Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mandarin Wins Sixth Title in Row

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mandarin Wins Sixth Title in Row

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********** CORRECTION February 7, 2001

Mandarin High School has won six Gateway Conference wrestling titles but not consecutively. Because of a reporter's error, a story on Page C-16 Sunday incorrectly said the school had won its sixth straight title.

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Mandarin High coach Richard Brunowski wasn't satisfied with his team's sixth consecutive Gateway Conference wrestling title.

"This is definitely the toughest one by far," Brunowski said. "We didn't wrestle up to my expectations."

Mandarin, which hosted the meet, finished with a 189.5-160.5 edge over second-place Forrest. But the Mustangs held just a 23.5-point lead over the Rebels going into the finals, and Forrest placed seven wrestlers in the finals to Mandarin's six.

But the Mustangs won three of the finals to Forrest's two.

Wolfson placed third with 110.5 points, followed by Lee and Sandalwood (105 each) and Stanton (104.5).

Mandarin's victory celebration was muted by its losses in the heavyweight and 215-pound weight classes.

Cedric Taylor (215 pounds, 10-1) and Chris Anderson (heavyweight, 25-4), who missed large portions of the season due to a blown knee and disciplinary problems, respectively, were considered integral to the Mustangs' success.

Taylor fell in a 15-8 decision to Sandalwood's Ryan Meissner (17-2), who dominated the majority of the match.

Anderson, who met Stanton's Austin Wells (19-5) in the heavyweight final, was up 10-5 in going into the second period. But Wells pulled a surprise reversal a minute into the second period and pinned Anderson at 3:18.

"Those [losses] were both very unexpected," Brunowski said. "But we'll just bounce back like we do every time something goes wrong."

The Mustangs' models of consistency, Eian Schnoor (112 pounds, 27-3) and Chase Truncale (152, 28-2), each won titles, as did Brandon Sessums (22-5) at 103-pounds. …

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