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Wrestling: Brandon wins Jim Graves Invitational

BRANDON — The 10th annual Jim Graves Invitational once again was host Brandon's time to shine on a national level.

The storied wrestling program walked away with the team title, besting 18 other schools. Their ninth Graves win included eight individual finalists and six champions.

National powers invited included Camden County (Ga.), Vestavia Hills (Ala.) and Carol Stream (Ill.) Glenbard North. All have won state titles over the past two years.

Brandon totaled 667 points to outdistance runnersup Camden and Glenbard North, which scored 547 and 532, respectively.

Senior Clark Glass led the way for the Eagles.

The four-time state champion pinned his opponent just as he did in last year's Graves tournament final.

"I love putting on the maroon and white, representing Brandon," Glass said.

"You're expected to be good. I like the challenge of living up to that."

The Eagles' other champions were: Dylan Lucas (106), James Flint (113), Rossi Bruno (126), Kevin Norstrem (132) and Jacob Haydock (170).

The bay area's only other finalist was Lennard's Freddy Guevara. The 285-pounder led Camden's Alex Washington 2-0 in the final minute of the match before getting pinned.

Brandon coach Russ Cozart said he was pleased with the high level of wrestling displayed.

"Great teams, great tradition. That's what the whole deal is about: great competition," he said. "I thought it was a great tournament. The season's still young, and I can see improvement in my guys already."

The tournament drew nearly 700 to Bryant gym on Brandon's campus over two days.

Wrestling: Brandon wins Jim Graves Invitational 12/10/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 10, 2011 10:56pm]
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