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Wrestling: Palm Coast takes title

SPRING HILL — Maybe Class 3A-District 1’s Bunnell Flagler Palm Coast should make Hernando County a yearly stop.

The Bulldogs, who finished 10th in 3A-Region 1 last winter, made their first trip to the 23-team Springstead Invitational count.

Flagler Palm Coast coach Tom Bartolotta watched his team take its fifth straight tournament title of the season.

The Bulldogs, behind a meet-high 10 placers (top four or better) and six finalists, denied host 2A-5 Springstead its eighth straight Springstead Invitational crown, 241-190.

Of the five Hillsborough County teams involved, Hillsborough, which placed third last winter, repeated with 107.5 points.

Of Pasco County’s eight entries, Fivay placed the highest in sixth (97).

Despite Hillsborough County’s five finalists, only one triumphed.

Top-seeded Chamberlain junior Robert Mosley (285 pounds) pinned third-seeded Weeki Wachee senior Anthony Vines in 33 seconds.

“This gold medal is big,” said the 18-year-old Mosley, who improved to 27-2. “I’ve really worked hard for this.”

Hillsborough County’s four other finalists were Armwood’s Kyree Kelly at 106, Sickles’ Andrew Martin at 152, and Gaither’s Chase Spurling at 138 and Dakota Jordan at 170.

Of Pasco County’s six finalists, Fivay received a split in its two finals bouts.

In perhaps the match of the day at 160, second-seeded Orlando Edgewater’s Jordan Mainer edged Fivay’s top-seeded Andrew Scherer, 6-4.

For his efforts, Mainer earned one of the tourney’s two outstanding wrestler awards.

Springstead’s Michael McDonald earned the honor for lightweights at 120.

Pasco County champs were Joe Galvan of Wesley Chapel at 126, Max Quinones of Wiregrass Ranch at 132 and Nicco Lightfoot of Fivay at 182.

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