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Updated: 12/09/2012 08:00:03AM

Archer tournament brings out the best

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SUN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, SbigdaddyKnapp@aol.com

The Mantas’ Jon Wheeler, at 142 pounds, sits out and switches in his match with Palmetto Ridge wrestler Matt Graham at the Captain Archer Memorial Wrestling Classic Friday.

SUN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, SbigdaddyKnapp@aol.com

Lemon Bay Junior Varsity wrestling coach Dave Garlock talks to his wrestlers before the beginning of the JV portion of the Captain Archer Memorial Classic wrestling tournament. Both Kevin Dodge with a 6th place and Zach Dagg at 5th placed for the Mantas.

By STEVE KNAPP

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PUNTA GORDA — The Captain Archer Memorial Classic tournament brings out the best wrestling programs in the area in the two-day event held at Charlotte High School. The 43-year-old tournament held the junior varsity portion on Friday, with many of the area high schools participating.

The Lemon Bay Mantas were one of the schools involved in the two-day event. Coach Dave Garlock brought his nine members of the Mantas wrestling team knowing that they would not be able to win the event because of not being able to fill all the weight classes. For many wrestling programs the idea of just facing better competition and having four to five matches is the reason for entering the tournament.

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