North Florida Matmen staff report
OVIEDO — With all of the tournaments going on around the state this past weekend, a few duals tournaments asserted pre-eminence thanks to their size.
Of those, probably none had more juice to it, from a statewide-impact standpoint, than Hagerty’s Johnny Rouse Duals, which was strictly a duals tournament this season after previously having both duals and IBT components in prior years.
Two of the top teams in Class 3A, Southwest Miami and the host Huskies (both of which could end up at Osceola on the first Friday of dual states), wound up squaring off in the finals, with Southwest Miami taking a 48-14 win. Somerset Academy, one of the top teams chasing Lake Highland Prep in 1A, was third, defeating 3A’s Palm Harbor University, 52-24.
Locally, seven area teams competed in the field, with three — Flagler Palm Coast, Matanzas and Buchholz — all bowing out in the second round of the consi side of the championship bracket, one match short of a top-eight team finish.
Below follows a brief summary of each area team’s tournaments:’
Flagler Palm Coast (T-9th overall, 4-3 overall, 2nd in Pool A): The Bulldogs had the best local pool finish, with wins over Windermere (61-18), Dr Phillips (69-6) and Buchholz (45-36, in a potential preview of next month’s 3A-District 2 dual team tournament), falling only to Hagerty (56-22). In the round of 16 in the championship bracket, Flagler fell to Jensen Beach, 48-27, but then came back with a 57-18 win over Apopka in the first round of consis. The Bulldogs’ most interesting match might have been the last one, as they faced off against former coach Tommy Bartolotta and Brunswick GA (which eventually placed fifth), falling to the Pirates, 45-25. AJ Cinelli (285, 2 pins & 3 decisions) was FPCHS’ lone unbeaten wrestler at 7-0 for the tournament, while Andrew Dance (132, 6 pins) and Kyle Peacock (138, 3 pins & 2 decisions) were both 6-1. Joseph Rizzo (113, 2 decisions), Timothy King (145, 4 pins & major) and Blane DeFord (152, 4 pins & major) were all 5-2 for the Bulldogs, while Kole Hannant (106, 3 pins), John Hald (120, 3 pins & major), Marcelo Gonzalez (160, 3 pins) and Jayden Austin (182, 2 pins & decision) all were 4-3 for Flagler Palm Coast.
Matanzas (T-9th overall, 3-4 overall, 3rd in Pool B): The Pirates were 2-2 in the pool, taking dual wins over Seminole (48-33) and Oviedo (54-20), with pool losses to Mater Lakes (40-31) and Winter Springs (51-19). In the championship bracket, Matanzas lost in the round of 16 to Palm Harbor University (51-23), but then came back in consi round 1 to defeat West Orange, 46-32. The Pirates then were matched up with Winter Springs a second time, falling by a 48=33 count. Shaun Culbreth (126, 6 pins & major) and Quenteen Robinson (170/182, 4 pins & 2 majors) bonus-pointed through the tournament, while Ethan Goodman (120, 3 pins & decision) was 6-1 on the weekend. Sam Russo (138, 3 pins & major) and Drew Castanheira (170/182, 2 pins & decision) were both 5-2 for Matanzas, while Logan Mayer (132, 3 pins & major) and Pete Grimm (220, 4 pins) were 4-3 for the Pirates.
Buchholz (T-9th overall, 3-4 overall, 3rd in Pool A): The Bobcats were 2-2 in the pool with wins over Dr Phillips (79-0) and Windermere (54-30), falling to Hagerty, 39-36, as well as losses noted above. In the championship bracket, Buchholz lost in the round of 16 to Somerset Academy, 55-12, but came back with a 66-12 win over Celebration in the first round of consis. Jensen Beach, which went on to place sixth, knocked the Bobcats out of the tournament with a 48-33 win. Armando Acosta (182, 3 pins & 2 forfeits) was 7-0 on the tournament for Buchholz, while Venumadhava Mirel (120, 3 pins, injury-default & 2 decisions) was 6-1. Aiden Moore (126, 5 pins) had a 5-2 tournament for the Bobcats. In a regular but not exclusive starting role, Nevan Burney (220, 3 pins & decision) was 4-0, while Kason Nichols (132, 3 pins & decision) and Jacob Robinson (285, 2 pins) were both 4-3 for Buchholz.
University-Orange City (18th overall, 3-5 overall, 4th in Pool C): The Titans took their lone pool victory over Lake Howell (52-30), with two wins in the crossover pool over Oviedo (42-39) and Mosley (54-30). University-Orange City had out-of-area losses to Somerset Academy (65-9), Jensen Beach (76-6) and West Orange (45-34) in the pool, falling to Winter Park (47-30) and Windermere (60-16) in the crossover pool. Christian Kennick (285, 5 pins) had a 6-1 tournament for the Titans, while Jonathan Justice (126, 3 pins & 2 majors) was 5-3 and both Grady Bryant (106, decision) and Patrick King (113, 2 pins) 4-4 for UOC. In regular but not exclusive starting roles, Ethan Lasher (195, 3 pins) was 3-2 and both Aaron Liberti (182, 2 pins) and Blake Sheridan (220, 2 pins) were both 3-3.
Mosley (19th overall, 2-6 record, 4th in Pool D): The Dolphins defeated Pine Ridge, 54-30, in their third dual in pool competition, and took a 42-33 victory over Oviedo in their first round of the 16th-20th crossover pool, with out-of-area losses to Palm Harbor University (66-17), Apopka (45-34) and Brunswick (60-16) in pool, plus losses to Winter Park (54-30) and Windermere (51-28) in the crossover pool. Nick Hejke (132, 6 pins, tech and major) was Mosley’s lone unbeaten wrestler on the weekend, while Logan Gall (145, 4 pins & decision) was 7-1. Kaydon Lester (152/160, pin/2 majors/decision) had a 5-3 weekend for the Dolphins, while Jonathan Griffin (152/160) was 4-2 and both Noe Pena (182, 4 pins) and Logan Strickland (220, 2 pins) were 4-4. In a regular starting role, Tobi Blount (113/120) was 3-2.
Seminole (21st overall, 4-4 record, 5th in Pool B): The Noles swept the field in the 21st-25th crossover pool, with wins over Dr Phillips (57-17), Lake Howell (54-18), Pine Ridge (54-30) and Tohopekaliga (60-24). In Pool B on Friday, Seminole had out-of-area losses to Winter Springs (62-15), Oviedo (53-28) and Mater Lakes (66-12), as well as the loss noted above in this summary. Jordan Smith (220, 4 pins & decision) was 8-0 for the Noles, while Curtis Ruff (285, 5 pins & injury-default) was 7-0 on the weekend. Gabriel Lacrosse (160, 3 pins & decision) and Parker James (195, 2 pins) were both 6-2 for the Noles, while Darian Raines (113, 2 pins), Ethan Gorospe (126/132, 3 pins/major/decision) and Benjamin Bohring (145/152, 3 pins) were each 5-3. Carrolino Reyes (120, pin) contributed a 4-4 weekend for Seminole.
Pine Ridge (24th overall, 1-7 record, 5th in Pool D): The Panthers had their lone win in the 21st-25th crossover pool wrestled on Saturday, with a 42-24 win over Dr Phillips. Pine Ridge had out-of-area losses to Brunswick (79-0), Apopka (54-18) and Palm Harbor University (78-0) in pool, falling to Tohopekaliga (42-36) and Lake Howell (42-30) in the crossover pool, as well as losses noted above. Jonathan Waugh (182/195) led the Panthers with a 6-2 tournament that included three pins. Devon Heil (106, 2 pins) was 5-3 on the weekend, while Dylan Oglesby (170, 3 pins) was 4-2 in a regular, but not exclusive role.
Match-by-match results for every dual contested in the tournament (around 100 of them or so) can be found HERE.
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