ST. PETERSBURG — Among the compelling story lines at Saturday's St. Petersburg City Meet was the comeback of Boca Ciega wrestler De'Jhuan Monroe.
In his second match since breaking his femur near the knee while playing football this past fall, Monroe won the 120-pound final 12-3 against Dixie Hollins' Tommy Esker.
The victory left his coach, Toby Alvarez, repeating, "So glad to have that kid back."
Monroe, who reached the Class 2A state championships last season, improved to 2-0 and was named the City Meet most outstanding wrestler.
"It took a couple of months (to heal) and I go to therapy now, so it feels a lot better," he said. "… I didn't dominate like I should. I wanted to get that pin, but it took three rounds to beat him."
Dixie Hollins sent 11 wrestlers to the finals, winning seven of those matches, and took the overall title with 238 points. Host Northeast was second (155), followed by St. Petersburg (144) Boca Ciega (59) was fifth in the nine-team event.
"We were expecting to win it, but when you're here and there's a bunch of teams all trying to gang up on you and trying to stop you from winning it, it makes it tougher," Dixie Hollins coach Edwin Bryant said. "Our guys just really wrestled well."
Dixie Hollins' 132-pounder Dana Harrington pinned St. Petersburg's Kolton Burke in 1:59. Harrington pinned all of his opponents during the event.
Harrington's teammate, Andre Matthews handed Northeast's Chris Roane his first loss of the season 9-6 in the 285-pound final.
"I was thinking, 'He is not going to stop me,' " Matthews said. "I want to make it to state's and be a state qualifier."
Shark Fest Duals: Palm Harbor University defeated host Nature Coast 37-28 in the championship match. Twins Connor (106 pounds) and Jared (113) Prince, and Aaron Hartman (145) went undefeated with 8-0 records. Hartman improved to 28-0 on the season with a match-securing pin in the final. Connor Prince is 32-1 and Jared Prince is 33-1.