PALM HARBOR ‑ Wrestlers from Hillsborough County had their hands full against some tough Pinellas County competitors at Friday’s Class 3A-District 7 tournament.
The biggest challenge involved Palm Harbor University, which won 12 of the 14 weight classes and ran away with the team victory at 265.5 points, 157.5 points ahead of runner-up East Lake. Steinbrenner was third with 93 points, followed by Pinellas Park (87.5), Countryside (82.5), Sickles (80) and Alonso (72).
The only individual winner from Hillsborough County was Alonso’s 285-pounder Nathan Brantley, who won with a pin at the 1:26 mark against East Lake’s Julian Santos.
Four wrestlers from Hillsborough County ‑ Sickles’ Andrew Martin (152) and Anthony Legari (160) and Steinbrenner’s Patrick Wasp (182) and Nick Pavlakis (220) ‑ finished as runners-up.
For Martin, the district final loss ‑ 7-2 to PHU’s Tucker Hardwick ‑ was only his second of the season and dropped his record to 52-2.
Legari lost in the final on a pin to PHU’s Gunner Hurst at 1:06, Wasp lost to PHU’s Steven Borreli 11-3 and Pavlakis fell to PHU’s Marco Prusac on a pin at 1:52.
2A-9: Fivay takes 2nd
ST. PETERSBURG ‑ Dixie Hollins did enough to hold off undermanned Fivay, 179-167, to win the Class 2A-District 9 championship at Northeast.
Dixie Hollins produced three champions, 170-pounder Brandon Nevitt, Clay Redmond at 220 pounds and Andre Matthews (285), who stayed perfect on the season with three pins on the day.
Fivay, which was wrestling with 11 of the 14 weight classes filled, hung close to the Rebels, thanks to five champions: Joey Izzo (106), Cole Manion (120), Jean Alejandro (126), Andrew Scherer (160) and Davion Sutton (195).
Once again, Fivay’s Nico Lightfoot was unable to finish a tournament due to a toe injury. Lightfoot, wrestling at 182 pounds, fought through the injury all day to get to the finals. Lightfoot gave a valiant effort against River Ridge’s Max Reynolds, but was unable to finish the match.