In a fitting meet, the Pinellas County all-star wrestling team defeated the Pasco County all-stars 39-15 on Thursday night at Palm Harbor University High.
While there were eight Palm Harbor wrestlers on the Pinellas squad, Pasco coach Mark DeAugustino liked what he saw from his wrestlers in a meet that was much closer than the final score indicated. Wrestling without state-placers Andrew Scherer, Nicco Lightfoot (Fivay) and Spencer Baxter (Gulf), the Pasco County team still put up a fight.
Only three of the Pasco county wrestlers were pinned.
The tempo of competitiveness was set in the first match, when Land O’ Lakes sophomore Dominic Telesco took on Palm Harbor’s Tim Sakow at 106 pounds. Telesco battled back from an early deficit to lose a narrow match to Sakow 11-10.
“I thought we wrestled better than the results showed,” DeAugustino said. “Dominic, especially, really set the pace. Had he had 20 more seconds, he probably could have pulled it out.”
Three members of DeAugustino’s Pirates team brought home wins for the county. Niko DeAugustino edged Dunedin’s Alex Lebar 3-2 in overtime at 138 pounds. Skyler White, who, as a sophomore, took second at states this season, defeated Palm Harbor’s Tucker Hardwick 4-2. Sophomore T.J. Maple was the other victorious Pirate, as he recorded a second-period pin of Palm Harbor’s Gunner Hurst.
The most impressive Pasco County wrestler may have been Fivay’s Colin Hahn. Hahn, who finished second at the 1A state meet this season, took on Largo’s Derrick Doss. Doss was the state runner-up at the 2A meet for the Packers.
When they faced off earlier this season, Doss upended Hahn 5-2, but it was Hahn pulling off the victory this time by a score of 6-2. Fivay coach Andy Medders was on hand to coach Hahn and was impressed with the evolution of Hahn’s career.
“Last season, he had a good record, but he won a lot of close matches,” Medders said. “This season, he really learned how to wrestle.”
Correspondent Steve Campbell can be reached at SteveCampbell@ionmedia.com or follow him on Twitter @SCPascoTrib.