The thumbprint stress test _ a credit-card sized device that changes colors to indicate stress levels _ read normal for 4A, District 7 130-pound champion Terry Diehl. Just six minutes before it had been pushing the envelope, so what happened in those six minutes must have been a relief.
Pinellas Park's Diehl had just edged Seminole rival Cory McNamee 10-8 in overtime in the latest installment in their six-match career series, avenging a loss in the PCAC finals last month.
The tournament was held at Dunedin High School. The top four finishers advance to the 4A, Region II tournament Friday and Saturday at Brandon High School.
"That was my first tie ever going into overtime," Diehl said. "And I never want to see it again."
With the score 6-6 in regulation, McNamee reversed Diehl to make it 8-6. Then with time running out, Diehl reversed McNamee to tie the score 8-8 at the end of regulation. The overtime period went into sudden death, and Diehl got a takedown 25 seconds in the sudden-death period to win.
I was psyched up," Diehl said. "But I didn't lose my head like I did last time. I just concentrated on wrestling."
It was one of two overtime matches Saturday. At 160, David Hood of Clearwater edged Countryside's Tom McAuley 9-7. Tornadoes teammate Jeremy Walker took the 152 title with an 8-7 win over Countryside's Trevor Bobb a match before.
Unlike Diehl, Hood went in with some experience in overtime matches, winning two in the regular season.
"But I was so into the match I didn't even notice that it was going into overtime," he said. "I was a little too conservative in the beginning."
Countryside's Troy Fish went to 22-0 at 171, captured his first district title and avenged a painful defeat all at the same time. Last year, Pinellas Park's Brian Seymour put a damper on Fish's post-season by beating him in the 4A-7 finals. Fish evened the score Saturday, capturing a 15-6 win over Seymour in the finals. Fish pinned his way into the finals, winning his first match in 40 seconds and his second in 1:33.
"It hurt when he beat me last year, because I had beaten him twice before that," Fish said. "But he took it to me."
Fish used his upper-body strength to control the action in the latter part of the match. That's something he's trying to stop.
"I've been working a lot on my technique, and trying to get away from using just strength," he said.
Leitner moves one step closer to season's goal
By ROB McGINTY
MANATEE _ Northeast's Aaron Leitner has been seeking redemption this season at 135 pounds.
After losing in the 4A regionals last year in the second round, he has won all 22 of his matches this season.
He continued his strong showing in the district tournament in Bradenton, scoring a technical fall on Boca Ciega's Joe Caimano, beating Sarasota's Simon Leland 10-3, and abusing Tim Edelstin of Riverview 22-12 in the final.
"I'm looking forward to avenging my loss last year," said Leitner, who was 21-1 last year and is 81-20 during his four-year career. "I'll be a little nervous, but I'm a little nervous for every guy I go up against. That just contributes to winning."