Pasco state champion Tye Reedy, the All-County Wrestler of the Year, plans to stay in shape, enter tournaments and pick a college in the next few months.
By JAMAL THALJI
© St. Petersburg Times, published March 11, 2001
DADE CITY -- The state championship was not the end for Tye Reedy, but just the beginning.
The county's lone state title-winner, Reedy claimed the 189-pound gold medal in Class A in February at The Lakeland Center. Ever since, there has been no rest for the weary winner.
Life is good when you win the state championship. But it doesn't exactly end there, either.
He has got to stay in shape throughout the off-season and the summer to prepare for all the amateur tournaments he's going to enter, and to get ready to make the jump to the collegiate level next season.
"I knew that I'd have to keep wrestling over the summer," Reedy said. "Summer wrestling makes winter champions."
First and foremost, he has to prepare for the National High School Seniors Wrestling Championship.
It's a prestigious tournament open only to seniors across the country who have reached their respective state finals. The tournament is April 6-8 in Newark, Del., and would give Reedy a chance to battle the nation's best.
However, Reedy first needs to find out if he can actually wrestle.
He dislocated his left shoulder during football season, an injury that came back to haunt him at the worst possible time: In the state final.
He dislocated it while trailing 2-1 to Immokalee High's Ovince Saintpreux.
Reedy was scrambling to avoid being taken down when his shoulder hit the mat and popped out of joint. Reedy rolled it back into the joint himself, tactfully held off Saintpreux and then outscored his opponent 7-4 to win the title.
After Reedy won the match, he threw his arms into the air victoriously -- and dislocated the shoulder again.
And that same shoulder is still bothering him. An MRI is scheduled for Wednesday. The following Monday, a doctor will determine if Reedy can compete in the national tournament.
"I feel a little bit of pain," Reedy said. "(The doctor) has got me doing some therapy exercises."
Then there are the other things a champion has to put up with.
Say, the constant attention.
He started receiving well-wishers as soon as his final match was over, when wrestling coach Mark DeAugustino hugged him and football coach Ricky Thomas came down to the first row and shook the senior's hand.
Reedy returned to Pasco High to see his name on the school's marquee sign out front.
He heard the accolades on the school PA. He ordered his state championship ring. And he began pondering the future.
He does not lack for options.
West Point, Duke, North Carolina State, Virginia, Old Dominion and Campbell University all want him to come visit. Former Rep. Charles T. Canady, R-Fla., sponsored Reedy for the military academy, and the Pasco senior will take his official visit to West Point March 25-27.
"I haven't really picked what school I want to go to," Reedy said.
But winning a state title is not a one-man operation, Reedy stressed.
"I couldn't have done it without my coaches," he said. "And Roger Carroll, my workout partner, he wrestled with me every day."
Coach of the year
Ed Goodpaster, Land O'Lakes
Retired in style: Won Sunshine Athletic Conference, Class 5A, District 9 and Class 2A, Region 3 championships; led Gators to seventh-place finish in Class 2A in 37th and final season.
103 -- JOEY CRESPO; Fr.; Wesley Chapel: Earned first SAC title in school history; compiled 27-10 record; runner-up in Class A, District 8.
112 -- NICK SPINE; So.; Zephyrhills: Champion in SAC and Class A, District 8 with 43-10 record; third at A-2 regional and qualified for state.
119 -- GABE LOPEZ; So.; Wesley Chapel: Earned first state tourney berth in school history; won Class A, District 8 and SAC titles; finished 38-10.
125 -- RYAN HALL; Sr.; Zephyrhills: Champion in SAC, Class A, District 8 and A-2 regional; finished fifth at state with 49-6 record.
130 -- PAUL YARBROUGH; Sr.; Land O'Lakes: SAC champ and state-qualifier won 5A-9 district title and was runner-up at 2A-3 regional.
135 -- DEREK SCHIFFER; Sr.; Land O'Lakes: School's all-time wins leader posted 54-7 mark; won SAC and 5A-9 crowns; second at regionals and finished fifth in 2A at state.
140 -- RON CROTTY; Sr.; Land O'Lakes: Voted co-SAC wrestler of the year; won SAC; took second in 5A-9; won 2A-3 regional and was fourth in 2A with 45-11 record.
145 -- BRAD ALFORD; Sr.; Pasco: Class A runner-up; compiled 39-4 record; won A-8 district; took third at A-2 regional.
152 -- ALVARO MORENO; Sr.; Pasco: Lone Pirate to win SAC title; won A-8 district and A-2 regional; state-qualifier finished suspension-shortened season 25-6.
160 -- MATT LEE; Sr.; River Ridge: Royal Knight won SAC; finished third at 3A-7 district and was a regional qualifier. Finished season with a 33-8 record.
171 -- DANA BENTLEY; Sr.; Hudson: State-qualifier compiled 43-6 record; champ in SAC and 2A-9 district; runner-up in 2A-3 regional.
189 -- TYE REEDY; Sr.; Pasco: Class A state champion finished season with 39-2 record; A-8 district and A-2 regional titles.
215 -- ROBB PHILIPPUS; Sr.; Hudson: 2000 state champ finished stellar career with 53-3 record; 2A-9 district and 2A-3 regional championships; state-qualifier.
275 -- JASON CARPENTER; Sr.; Land O'Lakes: State-qualifier compiled 50-4 record; 2A-9 district and 2A-3 regional champion.
140 AT-LARGE -- DAVIN SPAULDING; Sr.; Gulf: Class 2A state runner-up; 2A-9 champion; 2A-3 regional runner-up.
145 AT-LARGE -- ANTHONY DeSANTIS; Sr.; Ridgewood: Won titles at SAC, 2A-9 district and A-3 regional meets; state-qualifier finished season 31-6.
189 AT-LARGE -- JIMMY TUTTLE; Sr.; Land O'Lakes: Earned coach last win of career by finishing third in Class 2A; earned titles in 2A-9 district and 2A-3 regional; bowed out with 47-5 record.
103 -- Jeremy Alford, Sr., Pasco
112 -- Keith Delgado, Jr., Gulf
119 -- Tommy Parente, Jr., RR
125 -- Albert Mezquita, So., Hudson
130 -- Cory Weinstein, Sr., Hudson
135 -- Pat O'Connor, Jr., Zephyrhills
140 -- Mark Boice, Sr., River Ridge
145 -- Blake Coen, Sr., Land O'Lakes
152 -- Chris Bowen, So., Land O'Lakes
160 -- Bobby Shields, Sr., Ridgewood
171 -- Roger Carroll, Sr., Pasco
189 -- John Gilmore, Jr., River Ridge
215 -- Nate Way, Sr., River Ridge
275 -- Rudy Arce, Sr., Ridgewood
215 -- Charlie Helm, Sr., Zephyrhills
275 -- Shane Hand, So., Zephyrhills
GULF: Butch Payne, Jr., 160; Steve Manzione, Fr., 103; Pat Shelton, Sr., 145. HUDSON: Kipper Connell Jr., Jr., 135; Aaron Tirrell, Sr., 140; Eric Zul, Sr., 189; Walter Truzack, So., 275. LAND O'LAKES: Dana Kearney, So., 112; Matt Embry, Jr., 215. MITCHELL: Seth Perry, 145, Fr.; D.J. Satinoff, 135, Jr. PASCO: Devon Bryant, So., 135; Matt Herron, 160, Sr.; Jason Dorman, 215, Sr. RIDGEWOOD: Sean Byrne, Sr., 140; Billy Bullwinkle, Fr., 112; Keith Coghlan, Fr., 119; Peter Weinstein, Jr., 189. RIVER RIDGE: Joey Mayo, Jr., 275. WESLEY CHAPEL: Jerry Zimmer, 112; Nathan Reichner, Jr., 171; Jason Boyd, Jr., 189. ZEPHYRHILLS: Doug Burden, So., 130; Matt Engels, Jr., 140.