Wrestling

Five Brevard wrestlers reach state wrestling semis

It takes four wins at the state tournament to win an individual wrestling championship, and five Brevard athletes are halfway there following the first day of competition at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee.

Shane Stewart of Palm Bay takes on Melbourne's Chandler Holder during the Cape Coast Conference wrestling tournament.

Shane Stewart of Palm Bay takes on Melbourne’s Chandler Holder during the Cape Coast Conference wrestling tournament.

Three Palm Bay wrestlers — Shane Stewart, Bryce Poppell and Matt Cates — along with Heritage’s Seth Adeclat and Zac Viers of Space Coast advanced to Saturday’s semifinal round. They will compete at 8:30 a.m., and the winners will get a shot at winning it all in finals tentatively scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Each semifinalist has assured himself of a state medal, awarded to the top six in each weight class.

By the end of Friday’s sessions, 18 of Brevard’s 28 state qualifiers had been eliminated. Five remained in consolation, and they will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. Saturday, needing one more win to guarantee themselves a medal.

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28 Brevard wrestlers qualify for state

State wrestling, Kissimmee

State semifinalists

Class 2A: 120 – Seth Adeclat, H; 132 – Shane Stewart, PB; 160 – Bryce Poppell, PB; 170 – Matt Cates, PB.

Class 1A: 195 – Zac Viers, SC.

Remaining in medal contention

3A: 195 – Joe Fields, M.

2A: 126 – Casey Jackson, MI: 138 – Dylan Perrow, PB.

1A: 106 – Carson Kirk, A; Hvy – E.J. Krajewski, R.

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