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#TheRecap: Fletcher Takes Blacktop Title

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Fletcher wrestlers and coaches celebrate a title won at The Master’s Academy in Oviedo, as the Senators took first place in the Battle for the Blacktop on Saturday (Photo by Luci Tappin).

North Florida Matmen staff report

OVIEDO — Fletcher might have been reclassified into Class 2A for the next three seasons.

But the Senators aren’t going anywhere, and 15 teams sprinkled throughout northern and central Florida found that out on Friday and Saturday, as Fletcher held off Lake Mary, 173-171.5, to win the Battle for the Blacktop trophy, hosted by The Master’s Academy.

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“Entered the tournament not knowing exactly where we should end, but was confident in the 13 kids we brought,” Fletcher coach David Harrison said via email. “You have to love a tournament where everyone keeps asking you where you are from and then win it. I think we made a small statement in Central Florida and will not be so easily forgotten.”

Space Coast was third with 162 points. First-day runnerup Bishop Moore was fourth at 148 and Winter Park fifth at 108.5. Other teams in the area that competed were DeLand (seventh, 81), Seminole (12th, 51) and First Baptist Christian (14th, 45).

Below follows a brief summary of the tournament:

106 — Space Coast’s Raider Morelli bonus-pointed through the tournament, with a fall and two majors, the second a 12-0 win over The Master’s Academy sixth-grader Dustin Kohn. Fletcher’s Ana Bradshaw was fourth with a 2-2 tournament, with a 55-second fall over Leesburg’s Connor Zylowski in the quarters (she fell to Kohn, 7-5, in the semi) and a 7-3 win on the back side over DeLand’s Felix Rivera (3-2 in the tournament) in the blood round. Bradshaw lost in the third-place match to Satellite’s Alexander McMiller (2:38). DeLand’s Kellen Chapman also was 3-2, losing by fall to McMiller in the blood round, while First Baptist’s Gabriel Haren was 1-2 (win on the back side) and Seminole’s Isabelle Hernandez was 0-2.

113 — Space Coast’s Anthony Edwards had three max-point wins and a major, with a pin in the finals (1:29) over Bishop Moore’s Anthony Meyer. Fletcher’s Ryden Ashmore was fourth with a 3-2 tournament, all of his wins coming on the back side after a quarterfinal loss. Ashmore pinned Winter Park’s Max Spillman and majored Bishop Moore’s Elijah Dy. He won by forfeit over Seminole’s Darian Raines (2-2 in the tournament and a semifinalist) in the blood round before losing by fall in the third-place match to Lake Nona’s Michael Prado. DeLand’s Rhett Roberts (2-2 in the tournament and a semifinalist) lost by fall in the blood round to Prado, while First Baptist’s Michael Haren was 1-2 in the tournament, with a win on the back side.

120 — The Master’s Academy’s Brandon Cody pinned his way through the bracket, with four pins in all, including a fall in 3:49 in the finals over Leesburg’s Keyshaun Taylor. No local wrestlers at this weight.

126 — Lake Mary’s Diego Solorzano pinned or teched his way into the finals, then decisioned Winter Park’s Joey Parker, 8-2, in the championship match. Fletcher’s Gabriel Daltro made his Senators debut, going 2-2 in the tournament with wins on both sides of the bracket (both first-period pins), while First Baptist’s Ethan Gann was 0-2 in the tournament.

132 — Lake Mary’s Aidan Rubino pinned his way through the bracket, with the last of those falls in 4:58 over Leesburg’s Carlos Cruz. Fletcher’s Josh Daltro was 2-2 in the tournament, with falls on both sides of the bracket, falling in the consi quarter. That was also the case for Seminole’s Anshuman Singh, who also was 2-2, with falls on both sides. First Baptist’s Jackson Whitley was 1-2 in the event, with a win on the back.

138 — Space Coast’s Michael Squires pinned his way into the final, where he knocked off Lake Mary’s Alex Vazquez, 8-4, for the bracket. First Baptist’s Jordan Mills had a 3-2 tournament, losing by fall on the front in the quarters to Vazquez. Mills won twice by fall to get to the blood round, where he lost by fall to eventual third-place Kevin Keeley of Lake Nona. First Baptist’s Kaden Busick was 1-2 in the tournament, with a forfeit win on the back side, and Fletcher’s Caitlin Green was also 1-2 (fall on the back side), while FBCA’s Joel Douglass and DeLand’s Vinny Belotti were both 0-2.

145 — Bishop Moore’s Tristen Carbonell bonus-pointed through the tournament, with three pins and a 10-0 major; the third pin came in 3:34 over Seminole’s Isaac Epperson. Epperson pinned his way into the final (3:50 over First Academy’s Daniel Melley in round of 16, 4:45 over First Baptist’s Tyson Mills in quarters, 1:24 over Lyman’s Steve Fitzpatrick in semis). Mills would rally from the quarterfinal loss to take third, with four pins; the last of those came in 2:54 over Space Coast’s Stephen Crawford in the third-place match. Fletcher’s Tyriek Caldwell was 1-2 in the tournament, with a 5-2 front-side win over FBCA’s Tyler Jimenez, who was 0-2 in the tournament.

152 — Fletcher’s Joel Rodriguez picked up the Senators’ first title of the day, pinning or teching through the draw. Rodriguez falled Lake Mary’s Ariel Petit (:24) in the round of 16, teched Seminole’s Gabriel Lacrosse (15-0 in 4:54) in the quarters and pinned Lake Nona’s Aiden Earnest (2:37) in the semi, before completing the weekend with a fall in 3:13 over Lake Mary’s Noah Hesse. Lacrosse wound up with a 3-2 tournament that included two pins to reach the blood round, where he fell to Satellite’s third-place Rafael Lopez. First Baptist’s Jackson Mills was 2-2 in the tournament, with wins on both sides of the bracket; he lost by fall to Lacrosse in consi round 2. DeLand’s Jaylen Wilson also was 2-2, with both wins on the back before losing to Lacrosse by fall in the consi quarter. Seminole’s Benjamin Bohring was 0-2 in the tournament.

160 — Lake Mary’s Jared Purcell pinned or teched through to reach the finals, then shut down Bishop Moore’s Gavin Wheeler in a 6-1 championship victory. Fletcher’s Tyler Dalldorf placed fourth and had a 2-2 tournament. After a fall over Lyman’s Cameron Brooks (2:14) in the quarters, Dalldorf lost by fall (2:34) to Wheeler in the semi. He secured his medal with an 8-3 blood-round win over Edgewater’s Jaxson Kelly, but then lost by fall (4:01) in the place match to Satellite’s Taiyo Kirby. DeLand’s Gavin Rodriguez-Cayro was 1-2 in the tournament, with a fall on the back side.

170 — Fletcher’s Stone Rockhill earned the Senators’ second title, bookending a 3-2 semifinal win over Lyman’s Marek Simmons with falls in the quarters (:35 over Seminole’s Justin Shima) and title match in 3:57 over Lake Mary’s Curtis Hansen. DeLand’s Bryce Minsky was 2-2, with both victories coming on the back side, before forfeiting to Simmons in the blood round. Shima was 1-2 in the event, with a front-side win to get to Rockhill.

182 — Leesburg’s Delcory Allen, a multi-year starter, pinned his way through the draw, but had to go a full six to turn back Fletcher freshman Ryan Klien, 9-3, in the title match. Klien had pins over Edgewater’s Ryan Nieves (2:26, quarters) and another long-time starter, Winter Park’s Austin Parker (5:12), in the semi. First Baptist’s Nathaniel Varol was 2-2, with two max-point wins on the back to get to the blood round, where he lost by fall to Parker. Seminole’s Clifford Pinthieve was 0-2 in the tournament.

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195 — DeLand’s Aaron Morris won his team’s only title, bonus-pointing through the bracket. Morris pinned First Baptist’s Adyn Cox (:48) in the round of 16, Space Coast’s Shane Sutor (:31) in the quarters and Fletcher’s Michael Strong (2:52) in the semis before majoring Lake Mary’s Collin Morrison, 11-1, for the title. Strong was 3-1 and placed third, pinning Winter Park’s Ghazi Alkadry (3:27) in the blood round and teching Ocoee’s Armani Ramirez (16-0 in 4:20) in the place match. Cox was 0-2 in the tournament.

220 — Ethan Hollenbach was Fletcher’s third champion, pinning his way through the bracket. Hollenbach falled Lake Nona’s Theo Ingolfsson (:30, round of 16), Lyman’s James Fodor (3:24, quarters) and First Academy’s Jacob Forbes (4:26, semis) before falling Space Coast’s Mitchell Schaeffer in 1:51 for the title. DeLand’s Gavin Hart had a 2-2 tournament, both wins on the back side, before falling in the consi quarters, while Seminole’s Deon Davis and William Parker, as well as First Baptist’s Ibon Urraburu were both 0-2 in the tournament.

285 — Ocoee’s Korey Karbowsky had three max-point wins, but his 8-2 semifinal win over Satellite’s Damarrion Howard was the effective title clincher, as neither of the bottom-half semifinalists competed on Saturday. DeLand’s Dalen Burns was 3-2 and placed fourth. After a quarterfinal loss by fall to Karbowsky, Burns, had two pins and a forfeit to reach the place round, where he lost by fall to Ocoee’s Jordan Phillips. DeLand’s Willie Goosby (win on the back side) and Fletcher’s Toby Matson (win on the back side) both had 1-2 tournaments, with Goodsby pinning Matson. First Baptist’s Bryce Kruppenbacher was 0-2 in the tournament.

Complete brackets from the tournament can be found HERE.

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