A new level of PCAC dominance
Countryside sets two school records, wins nine individual titles and routs its county foes yet again.
By BOB PUTNAM, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 19, 2003
SEMINOLE -- For nearly two decades, Countryside has dominated the Pinellas County Athletic Conference tournament like no other team.
The Cougars have won 13 PCAC titles since the county switched to a tournament format in 1987 and have won 17 conference titles overall.
But Countryside outdid itself in winning its third straight and 18th overall at Osceola on Saturday.
Entering the tournament, the Cougars had a goal of surpassing the 214 points it scored last season. They surpassed that total by the semifinals.
That pretty much explains how the tournament fared.
About the only thing the Cougars did not expect was that they would be this dominant. Countryside had the title wrapped up before the consolation finals and set school records for most points (272 1/2) and most individual champions (nine).
Pinellas Park finished as the runner-up with 171 points.
"I don't think you could have written a much better script," Cougars coach Dave Frayer said. "Just about everything went our way. The guys we thought could make it to the finals did."
Any more wrestlers for the Cougars and it would have been like a dual meet. They had 12 of 14 make it to either consolations or finals.
All nine who made it to the finals for Countryside won.
A. Jay Hixon (119 pounds), Dominic DeNunzio (130) and Steve Spicuzza (135) won by decision; Mike Flood (125), Matt Turtzo (140) and Sean Murphy (152) won by major decision and Vince Scholl (112), Wes Walker (145) and Garry Dodds (160) won by technical fall.
"Everybody wrestled great, even the ones who didn't make it to the final," Frayer said. "I told my other coaches that I'd be disappointed if we didn't score more than 200 points and we certainly topped that."
Other conference champions included Pinellas Park's Felipe Queiroz (103) and Greg Anderson (215), East Lake's Jimmy Myers (171) and Mark Peluso (189), and Dixie Hollins' Curtis Chance (275).
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