FORT MYERS — Golden Gate defended its Class 1A-District 12 title with ease Friday night at Southwest Florida Christian.
The Titans won six individual titles and advanced six more to next weekend's regional meet at Tampa Berkeley Prep.
Golden Gate's 185 points were 64 more than second-place LaBelle. Led by Geraldo Ruiz's 126-pound championship, Immokalee finished fifth in the six-team district.
"We did all right," Golden Gate coach Ed Munn said. "Everybody placed in the top three, so we're pretty happy."
Collier County sophomore champs Lavanda Warren (182) and Alex Hernandez (113) each won district titles for Golden Gate, as did juniors Spencer Sapka (120), Marken Mark (132), Kevin Colhoun (152) and Jeffy Jerome (285).
But it was the second-place performance of junior Jayln Gause at 195 pounds that most pleased Munn. Gause dropped a hotly-contested 4-2 decision to Evangelical's Ben Willard.
"I was real happy with Jayln Gause," Munn said. "The Willard kid placed at state last year. Jayln wrestled for us at 170, but he hurt his knee and hadn't practiced in two weeks. That's pretty amazing."
Golden Gate qualified four for the state meet last year.
"It would be great if we could get half (of the 12 qualifiers) of them in," Munn said. "We've got a chance. We've got some veteran guys who've worked real hard to overcome some injuries, and hopefully they'll be able to place.
"We have a really young team and we're looking for it."
The top four in each region will advance to the state tournament in Lakeland on Feb. 15-16.
Class 1A-District 12 tournament
1. Golden Gate 185, 2. LaBelle 121, 3. Southwest Florida Christian 88, 4. Clewiston 86, 5. Immokalee 83, 6. Evangelical Christian 58
106: Arelys Valles (CLW) d. David Delly (SFCA), 4:58; 113: Alex Hernandez (GG) d. Azeekquia Bryant (CLW),: 30; 120: Spencer Sapka (GG) d. Hector Hernandez (IMM), 11-4; 126: Geraldo Ruiz (IMM) d. Dayan Saez (GG), 3:56; 132: Marken Mark (GG) d. Aaron Crump (IMM), 6-3; 138: David Bush (SFCA) d. Isaac Gonzalez (LAB), 10-8 OT; 145: Nyko Harrynarine (LAB) d. Frankie Jaramillo (GG), 3:31; 152 — Kevin Colhoun (GG) d. Jose Nolasco (LAB), 1:30; 160: Joseph Dipofi (LAB) d. Lewis Warren (GG), 10-4; 170: Amoldo Ayala (LAB) d. Carlos Garcia (GG), 3:33; 182: Lavanda Warren (GG) d. Michael Counts (CLW), 2:23; 195: Ben Willard (ECS) d. Jayln Gause (GG), 4-2; 220: Noah Huxley (SFCA), d. Juan Gomez (LAB), 2:44; 285: Jeffy Jerome (GG) d. Ryan Drapal (LAB), 3-2
106: Jasmine Jimenez (LAB) d. Matthew Malavsky (ECS), forfeit; 113: William Spearman (ECS) by default; 120: Oscar Matamoros (CLW) d. Neil Laquidara (ECS), 1:17; 126: Jesse Barringer (SFCA) d. Matthew Vary (CLW),: 58; 132: Tyler Mosley (ECS) d. Josh McKillip (SFCA), 3:18; 138: Robert Aquirre (IMM) d. Dakota Woodard (ECS), 1:38; 145: Ronny Paul (IMM) d. Kevin Shultz (ECS), 1:44; 152: Jean Borgela (IMM) d. Jason Preston (CLW), 4:21; 160: Curtis Clay (CLW) by default; 170: Andrew Kreps (SFCA) d. Chaloni Dieudonnie (IMM), 2:58; Tyler Manes (SFCA) by default; 195: Jared Escoricia (CLW) d. Peyton Randolph (SFCA), 1:54; 220: Jonathan McElroy (GG) d. T.J. Clark (ECS), 4:08; 285: N/A