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Ruling gives Devils title


© St. Petersburg Times, published February 23, 2001

St. Petersburg will remain champions of the city tournament after a protest by several coaches did not hold up.

Coaches protested that a Green Devil wrestler, Patrick Long, had wrestled two weight classes above his certified weight of 130 pounds after Jan. 11, the final day a wrestler's minimum weight must be certified by a physician.

According to the Florida High School Activities Association, Long wrestled two classes above 130, but it came before the Jan. 11 date.

"I was confident that this would be cleared up," Green Devil coach Sam Pruitt said. "I'm happy for the kids because they worked hard for this title."

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