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Wrestling District Tournament Preview

Class 3A-6 at Lakeland Jenkins

WHEN: Saturday (Matches begin at 11 a.m. Finals at 3 p.m.)

TEAMS: Bartow, Lakeland Jenkins, Lakeland, Plant, Plant City, Strawberry Crest, Tampa Bay Tech, Wharton

OUTLOOK: A variety of schools should qualify wrestlers from this district, including Plant City’s Lance Doenges at 285 pounds. Doenges finished as the Hillsborough County runner-up, but he could end up contending for a state title before it’s over. Raiders teammate Kip Wynne, a runner-up at the Hillsborough County tournament, is another contender to watch at 160 pounds.

3A-7 at Palm Harbor University

WHEN: Friday (Matches begin at 11 a.m. Finals immediately to follow)

TEAMS: Alonso, Countryside, East Lake, Steinbrenner, Palm Harbor University, Pinellas Park, Seminole, Sickles, St. Petersburg

OUTLOOK: Sickles is having a great season, led by 152-pounder Andrew Martin, who is 54-1 on the season and captured an individual Hillsborough County title on Saturday. Sickles, however, might have a tough time in the team competition because this district is loaded with talented wrestlers.

Class 3A-8 at Durant

WHEN: Saturday (Matches begin at 11:30 a.m. Finals at 5 p.m.)

TEAMS: Bloomingdale, Durant, East Bay, Bradenton Manatee, Newsome, North Port, Riverview, Sarasota Riverview

OUTLOOK: Durant’s Austin Haley at 120 and Reagan Haley at 132 are expected to contend for district titles, along with Riverview’s Michael Parker at 126, Jason Huertas at 145 and Connor Barrick at 195.

Class 2A-7 at Armwood

WHEN: Saturday (Matches begin at 11:30 a.m. Finals at 3:30 p.m.)

TEAMS: Armwood, Auburndale, Brandon, Lakeland Kathleen, King, Eagle Lake Lake Region, Winter Haven

OUTLOOK: Barring one of the biggest meltdowns in the history of Hillsborough County sports, Brandon will win the district team title and should qualify a wrestler in every weight class. No reason to doubt the Eagles, who have won 13 consecutive state team titles and 24 overall. Look for Armwood’s Kyre Kelly, who won a county title last Saturday, to compete for a district title at 106. Brandon could have as many as four wrestlers remain undefeated on the season, including Kyle Norstrem at 113 pounds (65-0), James Flint at 126 (26-0), Dylan Lucas at 132 (61-0), Dontae McGee at 170 (53-0).

Class 2A-8 at Chamberlain

WHEN: Saturday (Matches begin at 10 a.m. Finals at 4 p.m.)

TEAMS: Blake, Chamberlain, Freedom, Gaither, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Jesuit, Land O’ Lakes, Leto, Robinson, Sunlake, Wiregrass Ranch, Zephyrhills

OUTLOOK: Robinson’s Luis Peguero remained undefeated at 182 (38-0) after Saturday’s Hillsborough County championships and is favored to remain undefeated through districts. Jesuit’s Adam Lewis (138), Nick Mosco (195) and Austin Underwood (285) are also on pace to contend for state titles after each of them finished as state runners-up last year. Look for Hillsborough’s Jacob West to contend for an individual district title at 113. Jesuit and Robinson should have plenty of regional qualifiers, even though this district is highly competitive because it is one of the biggest in the state. Gaither’s Dakota Jordan should also be a factor at 170, along with Chamberlain Robert Mosley at 285.

Class 1A-10 at Tampa Prep

WHEN: Saturday (Matches begin at Noon. Finals immediately to follow)

TEAMS: Berkeley Prep, Carrollwood Day, Citrus Park Christian, Clearwater Central Catholic, Middleton, Bradenton Southeast, Spoto, Tampa Bay HEAT, Tampa Prep

OUTLOOK: Two-time defending state champion Donovan Hough, who transferred this year from Armwood to Tampa Prep, appears poised to take his third straight state title, this time in Class 1A. The Terrapins also feature a few more possibilities to reach state, including Aaron Mills at 106 and Anthony Artalona at 120.

Scott Purks

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