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    Brandon, Florida wrestling

    This is where Joey Cozart is from and his dad is the head coach

    Representing that work this year for Brandon wrestling are this year’s Class 3A state qualifiers, champions and placeholders:

    ■103 pounds: Devan Berrian (50-10), second place
    ■112 pounds: James Flint (50-5), first place
    ■119 pounds: Victor Fugate
    ■125 pounds: Kevin Norstrem (63-0), first place
    ■130 pounds: Rossi Bruno (63-2), first place
    ■135 pounds: Tyler Liberatore (50-0), first place
    ■140 pounds: Brice Jones (48-17), fifth place
    ■145 pounds: Travis Berridge (44-10), second place
    ■152 pounds: Clark Glass (65-1), first place
    ■160 pounds: Wally Figaro (64-2), first place
    ■171 pounds: Kyle Koziel (62-1), first place
    ■189 pounds: Mike Ettore (65-2), third place
    ■215 pounds: Lorenzo Martinez
    ■285 pounds: Jo Dudley (match forefeited)

    Bruno and Liberatore are ranked real high nationally



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    Re: Brandon nationally ranked wrestlers

    125 - Norstrem - #5 - Soph
    130 - Bruno - #3 - Junior
    135 - Liberatore - #3 - Junior
    152 - Glass - #13 - Junior
    160 - Figaro - #13 - Senior
    189 - Ettore - #17 - Senior



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    Re: Brandon, Florida wrestling

    Holy crap, that's a lot of matches. Some of those kids have almost 70, and not a single one is less than 50.



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    Re: Brandon, Florida wrestling

    Brandon Clinches 22nd State Title, 7 Wrestlers Win Individual Crowns (and the Koziel 'Curse' Is Lifted)It's business as usual for Brandon High School, coming home victorious with the wrestling team's11th consecutive state title ? and 22nd overall. Brandon placed 14 wrestlers in the finals and seven came home with individual titles.
    The Brandon High School wrestling team comes home from Lakeland tonight, Feb. 19, with its 11th consecutive state title ? and 22nd state crown overall.

    Seven wrestlers earned individual state titles, which is a Brandon High record, a milestone first reached in 2004. That's the year Brandon scored 271 points, just two more than they did tonight.

    "Seven's the record, we tied the record," said assistant coach Bob Hendrickson, who played for Cozart as a high schooler and has coached with him for 22 years.

    It was the second year in a row that Brandon qualified for state competition wrestlers in each of the 14 weight classes, a true sign of Brandon's dominance.

    Bringing home state titles: James Flint, Kevin Norstrem, Rossi Bruno, Tyler Liberatore, Clark Glass, Wally Figaro and Kyle Koziel. Also helping Brandon achieve its 269 points at state competition were runner-up finishers Devan Berrian and Travis Berridge. Mike Ettore placed third and Brice Jones placed fifth. Victor Fugate and Lorenzo Martinez also competed; Jo Dudley's heavyweight match was forfeited.

    Keith Koziel said earlier in the day he knew what he would do if his brother won a state title at the Flordia High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Class 3A state title.

    He said he would cry ? and he did.

    Keith Koziel, now an assistant wrestling coach at King High School, as a player found the state title elusive. He made it to the finals five times and was runner-up three times.

    "I've been working my whole career for this," Kyle Koziel said before the state tournament, "trying to be the first in my family to live the dream."

    Following his victory, Keith Koziel could relax a bit.

    "It got the monkey off my back, that's for sure!" Keith Koziel said. "It's a huge thing in my family to bring home the gold. Between the two of us, we had five silvers. I guess the curse has been lifted."

    Liberatore, in the 135-pound weight class, was one of two Brandon wrestlers to win with a pin. Glass did it, too, in the 152-pound weight class.

    "I was pretty confident going into the match," Liberatore said. "I know none of these kids work as hard as I do but you still never know until the match is over. It's an adrenalin rush when you win, especially if you pin your opponent."



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    Re: Brandon nationally ranked wrestlers

    Quote Originally Posted by buf87 View Post
    125 - Norstrem - #5 - Soph
    130 - Bruno - #3 - Junior
    135 - Liberatore - #3 - Junior
    152 - Glass - #13 - Junior
    160 - Figaro - #13 - Senior
    189 - Ettore - #17 - Senior
    Can we get Norstrem to come to ISU? that'd be super.


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    Re: Brandon nationally ranked wrestlers

    Quote Originally Posted by CycoCyclone View Post
    Can we get Norstrem to come to ISU? that'd be super.
    I think I'd take all 3 of those light weights Norstrem, Bruno and Liberatore



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    Re: Brandon, Florida wrestling

    Brandon placed 14 wrestlers in the finals and seven came home with individual titles.
    How do you get 14 wrestlers to the finals, yet still have guys placing 3rd? Do they wrestle to a true 2nd place?

    And what about the guys that didn't place (my assumption based on their blank spaces after their name in the OP)....if you're in the finals, you're placing.



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    Re: Brandon, Florida wrestling

    Quote Originally Posted by clone2011 View Post
    How do you get 14 wrestlers to the finals, yet still have guys placing 3rd? Do they wrestle to a true 2nd place?

    And what about the guys that didn't place (my assumption based on their blank spaces after their name in the OP)....if you're in the finals, you're placing.
    I think that top article with records is from there districts or regionals, not state.



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    Re: Brandon, Florida wrestling

    I think when they say "finals" it is a term for the state tournament. Obviously they didn't send all 14 to the final match because there were kids who didn't place and got 5th and so on.

    It also drives me nuts when they use "played" and "player" when talking about wrestling.



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    Re: Brandon, Florida vs Apple Valley in Jan 2011

    The Nation’s top high school wrestling program flexed their muscle against Florida’s elite wrestling powerhouse, Brandon. Apple Valley proved too much for Florida’s finest, besting Brandon 34-16 in a particularly one-sided dual that saw the Eagles win seven of the first nine matches ? securing victory with four matches remaining on the card.

    140 Brandon Kingsley (Apple Valley) over Brice Jones (Brandon) Pin 0:50
    145 Daniel Woiwor (Apple Valley) over Travis Berridge (Brandon) Dec 6-3
    152 Destin McCauley (Apple Valley) over Clark Glass (Brandon) Dec 8-5
    160 Steven Keogh (Apple Valley) over Wally Figaro (Brandon) Dec 1-0
    171 Jake Waste (Apple Valley) over Kyle Koziel (Brandon) Dec 3-1
    189 Mike Ettore (Brandon) over Corbin Farrell (Apple Valley) Dec 5-3
    215 Lorenzo Martinez (Brandon) over Roderick Pope-Clifton (Apple Valley) Maj 11-2
    HWT Matt Hechsel (Apple Valley) over Joe Dudley (Brandon) Maj 13-0
    103 Seth Gross (Apple Valley) over Devan Berrian (Brandon) Pin 1:31
    112 Jordan Kingsley (Apple Valley) over James Flint (Brandon) Dec 3-2
    119 Stephen Mincey (Apple Valley) over Victor Fugate (Brandon) Dec 4-0
    125 Kevin Norstrem (Brandon) over Dakota Trom (Apple Valley) Dec 6-4
    130 Rossi Bruno (Brandon) over Mark Hall (Apple Valley) Dec 5-3
    135 Tyler Liberatore (Brandon) over Matt Kelliher (Apple Valley) Dec 7-3



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    Re: Brandon, Florida wrestling

    Well i'd take that Clark Glass guy too, McCauley is the #1 ranked wrestler regardless of weight i believe and only to lose by 3 is pretty good....



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    Re: Brandon, Florida wrestling

    Quote Originally Posted by crooksie_26 View Post
    Well i'd take that Clark Glass guy too, McCauley is the #1 ranked wrestler regardless of weight i believe and only to lose by 3 is pretty good....
    If we could get a recruiting pipeline going with Brandon, that would be huge. Bruno, Liberatore, Glass, and Norstrem are all big time recruits. There's no D1 schools in the SE; where have they been going?



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    Re: Brandon, Florida vs Apple Valley in Jan 2011

    Quote Originally Posted by buf87 View Post
    The Nation’s top high school wrestling program flexed their muscle against Florida’s elite wrestling powerhouse, Brandon. Apple Valley proved too much for Florida’s finest, besting Brandon 34-16 in a particularly one-sided dual that saw the Eagles win seven of the first nine matches ? securing victory with four matches remaining on the card.

    140 Brandon Kingsley (Apple Valley) over Brice Jones (Brandon) Pin 0:50
    145 Daniel Woiwor (Apple Valley) over Travis Berridge (Brandon) Dec 6-3
    152 Destin McCauley (Apple Valley) over Clark Glass (Brandon) Dec 8-5
    160 Steven Keogh (Apple Valley) over Wally Figaro (Brandon) Dec 1-0
    171 Jake Waste (Apple Valley) over Kyle Koziel (Brandon) Dec 3-1
    189 Mike Ettore (Brandon) over Corbin Farrell (Apple Valley) Dec 5-3
    215 Lorenzo Martinez (Brandon) over Roderick Pope-Clifton (Apple Valley) Maj 11-2
    HWT Matt Hechsel (Apple Valley) over Joe Dudley (Brandon) Maj 13-0
    103 Seth Gross (Apple Valley) over Devan Berrian (Brandon) Pin 1:31
    112 Jordan Kingsley (Apple Valley) over James Flint (Brandon) Dec 3-2
    119 Stephen Mincey (Apple Valley) over Victor Fugate (Brandon) Dec 4-0
    125 Kevin Norstrem (Brandon) over Dakota Trom (Apple Valley) Dec 6-4
    130 Rossi Bruno (Brandon) over Mark Hall (Apple Valley) Dec 5-3
    135 Tyler Liberatore (Brandon) over Matt Kelliher (Apple Valley) Dec 7-3

    This. Brandon has a dominant program in Florida. If it toured the real wrestling states and took on the better teams, it would limp home with a lot of losses.



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    Re: Brandon, Florida vs Apple Valley in Jan 2011

    Quote Originally Posted by Senolcyc View Post
    This. Brandon has a dominant program in Florida. If it toured the real wrestling states and took on the better teams, it would limp home with a lot of losses.
    If you look at the scores against Apple Valley and the individual results, you'd realize this team is for real. They are the #3 ranked team in the nation, with AV being #1.

    They did tour the midwest:

    The biggest news comes from the 9th edition of The Clash, staged in Rochester, Minnesota.
    Our 2009-2010 National #1, and the Preseason’s unanimous #1Apple Valley, confirmed all the pundits’ expectations and then some. They stormed through the field posting lopsided scores against even the most formidable of nationally ranked competitors. Valley beat #19 Bettendorf 47-9, # 20Carl Sandburg, Illinois top-rated team, 55-9, #6 Simley, 42-20, and, in the finals, #4 Brandon, 34-16.
    #4 Brandon wrestled well; their only loss came to Apple Valley and they recorded rather easy wins over Simley (40-23) and Sandburg (37-24).



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