Palm Bay overtook Eau Gallie in the final round of the Barbara Pill Memorial Tournament to claim first-place Saturday at Bayside High.
The Commodores led the tournament overall heading into the finals, with Palm Bay sitting second and Heritage third. However, the Pirates placed nine wrestlers in the top-six to move to the top of the leaderboard and the Panthers placed 10 in the top six to pass Eau Gallie for second place.
Bayside’s Tomel One continued his dominance in the heavyweight division (285 pounds), defeating Jackson Young of Merritt Island 8-2 in the finals. David Richards of Bayside tech falled Jordan Chandler of Palm Bay 16-0 in the finals of 120-pound weight class.
“They’re improving. David looked really good. He’s been trying some news things and he’s starting to put everything together,” Bayside coach Patrick O’Bryan said.
Richards won the outstanding wrestler award for lower weight classes (145 and lower) and One won the outstanding wrestler award for upper weight classes (152 and up).
“Tomel is just out of football so he was kind of rusty yesterday, but everyday he looks better and better. He’s getting back into his old form,” O’Bryan said.
Eau Gallie had seven in top six to finish in third place and Bayside finished fifth with seven in the top six.