North Florida Matmen staff report
JENSEN BEACH — A shorter-handed Matanzas group placed T-14th at the Cradle Cancer two-day IBT on Saturday.
The Pirates tied with Okeechobee at 75 points in the 30-team tournament, which had a decided east-central and south Florida flavor to the field.
Charlotte outdistanced a 10-wrestler group from American Heritage-Delray Beach, 233-177.5, for the team title. Osceola was third with 166 points, followed by Ft Pierce Central (161) and Wellington (159) to round out the top five teams; just 19 points separated third from eighth.
Below follows a recap of the tournament (state rankings as recently revised by Brant Parsons), with Matanzas performances as applicable:
106 — Osceola’s Cooper Haase (2nd-3A) bonus-pointed through the preliminary rounds to the final, with 3 pins and a major, before turning back Freedom’s Lens Mathurin (3rd-3A; 3 pins & decision prior to final), 9-5, for the title. Matanzas’ Braden Hawley was 0-2 in the tournament, with losses on the front to Cocoa Beach’s Josh Rivas (15th-1A; :40, round of 16) and on the back to Satellite’s Alexander McMiller (17-2 tech fall in 3:58, consi round 2).
113 — Charlotte’s Andrew Austin (2nd-2A) pinned his way into the final (4 falls), where he majored Merritt Island’s Elijah Lusk (6th-1A at 120; pin/2 techs/major prior to final), 11-3, for the title. Matanzas’ Henson White was 0-2 in the tournament, with losses on the front to Okeechobee’s Charlie Armstrong (:25, round of 32) and Jupiter’s Ethan Carpenter (3:31, consi round 1).
120 — Osceola’s George Duncan (7th-3A) pinned or teched his way into the semis, then won a pair of decisions, with the second of those a 10-8 win in sudden victory over Treasure Coast’s Dominick Diedrick (12th-3A; 3 pins & major prior to final). Matanzas’ Ethan Goodman (9th-2A) was a semifinalist and placed fourth in the weight class. On the front, Goodman had pins over Centennial’s Joshua Curtis (:14) and Wellington’s Cameron Howard (:46), then edged Ft Myers’ John Vadyak (13th-2A), 8-7, in the quarters, in order to get to top-seeded Duncan, where he fell by a 3-0 loss in the semi. Goodman came back with a 7-4 win over the hosts’ Duke Byfield (18th-1A) in the consi semis, but then fell to Freedom’s Hunter Rees (20th-3A), 3-1, in the third-place match.
126 — Top seeded Brennan Van Hoecke (2nd-2A at 120) of Palmetto Ridge needed just 4:17 in four matches to win the title, with a 34-second fall in the finals over Matanzas’ Shaun Culbreth (4th-2A). Culbreth reached the semis with a pair of pins over Heritage’s Lance Lopez (1:04, rd of 32) and Southridge’s Nicholas Dukes (3:33), rd of 16), then powered past Charlotte’s Isaac Church (5th-2A), 5-4, in the quarters and past the hosts’ Dylan Fox (8th-1A), 7-5, in the semis.
132 — Osceola’s top-seeded Jaekus Hines (1st-3A; 22-0) won the title behind a pin, tech, major and 6-4 decision in the final over Golden Gate’s Christian Moder (3rd-2A; 2 pins/tech/decision prior to final). Matanzas’ George Joanos was 3-2 in the tournament and was one match short of placing. Joanos drew Moder in a pigtail, where he lost by fall in 3:45 on the front. On the back, Joanos had, after a bye, wins over Ft Myers’ Caleb Seneca (4-2), Treasure Coast’s Orion Binns (10-0) and Freedom’s Eric Aja (7-3) before losing by fall (4:07) to eventual fifth-place Sean Mauermann (17th-3A) of Wellington in the consi quarters.
138 — Top seed Frankie Tal Shahar (1st-1A; 18-0) of AH-Delray bonus-pointed through every round, with three pins, an 18-2 tech and 20-7 major, falling Jupiter’s Zachary Creeden (3rd-3A; 5:26) for Creeden’s first loss of the year. Creeden had 3 pins and a major prior to the final. No Matanzas wrestlers in the weight class.
145 — Southridge’s Cyrus Williams (4th-2A) had a tech in the round of 32, then rolled through four decisions, the last two in sudden victory, with the second an 8-6 win over Wellington’s Jesse Weinberg (5th-3A at 138; 3 majors & injury-default prior to final). Matanzas’ Griffin Wilder (8th-2A) was 2-2 in the tournament. Wilder pinned Treasure Coast’s Iris Feliz (3:31) and decisioned Palmetto Ridge’s Landon Taylor (12th-2A), 6-5, to reach the quarters, where he lost by injury-default to Weinberg. He did not compete in the consis.
152 — Charlotte’s top-seeded Lucas Willis (2nd-2A) bonus-pointed through the tournament, with three pins, a 15-0 tech and 9-0 major, falling the hosts’ Luke Sopotnick (6th-1A; 2 pins/major/decision) in 29 seconds for the title. Matanzas’ Noel Alicea (9th-2A) was a semifinalist and placed fourth in the weight class. After a 12-7 win over Satellite’s Taiyo Kirby in the round of 32, Alicea falled Merritt Island’s Slater Beard (1:15) and Heritage’s Christian Neilson (5:28) to get to Willis in the semis, where he was the only wrestler in the weight class to go six minutes, giving up the 9-0 major. Alicea rallied for a 9-8 win over Ft Pierce’s Kevin Finn in the consi semis before losing by fall (:32) to Wellington’s Justin Henry (7th-3A) in the third-place match. The Pirates’ Tyler Thomas was 0-2 in the tournament. After a bye, Thomas lost by fall (:55) in the round of 16 to Sopotnick and on the back to Southridge’s Quiton Johnson (1:51) in consi round 2.
160 — Golden Gate’s Andy Martinez (1st-2A at 152), the top seed, ran his record to 23-0 with three pins and two majors, the second of those a 12-2 win in the final over Charlotte’s Matthew Andou (17th-2A; pin/major/decision prior to final). No Matanzas wresters in the weight class.
170 — Charlotte’s Cody Rice (4th-2A) pinned his way into the final (3 pins in all), where he edged Ft Myers’ Riley Hackworth (5th-2A; 2 pins & 2 decisions prior to final), 5-4, for the title. No Matanzas wrestlers in the weight class.
182 — Osceola’s top-seeded Nolin Eaddy (2nd-3A; 21-0) max-pointed his way into the final (2 pins & injury-default), where he decisioned Treasure Coast’s Marco Bragado (5th-3A at 170; 2 pins & decision prior to final), 5-1, for the title. No Matanzas wrestlers in the weight class.
195 — Southridge’s Dedric Marshall (2nd-2A) had two pins to get to the semis, then two decisions, finding an escape in the ultimate-tiebreaker for a 3-2 win over Ft Myers’ Gregory Dennard (5th-2A; 3 pins prior to final). No Matanzas wrestlers in the weight class.
220 — AH-Delray Beach’s Chase Thompson (3rd-1A) bonus-pointed through the tournament (2 pins, tech & major), with a fall in 3:13 in the final over Osceola’s Dylan Ruiz (2nd-3A; 2 pins & major prior to final). No Matanzas wrestlers in the weight class.
285 — Treasure Coast’s Cody Olsen (4th-3A) was the lowest-seeded wrestler (4th) to win a title, pinning his way to the title with four falls, the last in 57 seconds in the final over Ft Pierce Central’s Henry Jones (20th-3A; 3 pins and double-OT win prior to final). Matanzas’ Robert Elder was 1-2 in the tournament. Elder lost by fall to Jones (:52) in a pigtail match, but came back to pin Westwood’s Donald Keith (1:48) in consi round 2). He then fell to Jupiter’s Ryan Preisendorf (19th-3A), 4-2 in sudden victory, in consi round 3.
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