North Florida Matmen staff report
KISSIMMEE — Compared to three weeks ago, 3A defending champion South Dade closed the gap against south Georgia powerhouse and a defending champion in its own right, Camden County.
After finishing, unofficially, around 20+ points behind Camden at Osceola’s Danny Byron Invitational (no official team scores were kept), a race for the 2017 Knockout Christmas Classic that came down to the last match of the tournament wound up with the Georgians on top and defending their Knockout title, as Camden County edged the Buccaneers, 226.5-223.5, Saturday evening at Osceola HS.
Six Florida teams finished in the top 10 in the 38-team tournament, led by the Buccaneers, with Fleming Island third at 181.5 points, Lake Gibson fourth (137), Southwest Miami sixth (103), Hagerty seventh (94) and the host Kowboys 10th (88).
A brief synopsis of each weight class follows:
106 — Fifth seed Luis Peraza of South Dade handled the drop down from 113 well, with three pins and two decisions en route to the title, with wins over #4 seed Chris Difiore of Wellington in the quarters (fall in 5:52), over top seed Louis Gagliardo of Fleming Island in the semis (6-4) and in the final over seventh seed Jaekus Hines of Osceola (2 majors & decision prior to the final), 4-2. Gagliardo stopped Camden County’s Nathan Orum, 9-2, in the third-place match, while 2 seed Chase Ayers of Lake Gibson decisioned Potomac VA’s third-seeded Matt Munoz, 12-5, for fifth.
113 — Second seed Nick Krug of Camden County didn’t allow a point scored in the tournament, with two falls in less than a minute and three shutout decisions, pinning Collins Hill GA’s Joseph Felix (57 seconds) in the quarters, decisioning 3 seed Connor Williams of Lake Gibson in the semis (6-0) and then holding down fifth seed Briar Jackson of Fleming Island (2 pins & 2 decisions prior to final), 1-0, in the final. Williams rallied back for third, with a 4-0 shutout over Felix in that match, with top seed Devin Sweeney of Potomac pinning Osceola’s Esau Bazilme in 4 minutes for fifth.
120 — Top seed Bretli Reyna of South Dade was the first of the top seeds to successfully defend the seed, with two falls, a major and two decisions in winning the title, with a fall in 1:47 over Cocoa Beach’s Michael Watson in the quarters, a 16-4 major over fifth seed Albie Snedaker of Fleming Island, and then a 4-1 win in the finals over 2 seed Tyler Crew of Camden County (2 pins & 2 majors prior to final). Fourth seed Dylan Kohn avenged a quarterfinal loss to Snedaker with his 6-1 win over Snedaker in the third-place match, with third seed Michael Bush of Sarasota also avenging an earlier loss, downing Springstead’s Tommy McCane (who beat Bush in double-overtime in the quarters), 3-1 for fifth.
126 — Top seed Malyke Hines of Osceola also defended his seed ably, with four first-period falls to get to the finals, including a 32-second pin over Jupiter Christian’s Eric Barnes in the quarters and a fall in 1:28 over Freedom’s Amstrong Lubin in the semis. In the final, Hines decisioned second seed Brandon Orum of Camden County (fall, tech and 2 decisions prior to final), 2-0. Lake Gibson’s Shannon Hanna decisioned South Dade 3 seed Tyler Orta, 3-2, for third place and Barnes pinned Lubin in 3:42 to take fifth.
132 — Second seed Jaquan English of Fleming Island battled through four decisions to win the title, with a 2-1 quarterfinal win over North Gwinnett GA’s Rex McDaniel, a 6-4 semifinal win over third seed Julian Hernandez of Southwest Miami, and a 5-3 win in the finals over top-seeded Bryson Neace of Union Grove, GA (2 pins & decision prior to final). Hernandez rallied for third place with an 8-2 decision over 4 seed Wyatt Kirkham of Jensen Beach, with Joshua Swan shutting out Potomac’s third-seeded Syed Moaz, 5-0, for fifth.
138 — Top seed Alex Urquiza of Southwest Miami had three falls on Friday, with a major and decision to take the title, pinning South Lake’s Ricky Dehnz in 2:41 in the quarters, majoring 4 seed Troy Nation of Tampa Prep, 12-3, in the semis, and then turning back 2 seed Jared Abramson of Wellington (2 pins, tech and decision prior to the final), 12-8, for the championship. Nation came back to take third with a 3-1 win over 3 seed Tyler Dahlgren of Camden County, while Springstead’s Chris Morales — who’d lost in the first round and won six consi-side matches — decisioned 5 seed Nicholas DeSola of American Heritage-Delray Beach, 3-1, for fifth.
145 — Top seed Raydan Wilder of Camden County was the first to win six matches to take his bracket, with a fall, two techs, a major and two decisions along the way, teching Springstead’s Tommy Barker in 5:38 in the quarters, then downing 4 seed Frankie Tal Shahar of American Heritage-Delray Beach, 1-0, in the semi, and Union Grove GA 6 seed Gabriel McDaniel (2 pins & 2 decisions prior to final), 5-2, in the final. Collins Hill 2 seed Lucas Desilva decisioned Tal Shahar, 3-1, for third place, with fifth seed Devin Kohn of Hagerty pinning Brookwood GA’s David Hornsby in 3:30 for fifth place.
152 — Third seed Justin Ruffin of Union Grove pulled off what might have seemed incredibly difficult for Florida fans, with three falls and two decisions. The third fall, in 1:37, came in the quarters against Freedom’s Alex Portorreal, but then Ruffin downed 2 seed Anthony Artalona of Tampa Prep, 4-2 in the ultimate tiebreaker in the semis, then turned back top seed Brevin Balmeceda of South Dade (fall, 2 techs & decision prior to final) in double overtime, 3-2, for the title. Artalona won by injury default in the third-place match against Carrollwood Day 4 seed Jacob Conrad, with Springstead’s Charlie Roche decisioning Hagerty’s Logan Perkins, 5-3, for fifth.
160 — Top seed Todd Perry of South Dade defended his seed with three falsl and a pair of shutout decisions, pinning Hagerty’s Ethan Lopez in 3:15 in the quarters, downing Camden County’s Michael Gibson 7-0 in the semi, and then outlasting 2 seed Miguel Hernandez of Lake Gibson (2 pins & 2 decisions prior to fina), 1-0, for the championship. Gibson came back to take third, decisioning Tampa Prep 3 seed Colin Nation, 7-4, with Southwest Miami’s Adrian Vidaud decisioning North Gwinnett 4 seed, Ross McDaniel, 8-1 for fifth.
170 — Second seed Paul Detwiler of Fleming Island had three first-period falls and two decisions en route to the championship, pinning Hagerty’s Justin Segarra in 1:51 in the quarters, decisioning 3 seed Justin Grant of Lincoln, 4-2, in the semis, and then taking down top seed Ashton Habeil of Lake Gibson (2 pins & decision prior to final), 10-6, for the title. Grant came back to finish third, pinning Segarra in 3:21 in the third-place match, with 4 seed Jack Sopotnick of Jensen Beach defeating 5 seed Gavin Venable of Union Grove for the second time in the tournament, this time with a 6-5 win in the fifth-place match.
182 — Second seed Cole Mitchell of Cocoa Beach pulled together two falls, two decisions and a major in winning the bracket, with an 11-5 win over Wellington’s Eric Saber in the quarters, an 11-3 major over third-seeded Will Haigler of Florida High in the semi and a 4-2 win over top seed Ben Deal of West Laurens, GA (3 falls & tech prior to the final), for the championship. Fourth seed Mikael Fundora of South Dade majored Haigler, 17-5, for third place, with Camden County’s Myles Starke shutting out Jensen Beach’s Blake Wiswell, 3-0, for fifth.
195 — Top seed Matthew Key of Brookwood, GA, had two pins and two decisions in winning the title, decisioning Melbourne’s Joseph Fields, 5-3, in the quarters, then pinning 4 seed Chad Nix of Jensen Beach in 2:28 in the semifinal round, and then outlasting Countryside 3 seed Anthony Burburija (3 falls & decision prior to the final), 13-10, in the final. Nix rallied back for third, decisioning Fields, 3-2, in the third-place match, with 7 seed De’Yaveyun Joseph of Lake Gibson knocking off second-seeded Ja’vonte Graves of Camden County for the second time, this time by a 6-2 count in the fifth-place match.
220 — Top seed Tomari Fox of Collins Hill had three decisions and a tech fall in winning the bracket, downing Riverview’s Evan Akel, 8-2, in the quarters, then teching Brookwood 4 seed Justin Oldknow in 4:59 during the semifinal round before turning back second seed Chase Sharp of Lakewood Ranch (tech, fall and major prior to the final), 4-2, for the championship. Akel would come back for third place, with a 6-4 win over Oldknow in that match, while Brookwood’s Ethan Quarshie — who lost in the first round and then won five matches on the back side — took fifth with a 4-2 sudden-victory win over Melbourne’s Jordan Consilio.
285 — Fourth seed Josiah McCallum of Bishop Kenny won the title with two Friday falls and three decisions, outlasting West Laurens 5 seed Joseph Horne, 3-1, in the quarters, taking down top seed Joshua Isaac of Potomac, 2-1, in the semis, and then finding a late takedown to overcome South Dade 2 seed Trayvonne Jackson (2 falls & 2 decisions prior to final), 2-1, for the bracket. Horne came back to take third, with a 5-2 win over Isaac, while 3 seed Jose Concepcion of Fleming Island battled past Osceola’s Dion Bergan in the ultimate tiebreaker, 3-2, his second win over Bergan in the tournament.
South Beach Duals: At Deerfield Beach, Olympic Heights was the only one of seven teams to go 4-0 in the inaugural version of this event Friday, held in conjunction with a college event of the same name that was contested over the weekend.
Olympic Heights took down Barron Collier (48-21), Palmetto Ridge (45-27), Merritt Island (51-24) and Miramar (74-6) en route to the perfect record.
Fabian Jaramillo (120, 3 pins), Marcus Rivera (132, 2 pins & decision), Ethan Davis (170, 2 pins & decision), Roger Leon (182, pin & 3 decisions) and Troy Jaffy (195, 3 pins & decision) were all 4-0 for Olympic Heights, while Evan Senior was 3-0 at 138, with 2 pins.
Barron Collier’s only loss was to Olympic Heights in round 1; Collier rallied for wins over Merritt Island (40-24), Nease (46-24) and St Thomas Aquinas (60-15). Likewise, Palmetto Ridge only lost to Olympic Heights, taking wins over Merritt Island (59-18), Miramar (66-16) and Nease (61-18). St Thomas was also 3-1, with dual wins over Miramar (60-24), Nease (42-33) and Merritt Island (54-24).
Hook ‘Em Holiday Clash: At Lambert, GA, Brandon held off Georgia’s North Forsyth, 224-212, to win the team title. Cypress Lake took fifth in the 30-team event, with 127 points.
Brandon had 10 wrestlers place in the top five, led by champions Trey Lane (120), Andreus Bond (145) and Noah Ridley. Lane pinned his way through the 120 bracket, with his fourth fall in the final over North Hall GA’s Matt Glenn in 3:27, while Bond had three pins and two decisions, the second of those a sudden-victory win over Cypress Lake’s Jalen Soto, 3-1. Ridley had three pins, a tech fall and 8-3 win over Wyatt Sladek of Flowery Branch GA in the finals.
Tyler Forrest was second at 113 for the Eagles, with Alex Rosario (132), Easton Tobia (138) and Onid Olavarria (160) all finishing third. Connor Crinigan was fourth at 106, while Jose Berdecia (106) and Hunter Lefevre (126) both took fifths.
Jermaine Teague (182) also reached the finals for Cypress Lake, losing by fall to North Forsyth’s Brantley Little in 2:13, with Brian Gimenez (195) and Cole Lewis (285) both taking thirds and Jean Malivert (220) finishing fifth.
Powerade: At Pittsburgh, Lake Highland Prep’s Nic Bouzakis won the 113-pound title, leading the Highlanders to a second-place team finish in yet another elite field against the nation’s strongest teams.
Bouzakis decisioned Reynolds’ Beau Bayless by a 10-4 count in the 113 finals. Joey Silva (132, loss in ultimate tiebreaker, 3-2 to Wyoming Seminary, PA’s Carson Manville) and Ben Goldin (220, 4-0 loss to Parkersburg South, WV’s Braxton Amos) both were second.
Additionally, Erich Byelick (160) placed fourth, with quarterfinal appearances in the tournament from Noah Castillo (138), Max Cosmides (170) and Curtis Ruff (285).
Prep Slam: At Atlanta, Tampa Jesuit had seven placewinners — led by 145-pound champion Ethan Basile — in taking seventh as a team in the 45-team event, scoring 135 points. Clearwater Central Catholic was tied for 38th place, with seven points.
In addition to Basile, Jesuit got a third from Mason Arnold at 220, fourths from Patrick Eberly (170) and Ryan Nelson (285) and sixths from Luke Surak (120) and Eli Davenport (195).
St. Christopher’s of Virginia won the tournament with 247.5 points, with Brother Martin of Louisiana second with 210.