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Brandon Wrestlers Clinch 24th State Title, 13 Crowns in a Row

The streak continues for the Brandon High School wrestling team under the legendary leadership of head coach Russ Cozart.

 

It was another historic milestone for the Brandon High School wrestling team, which this weekend staked claim to the 2013 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Class 3A crown, the school's 24th state title and 13th state victory in a row.

At The Lakeland Center on Feb. 16, Kevin Norstrem ended his high school wrestling career with a fifth individual state title, a moment that he memorialized in the arms of legendary head coach Russ Cozart, whose hug was witnessed by the crowd that had risen to give the 138-pound wrestler a standing ovation, according to a TBO. com report.

 Norstrem’s brother, Kyle, a freshman, won his second state individual title, with a 113-pound pin in the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Class 3A contest. He, too, is on track to win five individual state titles, a feat accomplished last year, in their senior years, by Brandon wrestlers Bruno Rossi and Clark Glass.

  • See Brandon's Bruno and Glass Break State Record With 5th Title Wins (Brandon Patch)

Also winning individual state titles at this year's contest were Dylan Lucas (126 pounds) and Travis Berridge (170).

A tournament-high nine Brandon wrestlers advanced to the semifinals, including Geoffrey Doback (106), James Flint (120), Victor Fugate (132), Dakota Greene (152), Jacob Haydock (160) and Dontae McGee (182).

 Overall, Brandon scored 251 points to capture its 24th state crown. In second place was Osceola Kissimmee with 163.5 points, followed by St. Thomas Aquinas (90.5), Christopher Columbus Miami (73) and Palm Harbor University (71.5).

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FHSAA 3A State Wrestling Championship - First-Place Finishers
(From FHSAA brackets posted online

Weight Wrestler School 106 Ariel Dominguez Osceola Kissimmee 113 Kyle Norstrem Brandon 120 Jared Prince Palm Harbor University 126 Dylan Lucas Brandon 132 Nosomy Pozo Southwest Miami 138 Kevin Norstrem Brandon 145 Ritchie Guillaume North Miami Beach 152 Fox Baldwin Osceola Kissimmee 160 Christian Vazquez Gateway Kissimmee 170 Travis Berridge Brandon 182 Jesse Stephanos Jupiter 195 Chris Pagan Osceola Kissimmee 220 Nicholas Wethy Christopher Columbus (Miami) 285 Kevin Jacques South Broward

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