PCAC WRESTLING: East Lake runs away with title

East Lake cleared second-place PHU by 93 points to claim last weekend's PCAC championship.

North Pinellas wrestlers tuned up for districts at last weekend's Pinellas County Athletic Conference tournament and East Lake ran away with the championship.

All 14 Eagles wrestlers placed in the top five of their weight classes as East Lake cleared second-place Palm Harbor University by 83 points, 278-185.

Three Eagles earned individual titles: Jason Leggett (132 pounds), Rami Goris (220 pounds) and Madison Davila (285 pounds).

Four Eagles took second, three placed third and three more finished fourth.

Rounding out the top five behind East Lake in the team standings were PHU, Dixie Hollins, Pinellas Park and Countryside.

The Hurricanes had six wrestlers place in the top three, including first-place finishes from Dylan Sparkman (113 pounds), Michael Cuttitta (120 pounds) and Colby Sparkman (152 pounds).

Countryside and sixth-place Dunedin also crowned three individual champs each.

Cougars senior and defending state champion Anthony Burburija pushed his unbeaten record to 44-0 by winning the 195-pound classification. Countryside teammates Steven Nguyen (106 pounds) and Steve Chopek (126 pounds) stood atop the podium Saturday at Osceola High School, as well.

Dunedin's county champions were Mailo Johnson (138 pounds), John Jennelle (145 pounds) and Desrion Arnold (182 pounds).

Most North Pinellas programs will compete in district tournaments Friday.

East Lake, Dunedin and Clearwater compete in the 10-school Class 2A District 9 field. That meet will be hosted Friday at Dixie Hollins, with first matches beginning at 10 a.m. and the finals scheduled to start at 4 p.m. East Lake placed second behind Dunedin last year and will look to dethrone the defending district champion while fending off last year's third-place contender, Dixie Hollins.

PHU and Countryside are also in a 10-school league: Class 3A District 8. Friday's tournament will be hosted by Countryside, with first matches beginning at 10 a.m. and the finals scheduled for 5 p.m. PHU enters as the defending champion, surpassing second-place Bradenton Manatee by 82 points, 222-140.