Saturday, February 18, 2012

Prep wrestling: Three Manatee County wrestlers eliminated Saturday morning


Three local wrestlers were eliminated from the consolation round Saturday morning during the state tournament at The Lakeland Center.

In Class 3A, Manatee's Brett Barber lost 5-3 to Sarasota's Sean Dulom. Barber, a senior, went 56-9 for the season.

In Class 2A, Lakewood Ranch's Blake Riley-Hawkins was pinned in 3:42 by Tampa Jesuit's Christian Dominguez. A junior, Riley-Hawkins finishes the year 40-9.

And in Class 1A, Southeast's Nick Kemick dropped a 10-3 decision to Miami Monsignor Pace's Danny Garcia. Kemick, a senior, went 37-12.

Each wrestler fell one win shy of qualifying for a medal, awarded to the top six finishers in each class.

The only local wrestler left is Southeast's 138-pounder junior Larry Cannon, who faces Jupiter Christian's David Kestner in a championship semifinal this afternoon. The winner advances to the finals, scheduled to begin 5:30 p.m.

Cannon (41-2) can finish no worse than sixth and is guaranteed a medal.

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