Riverdale wins 6th straight wrestling regional, sends 7 ahead

Riverdale wins 6th straight wrestling regional, sends 7 ahead


Riverdale wins 6th straight wrestling regional, sends 7 ahead


Riverdale senior Treston Dunn walked away last year from the Region 2A-3 meet on the lowest podium step, finishing third.

He was at the top of his game Saturday en route to winning his first regional title.

Dunn narrowly defeated Largo’s Danny Gergstrom, scoring a 3-2 decision at 195. Teammates Edwin Etienne (220) and Christian Jurney (145) also took home regional titles for the Raiders.

“I’m feeling good, I feel energized,” Dunn said. “I’m excited that I completed a good run for States, seeding-wise.”

Riverdale scored 142.5 points to take its sixth consecutive regional title. Jesuit placed second with 127.5 points. The Raiders picked up one second place, one third place and two fourth-place finishes, giving them a seven-man roster for next week’s state final at Lakeland.

Fort Myers had the second-best finish among Lee County schools with 51 points and coach Chris Drake will take three wrestlers to the state meet. Abdias Corgelas (182) finished third and Levi McQuinn (170) injury defaulted for fourth.

Green Wave heavyweight Fequierson Charles was matched up with Barron Collier’s Brady Pallente in the final match of the meet. It was the third meetin between the two. Charles defeated Pallente at the Buzz Hill Invite and the District 2A-12 meet.

The two wrestled to a 1-1 tie after three periods and no points were scored in the first overtime. Pallente scored an escape in the first double overtime session and Charles did the same in the second session.

Pallente scored the first point of the match, giving him the power to pick his position for the third overtime. Pallente chose to be on bottom and scored a takedown on Charles for the win.

The loss was Charles’ first on the season after running off 39 victories in a row.

“It doesn’t feel good but I’m going to come back to states and I’m going to win it,” Charles said. “He wanted it more than me this time, next time I’m going to want it more than him.

Ida Baker’s Brandon Gacad won his first regional title after coming up short the two previous years in the final. Gacad came out very aggressive, picking up a 7-0 lead after the first period and scored a 12-2 major decision over Naples Joseph Guelfi.

Cape Coral’s Bruno Bredicean (138) finished in third and is making his first state final appearance. Nick Anthony (132) defeated Riverdale’s Derrick Downing 5-0 for the regional title.

Lehigh’s Jabari Irons won the title at 160 with a pin of Charlotte’s Joseph Marques.


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