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Bloomingdale sophomore wins area's lone state wrestling title.


By LINDA KITKO
Special to the News


When David Mason lost at the 6A-North Region II semifinals at East Lake High School two weeks ago, he stormed off the mat.
Last Saturday, he stormed into the state championship.

Mason, a Bloomingdale 103-pounder, brought home the Brandon area's only individual 6A state wrestling title with a 10-3 decision against Miami Sunset's Alfredo Cheang in the FHSAA State Championship bout at The Lakeland Center Saturday.

"My loss at regional reminded me how hard I had to work at state," Mason said. 'I wanted to win for myself and also to help our program get better.
My new goal is to be a three-time state champion
I'm going to wrestle in the off-season, go to Cadet Nationals go to Glenn Good- man's Florida Pride Camp.
  Mason became Bloomindale's first underclassman and second wrestler ever to win a state individual title,  the first being Kevin Williams in 1990.
Bloomingdale head coach Scot Tipton was pleased with Mason's achievement, as well as   119-pounder Toby Tuberosa's sixth-place finish.
'The final match was the only match Mason dominated" Tipton said. 'Two came in overtime, with one going to criteria.
It's the first time in school history that we've had two placers in one year." in the team competition