#TheRecap: Three Area Champs Crowned At TofC

North Florida Matmen staff report

LONGWOOD — For Buchholz and a lot of teams in competition this weekend at the Ron Peters Tournament of Champions, the weekend was a good opportunity to scout out 3A-Region 1 competition.


The Bobcats were seventh in the 32-team field, scoring 138.5 points, a half-point behind Miami Palmetto.

University-Orange City, a new District 2 rival for Buchholz this year, was 10th with 96 points, and another new district rival, DeLand, was 17th with 60 points. Sandalwood was the only other area team in the tournament, bringing a small (five wrestlers) contingent to finish T-27th with 21 points.

Southwest Miami got the most out of its scouting expedition, scoring 303 points, nearly a hundred ahead of co-runners up Harmony and Palm Bay, both of which scored 207.5. Hagerty (200.5) was fourth and Winter Springs (183.5) rounded out the top five teams in the field.

Below follows a tournament summary, with area wrestlers’ performances noted as applicable:

106 — SW Miami’s Kevin Placer (5th-3A) had two pins and three decisions to win the title, the third a 7-2 decision in the finals over Palm Bay’s Tyler Perrow (2nd-1A; 2 pins & tech prior to final). DeLand’s Felix Rivera was 2-2 in the tournament, with front-side wins over Lake Nona’s TaNiyah Goodson (:16) and a 6-4 win over SW Miami’s Ryan Cominsky in the round of 16; Rivera had losses on the front to Perrow (1:56, quarters) and Timber Creek’s eventual 6th-place Jean Vazquez (7-4, consi round 4). The Bulldogs’ Phoenix Krauth was 0-2 in the tournament.

113 — SW Miami’s Danny Martinez (2nd-3A) bonus-pointed through the tournament, with two pins, a 17-1 tech and 11-2 major in the final over Hagerty’s Jason Shaw (3rd-3A; pin/major/tech prior to final). DeLand’s Makenzy Garcia was 1-2 in the tournament. After a bye, Garcia lost by fall to Shaw (:51) in the round of 16; after two byes, Garcia pinned Master’s Academy’s Manning Anderson (:37) in consi round 3 and lost by a 7-6 count to Lake Nona’s eventual 6th-place Michael Prado in consi round 4.

120 — Oviedo’s Gabriel Rendon (8th-3A) bonus-pointed into the semis, where he won two decisions, the second of those a 9-6 win over Palmetto’s Corey Gallivan (6th-3A; fft/pin/decision prior to final). Buchholz’s Venumadhava Mirel reached the quarters and was one match short of placing. On the front, Mirel pinned Timber Creek’s Bailey Wattz (:53) and UOC’s Malique Hargett (5:15) before losing by fall (2:45) to Gallivan in the quarters. Mirel decisioned Lake Mary’s Dominic Rubino, 8-2, in consi round 4, but then lost by fall to eventual-fifth Yan Zayas of Celebration (:48) in the consi quarters. DeLand’s Rhett Roberts was 0-2 in the tournament.

126 — SW Miami’s Sebastian Melguizo (1st-3A) had four pins and an 11-6 decision, falling Timber Creek’s Jayden Tapia (2 pins & decision prior to final) in 48 seconds for the title. Buchholz’s Aiden Moore (10th-3A) reached the quarters and was one match short of placing. Moore pinned Master’s Academy’s Alejandro Rojas (1:25) and First Academy’s Josh Robison (1:08) before falling to fourth-place Kamdon Harrison of Hagerty (5:24) in the quarters. On the back, Moore pinned Sandalwood’s Juvens Augustin (2:48) in consi round 4, but then fell to eventual fifth-place John McNichols of Harmony, 4-2, in the consi quarters. Augustin was 3-2 with a round-of-32 pin over Oviedo’s Tim Abdelshehid (2:33), but then fell to third-place Rocco Senia (7th-1A at 126) of Palm Bay, 10-2, in the round of 16. On the back, Augustin won by injury-default over Boone’s Riley Schwartz and pinned St Cloud’s Maverick Hauser (5:39) to get to Moore. Moore’s teammate, Alexis Gonzalez, was 1-2, with a front-side fall over Master’s Academy’s Daniel Pacheco (1:20).

132 — In an all-SW Miami final, Gabriel Vilchez (16th-3A) had two pins and three decisions for the title, winning over teammate Danial Cabrera (12th-3A; 2 techs & 2 decisions prior to final), 6-5, in the final. Buchholz’s Kason Nichols was one match short of placing. On the front, after a forfeit in the round of 32, Nichols fell to Cabrera, 7-1. In the consis, Nichols won three times, over St Cloud’s Seth George (4-2), Oviedo’s Zach Thoms (3:00) and Harmony’s Brent McNichols (9-1) before falling, 9-3, in the consi quarters to eventual 5th-place Riley Chapdelaine (20th-2A) of Winter Springs. DeLand’s Joseph Uccello was 1-2, with a front-side fall over Master’s Academy’s Reese Wilder (4:50) before falling in overtime to Boone’s Luis Santos, 7-5. In the consis, Uccello lost by fall to Thoms (1:18) in consi round 2.

138 — Hagerty’s Joseph Gonzalez (1st-3A) bonus-pointed through the tournament (injury-default, pin, 2 techs & major), with his last win a 22-7 tech in the finals over Palm Bay’s Braden Baxter (9th-1A at 132; pin/major/2 decisions prior to final). DeLand’s Lane Wishart was 2-2 in the tournament. On the front, Wishart turned back First Academy’s Daniel Ward, 6-4 in overtime, before losing by a 17-7 major to Baxter in the round of 16. Wishard majored Gateway’s Jerry Wright, 9-0, in consi round 3 before losing by fall to Bishop Moore’s Tristan Carbonell (:23) in consi round 4. Buchholz’s Cole Nixon was 1-2, with a front-side pin in the round of 32 over UOC’s Kaitlyn Gillespie (1:24), losing by fall to Winter Springs’ Luis Alvarado (14th-2A; 1:36) in the round of 16. In the consis, Nixon lost by fall to River Ridge’s Robert Marzicola (:44). The Bulldogs’ Zane Canada was 0-2 in the tournament.

145 — SW Miami’s Gabriel Perez (5th-3A) won his team’s fifth weight-class title with three pins, a tech and 8-1 decision in the final over Palm Bay’s Jack Dinberg (8th-1A; tech/pin/2 decisions prior to final). Buchholz’s Timothy Bowen was 3-2 in the tournament. After a 10-6 loss in the round of 32 to Palmetto’s Ronald Butler, Bowen had consi-side wins over Boone’s Rian DelValle (11-1), UOC’s Michael Berrios (17-2) and Windermere’s Jeryl Lewis (1:07) before losing to eventual fourth-place Chase McDonough of UOC, 9-0, in consi round 4. Sandalwood’s Jacob Kirkpatrick and DeLand’s Jaylen Wilson were both 0-2 in the tournament.

152 — Hagerty’s Dylan Kohn (5th-3A) picked up his team’s second title, with a pin, two majors and two decisions, the second of those a 4-3 win in the final over Winter Springs’ JJ Contreras (3rd-2A; tech/2 pins/major prior to final). Buchholz’s Max Szabo was 2-2 in the tournament. After a loss to River Ridge’s David Senior (1:28) in the round of 32, Szabo pinned Lakeland’s Thomas Madden (2:58) and decisioned Bishop Moore’s Enzo Bruscato, 7-2, before losing by fall to Boone’s Richard Boley (4:24) in consi round 3. Bobcat teammate Liam Buchanan was 1-2, losing by fall (1:45) to SW Miami’s Brandon Moreno in the round of 32; Buchanan decisioned Timber Creek’s Jonathon Irizarry, 11-6, in the consis before losing by fall to Harmony’s Peyton Britton (2:20) in round 2. DeLand’s Jacob Lashinsky was 0-2 in the tournament.

160 — Miami Palmetto’s Destin Jones (2nd-3A) ran the table, with two pins, a major and decision, with a second pin in 1:55 in the finals over Hagerty’s Ryan Cody (5th-3A; pin/2 techs/decision prior to final). Sandalwood’s Joshua Brown was 2-2; after a bye, he lost by a 17-2 tech fall to Cody in the round of 16. Brown then had two wins on the back side, pinning Windermere’s Ryan Flournoy (:56) and majoring UOC’s James Houck, 10-2, before falling to Winter Springs’ Dylan Deal, 14-1, in consi round 4. DeLand’s Gavin Rodriguez was 1-2, with a front-side loss to Cody (1:27) in the round of 32; Rodriguez pinned Lake Howell’s Matthew Parrish (2:20) before losing by fall to Olympia’s Lou Dimino (2:24) in consi round 3. Buchholz’s Daniel Rattner was 0-2 in the tournament.

170 — SW Miami’s Adrian Vidaud (3rd-3A) made it six titles, bonus-pointing to the final round, where he decisioned Hagerty’s Logan Perkins (4th-3A; 4 pins prior to final), 7-1. Buchholz’s Matt Vann (18th-3A) was a semifinalist and placed fifth in the weight class. Vann had pins over Master’s Academy’s Dustin Jonas (:41), DeLand’s Bryce Minsky (:51) and River Ridge’s Aidan Benjamin (3:59) before losing, 12-1, to Vidaud in the semis. Vann then lost by fall to Harmony’s Will Jacobson (15th-2A; 2:14) in the consi semis before majoring Benjamin, 15-3, for fifth. Minsky was 1-2, with a 16-2 major over Lake Brantley’s Christian Mowry before losing by fall (1:34) to Boone’s Jackson Brocket in consi round 3. Sandalwood’s Seth Torres was 0-2 in the tournament.

182 — The Bobcats’ Armando Acosta (4th-3A) won his first title of the season, with three pins prior to a 3-0 win in the title match over SW Miami’s Jeremiah Mauras (8th-3A) in the final. Acosta pinned Timber Creek’s Shamai Powell (:50, round of 16), Lake Mary’s Collin Morrison (1:20, quarters) and Harmony’s Marshall Smith (13th-2A; 3:15, semis) before going six with Mauras in the final. Sandalwood’s Dennis Parrish was 2-2. After a round-of-16 loss by fall to Smith (1:28), Parrish pinned Gateway’s Aidan Cooper (2:59) and Olympia’s Donnell McCray (2:40) before taking a 10-2 loss to Lakeland’s Rudy Destin in consi round 4.

195 — DeLand’s Aaron Morris (7th-3A) was unseeded, but came away with the title, with a 3-1 win in the final over Hagerty’s Bertilus Bornelus (14th-3A). Morris pinned Gateway’s Jared Colon (13th-2A; 3:59) and Cypress Creek’s Hunter Stief (:33) to get to the quarters, where he decisioned Harmony’s Juan Gomez (16th-2A; 7-1) and Buchholz’s Jason Martin (11th-3A; 5-2) to reach the final. Martin would go on to place fifth. After a bye, Martin majored Boone’s Donavan Brashears (13-5) and pinned Celebration’s Marquese Carter (:36) in the quarters; on the back side, Martin lost by fall to Palm Bay’s Jahree Holmes (10th-1A; 2:03) in the consi semis, but then downed UOC’s Ethan Lasher, 5-2, for fifth.

220 — UOC’s Christian Kennick also was unseeded, but bonus-pointed his way into the final, where he decisioned Miami Palmetto’s Allan Quesada, 10-5, for the title. Buchholz’s Nevan Burney was fourth in the weight class. After a bye, Burney pinned West Orange’s Victor Sanchez (2:37) in the round of 16, but then lost in the quarters (3:20) to Boone’s Miles Tankovich. On the back, Burney had three wins over Olympia’s Ashton Hage (1:57), Harmony’s Conner Harris (9-0) and First Academy’s Jacob Forbes (2:07) before falling to Winter Springs’ Marvin Collins (3rd-2A), 3-1, in the third-place match. DeLand’s Gavin Hart was 2-2, losing by fall to Kennick (5:32) in the round of 16. Hart then had a forfeit win and 6-0 decision over Harmony’s Nelson Toro before losing by fall to Collins (3:45) in consi round 4.

285 — Lakeland’s Willie Lampkin (2nd-2A) had three pins and a decision, with his third pin coming in the finals against Palm Bay’s Carlos Gerardino (2 pins & decision prior to final), in 2:52. Buchholz’s Jacob Robinson was sixth in the weight class. After a quick loss by fall to Lampkin in the round of 16, Robinson fought his way on to the podium, with pins over Cypress Creek’s Joseph Toro (:13) and Bishop Moore’s Devin Borer (3:21), then a 4-1 win over SW Miami’s Adrian Sans (11th-3A) in the consi quarters. He then took losses to Harmony’s Darren Davis (13th-2A; 7-0) in the consi semis and Gateway’s Kyjuan Allen (10th-2A; 2:30) in the fifth-place match. DeLand’s Dalen Burns was 2-2, with front-side pins over Winter Springs’ Manny Rushing (3:06) and Lake Howell’s Daniel Stadig (5:30) before a loss by fall in the quarters to Davis (:40) and in consi round 4 to UOC’s Keenan Diaz (1:16).

Editor’s Note: Full recaps for all area wrestlers were not possible due to missing results.

Full brackets from the tournament can be found HERE.

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