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Familiar opponents yield familiar results

CLASS 3A: Sharing a district with two of the best in the state, Bloomingdale knew what was coming at region.

By BOB PUTNAM, Times Staff Writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 23, 2003

STUART -- Wrestling against two of the top five teams in the state last week, Bloomingdale knew what to expect at Saturday's tournament at Stuart Martin County High.

After all, the same two teams, Venice and Bradenton Manatee, were in the same region.

The Bulls, ranked 17th in Class 3A by, almost had a carbon copy finish. They scored 91 1/2 points to take fourth, the highest finish among Hillsborough County schools.

Venice, ranked fourth, won the region with 178 points.

Bloomingdale had just one tournament champion, Derick Saibi, who won the 275-pound class.

Other Bulls who advanced to the state meet next week in Lakeland were Nicholas Miles, who finished third at 140, and Nicholas Diaz (160) and David Young (171) who each finished fourth.

Chamberlain finished 17th, despite not having an individual advance to state.

Riverview was 18th and had two wrestlers, Ron Rinker (112) and Brian Johnson (171) who each advanced by finishing third.

Gaither sends one wrestler on, Joel Medgebow, who finished third at 125.

Pinellas Park, ranked seventh in Class 3A by, was the highest Pinellas County finisher, taking eighth.

The Patriots had no region champions and advanced three wrestlers.

Felipe Queiroz, a 103-pounder, took third, the highest finish for the Patriots. Rickey Ferguson (125) and Travis Youngs (275) each finished fourth.

Palm Harbor University's Robert Sprental won the 119-pound class and was the only champion from Pinellas.

Sprental and teammate Robert Morris, who was fourth at 145, helped the Hurricanes finish 13th.

St. Petersburg's Mike Albert was the 125-pound runner-up and the only Green Devil to advance to state.

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