Lakewood Ranch High senior Blake Riley-Hawkins battled back to finish fifth in the 132-pound weight class at the Class 2A state wrestling finals Feb. 15-16, at the Lakeland Center.
After losing his first-round match to defending champion Jamarius Jackson, Riley-Hawkins beat wrestlers from Jensen Beach, Lincoln Tallahassee, Gainesville and Naples to reach the medal stand.
Riley-Hawkins became Lakewood’s first three-time state qualifier, finishing with a career record 126-28.
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