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#TheRecap: MTZ’s Morrison Takes Lady Bear Title; Lady Pirates 4th

North Florida Matmen staff report

ORLANDO — Matanzas finished fourth as a team and had one individual champion in Saturday’s Lady Bear Classic at Cypress Creek HS.

The Lady Pirates finished with 92 points in the tournament, placing five wrestlers. Matanzas was one point ahead of Osceola and nine back of third-place University (Orlando).

Dr Phillips outscored Freedom, 260-220.5, for the overall title. University-Orange City tied with the hosts for eight at 55 points, while Terry Parker was 11th (52), Clay 16th (26), Nease T-25th (15), Seminole 30th (10) and Mainland 32nd (seven) in the 35-team tournament.

Below follows a summary of the tournament:

100 — Dr Phillips’ Jessica Corredor had a bye into the semis, then had a pin and decision in the final over Osceola’s Kealonie Vega (2 pins prior to final). Nease’s Brielle Bibla was third, with a pin in the quarters over Mainland’s Abby Couillard; after losing by fall to Vega in the semis, Bibla pinned Zephyrhills’ Kohana Martinez for third. Couillard was sixth; after the loss to Bibla, she decisioned Seminole’s Isabelle Hernandez in the consi semis and lost by fall to Freedom’s Sara Eusse in the fifth-place match. Hernandez was 0-2 in the tournament, losing by fall to Vega in the quarters.

106 — University (Orlando)’s Tiana Marcillo pinned her way through the bracket, with three in all, falling Dr Phillips’ Sanii Porter (2 pins prior to final) in the title match. No local wrestlers in the weight class.

112 — Freedom’s Kailey Rees won by tech in the quarters and then had two majors for the title, with the second major in the final over the hosts; Akemi Garcia (2 pins prior to final). UOC’s Ashley Corujo was 2-2 and one match short of placing, with pins on the front over Hagerty’s Karson Cuozzo and on the back over Dr Phillips’ Leah Fountain. Corujo lost by fall to Garcia (quarters) and by decision to Jones’ Javanica Mickens (consi semis).

117 — Dr Phillips’ Juliana Diaz pinned through each round, with a fall in the finals over Freedom’s Shelby Weber (fall & medical forfeit prior to final). No local wrestlers in the weight class.

122 — Liberty’s Amara Morales bonus-pointed through the draw, with pins in the quarters and semis and a major decision in the final over Osceola’s Talia Lugo (2 pins & decision prior to final). UOC’s Alex Roche was 2-2 in the tournament and was one match short of placing. Roche had pins on the front over East River’s Alyssa Grissom and on the back against Matanzas’ Marissa Roberts, with losses to Lugo (quarterfinals) and sixth-place Efymia Trikilis of Tarpon Springs (consi semis) by fall. Roberts was also 2-2, with a front-side decision over Celebration’s Alexa Espinoza and back-side fall over Oak Ridge’s She-Yan Rameau. Clay’s Stevi Outtin was 0-2 in the tournament and UOC’s Kyndall James 0-1 (did not contest a second match in the consis).

128 — East River’s Paige Kalish had two pins to get to the semis, then won by decision and major decision to win the bracket, with the major in the finals over Clay’s Madisyn Blackburn. Blackburn reached the final with pins over UOC’s Alyssa Murzycki (rd of 16), Freedom’s Rutz Joseph (quarters) and Matanzas’ Riley White in the semi. White finished fourth in the weight class; after a bye into the quarters, White decisioned Steinbrenner’s Grace Campbell to get to Blackburn, and lost by decision in the third-place match to Olympia’s Livia Santos. Murzycki was 2-2 in the tournament, with wins over Hagerty’s Katherine Wilken-Yoder (fall, pigtail) and Clay’s Jaidyn Vinson (decision, consi rd 1), losing by fall in consi rd 2 to Osceola’s Paris Martinez. Clay’s Jaidyn Vinson was 0-2 in the tournament and Mainland’s Shayanne Kuhl 0-1, with no contest of a match in the consis.

134 — Hagerty’s Jada Llamido had four pins to win the title, the fourth in the final over the hosts’ Stephany Dean (3 pins prior to final). In an all-local third-place match, Matanzas’ Angelina Gonzalez won by decision over UOC’s Kaylee Hollifield, after both had lost in the semis. Gonzalez had pinned Univ-ORL’s Alanna McGill (rd of 16) and decisioned Dr Phillips’ Zamora St Cyr (quarters), while Hollifield had pins over teammate Lauren Kaminsky (rd of 16) and South Lake’s Zoe Williamson (quarters). Kaminsky was 2-2, pinning Gateway’s Emily Cooper in a pigtail on the front and falling Clay’s Harley Jundt in the consis before falling to St Cyr, the eventual 6th. UOC’s Jenna Ross was 1-2, with a front-side pin in a pigtail match over Hagerty’s Megan Dathe and losses to Llamido and Admiral Farragut’s Jenna Willard. Jundt was 0-2 amd Seminole’s Angelina Jimenez 0-1 in the tournament; Jimenez did not have a match in the consis.

140 — Freedom’s Kalani Rivas had three pins to reach the final, where she decisioned Dr Phillips’ Jennifer Charles (3 pins prior to final). In another all-local third-place match, UOC’s Kaitlyn Gillespie decisioned Matanzas’ Angelina Bermudez. Gillespie had pins over East River’s Isabella Alzona (rd of 16) and Univ-ORL’s Maddie Kinney (quarters) before losing to Rivas in the semi, while Bermudez pinned Boone’s Isabella Mercado (rd of 16) and Gateway’s Angelique Torres (quarters) prior to losing to Charles in the semi. Matanzas’ Isabella Tietje and Abrielle Molina, along with Mainland’s Avery Duffy, were each 1-2 in the tournament. Tietje decisioned Alzona after losing by fall to Kinney in the round of 16, losing by fall to Liberty’s Leeanis Molina. Abrielle Molina pinned UOC’s Emma Ray on the front, losing to Osceola’s Xiomara Lara in the round of 16 and to Duffy in the consis. Duffy lost to Rivas in the round of 16, but then pinned Molina before losing to Torres by tech fall. Ray’s only match was the loss to Abrielle Molina on the front; she did not have a consi match.

147 — Osceola’s Bella Pancake had a decision and then two pins en route to the title, where she falled Freedom’s Mya Frisby (2 pins prior to final). Terry Parker’s Mina Gibson was third; after a bye into the quarters, Gibson pinned Land O’Lakes’ Natalie Hall in the quarters before losing by fall to Pancake in the semi. Gibson then pinned Dr Phillips’ Francesca Robles for third place.

154 — Land O’Lakes’ Caitlyn Davis got a bye into the semis, then had two falls, the second of those over East River’s Alexandra Abud (2 pins prior to final). No local wrestlers in the weight class.

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162 — Matanzas’ Morgan Morrison was the only local champion in the field. Morrison got a bye into the semis, where she pinned Dr Phillips’ Armelle Oliantus (semis) and then Freedom’s Clara Padua-Cruz (2 pins prior to final) in the championship match. Seminole’s Yesenia Marquez was sixth; after a loss by decision in the round of 16, Marquez decisioned Celebration’s Layla Cimino in the consi semis before losing by fall to Liberty’s Cheyenne Edmondson in the fifth-place match.

172 — West Orange’s Keniyah Chestnut had a pin and decision in the prelims leading up the final, where she pinned Freedom’s Marthine Laguerre (3 pins prior to final). Clay’s Kaylee Waxler was 0-2 in the tournament, with a loss by decision to the eventual 4th in the round of 16.

184 — Dr Phillips’ Skyy Gowan had a bye into the semis, then had two pins to take the bracket, the second of those pins in the finals over Matanzas’ Klarissa Appiah. Appiah had pins over Seminole’s Valerie Vega (quarters) and Freedom’s Briannie Gonzalez (semis) to reach the championship match. Vega would place sixth; after the loss to Appiah in the quarters, she pinned University-ORL’s Maya Brady-Owens before falling in the fifth-place match to Univ-ORL’s Ariana Venegas by pin.

197 — Dr Phillips’ Xiomara Roddy had the same path in her weight that her teammate Gowan had at 184, with a bye into the semis and two pins once there, with the second pin over West Orange’s Khiana Franklin (2 pins prior to final). No local wrestlers in the weight class.

222 — The Lady Panthers’ Aaliyah Hyacinthe sandwiched a semifinal win around two pins, the second in the final over Terry Parker’s Emily Mills. Mills had a bye into the quarters, then decisioned Univ-ORL’s Kayani Delerme in that round and pinned Lady Braves teammate Chaunci Stowers in the semifinal. Stowers, who’d pinned Osceola’s Aniyah Barnes in the round of 16 and Natalia Ferrer in the quarters, was fourth overall, as she did not contest the third-place match against Evans’ Amber Powell.

Complete brackets from the tournament can be found HERE.

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