Four Polk Grapplers Make 1A State Tournament
Sun. February 10, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | By Polk Preps Staff
LAKE WALES' John Kimbrough, right, competes against Johnny Baldridge of Avon Park in a 126-pound match. (Photo by RICK RUNION | THE LEDGER)
By Mike Akins
LAKELAND | Four area wrestlers advanced out of the Class 1A, Region 2 tournament at Tenoroc High School on Saturday night in the last meet before the state tournament at the Lakeland Center next week.
Mulberry's David Prindiville, who won regionals a year ago, lost a decision in the in the semifinals this year. Prindiville lost a decision to Pasco's Nico Lightfoot, who Prindiville defeated for the regional title last year.
Prindiville rebounded to claim third place as he broke a tie after two periods to defeat P. J. Maloney of Central Florida Christian 11-6.
"He (Maloney) choked me a little in the second period," Prindiville said. "It just motivated me because, frankly, I did not like it."
The host Tenoroc Titans sent two wrestlers Nick Thomas and D'Anthony Dorsey into the second day of action but they both fell short of qualifying as Thomas lost to Travis Dunbar by a technical fall at 232 and Dorsey lost at 195 to Carlos SanaBria of Crystal River by pinfall.
"He beat me but it was not by a wide margin," Dorsey said. "A move here or there and it would have been a different result."
Mulberry led the way with two wrestlers going to state as Brian Treachy did not even have to take off his warmups as he defeated Trace Woxberg of Rockledge by default due to injury.
"I wanted to show the coaching staff that I earned the right to go to state so in that respect it is disappointing." Treachy said. " I am worried about my semi-final match because the best in the state will be there."
John Kimbrough of Lake Wales scored all of his points in the last quarter to defeat Johnny Baldridge Avon Park 4-0 and Clayton Farrer of Frostproof defeated Derek Di Bernardo of Central Florida Catholic 10-2.
Lake Highland Prep won the team title with 188.50 points. Lake Highland had five first-place finishes to outdistancedsecond place Pasco. Mulberry was the top Polk finisher as it finished 12th out of 29 teams.
"For having just six wrestlers here we did a great job," first-year Mulberry coach Jason Hinton said. " We have the foundation of a good program as we have the middle school wrestling coming in as well."
1.Lake Highland Prep 188.50. 2. Pasco 135.00; 3. Crystal River 119.00; 4. Fivav 114.00; 5. Astronaut 111.00; 6. Avon Park 95.00; 7. Villages 91.00; 8. CFCA 68.00; 9. Bishop Moore 63.50; Rockledge 60.50; 11. Lake Nona 54.00; 12. Mulberry 44.00; 13. Space Coast 43.00; 14. Titusville 42.00; 15. Frostproof 40.00; 16. Lake Wales37.50; 17. North Marion37.00; 18. Cocoa Beach 35.00; 19.Atlantic 34.00; 20.Mckeel Academy 25.50; 21. Anclote 21.00; 22. Cocoa 21.00; 23. Weeki Wachee 18.00; 24. Tenoroc 17.00; 25. Poinciana 14.00; 26. Trinity Catholic 9.00; 27. Dunellon 7.00; 28. Satellite Beach7.00; 29. Hudson 3.00