Lake Gibson Senior Captures Fourth Consecutive County Title
Sun. January 27, 2013 at 3:54 a.m. | By Blake Hasenzahl
Lake Gibson's Chase Krutzky (top) pinned George Jenkins' Matt Moskowitz to win his fourth consecutive county championship during the Brian Bain Invitational on Saturday night. (Photo by SCOTT WHEELER | THE LEDGER)
By BLAKE HASENZAHL | LEDGER CORRESPONDENT
LAKELAND | It took Lake Gibson's Chase Krutzky just 45 seconds to pin George Jenkins' Matt Moksowitz Saturday night in the 145-pound weight class at the Brian Bain Invitational at Lakeland High School.
But it took him four seasons to become only the third wrestler in Polk history to win a county title four years in a row.
Krutzky joined Lakeland's John Nichols and Lake Gibson's Brent Jorge, who ironically achieved the feat on the same night in 2009.
"This has been big for me every year," Krutzky said. "I've gotten a lot better since freshman year. It's a good accomplishment. I'm happy. … I'm confident about this season, I'm gonna have some tough matches, but I feel good about it."
Lake Gibson also won the team event. George Jenkins, Auburndale, Haines City and Lakeland rounded out the top five.
Krutzkly, who went 4-0 for the tournament, was a part of just a handful of wrestlers to win via pin in the finals.
Javier Taboas of Haines City won a four-overtime thriller against Alex Destra of Lake Gibson in the 152-pound weight class. With a 1-1 tie going into the fifth round, Taboas started in the bottom position, and with only 30 seconds on the clock to start the round, escaped in :11.
In round six Destra escaped the grasp of Taboas with just one second left on the clock. Taboas was able to hold down Destra the entire seventh round to earn the win.
Lake Gibson's Caleb Smith won the 106-pound class with a 16-0 technical fall over Gage Hollingsworth of Lakeland. Smith led 7-0 going into the final period and was able to close out the match with near fall points being his biggest factor.
The Braves kept their hot streak going in the 113-pound class when Seth Kelley pinned Lakeland's Daniel Phan with 13 seconds left in the bout. Phan took down Kelley just 32 seconds into the match to take a 2-0 lead, but Kelley escaped quickly and took a 7-2 lead going into the final round with a single-leg takedown and three near fall points.
Jose Torres of Avon Park defeated George Jenkins' Ethan Owen by pin to win the 120-pound title.
Lake Wales' John Kimbrough won a 7-3 decision over Johnny Baldridge of Avon Park in the 126-pound final.
In the 132-pound championship Brian Pennington of Bartow pinned Hunter Dowdy of Auburndale 40 seconds into the second round.
Zach Wood of Jenkins defeated McKeel Academy's all-time leader in wins, Austin Porter, via pin with 45 left in the second period in the 138-pound finals.
Chad Kirkman of Lakeland, won the 160-pound division with a 8-4 decision over Clayton Farrer of Frostproof.
Dorian Spradlin of Lake Gibson defeated Mulberry's David Prindville 5-2 in the 170-pound final. Jared Brinson of Haines City won the 182-pound championship with a 5-2 decision over Ty Johnson of Sebring.
Delroy Blake of Avon Park routed Del Baldwin of Kathleen 15-5 in the 195-pound finals.
In the 220-pound final, Lake Gibson's David Rudd pinned Haines City's Tyce Nagel to take the title.
The heavyweight crown went to Auburndale's Antonio Thomas, who beat Winter Haven's Romello Sekura.