Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

'Canes Second at 3A-District 8 Meet

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

'Canes Second at 3A-District 8 Meet

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WRESTLING

PALM HARBOR -- Andy Gugliemini clutched the trophy in his right hand Friday night and summoned the members of Manatee High's wrestling team to a side wall inside Palm Harbor University's gymnasium.

The Hurricanes long-time wrestling coach wanted someone to take a team picture.

"Been a long time," Gugliemini said, gesturing to the trophy.

Following a trio of third-place finishes, Manatee was able to take some hardware away from the Class 3A-District 8 tournament, finishing second with 182.5 points.

Host Palm Harbor University took first with 198.5.

Most importantly, Manatee qualified 10 wrestlers for next week's Region 2 meet, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Lakeland George Jenkins High.

The top four finishers in each class Friday advanced. "We've got kids that are going to go make a run at the state tournament," Gugliemini said.

Manatee crowned five champions Friday: Marshall Craig (120 pounds), Daniel Cunningham (152), Charles Small (160), Matt McAleer (170) and Josh Booker (220), while Brandon Dossey (152) took second. …

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