Northeast Florida Matmen staff report
KISSIMMEE — Points are hard to come by in the second days of tournaments like the Osceola Knockout Christmas Classi.
#3 Fleming Island got a sense of that on Tuesday, as points and wins were very hard to come by in the second day of Knockout tournament action. The Golden Eagles wound up 11th overall in the 27-team tournament, finishing with 93.5 points in the tournament after a 74.5-point first day.
Only three FIHS wrestlers found wins on Tuesday, all of them on the back end.
Junior David Detwiler (138) won twice and lost twice to bring home sixth place in that bracket. His only losses were to Osceola’s Gavin Arnold (twice, including the fifth-place match) and South Dade’s Marcelo Sierra (5th statewide in 3A at 132).
Fellow junior John Martorano also went 2-2, but at 160, to finish sixth. As it turned out, none of Martorano’s losses were to Florida wrestlers. After losing to Camden’s Bunni Smith in the quarters, Martorano lost 3-2 to a Maryland competitor and then was pinned by Wentzville-Holt’s 160 in the fifth-place match.
Also finding some success was junior Xaiver Sampsel (120), who’d had his championship progress halted by Winter Springs’ Brandon Staley in the quarters on Monday. Sampsel won twice in three matches on the back side to take seventh place at 120.
Both of Fleming’s semifinalists in the tournament wound up finishing in sixth place in their brackets. Having the better go of it was Anthony Petrelli (145), who forced overtime against eventual bracket champion James Nereim of Winter Springs before falling, 12-10, in the semis.
Chase Robison (113) hung in against top seed and 2014 Missouri state champion Sidney Oliver of Wentzville-Holt, but fell 5-1, and eventually wound up taking a medical forfeit in the fifth-place match.
Tracy Davis (126), Ryan Smenda (170), Austin Smenda (195) and Jose Concepcion (285) all lost their opening matches Tuesday, and were each one match short of medaling.
South Dade won the team title with 213 points, while Camden County of Georgia was second at 183.5. Winter Springs put on a huge surge in the second day to jump from seventh to third place (173). Wentzville-Holt and Lake Highland Prep rounded out the top five.
Complete brackets should be posted to the site by 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.