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Fast facts

When: First rounds start at noon Friday followed by two rounds of wrestlebacks. On Saturday, semifinals and wrestlebacks are at 10 a.m. Consolations are at 6 p.m., championship bouts about 7:30.

Admission: $6 each session

Up next: The top four in each weight class move on to state, Feb. 14-16 at the Lakeland Center.

Region assignments

Class 3A-2 at East Lake: Mitchell is the only team from the North Suncoast.

Class 2A-2 at Poinciana: Springstead, Central, Land O'Lakes, Ridgewood , River Ridge, Wesley Chapel

Class A-2 at South Florida CC, Avon Park: Hernando, Nature Coast, Gulf, Hudson, Zephyrhills, Sunlake, Pasco, Wiregrass Ranch

Three teams to watch

Springstead: With 13 region qualifiers and seven possible state placers still competing, the Eagles have their best opportunity for a top finish in the postseason under coach Eric Swensen.

Hernando: With eight region qualifiers, the program's numbers don't seem large. But factor in that three of its qualifiers look to be possible state placers, and the Leopards have a puncher's chance.

Gulf: The Bucs looked to be on the downswing after losing in the SAC meet before districts. Coach Travis DeWalt's program silenced all doubters in the Class 6A tournament, walking away with a second straight title.

Super seven

Schuyler Swanton (below), Springstead (112): After reaching the top of the mountain last season, Swanton's last hurrah could take place this year while leading the Eagles.

C.J. Cook, Springstead (125): Cook has qualified for state three times. With a strong performance this weekend, he could go 4-for-4.

Steven Bliss, Springstead (130): With a season of experience under his belt at 130 pounds, there's no telling how far he can go this time.

Skylar Huff, Springstead (119): When he has stayed inside of himself and not gotten overly frustrated on the mat, Huff has been among the best.

Rey Perez, Pasco (189): Perez has been ranked first all season on the Scout.com Florida rankings, making him a favorite to finally place before he hangs up his singlet.

Jesse Graham, Hernando (140): Graham has been dominant in his senior season with a 39-2 record.

Taylor Rotunda, Hernando (215): This undefeated heavyweight (27-0) is the favorite heading into the final two stops in the postseason.

Others to watch

Central: Nathan Brazeau (215), Vince Ramirez (135), Danny May (189), Kenny Supple (125); Gulf: Jordan Holding (130), Josh Pryzbysz (135), L.D. Jackson (140), Jean Ayala (112), Martin Levinson (171), Jared Carpenter (103); Hernando: Daniel Pritz (125); Land O'Lakes: Brian Scalise (135); Mitchell: Jessey Lorentsen (171); Nature Coast: Brandon Nuby (189), J.J. Baker (285), David Simonson (112); Pasco: Vidal Jiminez (103), Eric Stroud (215); Ridgewood: Dean Stupar (112); River Ridge: Tyler Fleming (119), Sean Hitchcock (140), Anthony Colello (285); Springstead: Cesar Acosta (189), Scott Wern (171), Thad Klenovich (152), Carlos Ramirez (285), Dustin Soto (103); Zephyrhills: Nick Hynes (112); Hudson: William Bentley (189), Devin Brown (171), Tony Germano (160), Travis Tindell (285).

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