Prep wrestling | Region champs Rudisill, Dossey lead five-Cane contingent headed to state

Rudisill collectsregion title with10-second pin

jlembo@bradenton.comFebruary 9, 2014 

KISSIMMEE -- If prep sports are truly cyclical, Manatee's wrestling team is once again spinning the wheel forward.

The Hurricanes walked out of Osceola High School on Saturday, the final day of the Class 3A-Region 2 tournament, with five qualifiers for next week's state meet at The Lakeland Center.

Not a bad haul, considering Manatee qualified one wrestler in 2012 and two last year.

Consequently, Canes coach Andy Gugliemini believes his program is trending upward.

"Without a doubt," he said. "A lot of hard work -- not that we didn't work hard those years that were a little lean. We've got kids that are doing special things; we've got kids that are working super hard. ... We're doing things correctly, we're wrestling hard; the coaching staff is doing an unbelievable job getting these kids ready."

Manatee crowned two champions: Caleb Rudisill at 113 pounds and Dakoda Dossey at 152.

Ranked No. 1 in the state for his weight in Class 3A, Rudisill needed just 10 seconds to pin Osceola's Jose Cuevas in the final.

"I executed the move I wanted to make. I got it and ended the match quick," said Rudsill, who is 56-2 and undefeated against Class 3A competition. "I feel great. I want to win a state title. That's my goal, and I've executed everything I've needed to do it so far."

A sophomore and first-time state-qualifier, Rudisill also won county and district titles this season.

"Ten-second pin, first of all, is probably the quickest I've ever seen in a regional final," Gugliemini said. "We feel like he can win a state title. ... He still has to put in the work, he's got to believe he can do it, and he has to go out there and wrestle hard every second."

A senior headed to his second straight state meet, Dossey pinned Tampa Sickles' Andrew Martin in five minutes, 20 seconds, to run his record to 59-4.

"He did some great things, and then he looked a little sloppy," Gugliemini said. "Those are all parts of the growing. He still has to realize that one of the best tools he has is the people in his corner who have been there and done that, and we can help him if he'll let us. ... He also has an awesome shot of winning a state title."

Jesse Fulk took second at 160 pounds, losing to Osceola's Fox Baldwin in a second-period pin. Baldwin is an undefeated three-time state champion considered one of the best wrestlers in the country.

Fulk, a junior, takes a 59-3 mark into his second consecutive state appearance.

Tyrek Hoyt (126) took third, and Alex Ginn (145) was fourth as both locked up state berths, awarded to the top-four finishers in each class.

Manatee finished fifth out of 30 teams with 114.5 points. The state meet begins at 10 a.m. Friday at The Lakeland Center and runs through Saturday.

"I'm just going to keep my mind focused," Rudisill said, "and just go out there and wrestle."

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