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Teammate helps Carter take title

Published Oct. 10, 2005

Osceola's Billy Carter was pretty sure he could win another district title.

But to improve his odds Carter had teammate Nick Spataro help him.

Carter, a senior, won the Class 3A, District 11 wrestling title last year in the 160-pound weight class. However, he came in second in the regionals and lost in the first round of the state tournament.

"Nick and I have been using one another all year," said Carter, who ran his seasonal record to 21-1 Saturday night with a second straight district crown. "I know he has helped me improve because I've had to go against him every day in practice. He's been like an extra hand for me and I'm taking it all the way to the states this year."

Carter had another edge Saturday since he had already beaten Stuart Clarke of Bradenton Southeast earlier in the season.

"It helps when you know you pinned a guy earlier in the year," said Carter, who scored a technical fall (15-0) against Clarke. "It just psyches you up more."

Sweet Revenge: Osceola's Andy Mussen had to be wondering if Martin Mogford of Venice was following him.

Mogford defeated Mussen last year in the 119-pound weight class at the districts and regionals. This year, Mussen moved up to the 125-pound weight class, and so did Mogford.

But Mussen came out aggressively Saturday and scored an 11-2 win against Mogford.

"It feels great to get a little revenge," said Mussen, who ran his record to 21-1. "I'm a much better wrestler this year and I wouldn't mind meeting him again. I'll return the favor again."

No Sophomore Jinx: Aaron Motta of Osceola was ready for anything after upsetting top-seeded Scott Sams of Bradenton Bayshore earlier in the day Saturday.

Motta, who lost his last regular-season match against Largo, won two straight matches and then pinned Venice's Chris Smith in 5:24 to capture the district crown.

"I can't believe it," Motta said. "And I'm only a sophomore."

Other wrestlers to advance for Osceola were brothers Knang and Kiet Ngo, Spataro, Dave Peleshuck and Kevin Castro. Lakewood's Justin Ruggeri placed fourth to advance to next week's Class 3A, Region III meet at Auburndale.