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Regional wrestling advance


Published:   |   Updated: February 6, 2014 at 09:18 PM

3A-2 at Kissimmee Osceola

WHEN: Friday, noon; Saturday, semifinals, noon, finals, 6 p.m.

LOCAL SCHOOLS: Countryside, East Lake, Palm Harbor University, Pinellas Park, Seminole, St. Petersburg, Plant, Plant City, Strawberry Crest, Tampa Bay Tech, Wharton, Alonso, Steinbrenner, Sickles, Bloomingdale, Durant, East Bay, Newsome, Riverview

OUTLOOK: Plant City’s Lance Doenges at 285 pounds is among the favorites to move on to next week’s state tournament, but he could face a test against Alonso’s Nathan Brantley, who, like Doenges, won a district title last week. Sickles’ Andrew Martin (152) and Anthony Legari (160) and Steinbrenner’s Patrick Wasp (182) and Nick Pavlakis (220) also appear favorites to advance.

2A-2 at Brandon

WHEN: Friday, noon; Saturday, semifinals, noon, finals, 6 p.m.

LOCAL SCHOOLS: Armwood, Brandon, King, Blake, Chamberlain, Freedom, Gaither, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Jesuit, Land O’ Lakes, Leto, Robinson, Sunlake, Wiregrass Ranch, Zephyrhills, Boca Ciega, Clearwater, Dixie Hollins, Fivay, Largo, Mitchell, Northeast, Osceola, River Ridge, Tarpon Springs

OUTLOOK: Brandon is poised to advance a wrestler in every weight class and move on to seal its 14th consecutive state title. Several Brandon wrestlers also have a chance to remain undefeated on the season, including: Frankie Bruno at 106 (44-0), Kyle Norstrem at 113 (65-0), James Flint at 126 (27-0), Dylan Lucas at 132 (60-0) and Dontae McGee at 170 (51-0). Robinson’s Luis Peguero, a defending state champion, also is undefeated at 182 (41-0). At Jesuit, Adam Lewis (138), Nick Mosco (195) and Austin Underwood (285) remain on pace to contend for state titles after each of them finished as state runners-up last year. Chamberlain’s Robert Mosley at 285 continues to be a force to be reckoned with.

2A-3 at Punta Gorda Charlotte

WHEN: Friday, noon; Saturday, semifinals, 10 a.m., finals, 6 p.m.

LOCAL TEAMS: Boca Ciega, Clearwater, Dixie Hollins, Fivay, Largo, Lennard, Mitchell, Northeast, Seminole Osceola, River Ridge.

OUTLOOK: Dixie Hollins edged Fivay last weekend and it should be in the mix this weekend along with the favorite Palmetto Ridge. Fivay’s Andrew Scherer, at 160 pounds, has been stellar this season with a 46-1 record. He’ll be challenged by Palmetto Ridge’s Chase Singletary, who is only a freshman and the No. 1 ranked wrestler in the state. The competition at 182 pounds should be tough, as well, with River Ridge’s Max Reynolds looking for his first trip to states, and Fivay’s Nico Lightfoot, who finished fourth at states last year, looking for his third straight trip to Lakeland.

1A-2 at Green Cove Springs Clay

WHEN: Friday, noon; Saturday, semifinals, 10 a.m., finals, 6 p.m.

LOCAL TEAMS: Anclote, Brooksville Central, Gulf, Brooksville Hernando, Hudson, Brooksville Nature Coast, Pasco, Ridgewood, Weeki Wachee

OUTLOOK: Pasco has won its district and conference tournaments the past two weekends, but there is a significant step up in competition at regionals. Host Clay and Orlando Lake Highland Prep are the heavy favorites, so the Pirates will need big performances out of their ranked wrestlers Lukas Twardosky (106 pounds), Skyler White (138), T.J. Maple (160) and Andrew Ivie (285). White will be challenged by No. 1 ranked wrestler, Lake Higland’s Anthony Petrone, who was state champion at 132 pounds last season, while White was the state runner up at 138. Ivie will try to avenge an early season loss to Clay’s Roland Samec.

1A-3 at Berkeley Prep

WHEN: Friday, noon; Saturday, semifinals, noon, finals, 6 p.m.

LOCAL SCHOOLS: Admiral Farragut, Dunedin, Gibbs, Indian Rocks, Lakewood, Northside Christian, Shorecrest, Berkeley Prep, Carrollwood Day School, Citrus Park Christian, Clearwater Central Catholic, Middleton, Bradenton Southeast, Spoto, Tampa Bay Heat, Tampa Prep

OUTLOOK: Two-time defending state champion Donovan Hough finished as a district runner-up last week after getting disqualified for a harsh takedown, but he still advanced to regionals and looks to be in great shape as he pursues his third straight state title. The Terrapins also feature a few more possibilities to reach the state tournament, including Aaron Mills at 106 and Anthony Artalona at 120.

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