PALMETTO -- As pleased as Bryan Wilkes was with how his guys wrestled during Friday night's dual against Southeast, the coach was even happier about what transpired before it.
Eight Tigers seniors were honored before Palmetto defeated Southeast 42-21, a class that Wilkes considers the best in the program's nine-year history.
"We've had some good ones," Wilkes said. "It all started last year...Finally, we have people in the room other kids can look up to."
Among those is Anthony Viscomi, who recorded a first-period pin at 126 pounds, and Tyler Montague, a winner by forfeit at 120.
"It's almost like freshman football, when the next guys steps up and he's just as good as the first one," said Wilkes, who has been coaching Palmetto wrestling since the program debuted in 2005. "And they learn from each other. If they don't have anyone to learn from, they're not going to help themselves."
Aaron McDaniel (113), Ben Mercer (138), Dave Henson (145), Robert McLachlan (195) and James Banks (220) also won for the Tigers.
Mercer, Henson and McLachlan all scored pins.
The Seminoles got wins from Joey Fazio (132), Austin Bennett (152), Ricky Almodovar (160), Stephen Kelle (170), Darian Grant (182) and Kane Takacs (heavyweight).
Bennett and Takacs won via pinfall.
"We're continuing to try and build a team. Everything I try and do is to make our team stronger and build team unity," said Southeast coach Daniel Bradshaw. "Even come out for a one-dual like (Friday); obviously, we wanted to help Palmetto out and help them honor their seniors, but we wanted to build our team unity and coming out and getting our fans behind us and coming together on the mat like that, it does a lot of good."
The Noles return to Palmetto today for the Tiger Duals.
"It is big," Bradshaw said. "We're going to get to see some teams from our region...And obviously, (Wilkes) is going to have some real good competition. So we're going to see what it takes to get better."
The Tiger Duals get underway today at 9 a.m.
"You always worry about an injury or tweak, and I think both teams came through with flying colors," Wilkes said. "It was a nice warm up for (today)."