Record fiveMustangsstate bound
The Lakewood Ranch wrestling team advanced a record five wrestlers out of the Punta Gorda Charlotte Class 2A-Region 3 tournament Saturday.
Dyland Cameron (120-pound weight class) and Jared Dipsiner (138) led the way with second-place finishes. They will joins teammates Ty McLeod (170, third), Hunter Reed (106, fourth) and Tim Dwyer (132, fourth) at next weekend's state meet in Lakeland.
The Mustangs finished sixth in the team standings with 85.5 points, one-half point better than seventh-place Palmetto. Palmetto Ridge won the tournament with 157 points.
The Tigers advanced four wrestlers to state, which tied a program record set last year. Anthony Viscomi paced Palmetto with a second-place finish in the 126-pound weight class. Chase Washington (145) and Robert McLachlan (195) placed third, and James Banks (220) was fourth.
CLASS 1A-REGION 3 -- Heavyweight Kane Takacs won a region championship at Tampa Berkeley Prep to lead the way for Southeast, which sent three wrestlers to next week's state meet in Lakeland.
Joey Fazio (132) came in second, and Ricky Almodovar was third for the Seminoles, who placed fifth as a team.
Kane's brother, Gage, injured a knee during a semifinal match and could not continue. Gage Takacs injured his other knee and missed of last wrestling season.
Bayshore sent three wrestlers to state, led by Petro Marin, who placed second in the 182-pound weight class. Anthony Slack (113) and Nick Norton (160) each placed fourth.
STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIDA 69, POLK STATE COLLEGE 61 (OT) -- The visiting Manatees improved to 2-3 in the Suncoast Conference behind Deonte Hearns' 27 points and 18 rebounds.
Gabriel Dos Santos contributed 21 points, and Braden River's Tre Bryant chipped in with 12.
-- Herald staff reports