WEEKI WACHEE — It was a mixed bag of results for three Pasco County wrestling programs at the conclusion of Saturday’s two-day, 16-team Weeki Wachee High Duals Tournament.
Last year, Venice went unbeaten to capture the inaugural event. On Saturday, Venice and Gainesville tied in the championship match at 34-all.
It took an additional 15 minutes to sort through the tournament tiebreakers. On criteria “H” — most first points scored in a match — Gainesville denied Venice a repeat, 7-5.
The Alachua County mat men, who concluded the 40th FHSAA 2A State Finals in Lakeland in 29th place, finished this weekend’s event 8-0. Venice, who placed 46th at 2A states, finished 7-1.
Gainesville’s Jon Garner at 126 pounds was voted by the coaches as the meet’s Outstanding Wrestler.
Land O’ Lakes led the Pasco County contingency with a 4-4 effort and a ninth-place team finish.
On Friday, the Gators dropped a pair of heartbreakers to open the meet against Belleview (39-36) and Hernando (41-36) before solving Lecanto (48-27).
On Saturday, coach Ed Marley’s Gators topped Countryside (45-33), fell to Crystal River (48-21) and crushed Central (66-24) before completing pool action by losing to Venice (69-9).
The Gators earned ninth place by beating Ridgewood (54-15).
The Gators, who competed without 2A state qualifier Dominic Telesco, were paced by brothers Cedrick and Darryus Lowe.
Cedric, a senior, went 7-1 with a team-high seven pins.
His younger brother, sophomore Darryus, returned home 8-0 with six pins.
Tenth-place Ridgewood finished 3-5, highlighted by wins over Lake Wales (30-24) and Trinity Catholic (42-12).
Hudson was a tournament no-show and as a result forfeited its eight matches.