#TheRecap: Matanzas 4th At Girls’ State: Dodge, Haynes Win Titles

North Florida Matmen staff report

ORLANDO — West Port’s Aspen Dodge has been battling toward a girls’ state championship for three years running now. Third in 2018. Fourth last year. For Arnold freshman Henlee Haynes, first time in the tournament was the right time to win.

Both Dodge and Haynes won weight-class championships Saturday at the Florida girls’ state meet, hosted by Dr Phillips. Both pinned their way through their respective draws (Dodge at 154, Haynes at 184).

Team-wise, Matanzas was the top area team in the 117-team field, scoring 73 points and placing fourth. University-Orange City (66 points, seventh) was also in the top 10, while West Port (50 points, 13th) was the only other area team in the top 20.

Other teams with representation in the tournament were Clay (T-23rd, 31 points); Arnold (Haynes, essentially; 26th, 30 points); DeLand (T-32nd, 26 points); Milton (T-36th, 24 points); Orange Park (T-41st, 22); Nease (T-45th, 19); Fletcher (T-48th, 18); Ponte Vedra (T-51st, 17); Wewahitchka (T-56th, 12); Bartram Trail (T-59th, 11); Seabreeze (T-64th, nine); Raines (T-69th, eight); First Coast, Flagler Palm Coast & New Smyrna Beach (T-75th, six); North Bay Haven & Wakulla (T-84th, five); Mainland (T-86th, four); Deltona & Pace (T-92nd, three); and Terry Parker (T-99th, no points).

Below follows a summary of the tournament. As this is a state tournament, every local performance at every weight class is noted below:

100 — Dr Phillips senior Jessica Corredor (1st) was a four-time finalist, collecting two pins, one tech and two decisions in winning her second title with a 4-3 decision over home-schooled Eva Diaz in the final.

Nease freshman Brielle Bibla (3rd) was the top area competitor, placing fifth. Bibla had three falls on the front (:47 over St Cloud’s Melanie Echevarria, 2:00 over North Port’s Hope Eastes and :53 over University-Orlando’s Tiana Marcillo (6th at 106), who’d go on to place 3rd) before falling to Corredor, 11-6, in the semi. After a consi-semi loss by fall to Osceola’s Kealonie Vega (2nd; 2:09), Bibla pinned Wekiva’s Zariah Curtis (4th) in 52 seconds for fifth.

Seabreeze’s Kayla Nguyen was one match short of placing, with a 2-2 tournament. Nguyen had two pins, one on each side of the bracket (5:23 over North Miami’s Jeannine Jean on front, 1:41 over Echevarria on the back), with a quarterfinal loss by fall to Corredor and a 15-0 tech fall loss to Marcillo in the blood round. West Port’s Morgan Webb was 1-2, with a consi-side win over Mainland’s Abby Couillard and losses on the front to Marcillo and on the back to Eastes. Ponte Vedra’s Gia Lemon also was 1-2, with a consi-side win by fall over Citrus’ Jasmine Wayman (2:12) and losses to Vega and Echevarria. Couillard and Matanzas’ Brittany Lipka were both 0-2 in the tournament.

106 — Venice’s Lauren Stone (1st) completed her experience with four girls’ state tournaments without a single loss, with two pins, a tech fall and two decisions en route to her fourth girls’ state title, taking a 5-0 decision in the final over Hialeah-Mater Lakes’ Jasmine Godinez (2nd).

Fletcher’s Ana Bradshaw (5th) had a 5-2 tournament and placed fifth as the top area finisher. Bradshaw had pins on the front over South Dade’s Natalie Duran (1:21) and South Lake’s Johamnnett Medina (1:03) before falling, 8-7, in the quarters to eventual 4th Sophia Anderson (3rd) of St Cloud. On the back, Bradshaw pinned Labelle’s Jennifer Steele (2:45) and majored Western’s Lourdes Macias (18-5) before losing by fall in the consi-semis to Hernando’s Heaven-Leigh Jackson (3rd at 112; 4:39). Bradshaw took fifth with an 8-3 win over West Orange’s Caroline Schmitt (7th).

Pace’s Natalie Lugo, Delton’a Dianna Pineda and Raines’ Shanice West were all 1-2 in tthe tournament, aill with consi-side wins. Lugo had a round-2 fall (2:40) over Gateway’s Paula Esposito, with losses to Jackson and Steele. Pineda pinned Clay’s Savanna Huckelberry (:53), with losses to Dr Phillips’ Sanii Porter and Mater Academy’s Lorelei Wydra. West had an 8-5 win over N Isem in round 2, with a front-side loss to Godinez; she didn’t compete in round 3 of consis. Huckelberry, Orange Park’s Yamilie Lopez and North Bay Haven’s India Junlakan were each 0-2 in the tournament.

112 — Palm Harbor’s Hannah Hall (1st) won her second title (3x placer; 3rd in 2018), with two pins, two techs and a 6-5 win in the final over Freedom’s Kailey Rees (2nd).

DeLand’s Makenzy Garcia (6th) was third in the weight class, with a 5-1 tournament marred only by a semifinal loss to Hall in 3:19. Garcia had front-side pins over Land O’Lakes’ Kassandra Leskun (1:31), University-Orange City’s Ashley Corujo (1:45) and Hernando’s Kali Christie (2:53). On the back, Garcia Garcia pinned Corujo in the consi semis (1:30) and won by DQ over Brandon’s Emma Jones.

Corujo had a 5-2 weekend and placed fifth, with all wins on the consi side after falling in the round of 16 to Garcia. Four came on the bounce, with her 8-6 win over SLAM Academy’s Giovannia Drummonds-Calix in the blood round good to get Corujo on the podium. After the second loss to Garcia, Corujo pinned Jones’ Javanica Mickens in 4:16 for fifth. New Smyrna Beach’s Susan Pacini was 2-2, with two consi-side pins over Matanzas’ Sierra Kemp (1:24) and unattached Farah Shah (2:13), with losses to Drummonds-Calix and University-Orlando’s Kyara Valentin. Kemp was 0-2 in the tournament.

117 — Dr Phillips’ Juliana Diaz (1st) won her first title after earning runnerup honors in 2019, with a max-point tournament on four pins and an injury-default win in the quarters, falling Matanzas’ Riley White in 5:43 (2nd at 122) in the final.

White, who was sixth a year ago for the Lady Pirates, got to the finals with decisions (8-5 over Wiregrass Ranch’s Mikayla Zabrowski in rd of 32 & 7-0 over Cypress Creek’s Akemi Garcia in the semis) that bookended a pair of max-point wins (fall in 5 minutes over McKeel’s Maddie Lazenby in the round of 16 and a win by DQ over Spanish River’s Christine Gavashell in the quarters).

Matanzas’ Marissa Roberts was 0-2 in the tournament. The Lady Pirate tandem were the only locals in the weight class.

122 — Olympic Heights’ Leidaly Rivera (1st) won the title with three pins and two decisions, taking an 8-5 decision over Liberty’s Amara Morales in the final.

North Bay Haven’s Katherine Lundgren and UOC’s Kyndall James were both 2-2 in the tournament. Lundgren’s wins both were in the consi rounds, with a 13-1 major over DeLand’s Naobi Lagos and fall over James (2:07), with losses to Miami Central’s Kendia Hodge and Freedom’s Rachel Ferreter. James had a front-side double-overtime win over Monarch’s Gia Coccia (8-5) and consi fall over teammate Alexandra Roche (1:47), with a front-side loss to eventual 5th Talia Lugo (5th) of Osceola.

Clay’s Kayla Haines and Stevi Outtin, Ponte Vedra’s Olivia Richie and UOC’s Roche were all 1-2. Haines had a consi-side pin over Coccia, with losses to Lugo and eventual 6th Janecia Rayna of Dr Phillips, while Outtin falled Evans’ Edese Saint Fleur (5:19) on the front, with losses to Ferreter and Robinson’s Marina Werkmeister. Richie had a consi-side pin over Tarpon Springs’ Katrina Mercado, with losses to Morales and Werkmeister, while Roche had a consi-side pin over George Jenkins’ Emily Daniels, with a front-side loss to University-Orlando’s Ally Blake. Nease’s Olivia Drayton and Lagos were each 0-2 in the tournament.

128 — Mater Lakes’ Carolyna Bellon (6th) won the title with a 6-0 weekend, with five pins and a 7-4 decision in the final over East River’s Paige Kalish (3rd).

Clay’s Madisyn Blackburn (1st) was 6-1 on the weekend, with only an 8-2 semifinal loss to Kalish, in placing third. Blackburn had front-side pins over Mater Lakes’ Jessica Hernandez (1:30, rd of 64), UOC’s Alyssa Murzyncki (2:40, rd of 32) and Admiral Farragut’s Jenna Willard (:53, rd of 16), then added a 6-5 quarterfinal win over Steinbrenner’s Grace Campbell (8th). On the back side, Blackburn falled Olympia’s Livia Santos (2nd; 2:55) in the consi semis and majored Labelle’s Janet Gomez, 8-0, in the third-place match.

Bartram Trail’s Emmanuelle Sutherland (7th) and Wewahitchka’s Kaylee Easter were both 3-2 in the tournament. Sutherland front-side pins over Freedom’s Josie Kaminski (2:21) and Jones’ Amariana Emmanuel (:51), plus a consi-side forfeit, with losses to Gomez and Osceola’s Paris Martinez. Easter pinned Martinez (4:45) on the front and Clay’s Jaidyn Vinson (1:00) and Riverdale’s Cece Morrison (4:39) on the back, with two losses to eventual 6th Arianna Albornoz (4th) of Olympic Heights. Murzyncki and UOC teammate Jenna Ross were both 2-2 on the weekend. Murzyncki’s wins both came on the consi side, with pins over Matanzas’ Maddie Torres (1:00) and P Negron (2:20), with a consi-side loss to South Lake’s Grisbet Guzman. Ross’ wins also came in the consi bracket, with an injury-default win over I Santos and 6-5 decision over Z Williamson, with losses to Treasure Coast’s Gabrielle Perez and Willard. Vinson was 1-2 with a consi-side win over A Copeland (4-2) and a front-side loss to East Lee County’s Karla Roman. Torres was 0-2 in the tournament.

134 — Freedom’s Kalani Rivas (2nd) had three falls to reach the semis, then took a pair of decisions in the semis and final, with a 6-3 decision over Hagerty’s Jada Llamido (1st) for the title.

UOC’s Lauren Kaminsky was the top area finisher, placing fifth. After a round-of-16 loss by fall to Rivas (1:17), Kaminsky had three pins and a bye in the consis, with her fall in 1:56 over Ponte Vedra’s Josie Sagesser in the blood round ensuring a podium space. After a loss by fall in the consi semis to North Miami’s Tydaisa Mack (:27), Kaminsky falled Dr Phillips’ Julia Ferreira in :33 for fifth.

Sagesser was 3-2, with wins on both sides of the bracket, reaching the quarters behind a forfeit and pin over McArthur’s Jessika Rosado (5:41) and a 3-1 win over Boone’s Isabella Mercado in the consis, with a front-side loss to Llamido (:46). University-Orange City’s Kaylee Hollifield (8th) was 2-0 on the front (pins over Osceola’s Kathy Lane and Mater Lakes’ Janice Quiroa) but then forfeited in the quarterfinal. Matanzas’ Angelina Gonzalez had a 2-2 tournament, with wins on both sides (pins of Venice’s Sadie Anderson in 4:41 and Hagerty’s Megan Dathe in 1:51), with losses to Ferreira and Colonial’s Alesandra Burgos. Milton’s Sarinah Anderson also was 2-2, with consi-side wins over Labelle’s Serena Louissaint (3:33) and Citrus’ Juliana Skinner (7-4), with losses to Rivas and Osceola’s eventual 4th Madison Duncan. Clay’s Harley Jundt was 0-2 in the tournament.

140 — Lake Highland Prep’s Chloe Ogden (1st) won her second title (won in 2019; fourth in 2018), bonus-pointing through the tournament with three falls and an injury-default win in the round of 16, then majoring Cypress Creek’s Stephany Dean, 16-2, in the final.

West Port’s Bridgett Pedalino was the top area finisher in the field, placing sixth. After a loss by fall to Dean in the round of 16 (3:14), Pedalino won four times by fall, making podium with a pin over Olympia’s Bruna Costa (2:17), with subsequent losses to eventual 3rd Iris Feliz of Treasure Coast (:39) and Gateway’s Angelique Torres (:26) in the fifth-place match.

Flagler Palm Coast’s Isabel Petrin and Matanzas’ Isabella Tietje were both 2-2 in the tournament, both with a pair of wins in the consis. Petrin pinned South Lake’s Maria Vazquez (2:57) and Viera’s Julia Clements (3:43), with losses to Feliz and Costa. Tietje pinned Mainland’s Avery Duffy (4:27) and decisoned Monarch’s Adrianna Larrier (8-2) with losses to Boone’s Jidia Martinez and eventual 4th Jenifer Charles of Dr Phillips (4th). Duffy was 1-2 on the weekend, with an injury-default win over Terry Parker’s Mina Gibson, with losses to Costa and Tietje. Gibson, Matanzas’ Abrielle Molina and Bartram Trail’s Angela Cooper were each 0-2 in the tournament.

147 — Home-schooled Madison Diaz (1st) had two pins and a decision to get to the final, where she teched North Miami’s Shelby Renous, 20-1, in the final.

University-Orange City’s Katlyn Gillespie was the only local participant in the tournament, placing fifth. After a front-side pin over Land O’Lakes (:31) in the round of 16, Gillespie then fell to eventual 4th Jacquelyn Font of Strawberry Crest (3rd; pin in 1:33) in the quarters. Gillespie then had two pins on the back to make podium; after a 2nd loss by fall in the consi semis to eventual 3rd Caitlyn Davis (2nd; 1:53), Gillespie majored Apopka’s Sarah Belizaire (6th), 9-1, for fifth.

West Port’s Aspen Dodge is the 154-lb Florida girls’ state champion, crowned Saturday at Dr Phillips HS. At far left of the podium is Milton’s Joslyn Anderson (fifth) and at far right is Matanzas’ Angelina Bermudez (sixth). (Photo submitted by Wayne Dodge).

154 — Dodge (3rd) had five pins throughout the weekend to run the table, with falls over Bartram’s Julia Perry (1:16, rd of 32), Admiral Farragut’s Grace Vermine (2:34, rd of 16), Dr Phillips’ Neikisha Francois (1:47, quarters) and Matanzas’ Angelina Bermudez (1:39, semis) before falling Stoneman Douglas’ Sara Ochoa in 5:21 in the finals.

Milton’s Joslyn Anderson would place fifth and Bermudez sixth. Anderson lost by fall in the round of 16 to South Dade’s Kyjana Jordan (2:40), but then won four on the bounce by pin, with her consi-quarter pin (4:23) over Dr Phillips’ Nakisha Francois getting her on podium. After a consi-semi loss by fall to East River’s Alex Abud (3:43), Anderson falled Bermudez in 2:05 for fifth.

Bermudez had three front-side wins to reach the semis (8-1 over Olympic Heights’ Maria Tonolli, 17-3 over Robinson’s Tatiana Zayas and pin in 1:41 over North Miami’s Adlene Jideofor), with a consi-semi loss by fall to eventual-third Jordan (:21).

Raines’ Jada Arnold was 1-2 in the tournament, with a front-side pin over Viera’s Autumn Soto (2:35)before losing by fall in the quarters to Ochoa (2:30). Arnold then injury-defaulted in her first consi round. Perry and North Bay Haven’s Hana Sato were each 0-2 in the tournament.

162 — Dr Phillips’ Armelle Oliantus (3rd) pinned her way through the bracket, with four pins, the last of those in the final (3:19) over Matanzas’ Morgan Morrison (1st).

Morrison (6th in 2019) had three pins of her own prior to the final, falling University-Orlando’s Coralie Delerme (1:04, rd of 16), McArthur’s Lydia Pierce (3:15, quarters) and Freedom’s Clara Padua (2nd; 4:50, semis).

North Bay Haven’s Stevens Roberson was 0-2 in the tournament.

172 — Gateway’s Emiliana Martinez (3rd) won her first title, with two pins and two decisions, the second of those falls over Boca Ciega’s Milian Garrett (2nd; 4:48) in the championship match.

Ponte Vedra’s Grace Lin was 1-2 in the tournament, with a consi-side fall over Boca Ciega’s Daijah Norris (4:53) and losses to West Orange’s Keniyah Chestnut (eventual 4th) and Dr Phillips’ Leann Bernard (eventual 6th). Clay’s Kaylee Waxler was 0-2 in the tournament.

Arnold freshman Henlee Haynes (top of podium) is the Florida girls’ state champion at 184 pounds, as crowned Saturday at Dr Phillips HS in Orlando. At far right is Marissa’s Klarissa Appiah, who was sixth (Photo submitted by Scott Korol).

184 — Haynes won her first title with four pins, with falls over South Dade’s Stephanie Villalobos (4 minutes, round of 16), George Jenkins’ Shanette Powell (:16, quarters), Matanzas’ Klarissa Appiah (2nd; 1:11, semis) and Dr Phillips’ Skyy Gowan (1st; 3:55) in the championship match.

Appiah would place sixth, with a 2-3 tournament fueled by front-side pins over Liberty’s Timaya Clarke (1:47, rd of 16) and Freedom’s Julie Munoz (5:19, quarters). After the loss to Haynes, Appiah took losses to Villalobos (5-2, consi semis) and Munoz (2:16) to place sixth.

First Coast’s Asia Jack was 2-2 and one match short of placing, with consi-side pins over Matanzas’ Julianna Bogdanov (1:00) and Powell (2:29) before losing to Munoz (2:25) in the blood round. Bogdanov was 0-2 in the tournament.

197 — Kathleen’s Cendessa Krus (7th) became a three-time placer (3rd at 170 in 2017, 6th at 197 last year) and first-time champion, pinning her way through the draw, three pins in all, the last in 56 seconds over Orange Park’s Andrea Smith (1st).

Smith got to the final with a forfeit win in the round of 16, fall over McArthur’s Abigail Avila (1:23) in the quarters and an 11-6 semifinal win over West Orange’s Khiana Franklin.

Terry Parker’s Chloe Pollockov was 0-2 in the tournament.

222 — Osecola’s Natalia Ferrer (8th) pinned her way into the final, where she took a 4-2 decision over Dr Phillips’ Aaliyah Hyacinthe (1st). No locals in the weight class.

287 — North Miami’s Katriana Alexander had two pins in a three-person roundrobin, falling University-Orlando’s Khianna Valencia in 43 seconds in round 3 in the effective championship final. No locals in the weight class.

Complete brackets from this tournament can be found HERE

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