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Brandon wins 4A-Region II crown

If seeing Brandon in the top spot at the Class 4A, Region II tournament is getting to be boring, well, maybe you aren't looking at it right.

"Winning the district is nice," said Eagles coach Russ Cozart, whose team won its third straight region title Saturday. "But I try to look at the individual victories."

The Eagles beat runner-up Countryside 193-136, qualified a school-record nine athletes for the state tournament and produced three weight-class champs.

Is that good enough, coach?

"I would have hoped for more," he said. "But I'll take three champs and three seconds any day."

The Eagles were led by defending state champion Dennis Kitko, who won at 119. Other Brandon champs were Stein Edwards at 112 and Darrell Tabor at 125. Other Hillsborough winners were King's Guy Rogers at 103, Bloomingdale's Tim Craig at 160 and Dean O'Brien at 220 and East Bay's Eric Rivera at 275.

The top four finishers in each weight class advanced to the state tournament Friday and Saturday in Boca Raton.

Overall, there were 20 state qualifiers from Hillsborough.

Countryside had eight of Pinellas' 16 state qualifiers. Troy Fish (171) was the Cougars' lone winner, 9-8 over Leto's Thomas White.

Other Pinellas titlists were: Pinellas Park's Terry Diehl (130), Northeast's Aaron Leitner (135) and St. Petersburg's Tim Byrd (145).

Crystal River's

Fischer state champ

NEW PORT RICHEY _ Crystal River junior Bobby Fischer won a wrestling state championship at the Class 2A-1A meet at River Ridge High School.

Fischer won 10-4 over Dave Fish of Cocoa Beach in the 152-pound weight class.

Jacksonville Bolles laid claim to the first Class 2A-1A wrestling championship trophy before the final round of matches. Bolles beat runner-up Rockledge 146{-100.

Besides Fischer, seven other Tampa Bay wrestlers finished in the top four.

Tony Gazzarato of River Ridge won 10-1 in the consolation round over Dustin DeNunzio of Clearwater Central Catholic at 119 pounds, taking third place.

Tampa Catholic's Travis Del Rosal (112) decisioned Al Bradley of Glades Central 11-3, and heavyweight Brian Calzon won by forfeit at 275.

Berkeley Prep's Andy Sterling was third at 125 with a 15-3 win over Bobby Sparkman of Baker County. Tom Coyle of Clearwater Central Catholic pinned Gerardo Alfredo of Immokalee in 1:34 at 145. D.J. Scherer of Tampa Prep placed fourth at 103 after being pinned by Phil Philbrick of Lemon Bay in 2:52.

_ STEVE PERSALL

Khan Ngo leads

Osceola at region

AUBURNDALE _ Khan Ngo won the 103-pound class as Osceola finished third in the Class 3A, Region III tournament at Auburndale High School.

Ngo beat Fort Myers' Scott Rogers 10-5. Ngo had advanced to the finals with pins of 56 seconds and 3:55 and a 12-1 decision.

Osceola finished with 103{ points to take third place. Auburndale won with 162 points. Fort Myers was second at 153{.

Besides Ngo, Osceola qualified four others for the finals: Kiet Ngo (112), Nick Spartaro (152), Billy Carter (160) and Aaron Motta (275). But they all lost.

_ RICK GERSHMAN

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