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Wrestling: Dixie Hollins shakes rust with victory in East Lake Invitational

EAST LAKE — Dixie Hollins was not consumed with the notion of winning the team title at the East Lake Invitational.

Instead, the Rebels were making sure potential was consummated. After all, this was Dixie Hollins' first tournament of the season and many wrestlers just started working out the past two weeks.

But the Rebels came together in rapid fashion, scoring 196 to beat Longwood Lyman by 19.5.

"Honestly, we were not thinking about winning it," Dixie Hollins coach Nick Spataro said. "We just got a lot of guys back from football and we were coming to be a part of it."

The Rebels had two champions: Dana Harrington at 132 pounds and Brandon Bell at 182.

Harrington, a state place-winner last season, returned two weeks ago after quarterbacking the football team. He pinned his way through the preliminaries and quarterfinals before recording decisions in the semifinals and finals.

"These were the first matches of the season for me, so I was a little rusty," Harrington said. "I gave it my all. Basically we were all just looking at trying to make it to the next day and keep going from there."

Though Dixie Hollins had as many individual champions as three other teams, it was able to show off its depth with nine wrestlers who placed among the top six, the most from any team.

Other county champions were Countryside's Matt Collora (106), Dunedin's Clarence Arrington (120) and Kyle Goodnow (170), Northside Christian's Dryden Dennis (145), Seminole's Mitch Larivee (152), Osceola's Jordan Harriott (160), Largo's Derrick Doss (195) and David Vogeney (220) and Northeast's Christopher Roane (285).

Wrestling: Dixie Hollins shakes rust with victory in East Lake Invitational 12/03/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 3, 2011 10:58pm]
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