Lake Gibson Pins Down Another Polk County Duals Championship
Sun. December 23, 2012 at 12:08 a.m. | By Nathan Halverson
Lake Gibson's Caleb Smith, top, grapples with Auburndale's Hunter Skinner in the 113-pound championship match. (Photo by MICHAEL WILSON | THE LEDGER )
By NATHAN HALVERSON | LEDGER CORRESPONDENT
LAKELAND | Lake Gibson dominated the second and final day of the Polk County Duals at George Jenkins High School.
"It's a good accomplishment and overall our area is wrestling a lot more," Lake Gibson head coach Danny Walker said.
The Braves, which have won the tournament six consecutive years, defeated Auburndale, 45-30 in the championship match behind strong performances from senior Chase Krutzky (145 pound weight class) and senior Alex Destra (152).
"We wouldn't be here without Danny (Walker)," Auburndale head coach Vince Parker said.
Lake Gibson went 8-0 over the weekend and improves to 11-0 on the season. The Braves (Pool A) beat Tenoroc in the fifth round 62-13, defeated Avon Park in the sixth round 48-18, took down Bartow in the seventh round 59-24 and beat Winter Haven in the eighth round 60-24 to advance to the finals.
Krutzky finished the weekend 7-0, earning five pins and pushing his overall record to 20-2 for the Braves.
"(He's) a type of guy who sets the tone for us," Walker said of Krutzky.
"I think it was pretty good and expected (that) we were going to win," Krutzky said.
Destra also went 7-0 for Lake Gibson to give him an overall record of 19-1.
Coach Walker referred to Destra as the vocal leader of the Braves team. "I feel good that we kept the streak going," Destra said.
The Bloodhounds finished 6-2 over the weekend in large part due to heavyweight Antonio Thomas.
Auburndale (Pool B) defeated McKeel Academy in the fifth round 60-24, edged George Jenkins 41-37 in the sixth round, routed Lake Wales 72-8 in the eighth round and took down Lake Region 74-4 in round 10 to advance to the final.
Thomas, who is a senior, improved his overall record to 18-0 for Auburndale.
"We slacked Friday and picked it up Saturday," Thomas said.
George Jenkins finished third overall defeating Bartow 43-29, while Lakeland finished fifth defeating Haines City 45-25.
The Eagles' wins on day two came against Mulberry (60-18), Haines City (43-30) and McKeel Academy (45-30) to advance to the third-place match.
The victory over the Yellow Jackets allowed the Eagles to finish with the second best record of the weekend at 7-1, while the Hornets and Dreadnaughts finished at 6-2. George Jenkins now has an overall record of 16-5.
Avon Park (4-3), McKeel Academy (4-3), Lake Wales (3-4), Ridge Community (2-5), Winter Haven (2-5), Frostproof (2-5), Kathleen (2-5), Mulberry (2-5), Lake Region (1-6) and Tenoroc (0-7) failed to reach the finals.