Sem Ridge Wrestlers Strong At Regionals

The Seminole Ridge High School wrestling team placed fifth overall at the regional championships held at Martin County High School on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6-7. Three Hawk seniors placed at regionals and headed to the FHSAA State Championships last weekend at the Lakeland Civic Center.

Troy Artiles placed first at regionals in the 285 pound weight class. Artiles beat St. Thomas Aquinas’ Colton Lynn in the finals 3-2. Artiles had a 33-3 record headed into states.

Robert LaPeter placed third in the 160 pound weight class, pinning his opponent Nicholas Mejias of Coral Springs High School in 1:36. LaPeter entered the state competition with a 39-6 record.

Nick Keller (44-5), who wrestles in the 170 pound weight class, also placed third at regionals, defeating Blanche Ely High School’s Steven Castaneda by pin in 0:57.

 ABOVE: Assistant Coach Chad Chiefallo, Robert LaPeter, coach Frank Lasagna, Troy Artiles, assistant coach Ronnie Thompson, Nick Keller and assistant coach Andrew Bradbury.