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4A, 2A wrestlers start districts

Wrestlers go to the mats today in two Class 4A district tournaments and a 2A district meet, with the first four finishers in each weight division moving on to the next level of competition.

This year, Class A and 2A schools will be combined. Berkeley Prep is host to the Class 2A, District 10 tournament, and is joined by Tampa Prep, Tampa Catholic, Temple Heights and Lake Wales Roosevelt.

In the 4A-6 tournament, Leto is host to Brandon, Hillsborough, East Bay, Chamberlain, Gaither and King.

Armwood, Bloomingdale and Plant City will travel to Winter Haven to compete with Lakeland, Lakeland Kathleen and Lake Gibson in 4A-5.

Both 4A districts have the same schedules, with first rounds beginning at noon, consolations at 6:30 p.m. and finals at 7:30.

The 2A competition begins at 10:30 a.m. with consolations at 3 p.m. and finals at 4 p.m.

The top four placers in each 4A weight class advance to the regionals next week, while 2A qualifiers go directly to the 2A state tournament, also next week.

With only five teams in the 2A district, and some of them not having complete teams, some wrestlers could go straight to the finals with no preliminary bouts.

That means some could qualify for state without winning a match in the district.

"Since some of the teams are not full, there will be some kids who will bye right into the (district) finals," said Berkeley athletic director Al Pisano. "That means a second-place finish and state qualification for someone without a win."

Tampa Catholic's 112-pound Travis Del Rosal is the only local entering the 2A contest undefeated, with an 11-0 record.

Tampa Prep's sophomore triple-threat of D.J. Sherer (14-3 at 112), Danny Amparo (16-3 at 145) and Alec Stall (16-3 at 145) should move forward to state and could place.

Brandon is the defending 4A state champion and has beaten all Western Conference teams in the county (14-0), plus 3A Jesuit, which competed in its district Friday night.

The Eagles have the skill to win everything again this year in the state run (district, region and state).

"We have a clear focus all the way to state, but we need to do well in the districts first," Eagle coach Russ Cozart said.

"Anything can happen along the way good and bad. We could have an unexpected injury or an unexpected great performance from someone. Eric Trout and Dennis Kitko are expected to do well for us and they are our keys. But they will need help. I believe we can qualify our whole lineup for region, but it all depends on the individual wrestler and how much each wants it.

Among 4A-6 wrestlers to watch are Guy Rogers (103) and Marwan Williams (135) of King; Eric Rivera (275), Darrin Westbrook (140), Joe Cardosa (130) and Todd Gobbi (152) of East Bay; Aaron Diaz (112), Lon Passoff (145) and George Fallieras (152) of Chamberlain; Dan Ballard (119), Victor Barbosa (125) and Bill Lynn (130) of Gaither, Adrian Pagan (152) and Thomas White (189) of Leto; and Brondon's Derrall (125) and Dereck (135) Tabor, Marcel Dinard (152), Mike Reynolds (160), Brandon Robbins (171), Charles Guyton (189), Paul Burke (220) and Cory Churchill (275).

In 4A-5, some favorites are Bill Westbrook (125), Mike (135) and Dan (140) Taphorn, Tim Craig (160) and Scott Kimsey (220) of Bloomingdale; and Roger Castle (160) of Armwood.

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