DADE CITY — The Dr. MacBath tough team dual tournament was a good measuring stick for three county programs Saturday at Pasco High.
While the tournament was eventually won by state-power Lake Gibson, it was a dual match between Pasco and Mitchell that provided the intensity and fireworks of a postseason event.
Although Pasco upended Mitchell 38-33, the Mustangs may have proved they are ready to challenge the Pirates for the county crown in two weeks when the SAC tournament takes place.
The fireworks occurred in the 120-pound match when Pasco coach Mark DeAugustino thought his wrestler was being choked inadvertently by an illegal move. DeAugustino brought his protest to the center of the mat, putting a stop to the match. After a discussion with the referees, cooler heads prevailed, and Pasco was docked a team point.
Mitchell coach Dan Gigantelli enjoyed the intensity of the match.
“I think it was intense, because it was two good teams who wanted to win really bad.” Gigantelli said. “In a couple of weeks, there’s going to be a seeding meeting, so some of these matches went long way in determining the seedings for conference.”
In the end, it was individual wins by Pasco’s Tyler Bridenstine, Skyler White, and TJ Maple that allowed the Pirates to prevail.
Gulf went 3-2 on the day with wins against The Villages, Lake Wales, and Tarpon Springs. State-ranked Robert Napolitano and Jarred Kruse enjoyed undefeated days for the Buccaneers.