Riverdale won the District 2A-11 wrestling championship Friday night at Island Coast. Charlotte finished second, Fort Myers third and the host Gators were fourth.
The strong Gators showing was lead by 220-pound champion Nick Quinones. Seven other Gators will accompany him the regional meet at Charlotte next weekend. Joey Perez (113) and Davon Boyd (132) were runners-up. Andrew Ottinger (145) and Mike Sorrentino (152) placed third, while Dario Labrada (126), Frank McNeal (138) and Noah Pegg (195) took fourth.
Ottinger contributed his success to "conditioning, conditioning, conditioning."
Cape Coral placed fifth with Jordan Jones earning district champion honors at 195.
"Working harder. I know it's my senior year. I got a few things to work on before the regionals next week," said Jones.
Also advancing for the Seahawks were runner-up Ron Allen (152), Dave Martin (285) third, and Josh Clark (145) fourth.
North Fort Myers qualified six wrestlers for the regionals and finished sixth in the team standings. A quality feat when one considers coach Jamie Cole only had four wrestlers in the room a few short years ago.
Joey Ciganek placed third. Also advancing by placing fourth for the Knights were Gannon Abernathy (106), Ben Withers (113), Brandon Nesta )170), Deyel Diaz (182) and Logan Snkius (220).
Seventh-place Ida Baker advanced three to regionals. Nick Rivers was second at 160, Angel Remedios (113) and Drew Fay (120).
106 - Monos (Rvr) pin Gjerde (Ch)
113 - Rhodes (Rvr) pin Perez (IC)
120 - Reichel dec. Thomas (FM) 1-0
126 - Mooney (Ch) dec. Swanson (Rvr) 10-0
132 - Spence (Ch) dec. Boyd (IC) 6-2
138 - Hoff (Ch) dec. Weeks (Rvr) 17-2
145 - Galan (Rvr) dec. Evans (FM) 9-4
152 - Mansfield (Ch) pin Allen (CC)
160 - Zahalka (FM) dec. Richards (IB) 9-8
170 - Mcquinn (FM) dec. Floyd (Rvr) 8-6
182 - Delgado (FM) dec. Hillman (Rvr) 16-0
195 - Jones (CC) dec. Martiez (Ch) 3-2
220 Quinones (IC) over Adams (CHAR) 3-1 OT
285 Dennis (CHAR) over Delago (FM) 9-2
1. Riverdale 200; 2. Charlotte 187.5; 3. Fort Myers 152; 4. Island Coast 113.5; 5. Cape Coral 55; 6. North Fort Myers 49; 7. Ida Baker 44; 8. Port Charlotte 18.