Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Wrestling: Brandon dominates at Graves Invitational

BRANDON — Host Brandon dominated a 16-team field to win the ninth annual Jim Graves Christmas Invitational Saturday for the eighth time.

Graves coached the Eagles to their first of 21 state titles in 1977 and started a 459-match national winning streak, the longest of any high school sport in history.

"I named it after my best buddy here in Brandon," said Brandon coach Russ Cozart, who replaced Graves in 1980. "(Graves) started the streak and built the program up."

The Eagles extended their current streak to 61 by scoring 629.5 points. Camden, one of three Georgia teams, was runnerup with 431 points and South Dade, which ended Brandon's streak by winning the Graves tourney in 2008, finished third with 419.

"Camden's a great team, and so is Pope (fourth, 331 points)," Cozart said. "There were three great teams from Georgia, three great teams from Miami; then you've got us."

"The top teams were outstanding," said Jim Haskins, Pope's coach and a former Tampa resident. "We really like the caliber of wrestlers here."

Eight Brandon wrestlers won their finals matches. Eagles 152-pounder Clark Glass worded the quickest by pinning Jacob Moskowitz of Lakeland George Jenkins in 59 seconds. Kyle Koziel had the closest match, edging Camden's Tim Gilbert 4-3 at 171 pounds.

The Eagles' other champions were: Colton Howell (112), Kevin Norstrem (125), Rossi Bruno (130), Tyler Liberatore (135), Wally Figaro (160) and Mike Ettore (189).

The only other Tampa Bay area wrestler to win a final was Strawberry Crest's Abe Fernandez, who defeated South Dade's Carlos Diego 4-2 at 103. Fernandez, a state qualifier last season, and Koziel were voted by coaches as the tourney's two outstanding wrestlers.

"This means the world to me," said Fernandez, a senior. "I've been practicing all summer and going to camps to make sure I bring the first state title to Strawberry Crest."

9th Annual Jim Graves Christmas Invitational

Team results: Brandon 629.5; Camden County (Ga.) 431; South Dade 419; Pope (Ga.) 331; Vestavia (Ala.) 313

Individual results: 103: Fernandez (SC) over Diego (SD). 4-2; 112: Howell (Br) over Uhre (St. Thomas Aquinas), 11-5; 119: Hall (SD) over Gulesian (Columbus, Fl.), 5-0; 125: Norstrem (Br) over Hamilton (Camden), 15-5; 130: Bruno (Br) over Bangs (Columbus), 7-1; 135: Liberatore (Br) over Alfau (SD), 20-1; 140: Ramirez (SD) over LaBarre (Newsome), 3-1; 145: Trott (Camden) over Henson (Pope); 152: Glass (Br) pin Moskowitz (Lakeland George Jenkins), :59; 160: Figaro (Br) over Anthony (Pope); 171: Koziel (Br) over Gilbert (Camden), 4-3; 189: Ettore (Br) over Stevens (Pope), 8-3; 215: Chapman (Peachtree, Ga.) over James (Camden), 10-3; 285: Simmons (Vestavia) over Butler (Camden), 4-2

Wrestling: Brandon dominates at Graves Invitational 12/11/10 [Last modified: Saturday, December 11, 2010 11:18pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Jordan Spieth wins British Open

    Golf

    SOUTHPORT, England — Someday, perhaps soon, there will be a plaque at Royal Birkdale for Jordan Spieth, much like the one off the 16th hole that celebrates Arnold Palmer and the 6-iron he slashed out of the rough in 1961 to usher in a new era of golf.

    Jordan Spieth, left, stands on a mound to look at his ball on the 13th hole after hitting onto the driving range.
  2. Fennelly: Brutal weekend could be start of something worse for Rays

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Well, that was lovely.

    Brad Boxberger suffers his second loss in the three-game series, this time by allowing back-to-back homers in the eighth inning when called on to protect a 5-3 lead. “Just bad pitches,” he says.
  3. Wesley Chapel hockey camp impresses youth players, parents

    Lightning Strikes

    WESLEY CHAPEL — As a 17-year-old Triple-A hockey player, MacCallum Brown regularly plays against elite talent. As a Palm Harbor resident, he often has to travel to face that talent.

  4. Rays journal: Rays gamble on Sergio Romo's track record, heart

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Some of RHP Sergio Romo's numbers this season with the Dodgers were the worst of his career, yet the Rays feel he can be a good fit for the bullpen.

    Sergio Romo has a 6.12 ERA this season, but his career 0.98 WHIP is best in the majors, and he has held righties to a .189 average.
  5. Rays claim not to be panicking after third straight brutal loss to Rangers

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — There was no "here we go again" moment in the dugout as Rougned Odor's two-run homer in the eighth inning arced across Tropicana Field and toward the rightfield seats, even though when it landed, the score was tied and another late-inning Rays lead was blown.

    Rays third baseman Evan Longoria heads back to the dugout after fouling out in the ninth inning with the potential tying run on first.