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Mariner's Christian Minto won the Class 2A 160-pound state championship Saturday in Kissimmee. Adam Regan, AREGAN@NEWS-PRESS.COM

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KISSIMMEE – Just seconds after having their hands raised, newly crowned state champions Gerald Roger of Golden Gate High School, Christian Minto of Mariner and Jesse Martinez of Riverdale made beelines for the stands at Silver Spurs Arena.

The trio of Southwest Florida wrestlers who were joined atop the podium by Palmetto Ridge’s Colby Singletary and North Fort Myers’ Adolphus Taylor on Saturday at the FHSAA state championships wanted their family and friends to know they couldn’t get to the top of the mountain alone.

"They've been there since I was little supporting me all the time. They've been at every state tournament," said Minto, who hasn’t lost a match since the Obama Administration and capped his career with his third state crown in convincing fashion.

He pinned Riverdale’s Terrence Clayton in the third period of the Class 2A 160-pound championship, put up three fingers and immediately sought out his mother and a sea of Tritons fans to celebrate.

Lee and Collier counties produced 20 state placers with Riverdale leading the way with six, including three finalists. The Raiders finished fourth as a team in 2A with 113.5 points behind state champion Lake Gibson (189.5), Tampa Jesuit (163) and Charlotte (152.5). Palmetto Ridge was sixth with 64.5 points.

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Riverdale's Jesse Martinez won the Class 2A 182-pound state wrestling title Saturday in Kissimmee. Adam Regan, AREGAN@NEWS-PRESS.COM

Martinez, a junior, won the Raiders’ lone state crown by scoring points early and holding off Dunedin’s Desrion Arnold’s late advances for a 3-0 victory in the 2A 182-pound final.

Martinez, who has spent the last couple years climbing the ladder at state and scored a takedown with one second left in a semifinal to advance, hit a backflip before hopping a guard rail and jumping up into the stands to hug his father.

"It means the world to have my parents here," Martinez said.

Martinez mentioned the time he spent in his garage and in the wrestling room at Riverdale to earn this type of respect.

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Golden Gate's Gerald Roger won the Class 2A 132-pound state wrestling title Saturday in Kissimmee. Adam Regan, AREGAN@NEWS-PRESS.COM

Meanwhile Roger looked all the way back to November when practices started to demonstrate where Golden Gate’s focus was the entire five months.

"It meant so much to represent my school out here," Roger said. "We're a blue-collar team. We work so hard. It finally pays off. Three state qualifiers, three state placers and a state champion. Let's go!"

Roger held a 4-3 lead on Lake Gibson’s Brendon Abdon heading into the third period of the 2A 132-pound final match. He quickly made and escape to go up by two and hold off Abdon.

"I wanted to go out there and dominate," Roger said. "I felt he was broken. I felt it. I haven't given up a single takedown at this tournament. I knew he wasn't going to take me down."

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Palmetto Ridge's Colby Singletary won the Class 2A 195-pound state title Saturday in Kissimmee. Adam Regan, AREGAN@NEWS-PRESS.COM

Singletary and Taylor got late starts to their season thanks to their responsibilities on their football teams.

At 195 pounds, Singletary, who finished his junior season at 49-1, showed few signs of rust. He dominated Riverdale’s Darius Parker and came away with a 12-2 major decision.

"We've been preparing, thinking about it, all the situations that could happen," Singletary said. "I got what I wanted."

Taylor got into wrestling a few years ago to stay in shape for football and North assistant coach Chris Sneddon and head coach Frank Drake molded him into a state champion. He barreled through Springstead’s James Spence and scored a 5-0 victory in the 2A 285-pound championship.

"I owe it to my peers helping me get better and my coaches pushing me," Taylor said.

Palmetto Ridge’s Brennan Van Hoecke and Immokalee’s Gabriel Ramirez made runs to the finals of the 2A 113-pound class and the 1A 126-pound class, respectively, before falling and taking state runner-up honors.

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North Fort Myers senior Adolphus Taylor won the Class 2A 185-pound state wrestling title Saturday in Kissimmee. Adam Regan, AREGAN@NEWS-PRESS.COM

Southwest Florida placers at FHSAA State Wrestling Championships

Class 2A

113: State final – Braden Basile (Jesuit) 57-1, Fr. over Brennan Van Hoecke (Palmetto Ridge) 54-2, Fr. (Dec 6-3); Third place – Chase Ayers (Lake Gibson) 35-10, Sr. over Jose Berdecia (Brandon) 63-5, Jr. (Dec 4-2); Fifth place – Rocco Senia (Palm Bay) 51-9, So. over Shaun Culbreth (Matanzas) 42-8, Jr. (MD 9-1)

120: State final – Tom Crook (Jesuit) 58-0, Fr. over Donovan Cataldi (Charlotte) 49-5, Jr. (Dec 8-7); Third place – Michael Gonzalez (Golden Gate) 42-14, Sr. over Fabian Jaramillo (Olympic Heights) 46-8, Sr. (Dec 9-6); Sawyer Bartelt (Doral Academy) 45-10, 7th. over Thomas Barco (Lehigh) 53-11, Sr. (MD 11-0)

126: State final – Trey Lane (Brandon) 71-1, Sr. over Connor Williams (Lake Gibson) 35-6, Jr. (Dec 2-1); Third place – Jack Crook (Jesuit) 59-5, Fr. over Dylan Jones (Harmony) 45-7, Jr. (Dec 7-3); Fifth place – LIeyton Taylor (Riverdale) 44-8, Sr. over Jacob Krebs (Dunedin) 50-9, Sr. (Dec 6-4)

132: State final – Gerald Roger (Golden Gate) 52-1, Sr. over Brendon Abdon (Lake Gibson) 44-5, Fr. (Dec 5-3); Third place – Nicholas Vugman (Bartram Trail) 55-4, Sr. over Ted Gjerde (Charlotte) 46-9, Sr. (Dec 6-3); Fifth place – Marcus Rivera (Olympic Heights) 40-9, Sr. over Lawrence Russo (Matanzas) 32-9, Sr. (Dec 8-3)

138: State final – Shannon Hanna (Lake Gibson) 34-3, Sr. over Hunter Lefevre (Brandon) 66-4, Sr. (Dec 5-2); Third place – Jared Dinh (Riverdale) 43-5, So. over Sergio Desiante (Jesuit) 52-13, Fr. (Fall 3:42); Fifth place – Keshawn Percy (Palm Bay) 58-6, Jr. over Richard Lawyer (Charlotte) 33-10, Sr. (Dec 6-2)

145: State final – Ethan Basile (Jesuit) 60-0, Jr. over Andreas Bond (Lake Gibson) 37-6, Sr. (Dec 4-1); Third place – Wyatt Kirkham (Jensen Beach) 61-7, Sr. over Andy Martinez (Golden Gate) 53-9, Jr. (Dec 5-0); Fifth place – Cody Rice (Charlotte) 44-7, So. over Coleby Barnes (Riverdale) 37-14, Sr. (Dec 8-4)

152: State final – Lucas Willis (Charlotte) 49-3, So. over Justin Maynard (South Broward) 45-3, Sr. (TF-1.5 5:09 (15-0)); Third place – Travis Pawlowski (South Lake) 52-6, Sr. over Chris Morales (Springstead) 40-4, Sr. (Dec 5-1); Fifth place – Elijah Gray (Lake Gibson) 42-8, Sr. over Riley Hackworth (Fort Myers) 52-7, Jr. (Inj. 0:00)

160: State final – Christian Minto (Mariner) 34-0, Sr. over Terrence Clayton (Riverdale) 40-8, Sr. (Fall 5:17); Third place – Nathan Golmon (Pace) 52-3, Sr. over Ethan Davis (Olympic Heights) 32-5, Sr. (Fall 4:58); Fifth place – Onid Olavarria (Brandon) 68-3, Jr. over Dennis Glardior (Blake) 49-10, Sr. (SV-1 6-4)

182: State final – Jesse Martinez (Riverdale) 38-1, Jr. over Desrion Arnold (Dunedin) 48-7, Sr. (Dec 3-0); Third place – Ashton Habeil (Lake Gibson) 30-3, Jr. over Ethan Endres (Winter Haven) 48-7, Sr. (TB-1 7-4); Fifth place – Landon Dains (Terry Parker) 67-2, Sr. over Jacob Moore (Orange Park) 42-7, Jr. (Fall 1:41)

195: State final – Colby Singletary (Palmetto Ridge) 49-1, Jr. over Darius Parker (Riverdale) 42-5, Sr. (MD 12-2); Third place – Anthony Andou (Charlotte) 50-6, Sr. over Timothy Johnson (Pasco) 56-7, Sr. (MD 8-0); Fifth place – Caden Cunningham (Lake Gibson) 43-9, Jr. over Trevor Shook (Ida Baker) 46-7, Jr. (Fall 3:54)

220: State final – Jose Valdez (Charlotte) 54-1, Sr. over Mason Arnold (Jesuit) 50-10, So. (MD 12-4); Third place – Justyn Cordones (Mariner) 27-6, Sr. over Christian Reynolds (Springstead) 34-6, Sr. (Dec 4-2); Fifth place – Trillyon Fils-Aime (Palmetto Ridge) 43-17, Jr. over Cayman Wiseman (Sunlake) 35-10, (Dec 5-3)

285: State final – Adolphus Taylor (North Fort Myers) 11-0, Sr. over James Spencer (Springstead) 38-4, Sr. (Dec 5-0); Third place – Cameron Carr (Lake Weir) 39-10, Sr. over Edwin Ramirez (Leto) 40-7, (TB-1 2-1); Fifth place – Kevron Gadson (East River) 31-7, Sr. over Madison Davila (East Lake) 44-5, Sr. (Dec 3-1)

Class 1A

126: State final – Nic Bouzakis (Lake Highland Prep) 44-3, Fr. over Gabriel Ramirez (Immokalee) 54-2, Sr. (Fall 1:04); Third place – Tyler Reeve (Florida High) 38-6, So. over Koen Hoffman (Imagine School At North Port) 25-5, 8th. (Dec 6-2); Fifth place – Brian Mas (Cardinal Gibbons) 42-9, Sr. over Matthew Owen (Wakulla) 61-8, Jr. (MD 12-3)

145: State final – Chris Rivera (Lake Highland Prep) 40-3, Jr. over Jonathan Ley (Cardinal Gibbons) 44-3, Fr. (SV-1 3-1); Third place – Nevertesonne Lahens (Immokalee) 20-2, Sr. over Noah Wilson (Wakulla) 63-6, Jr. (Dec 4-3); Fifth place – Max Metcalf (Florida High) 48-9, Sr. over Devin Hernandez (Bishop Moore) 40-13, Sr. (Inj. 0:00)

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