North Florida Matmen staff report
OCOEE — In the final regular-season tuneup for all teams prior to this week’s district competition, it was Flagler Palm Coast that would add one more regular-season trophy to a season filled with hardware moments.
The Bulldogs, with five individual titles, easily outdistanced a 14-team field to win the Ocoee Mat Classic this weekend, with 197 points to runnerup Citrus’ 140.5.
Colonial (140), Evans (122) and Gateway (121.5) rounded out the top five teams.
A summary of this tournament follows, with FPC performances noted:
106 — Satellite’s Alexander McMiller (14th-1A) had two decisions for his title, with a 9-3 win in the final over Colonial’s Tyreque Pringle (pin prior to final). FPC’s Kole Hannant was third. After taking a 15-9 loss to McMiller in the semis, Hannant falled Winter Park’s Max Spillman (:40) and Wekiva’s Maurice Beasley (1:59) for his third.
113 — The Bulldogs’ Joseph Rizzo (20th-3A) pinned his way through the bracket, with two first-period falls over the hosts’ Nathan Ramirez (1:28, semis) and Lake Nona’s Michael Prado (:40, championship).
120 — After wild decisions in the quuarters and semis, Flagler’s John Hald took home the title with a pin in the finals over Citrus’ Kaden King (3:41). Hald had preliminary wins over Wekiva’s Demarion Hicks (1:10, pigtail), Winter Park’s John Henderson (19-12, quarters) and Evans’ Dionysos Dix (17-16, semis).
126 — Gateway’s Marquell Mitchell had a major and pin prior to the final, where he falled FPC’s Brendan Buckles in 2:36 for the weight-class win. Buckles pinned Lake Nona’s Matthew O’Gara (1:13) and pushed past Colonial’s Dominique Pringle, 12-7, in the semi.
132 — Citrus’ Kobe Rosario (14th-1A at 126) pinned his way through the bracket, with three falls in all, the last in the final over Dr Phillips’ Eric Zayas (:49). No Flagler wrestlers in the weight class.
138 — Evans’ Jagdesh Persaud bonus-pointed through the tournament, with a major decision followed by three pins, the last of those in the final over Satellite’s Kyle Grant. No Flagler wrestlers in the weight class.
145 — The Bulldogs’ Blane DeFord (10th-3A at 152), after a bye into the quarters, also bonus-pointed through all rounds of the tournament for his weight-class win. After falling Windermere’s Jeryl Lewis (3:07, quarters) and Vero Beach’s Cooper Patton (1:45, semis), DeFord majored Citrus’ Logan Simpson, 12-3, for the title.
152 — FPC’s Timothy King made it back-to-back titles with a bonus-poing through the tournament, with preliminary pins over Ocoee’s Eric Gilreath (2:45, quarters), Winter Park’s Dennis Almon (:30, semis) and a 15-4 major over Windermere’s Kurt Vollenweider in the championship match.
160 — Evans’ Iverson Monde took the bracket with with two pins and a 7-4 win in the final over Satellite’s Caleb Griffith. The Bulldogs’ Marcelo Gonzalez was third, with front-side pins over Winter Park’s Skyler Winchester (:40) and Donovan Walsh-Speele (3:15); after a semifinal loss by fall to Griffith (5:30), Gonzalez pinned Evans’ Jacob Olnick (:26) in the consi semi and Lake Nona’s Phillip Castanon (3 minutes) for third.
170 — Gateway’s Philip Bangura bookended a 14-7 semifinal win with pins, the second of those over Satellite’s Michael McCarthy in the final. Flagler’s Garrick Schwartz was fifth. After a 3-1 loss to Colonial’s Jalen Mathis in a pigtail match, Schwartz had consi-side wins over Vero Beach’s Zad Villalpando (4-3) and Evans’ Michley Andrezil (3:41) before losing by fall to Mathis (4:27) in the consi semis. Schwartz then won by forfeit for fifth.
182 — Citrus’ Blake Coleman (5th-1A) bonus-pointed through the tournament, with two pins and a major, the second pin in 5:39 over Vero Beach’s Keyshawn Campbell in the final. No Flagler wrestlers in the weight class.
195 — The hosts’ Kelton Law won twice for his title, with a pin and 10-6 win in the final over Vero Beach’s Bakari Mosley. No Flagler wrestlers in the weight class.
220 — Dr Phillips’ Gerald Greaves had two decisions to get to the final, where he pinned Colonial’s Nathaniel Gayle in 1:17 for the title. The Bulldogs’ Seth Davis was third. After a quarterfinal loss to Greaves, 11-7, Davis falled West Orange’s Victor Sanchez (3:06) and took a 4-2 decision in the third-place match over Gateway’s Nathan Yambor.
285 — FPC’s AJ Cinelli (5th-3A) won three times for his title, with a quarterfinal pin over Colonial’s Eric Paulino-Risk (1:42), followed by decisions over the hosts’ Jordan Phillips (18th-3A), 8-2, in the semis and over Gateway’s Kyjuan Allen (13th-2A), 1-0, in the title match.
Complete brackets from this tournament can be found HERE
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