KISSIMMEE — Three north Florida champions were crowned at the inaugural Southern Belle tournament, staged at Silver Spurs Arena on Monday.
The tournament was designed by the Knockout Christmas Classic tournament managers at Osceola to become the eventual girls’ component to the Knockout, something that has been missing in prior seasons.
Clay’s Madisyn Blackburn (131), Ponte Vedra’s Josie Sagasser (137) and Orange Park’s Andrea Smith (235) each won titles in the one-day tournament. No team scores were compiled.
Blackburn pinned her way into the finals, with falls over Wiregrass Ranch’s Mady Harris (1:35), Lady Pirates’ Da’Maria Raymond (3:47) and Freedom’s Rachel Ferreter (1:39) along the way. In the title match, Blackburn took down Woodmont (SC)’s Aniyah Kelly, 8-6, for the championship.
Sagasser had two pins for her title at 137. After a bye into the semis, Sagasser falled Gladiator’s Briana Membreno in 2:32 in that round, then followed that up with a fall in two minutes over East Lee County’s Karla Roman in the championship match.
At 235, Smith had two falls over the only opponent put in front of her, with pins in 1:09 and 3:23 over Osceola’s Katelyn Chin for her first-place medal.
The trio of local champs was joined by Nease’s Brielle Bibla (101) in the finals. Bibla won two bonus-point matches to reach the final, where she fell to Canes WC’s Clare Booe by a 12-3 major. Bibla was joined on the Southern Belle podium by her younger sister, eighth-grader Kendall Bibla (Applied Pressure), who was 2-2 in taking fourth at 126.
Jazzmine Moore (Oakleaf HS/Riot Wrestling) was third at 189, going 2-2 in the roundrobin-formatted weight class, while Ponte Vedra had three fourths from Cynthia Kowitski (2-2 at 111), Olivia Richie (4-2 at 131) and Mira Schmidt (2-2 at 160).
Complete brackets from the Southern Belle can be found HERE.
Competitive Edge Middle School: Seven north Florida middle-schoolers placed in the one-day tournament, also staged at Silver Spurs on Monday.
Team Clay had three placers in Cameron Haines (2nd, 75), Dylan Beck (2nd, 145) and Cooper Beck (4th, 112), while Bold City Wrestling Academy had a pair of runners-up in Liam Davis (100) and Landon Bates (112). Seminole County WC picked up a third with Logan Price (75), while Creeks’ Mario Del Vecchio (90) placed fourth.
Deep South Duals: ECE, a team primarily comprised of Panhandle-area middle schoolers, was 1-3 in the first day of pool play at the Deep South Winter Duals at the Birmingham (AL) Crossplex.
ECE defeated Scorpions Club, 66-36, after earlier losses to Alabama Elite (77-9), Blackman WC (51-50) and Union County WC (72-24).
Full dual results can be found here: ECE RESULTS — K-8 DUALS DAY 1
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