North Florida Matmen staff report
PALM COAST — There were no team titles to contest for Saturday at the Lady Pirate Classic.
There were plenty of individual medals to be taken home.
But the winner Saturday afternoon was Florida girls’ wrestling as a statewide entity, after a record number of entries gathered at Indian Trail Middle School for the one-day roundrobin tournament.
Below follows a summary of each weight class in the tournament, with every local top-eight placewinner’s day noted:
100 — Osceola’s Kealonie Vega was 4-0 with four pins in Pool A, then won by injury-default in the final over Gladiator’s Melanie Alfonso, the Pool B champ (2 pins & decision). Pool B runnerup Kayla Nguyen of Seabreeze was third. Nguyen had two pins, with a 6-4 loss to Alfonso, then decisioned Nease’s Brielle Bibla, 3-2, for third. In taking fourth, Bibla was 3-1 in Pool A, with all wins by fall and a loss by fall to Vega (2:55) in round 3. West Port’s Morgan Webb was 1-2 and third in Pool B, with a 27-second fall over Matanzas’ Mary Martins (1-3 in Pool A) for fifth, while West Port’s Taylor Witka (1-3 in Pool A) decisioned Freedom’s Jasmine Sengthongdeng, 10-4, for seventh.
106 — Dr Phillips’ Jessica Corredor won Pool A with a major and pin, then had two falls for the title in the bracketed component of the day, the second of those over Pool B champ Madison Moore of Admiral Farragut in 1 minute for the title. Pool C champ Yamilie Lopez of Orange Park was fourth, Deltona’s Dianna Paneda fifth and Ponte Vedra’s Gia Lemon eighth. Lopez had a pin and decision to win her pool, but then lost by fall to Moore (1:50) in the semis and Gladiator’s Natalie Duran (1:54) in the third-place match. Pineda, who lost only to Corredor in the pool, had a pin in the fifth-place semis and then decisioned South Lake’s Johamnette Medina, 11-7, for fifth. Lemon was 1-1 in Pool D, but then lost by fall to Medina in the fifth-place semis and to Admiral Farragut’s Riley Lancaster (2:45) in the seventh-place match.
112 — Freedom’s Kailey Rees had a pin and tech to win Pool B, then continued to bonus-point her way through the tournament in the bracketed portion, falling West Port’s Taylor Miller (2:15) in the semis and majoring Dr Phillips’ Sanii Porter, the Pool A champ (three max-point wins, two pins), 10-2, for the title. New Smyrna Beach’s Susan Pacini was third, Miller fourth, Ponte Vedra’s Cynthia Kowitski sixth and Matanzas’ Sierra Kemp seventh. Pacini was second in Pool B with a 1-1 record (pin & loss by 16-0 tech to Rees). Pacini then lost by fall to Porter (2:20) in the semis, but came back with a pin in 2:58 in the third-place match over Miller. Miller was 2-1 in Pool A (pin & decision; loss by fall in 1:30 to Miller). Kowitski was 1-2 in Pool A (win by fft); after a bye in the fifth-place semis, Kowitski fell to Dr Phillips’ Leah Fountain, 7-5, in the place match. Kemp lost by fall to Miller in round 1 of pool play and did not compete again for the rest of the day.
117 — Freedom’s Shelby Weber was 2-0 (both by fall) to win Pool B, then had a third pin over Gladiator’s Joseline Perez (2:46) in the semis, decisioning Gladiator’s Alejandra Perez, 6-1, for the championship. Mainland’s Makya Griffin, the Pool D champ, was fourth, Matanzas’ Marissa Roberts seventh and Ponte Vedra’s Zaina Khan eighth. Griffin had two pins to win Pool D, but then lost by fall to Perez (1:04) in the semis and to Perez (1:33) for fourth. Roberts was 1-1 in Pool B (fall and then loss by fall to Weber), falling in the fifth-place semis to Celebration’s Laryssa Payne (1:10). Roberts then pinned Khan in 2:45 for seventh. Khan was 1-1 in Pool D (fall and then loss by fall to Griffin), losing by fall (:58) in the third-place semis to Dr Phillips’ Aaralyn Ortega.
122 — Olympic Heights’ Leidaly Rivera was 4-0 (3 pins & decision) to win Pool B, then took down Pool A champ Juliana Diaz of Dr Phillips (4-0, 3 pins & FFT) by an 11-4 count in the final. Ponte Vedra’s Olivia Richie was fifth, while Nease’s Olivia Drayton and Bartram Trail’s Destiny Tabales were slated to meet for seventh, but both did not compete. Richie was 2-2 in Pool B (2 pins, 5-2 loss to third-place Talia Lugo of Osceola, loss by fall to Rivera), but then pinned Freedom’s Rutz Joseph in 1:22 in the fifth-place match. Drayton was 1-3 in Pool A (lone win by FFT), while Tabales was 1-3 in Pool B (lone win by 8-4 decision).
128 — Bartram Trail’s Emmanuelle Sutherland won the weight-class title, going 5-0 on the day. Sutherland won by forfeit in round 1, and then won Pool A with pins over Poinciana’s Paris Negron (:19, round 2), Tarpon Springs’ Taylor James (:14, round 3) and Celebration’s Gazet Holguin (:18, round 4). In the championship match, Sutherland pinned Mater Lakes’ Carolyna Bellon, the Pool B champ (3-0, all wins by pin) in 2:43 for the victory. Wewahitchka’s Kaylee Easter was third and Matanzas’ Maddie Torres eighth. Easter was 2-1 in Pool B (both wins by pin, loss by fall to Bellon in 1:35), and falled Negron in 34 seconds for third. Torres was 0-3 in Pool B, losing by fall in the seventh-place match to James in 58 seconds.
129 — In the first all-local final of the tournament, Clay’s Madisyn Blackburn won the title, going 4-0 with three pins and a decision to win Pool B. Blackburn pinned Tarpon Springs’ Katrina Mercado (:30, round 1), South Lake’s Grisbet Guzman (1:25, round 4) and Gladiator’s Shakira Townsend (1:11, round 5), with an 8-3 decision over Olympic Heights’ Arianna Albornoz in round 2. In the final, Blackburn decisioned Pool A champ Riley White of Matanzas by a 4-1 count. White was 3-0 in Pool A, with pins over Mater Lakes’ Jessica Hernandez (1:11, round 4) and North Bay Haven’s Katherine Lundgren (1:00, round 5), plus a 3-1 win in round 1 over Hagerty’s Katherine Wilkin-Yoder. Lundgren was sixth in the tournament, going 1-2 in Pool A (win by decision), losing by fall to Townsend in 38 seconds in the fifth-place match.
134 — Pool B champ Jada Llamido of Hagerty had two pins to win the pool, then added two more falls in bracketed competition, with falls in 1:13 over Pool C champ Madison Duncan of Osceola in the semis and 2:26 in the final over Pool A champ Kalani Rivas of Freedom for the championship. Matanzas’ Angelina Gonzalez was fifth in the tournament, going 1-1 in Pool D (win by decision, loss by fall to fourth-place Zamora St Cyr of Dr Phillips). Gonzalez then majored Mater Lakes’ Janice Quiroa, 8-0, in the fifth-place semis and went double overtime with Dr Phillips’ Julia Ferreira, finding a way to a 3-2 win in the place match for fifth.
140 — Pool C champ Jennifer Charles of Dr Phillips had three max-point wins (two by fall) to win the pool, then won by injury-default over Bartram Trail’s Abby Cooper (Pool B champ) in the semis and pinned Freedom’s Milena Hernandez, the Pool D champ, in 1:44 for the title. Cooper was fourth, Mainland’s Avery Duffy sixth and Flagler Palm Coast’s Isabel Petrin eighth. Cooper was 2-0 (wins by pin & decision) in Pool D; after the injury-default loss, Cooper returned to the mat, where she lost by fall to Pool A champ Genesis Alverarez in 47 seconds for third. Duffy was second in Pool A (win by pin, loss by fall to Alverarez), pinning Dr Phillips’ Franches Robles (3:22) in the fifth-place semis. Duffy then lost by fall to Olympic Heights’ Jackie Borkenhagen in 1:40 for fifth. Petrin was 1-1 in Pool B (both matches determined by decisions), but did not engage in further competition after the pool rounds.
147 — The second all-local final saw Matanzas’ Angelina Bermudez pin her way through the pool, with another fall in the championship match. Bermudez had pool pins over North Bay Haven’s Cali Keeny (:45, round 2) and Ponte Vedra’s Mira Schmidt (:30, round 3), then decisioned Pool B runnerup Isabel Pancake of Osceola, 5-2, in the semis. In the final, Bermudez falled Bartram Trail’s Talia Megas in 1:31 for the title. Megas was 2-0 to win Pool B, with pins over Pancake (1:40, round 1) and Terry Parker’s Mina Gibson (:50, round 3), then pinned Keeny in 58 seconds in the semis. Keeny was fourth, Gibson fifth and Schmidt sixth. Keeny lost by fall in the third-place to Pancake (:18), while Gibson falled Schmidt in 2 minutes for fifth.
154 — West Port’s Aspen Dodge had five pins on the day to take the championship. Dodge was 3-0 to win Pool A, with pins over Gladiator’s Kyjana Jordan (1:42, round 1), Freedom’s Elizabeth Fernandez (:36, round 2) and South Lake’s Maria Vazquez (:30, round 3). In the semis, Dodge falled Freedom’s Trinity Arroyo in 58 seconds and then pinned Dr Phillips’ Neikisha Francois in 1:45 for the title.
162 — Freedom’s Clara Padua won Pool B with three pins, adding two more in bracketed competition with falls over teammate Stacey Joseph (1:48) in the semis, and then again in the final against Pool A champ Morgan Morrison of Matanzas in 3:34 for the championship. Morrison was 2-0 in pool, with a 12-1 major over Freedom’s Wakina Sylvain (round 2) and fall over Joseph (:58) in round 3. Morrison then pinned Dr Phillips’ Armelle Oliantus in 3:50 in the semis.
172 — Freedom’s Marthine Laguerre was 2-0 with a pair of falls in Pool B, adding two more pins over Ponte Vedra’s Grace Lin (:56) in the bracket semis and over Pool A champ Leann Bernard of Dr Phillips (2-0, 2 pins) in 2:34 for the championship. Lin finished third and Clay’s Kaylee Waxler was sixth. Lin was 1-1 in Pool A (win by fall, loss by fall to Bernard); after the semifinal loss, Lin pinned Freedom’s Valeska Gonzalez in 3:58 for third. Waxler was 0-2 (losses by decision and pin) in Pool B, and then took Freedom’s Shelby Abernathy to overtime before falling in the fifth-place match, 7-5.
184 — Dr Phillips’ Skyy Gowan racked up five falls in 4:50, winning Pool B (3 pins) in all. She then pinned Ponciana’s Tamah Senat in 58 seconds in the semis, and Freedom’s Julia Munoz in 53 seconds for the title. Matanzas’ Klarissa Appiah placed third and Ponte Vedra’s Alysha Ammerman eighth in the tournament. Appiah won Pool A with three max-point wins: pins over Senat (2:59, round 1) and Freedom’s Brianne Gonzalez (3:37, round 3), with an injury-default win over Ammerman in round 2 (Ammerman did not engage in a contested match afterward). Appiah then fell to Munoz, 5-0, in the semis, before rallying for a second pin over Senat in 2:45 for third.
197 — In a four-person single pool, Orange Park’s Andrea Smith swept to the title. Smith had decision wins over Dr Phillips’ Xiomara Roddy (3-2) in round 1 and Freedom’s Abby Vega, the eventual runnerup, 8-2 in round 2. Smith then closed out with a fall in 1:35 in round 3 over Poinciana’s Miranda Cruz.
222 — Terry Parker’s Emily Mills pinned her way through the tournament, with five falls in all (in 7:28). Mills was 3-0 to win Pool B, with falls over Osceola’s Natalia Ferrer (2:36, round 1), Bartram Trail’s Cassidy McKee (:20, round 2) and Clay’s Nora Srader (1:17, round 3). In the semis, Mills pinned Freedom’s Kiara Brin in 1:35, and closed out the day with a fall in 1:40 over Osceola’s Ferrer for the championship. Terry Parker’s Chaunci Stowers was sixth, McKee seventh and Srader eighth in the tournament. Stowers was 0-3 in Pool A, pinning McKee in 1:15 in the fifth-place semis before losing by fall in the place match to Osceola’s Aniyah Barnes. McKee was 1-2 and Srader 0-3 in Pool B (McKee win by fall over Srader); in the seventh-place match, McKee took an 8-0 major.
Complete brackets from the tournament can be found HERE.
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