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Six champions carry Eagles to title

© St. Petersburg Times
published January 27, 2002

BRANDON -- Although many of the individual matches were grueling, Brandon still dominated the field to win the 18th Tony Ippolito Memorial Wrestling Tournament with 262.5 points Saturday. The Eagles actually put the meet out of reach after the semifinals, when they put seven wrestlers into the championship round.

The Eagles crowned six champions.

In the battle between Bloomingdale and Kissimmee St. Cloud for second place, the Bulls took the silver by recording 172 points and crowning two champs. The Bulldogs followed with 159 points, but were unable to crown any champions.

"As a team our kids did well, but we lost some matches that should not have been lost," Bloomingdale coach Scot Tipton said. "This is the place to see what needs work. I can't think of a better tournament to get ready for districts than here. The competition is exceptional. Now we have the big Brandon dual and Western Conference before the state run."

Brandon's champions were Cesar Grajales (103 pounds), Kalid Andwele (112), Alejandro Figuero (119), Ryan Joyce (125), Rocky Cozart (140) and defending state champion Matt Juncal (171).

Plant City's defending state champion Cornelius Wiggins (130), Bloomingdale's David Young (160) and Derek Saibi (275), and Tampa Prep's Al Paone (215) were the other champions from the county.

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