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WRESTLING: CLASS A TOURNAMENT

WHEN: Thursday-Saturday.

WHERE: The Lakeland Center, 701 W. Lime St., Lakeland.

DIRECTIONS: From C.R. 491 South, turn left on U.S. 98 South. Follow U.S. 98 for about 20 miles as it snakes through Hernando County. Merge onto I-75 South, and take it for 40 miles. Get off at I-4 East, then travel 21 miles until exit 31 (Kathleen Road). Turn right on Kathleen Road and continue to Sikes Boulevard. Bear right at the yield sign, and turn right at the second traffic light (Lime Street). The Lakeland Center will be on the right.

COST: $7 per session. Parking is $5.

SCHEDULE: Thursday - Weigh-ins, 10 a.m.; first round, 12 p.m.; wrestlebacks, 5. Friday - Weigh-ins, 8 a.m.; second round, 10; wrestlebacks, 2:30 p.m.; semifinals, 7. Saturday - Weigh-ins, 8 a.m.; wrestlebacks, 10 (third round) and 12 p.m. (fourth round); fifth- and sixth-place finals, 4; third- and fourth-place finals, 4; championships, 6:30.

THE SKINNY: Crystal River and Citrus will send three wrestlers, though the Hurricanes won the region meet Saturday while the Pirates finished eighth. Citrus took first because of points scored by athletes who didn't advance. While the team was important in the regional, competing at state is more about individual glory. Hurricanes sophomore Bryant Fisher (112 pounds) and seniors Mike Musto (152) and Josh Walter (171) each will be trying to place. For the Pirates, senior Joe Bertine (145), junior Corey Neal (125) and sophomore Brandon Jones (112) are returning to state for a second time. Lecanto will send one - Dustin Whitelaw (160), who fought off an injury to finish third in his region meet.

- BRIAN SUMERS, Times staff writer

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