cheney (SCO) 3:30; Moore (RVD) md. Wittington (SUN) 6:00; Lee (HAC) d. Lamoureux (JES) 7-3; 275: Benitez (ROB) f. Myers (COC) 4:25.