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Ngo brothers shooting for double regional glory

Between the two of them, Osceola's Ngo brothers _ Kiet and Khang _ have won a title at three wrestling tournaments this year. The problem is, they have never done it at the same time.

Last week, both brothers were in the finals of the Class 3A, District 11 tournament. Khang opened the championship round with a thrilling come-from behind win at 103 pounds. Down 9-4 with 30 seconds left, he hit a five-point move to tie the score and went on to win 13-9 in sudden death. Kiet, however, fell 3-0 at 112 pounds.

"We hope that both of us will be first some day," chuckled Kiet, a year older than Khang. "Hopefully it will happen at the regionals."

Both wrestlers head into the Class 3A, Region III tournament Friday and Saturday at Auburndale High School.

Kiet had been getting all the first-place hardware this year, capturing the title at the East Lake Invitational in December and following that with a 12-6 win over Countryside's Billy Huzar in the PCAC championships last month. Now the two will join eight teammates at Auburndale.

"After not winning for a while, I think people are used to us having a good team and qualifying a lot of people for the regionals," said Kiet.

The 3A-Region III tournament begins at 2 p.m. Friday. .

The Class 4A, Region II tournament is Friday and Saturday in Brandon, starting at 2 p.m. Friday.

Meanwhile, the 2A state tournament is at River Ridge High School in Pasco County, starting Friday.