Northeast Wrestlers Rally to Win City Championship

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Northeast Wrestlers Rally to Win City Championship

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Nor’Easter Staff- Going to into the finals of the St. Petersburg City Championships, although Northeast had nine wrestlers in the the finals, nothing seemed out of place. Dixie Hollins was in the lead as usual. When the finals began, Dixie picked upa few wins to further give the “same-old, same-old” feeling to the championships and why not? Dixie hadn’t lost a city championship title since 2007. Then, a swift and drastic swing of momentum came.

It all started with junior Tavoris Smith, winning 11-5 in the 160-pound final. Then senior Shaq Johnson also won 11-5 in a dominant match at 170.  After that, senior and wrestling newcomer Cam Bradley pinned his opponent in the 195-pound weight class. The final stamp on the victory was done with authority as senior Marcel Scott pinned his opponent in 220 division in just seven seconds.

Head Coach Robert Wilson attributed the win to the extra work his players put in during a two-week break from school.

“We were lucky over the break; we got 10 days of practice in and dedicated ourselves, we said, ‘City Champs,’” Northeast’s Wilson said. “Even when we were four points down, I said, ‘We can still do this.’”

The Vikings won their first city championship since 2007 and now head into districts with momentum.

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