Eric Grajales, Brandon's junior 130-pounder, set a state record in helping the Eagles win their 35th consecutive district tournament. He recorded his 45th pin for the season, topping the old mark of 43. Grajales received a bye in the opening round and wrestled only two matches to win his third individual district championship.
"I knew the numbers going in and I really wanted to get this one," he said. "It was important to me, but not more than my team winning the district title. Everybody wrestled well today."
Brandon won the team title with 283.5 points, crowning 11 individual champions. The Eagles qualified all 14 starters for next weekend's region tournament in Kissimmee.
Only the top four placers in each weight class continued on to regionals. In all, 32 Hillsborough County wrestlers qualified for regionals and 13 won individual titles. Brandon's Kevin Timothy (135), Zaq Berridge (160) and Grajales scored falls in winning their titles.
Though he didn't set any individual state records, Eagles junior 125-pounder Nick Hutchinson hit a milestone of his own.
In the finals, he faced the Florida Kids' No. 1 wrestler for Class 2A at 125, Brent Jorge of Lake Gibson. Hutchinson is ranked No. 2. He scored a 6-5 decision for the victory.
King 152-pounder Jeff Moody scored the fourth pin in the title matches. The senior wanted to end his last match on the King mats with a victory. He pinned Ryan Kuell of Lake Gibson in two minutes, 45 seconds. Armwood senior Christian Perez was the remaining individual district champ, scoring a 9-2 decision over Winter Haven's Teddy Sermons at 119.
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Sophomore D'Aaron Holt, a first-year wrestler, won the 103-pound title, as Chamberlain captured the team title (203.5 points). Wharton was second (149.5), as seventh-seeded Keon Jordan got the upset at 189.