North Florida Matmen staff report
ORANGE PARK — Defending the 3A-Region 1 title in the home gym might not have required a record-setting effort from four-time region champs Fleming Island. But the Golden Eagles set or tied two of them Saturday afternoon nevertheless.
First, the Golden Eagles gave a school-record tying performance in advancing 12 qualifiers to Friday’s state tournament in Kissimmee, matching the number that set the record last year.
And Fleming Island built a commanding 96-point margin of victory over Hagerty in taking its fifth straight region championship, with 266 points. And that point total was a school record for points scored.
The Golden Eagles had six weight-class champions, two runners-up, three thirds and one fourth. All 13 Fleming Island wrestlers reached Saturday’s rounds and won at least two matches in doing so.
Golden Eagle champions were Hunter Herrington (113), Dalton Williams (138), Gannon Janssen (145), Luke Chop (160), Jeffrey Lascano (195) and Chad Nix (220).
Hagerty (170 points) and Timber Creek (116) were second and third, respecitvely. Next among area teams was District 2 champion Flagler Palm Coast, which finished fourth with 108 points. The Bulldogs qualified four wrestlers for state, with two runners-up, one third and one fourth. Buchholz was fifth, with 99 points and five qualifiers (two runners-up, one third and two fourths).
Seminole (7th, 72 points), Oakleaf (9th, 52) and Creekside (10th, 50) cracked the top 10 as well. The Noles had two qualifiers for state, including 285-lb champion Curtis Ruff, while Oakleaf also had two and Creekside one.
University (Orange City) (13th, 44.5), Bartram Trail (15th, 40) and Sandalwood (17th, 32.5) were the only other teams in the coverage area with one qualifier. Nease (21st, 17 points), DeLand, Forest & West Port (23rd, 11) and Mandarin (28th, nine) rounded out the area teams in the tournament.
Below follows a complete summary of the second day of the tournament:
Championship: West Orange junior DJ Perez (32-8, 9th), the District 3 champ, won the title with a pair of Friday pins, with Saturday decisions in the semis over Forest’s Jakob Zawosky (8-3), the District 2 champ, and again in the championship match over District 4 champ and Timber Creek sophomore Trenton Dominguez (46-10, 10th) by a 3-1 count. Dominguez reached the final with a 16-2 major in the semis over Flagler Palm Coast’s Kole Hannant.
Third place: After a 5-2 loss in the quarters, Bartram Trail freshman Ethan Vugman (52-7) won four times on the back to rally for third, with Saturday wins over Colonial’s Tyreque Pringle (5-0) and Zawosky (8-6 in the blood round), then powering past Apopka freshman Tamarion Kendrick (48-13), 9-6, in the medal match. Kendrick won three times on the back to secure his Kissimmee space, with Saturday wins over University (Orange City)’s Grady Bryant (8-0) and Hannant (4-3).
Championship: Fleming Island junior Herrington (36-7, 6th), the District 1 champ, bonus-pointed his way through the preliminary rounds, with his second major of the tournament, 10-1, in Saturday’s semifinal over District 3 champ and Wekiva junior Victor Altamirano (26-6). Herrington then turned back Timber Creek junior and District 4 champ Fernando Dominguez (40-11), 12-7, for his first region title and state appearance. Dominguez reached the final with a 6-4 semifinal win over District 2 champ and Buchholz sophomore Venumadhava Mirel (32-12).
Third place: Mirel bounced back in the consis with a pair of decisions for third, shutting out Flagler Palm Coast’s Joseph Rizzo, 7-0, in the blood round and a rematch of the District 2 final. Mirel then decisioned Altamirano, 6-2, in the medal match. Altamirano edged Nease’s Trevion Demus, 7-6, in the consi semis. Both Demus (13-2 over Bartram Trail’s Michael Moore) and Rizzo (14-1 over Seminole’s Corry Sanchez) had majors in the consi quarters.
Championship: Hagerty sophomore Jason Shaw (36-7, 1st), the District 4 champ, pinned his way through the draw, with four pins in 5:25, including Saturday falls over Seminole’s Cesar Marquez (1:06) in the semis and over district rival and Oviedo junior Gabriel Rendon (36-6, 7th) in 35 seconds in the championship match. Rendon reached the final with a 4-0 semifinal win over District 1 champ and Fleming Island senior Ryan Hobson (46-20).
Third place: Hobson, who had two bonus-point wins on Friday, added a third in the blood round, teching Evans’ Dionysos Dix (15-0), coming back with a 3-1 third-place win over Oakleaf sophomore Marcus McGee (61-12). McGee won four times on the back after forfeiting in the first round, with Saturday wins over Creekside’s Hunter England (pin in :50; avenged a District 1 loss to England) and a 10-4 decision over Marquez in the consi semis. Dix falled Flagler’s John Hald in 42 seconds to get to the blood round.
Championship: Timber Creek junior Jayden Tapia (50-4, 3rd), the District 4 champ, took the title after a pair of Friday pins and Saturday decisions over Winter Park’s Joseph Parker (9-3) in the semis and again in the championship — a rematch of the District 4 final — where Tapia decisioned Hagerty freshman Kamdon Harrison (39-11, 5th), 10-5, for the title. Harrison majored fellow District 4 qualifier and Lake Mary junior Diego Solorzano, 10-2, in the semis.
Third place: After falling, 2-0, to Harrison in the quarters, District 1 champ and Fleming Island junior Riley Holton (47-11, 6th) won four times on the back to wrestle back for third, with Saturday wins over University (Orange City)’s Jonathan Justice (15-0 tech), the District 2 champ, Parker (2-1 in the blood round) and a third-place fall (3:50) over Solorzano. Solorzano punched his Kissimmee ticket with a 7-2 consi-semi decision over Seminole’s Ethan Gorospe, who’d gotten to the blood round with a 6-0 win over FPC’s Brendan Buckles in the consi quarters.
Championship: Lake Mary junior Alex Vazquez (44-5, 4th), the District 4 champ, had a pair of Friday bonus-point wins, coming back with decisions on Saturday in the semis over District 3 champ and Apopka senior Clayton Hurley (4-2) and in the championship match over District 1 champ and Fleming Island sophomore Isaac Padgett, 5-2. Padgett (40-17) had two Friday pins, reaching the final with a 14-7 semifinal win over District 2 champ and Flagler senior Andrew Dance (41-10).
Third place: Hurley (25-2, 9th) bounced back for third behind an 8-0 major in the consi semis over Creekside’s Nolan Anderson, then won by forfeit in the medal match over Dance, who secured his state space with a 17-9 consi-semi win over Oakleaf’s Trevor Owens. Owens and Anderson each had one-point decisions to reach the blood round, with Owens knocking off Buchholz’s Kason Nichols, 7-6, and Anderson edging Winter Park’s Kevin Dominguez, 6-5, in the consi quarters.
Championship: Williams (39-3, 6th), the District 1 champ, qualified for states for the third time (4th in 2018, 2nd last year), winning his first region title by bonus-pointing through the draw, including Saturday wins in the semis over Apopka’s Ransom Randolph (12-0) and again in the championship match over District 2 champ and Flagler Palm Coast sophomore Kyle Peacock (41-6, 7th), 11-2. Peacock reached the final with a 9-6 win in the semis over District 3 champ and Lake Brantley junior Chris Labrecque (32-8).
Third place: Sandalwood’s Lavaughn Brown (31-5), who’d lost 13-8 to Peacock in the quarters on Friday, roared back to the medals with four consi-side victories, including Saturday wins over Timber Creek’s Logan Custred (8-0), Randolph (11-3 in the blood round) and a 5-0 shutout over Labrecque in the third-place match. Labrecque qualified out for states with a 13-6 consi-semi win over District 4 champion Abel Marcano of University (Orlando). Marcano got to the blood round with a 6-5 win over Nease’s Jalon Lumar in the consi quarters.
Championship: Janssen (60-5, 3rd) will compete in Kissimmee for the second time (3rd in 2019), pinning his way into the final, with a semifinal pin over District 4 champ and Oviedo junior Marcus Patrick. Janssen then won his first region championship with a 3-2 decision over Flagler Palm Coast sophomore Blane DeFord, the District 2 champ, in the title match. DeFord (49-6, 6th) had three pins of his own, including a semifinal fall over Hagerty sophomore Blake Watts in 3:29.
Third place: Patrick (44-6, 8th) had two wins on the back to take third, with a 13-4 major over District 3 champ Michael Nepywoda in the blood round, then reprising his District 4 final with a 6-2 decision over Watts (30-13, 9th). Watts reached the medals with an 11-2 major in the consi semis over University (Orange City)’s Chase McDonough. Nepywoda falled Bartram Trail’s Stephen Farris (1:53) and McDonough majored Lake Mary’s Brett Moses, 12-4, in the consi quarters.
Championship: Hagerty junior Dylan Kohn (45-5, 1st), the District 4 champ, bonus-pointed through the preliminary rounds of the tournament, with a Saturday semifinal win over Oakleaf junior David Parkes, 13-2, and then took the title with a 7-1 decision in the final over Fleming Island senior Tanner Hill. Hill (55-9, 5th), the District 1 champ, had three pins in getting to the final, including a semifinal fall on Saturday over Lake Howell’s Phillip Carstens in 3:59.
Third place: After falling, 3-2, to Parkes in the quarters, West Orange senior Solomon Smith (35-10), the District 3 champ, won four matches on the bounce in the consis, with Saturday wins over Buchholz’s Liam Buchanan (9-4), Carstens (7-2 in the blood round) and avenged his quarterfinal loss with a 7-4 win over Parkes (40-10) in the medal match. Parkes punched his Kissimmee ticket with a victory by disqualification over Lake Mary’s Noah Hesse, who’d reached the blood round with a 4-2 consi-quarter win over Oviedo’s Luca Vizzarri.
Championship: Chop (57-7, 3rd), a senior and District 1 champ, qualified for states for the second time (3rd in 2019) with his run through the tournament, with two max-point wins on Saturday for his first region title. Chop falled Winter Park’s Quentin Reeves (3:28) in the semifinals, then won by forfeit in the championship match over Lake Mary junior Jared Purcell (46-2, 4th), the District 4 champ. Purcell also pinned his way into the final, with a third-period fall in the semis over Creekside’s Hunter Brown.
Third place: Hagerty junior Ryan Cody (37-10, 5th), after falling 4-1 to Chop in the quarters, pinned his way back to third, with Saturday falls over Bartram Trail’s John McNames (1:22), Brown (2:45 in the blood round) and in the third-place match over Reeves (2:23). Reeves secured his place at state with a fall of his own over Sandalwood’s Joshua Brown (3:38). Brown reached the consi semis with a 4-3 win over Timber Creek’s Carson Rick.
Championship: Hagerty senior Logan Perkins (38-8, 4th), the District 4 champ, pinned his way into the final, with a fall in the semis over Fleming Island’s Gavin Smith (5:21); in the final, Perkins turned back Buchholz senior and District 2 champ Matthew Vann (47-14), 7-2. Vann had three first-period pins of his own, with a Saturday fall in the semis over District 3 champ and Apopka senior Luther Casimir (30-5) in 1:43.
Third place: Smith (50-11, 6th), the District 1 champ, dominated the back, with a consi-semi fall over Oakleaf’s Onjel Caraballo (2:51), then teched Casimir, 17-2, in the third-place match. Casimir earned his medal with a blood-round fall over Colonial’s Jalen Mathis (1:41). In the consi quarters, Caraballo majored Oviedo’s David Rojo, 13-4, while Mathis won by DQ over Winter Park’s Ghazi Alkadry.
Championship: Hagerty junior Ethan Lopez (33-3, 5th), the District 4 champ, bonus-pointed through all preliminary rounds, including a semifinal pin (5:00) over District 1 champ and Creekside senior Jalen Hines. In the final, Lopez completed the title run with an 8-2 decision over Buchholz senior and District 2 champ Armando Acosta (47-2, 6th). Acosta had two Friday pins and then decisioned Winter Park’s Austin Parker, 6-2, in the semis.
Third place: Hines (38-6, 9th) took a pair of decisions in the consis to wrestle back for third, with a 15-8 blood-round win over Colonial’s Seth Suvak, the District 3 champ. Hines then held off Fleming Island senior Nick Janssen (30-9) in a rematch of the District 1 final, taking a 9-7 decision. Janssen won four matches on the back after forfeiting in Friday’s first round, punching his Kissimmee ticket with Saturday wins over Mandarin’s Tony Carter (13-11 in the consi quarters) and Parker (6-4 in the consi semis). Suvak got to the blood round with a fall over Nease’s Mario Powers in 2:07.
Championship: Fleming senior Lascano (43-7, 3rd) qualified for states for the second time, winning his first region title with a 3-1 semifinal decision over District 3 champ and Ocoee senior Kelton Law, as well as a fall in the final over District 4 champ and Lake Mary senior Dakota Phillips (1:30). Phillips (40-7, 9th) had pinned his way to the final, with a Saturday fall over District 2 champ and Buchholz junior Jason Martin (2:07).
Third place: Law (28-5, 10th) won twice in the consis for third, with a 5-1 blood-round win over Hagerty’s Bertilus Bornelus and fall over Martin (2:19) in the third-place match. Martin (42-13) secured his space at state with a 7-4 win over district rival Aaron Morris of DeLand in the consi semis. In the consi quarters, Bornelus pinned Timber Creek’s Dyllan Bueter in 1:32, while Morris avenged a District 2 semifinal loss to University (Orange City)’s Ethan Lasher, taking a 7-4 win.
Championship: Golden Eagle senior Nix (60-1, 1st) will go to states for the fourth time and third time as a region champ. Nix max-pointed through the tournament, with Saturday pins in the semis over University (Orange City) junior Christian Kennick (:30) and in the championship match over Seminole senior Jordan Smith (6-1 in the post-season, 2nd) in 2:53 for his third region bracket victory. Smith, the District 2 champ, reached the final with his second pin of the tournament, falling Wekiva’s Luther Johnson in 4:41 in the semis.
Third place: Kennick (32-8, 3rd) had two wins on the back, decisioning Apopka’s Ralph Sanchez, 4-2, in the consi semis and then pinning district rival and Buchholz senior Nevan Burney (29-12, 7th) in 2:20 in the medal match. Burney punched his Kissimmee ticket with three wins on the back, including Saturday wins over District 2 champ Korey Karbowsky of Ocoee (pin in :49) and an 8-2 blood-round win over Johnson. Sanchez got to the blood round with a fall over District 4 champ Shamir Nelson of Timber Creek (4:42).
Championship: Noles senior Ruff (7-0 in the post-season, 1st) won his fourth region title, pinning his way into the final. On Saturday, Ruff pinned District 1 champ Josh Murrell (2:15) of Oakleaf in the semis, then turned back District 3 champ and Wekiva senior Lawrence Stubbs (25-4, 5th), 5-1, in the championship match. Stubbs reached the final with a pair of one-point decisions, the second of those a 3-2 win in the semis over District 4 champ Jacob Donaldson of Lake Mary.
Third place: After falling to Donaldson in the quarters, Flagler Palm Coast senior Anthony Cinelli (33-6, 7th) won four times on the back for third, including three Saturday decisions over Fleming Island’s Raul Gonzalez (2-1), Murrell (7-5 in the blood round) and over Timber Creek’s Daniel Garcia, 3-1, in the medal match. Garcia had three consi-side wins of his own, with Saturday wins over Ocoee’s Jordan Phillips (fall in 4:49) and Donaldson (7-3 in the consi semis).
Complete brackets from the tournament can be found HERE.
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