The Jay M. Robinson wrestling team came back from a 26-3 deficit in the 3A state title game to beat two-time defending state champ Orange (Hillsborough).
Robinson didn't earn the victory until the final match when Davante Andujar, the meet's Most Outstanding Wrestler, won at the 140-pound weight class, giving the Bulldogs their first lead and the win. The state title was also the first team championship in Robinson High School history in any sport.
"I couldn't imagine a better way to win a state championship," said Robinson wrestling coach Dave Parisi. "For the final meet to come down to the final match, it was something we all will never forget."
Andujar needed every win his teammates gave him to get the victory as Hamilton Jones (103 pounds), Garrison White (112 pounds), Dominic Parisi (119 pounds), Caleb Swinson (135 pounds) won in succession to complete the comeback and secure the title. Heavyweight Jordan Taylor also won his match for the Bulldogs.
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"You couldn't have written a script any better than the way we had to win this (championship) tonight," said Parisi, whose team lost in the 4A state semifinals last year to Butler. "I think it was probably one of the most exciting wrestling matches in the history of the state finals."