North Florida Matmen staff report
LUTZ — Deltona finished 17th out of 19 teams at the annual Live Greco tournament hosted by Steinbrenner on Saturday.
The Wolves scored 33 points as a team.
1A dual semifinalists Somerset won the tournament with 230 points, while 3A-Region 2 finalist Palm Harbor outpointed their region rival and 3A state finalist, Osceola, 199-157, for second. Manatee (152.5) and Countryside (140) rounded out the top five teams in the 19-team tournament:
Below follows a summary of the tournament, with Deltona results where applicable:
106 — Osceola’s Cooper Haase (2nd-3A) pinned his way into the final, with three pins prior to shutting out Somerset’s Elvis Solis (4th-1A, pin/tech/decision prior to final), 7-0. Deltona’s Michael Formoso was 1-2 in the tournament, with a pin over Robinson’s Sara Isern in a “pigtail” round.
113 — Manatee’s Noah Wadle (1st-3A) didn’t go past the first period until the final, but was equally dominant there, with three pins and a 17-1 tech in the final over Somerset’s Raymond Greene (16th-1A, 3 pins prior to final). Deltona’s Kevin Kerns was the consolation champion after a loss by fall (1:50) to Wadle in the round of 16. Kerns then had three pins over Tampa Prep’s Kyer Evans (:44), Zephyrhills Christian’s Yanuel Santiago (1:03, consi semis) and Tampa Prep’s Bryant Mee in the consi final.
120 — Osceola’s George Duncan (6th-3A) max-pointed his way through the early rounds, with a forfeit and two pins, then pushed past region rival Dylan Sparkman (2nd-3A; pin & decision prior to final) of Palm Harbor University, 9-6, for the title. Deltona’s Luis Vazquez was the consolation champ. After a loss by fall to Plant’s Ian McGary in the round of 16, Vazquez won three matches on the back, with a 6-5 win over Robinson’s David Ramil, a consi-semi pin over Wharton’s Dylan Perkall and a 9-6 win over Countryside’s Robert Pierri in the consi final.
126 — Tampa Prep’s Ethan Mojena (1st-1A) stayed undefeated on the season (21-0), with three pins to get to the final and a 15-0 tech fall in the final over Riverview’s Nikolas Hernandez (4th-3A, pin/major/decision prior to final). Deltona’s Carlos Pineda was 0-2 in the tournament, with a loss on the front to the eventual 4th, Land O’Lakes’ Dante Reese.
132 — Osceola’s Jaekus Hines (1st-3A) won his team’s third bracket with three first-period pins and an 8-1 decision in the final over Somerset’s Bas Diaz (2nd-1A, tech/major/pin prior to final). Deltona’s Jacob Swanson was the consolation champ. After a 13-7 loss in the round of 16 to Countryside’s Tanner Campbell, Swanson had pins over Sunlake’s Caleb Muto (2:30) and Robinson’s Thomas Green (1:47) before winning by forfeit over Tampa Freedom’s Randall Watson in the consi final.
138 — Former Yulee and Clay wrestler Stevie Chopek (2nd-2A) had two pins for Countryside to get to Saturday, then two decisions for the title, with a 3-0 win in the final over Tampa Prep’s Collin Mojena (3rd-1A, major/pin/decision prior to final). Deltona’s Zane Hair was 0-2 in the tournament, with a loss by fall to Chopek on the front side.
145 — Countryside’s Brian Burburija (15th-2A) pinned his way through the bracket, with four pins in all, the last in the finals over Osceola’s Adriel Martinez (dec/pin/major prior to final). Deltona’s Mason Ortiz was 0-2 in the tournament, with losses to eventual 6th Wesley Love of Riverview and the eventual consi champ, Steinbrenner’s Ian Combs.
152 — Somerset’s Darian Estevez (2nd-1A) pinned his way through the draw, also with four pins, including a fall in the final over Palm Harbor University’s Colby Sparkman (3rd-3A, pin/major/decision prior to final). No Deltona wrestlers in the weight class.
160 — Steinbrenner’s Truman Noble (5th-3A at 152) was his team’s lone champion, bonus-pointing his way through the first three rounds (pin/tech/major), then turning back Somerset’s Caleb Casas (5th-1A, 2 pins & decision prior to final), 6-2, in the final. No Deltona wrestlers in the weight class.
170 — Manatee’s Tylynn Lukens (1st-3A) stayed unbeaten on the season (44-0) with four pins, the last of those in 2:55 in the final over region rival David Pagan of Palm Harbor University (6th-3A, tech/pin/decision prior to final). No Deltona wrestlers in the weight class.
182 — Osceola’s Nolin Eaddy (2nd-3A) brought the Kowboys their fourth title, bonus-pointing through the tournament with three pins and a 12-2 major in the final over region rival Ben Mason (8th-3A) of Palm Harbor University (3 pins prior to final). No Deltona wrestlers in the weight class.
195 — Somerset’s Daniel Miranda (1st-1A) gave his team their second title, with two pins in 49 seconds and then a win by forfeit in the final over Manatee’s Bryson Johnson (11th-3A, 3 pins prior to final). No Deltona wrestlers in the weight class.
220 — Somerset’s Nick Benton (2nd-1A) made it back-to-back brackets, with four pins in 4:26 of mat time, including a fall in the finals over Sarasota’s Maddox Marchbank (3 decisions prior to final). Deltona’s Ethan Chiu was a semifinalist and placed fourth. After a bye into the quarters, Chiu decisioned Riverview’s Phillippe Langelier (20th-3A), 7-4, and then gave Benton his longest match of the tournament before losing by fall in 3 minutes. In the third-place match, Chiu took a 12-6 loss to Plant’s Antony Talmage (9th-3A).
285 — Zephyrhills Christian’s Malik Jones (1st-1A) stayed unbeaten on the season (14-0), with three pins to get to the final and a 6-3 win there over Sunlake’s Cayman Wiseman (4th-2A, 3 pins prior to final). Deltona’s Debouver was 0-2 in the tournament, with a loss to eventual-5th Matthew Jimenez (15th-1A) of Somerset.
Complete brackets from the tournament can be found HERE.
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