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#LadyClash: 3 Area Champs; MTZ 3rd, PV 4th

ORANGE CITY — The coverage area’s first IBT tournament to finish up during the 2021-22 season saw Matanzas’ girls place third and Ponte Vedra’s take fourth Friday night at the Clash of Lady Titans IBT at University (Orange City).

Freedom won the tournament with 273 points, with South Dade second at 200.5, the Lady Pirates third at 118, Lady Sharks fourth at 98 and McKeel fifth with 97.

Mainland placed eighth, with 81 points, while Clay was 11th (55), host University (Orange City) 12th with 52, followed by Seminole (13th, 41), Hagerty (14th, 38), Timber Creek (15th, 29), Middleburg (18th, 27), Deltona (20th, 19), DeLand (T-22nd, 12), New Smyrna Beach (24th, seven), West Orange (T-26th, four) and Seabreeze (28th, zero).

Here’s notes on the top area finisher and other area placewinners in each weight class:

100 — DeLand’s Yosselyn Flores was 1-2 and placed fourth. After a quarterfinal loss by fall (3:58) to eventual runnerup Madelyne Helms of McKeel in the quarters, Flores had two byes to the consi semis, where she pinned Admiral Farragut’s Jessica Weissman (:54) to earn a place finish. Flores then lost by fall to South Dade’s Rebekkah Kinkade (1:12) in the third-place match.

105 — Deltona’s Dianna Pineda was 3-1 and placed third. After a bye to the quarters, Pineda pinned the hosts’ Emily Brumbeck (:56), but then lost by fall to eventual champ Clare Booe of Palm Harbor University (1:27). In the consis, Pineda falled Middleburg’s Gracie Bradshaw (2:37) and then shut out Matanzas’ Mariah Mills, 9-0, for third. Mills lost by fall in the quarters to Booe (1:23), but then won three on the back, with a 4-1 decision over Freedom’s Maite Coutinho, followed by pins over Osceola’s Stacy Pule (:55) and Mainland’s Abby Couillard (2:29) to reach the podium.

110 — Ponte Vedra’s Cynthia Kowitski collected three pins in 2:31 for the championship. After a bye into the quarters, Kowitski pinned Hagerty’s Eden Lawson (:23) and Apopka’s Shelby Sherman (1:35) to get to the title match, where she needed 33 seconds to fall McKeel’s Maranda Borglund. Sherman had a bye into the semis, but would rally from the loss to Kowitski with two pins for third, falling Ponte Vedra’s Chandler Wildrick (:35) and Orange City’s Jalen Sunseri (2:21). Sunseri also had a bye into the semis, where she lost by fall to Borglund (3:47), securing a medal with a pin (1:27) over Lawson.

115 — Matanzas’ Tesla Kirkland made her debut in Lady Pirate singlets count, taking third. After a bye into the quarters, she pinned Clay’s Mikayla Wyrick (:31), but then lost by fall to McKeel’s Margo Menge (1:50), the eventual runnerup, in the semi. On the consi side, Kirkland falled Ponte Vedra’s Sophia Mallon (:47) and South Dade’s Adriana Veras (2:15) to rally back for third.

120 — Seminole’s Brianna Pena pinned her way through the tournament, with four falls in 5 minutes. Pena took pins over Hagerty’s Karson Cuozzo (:49) and South Dade’s Janelli Perez (:44) to reach the semi, where she pinned Orange City’s Kyndall James in 1:33. In the title match, Pena had her fourth first-period pin, decking South Lake’s Justina Acevedo in 1:54 for the bracket win. James had a bye and forfeit into the semis, but came back after the semifinal loss with falls over Freedom’s Elizabeth Fernandez (1:32) and over Matanzas’ Christina Borgmann (:55) for third. Borgmann was also a semifinalist, with a bye and quarterfinal pin over Fernandez (2:54), but then lost by pin to Acevedo (3:28) in the final four. She then pinned Perez (:40) in the consi semis to secure a podium place.

125 — Hagerty’s Megan Kaplan had three pins to reach the final, where she lost by fall to Freedom’s Kailey Rees (2:17). On the path to the title match, Hagerty pinned Middleburg’s Chaya Jeanette (1:24, rd of 16), New Smyrna Beach’s Molly Cornelius (1:18, quarters) and Osceola’s Kelliana Mack (2:44, semis). Clay’s Aubrianna Apple was 4-1 and placed third, with two wins on both sides of the bracket. Apple, in her first event in a Clay singlet, falled Matanzas’ Sierra Kemp (:31) and Seminole’s Michelle Lopez (1:59) to reach the semis, where she lost by fall to Rees (1:43). In the consis, Apple pinned Apopka’s Samantha Sherman (1:43) and South Dade’s Sara Arrojo (1:09) to take her third.

130 — University (Orange City)’s Bry Kaminsky was 3-2 and placed fourth. Kaminsky had two front-side pins over Palm Harbor University’s Talia Deka (3:12, rd of 16) and Matanzas’ Sierra Roberts (:22, quarters) before losing by fall (4:56) to eventual runnerup Josette Kaminski of Freedom. In the wrestlebacks, Kaminsky secured her space with an 8-0 major over Freedom’s Alissa Brown-Washington, but then lost by fall (2:11) in the third-place match to Freedom’s Rachel Ferreter.

135 — Timber Creek’s Bailey Waltz won twice on the front to reach the final, where she fell by a 4-1 count to Freedom’s Keyla DeLeon. Before that, Waltz had a bye into the quarters, where she pinned McKeel’s Angelyn Glazier (1:45). Waltz then pushed past South Lake’s Grisbet Guzman, 5-4, to get to the title match.

140 — Olivia Richie was Ponte Vedra’s second champion, with four pins in four rounds. Richie’s prelim rounds saw her pin Zephyrhills’ Anesha Gonzalez (1:25) and Matanzas’ Salomy Cabrera (:43) to get to the semis, where she had her longest match with Timber Creek’s Madison Waltz, going late into the third before a pin in 5:53. Richie then faced South Lake’s Zoe Williamson in the championship match, collecting her fourth fall of the night in 2:41. After losing by fall (1:54) to Osceola’s Briana Espinosa in a pigtail round, Apopka’s Nehemie Gregoire didn’t lose again, with three pins in the consis over South Dade’s Rosa Correa (1:14), Freedom’s Kenya Blackman (:23) and Waltz (2:22) before avenging her lone loss with an 8-3 decision over Espinosa for third.

145 — Ponte Vedra’s Mira Schmidt took three pins in placing third. After a bye into the quarters, Schmidt pinned McKeel’s Jenna Gerzenshtein (3:50) in that round, but then lost by fall to eventual champ Anisah Paz of South Dade (:59) in the semis. In the wrestlebacks, Schmidt falled Hagerty’s Megan Dathe (:24) and Clay’s Alexis Buck (:57) to rally back for third. Buck was also a semifinalist, thanks to a quarterfinal pin (2:45) over Dathe, but then lost to runnerup Cindy Rodriguez of Osceola by pin (1:13) in the semi. Buck earned her podium spot with a 7-0 consi-semi win over Gerzenshtein.

155 — No area placers. UOC’s Gracie Holifield was 1-2 in the tournament as the weight class’s only area competitor.

170 — Mainland’s Jah’Mya Hill had a bye into the quarters and then took pins over West Orange’s Michelle Wang (3:37) and Clay’s Jaysie Garcia-Abalos (1:01, semis) to reach the final, where she lost by fall in 25 seconds to South Dade’s Ferny Hernandez.

190 — Apopka’s Jada Jones was 2-1 and placed second after losing in the championship match by injury default to Freedom’s Salexa Lontoc-Ortiz. Prior to that round, Jones had a bye into the quarters, and then falled Matanzas’ Brooklyn Watts (1:38, quarters) and Gabrielle Proctor (1:23, semis). After her loss to Jones, Watts had a pair of byes, but then shut out Mainland’s Eva Rojas (6-0) in the consi semis and falled teammate Proctor (3:59) for third. Proctor had a bye into the semis and advanced from the consi semis with a forfeit.

235 — Mainland’s Cheyenne Wigley and Alexis Sutton were 2-3, respectively, with Middleburg’s Cheyenne Cruce placing fourth. Wigley had a bye into the quarters, where she took an 11-9 decision over Admiral Farragut’s Grace Vernine. Wigley then falled Cruce in 2:53 to reach the final, where she lost by fall to Freedom’s Kiara Brin in 1:05. As for Sutton, she had two pins on the front, with falls over Matanzas’ Nahilu Lubin (:36) and Melbourne’s Cameron Skyler (1:49) to get to the semis, where she lost by fall (2:25) to Brin. Sutton then pinned Vernine (:54) and Cruce (:21) in succession to take third. Cruce had a bye into the quarters and pinned Freedom’s Rotchiva Clermont (3:11) in that round. In the consi semis, Cruce falled Wiregrass Ranch’s Megan Preston in :24 to secure her medal.

Complete brackets from the tournament can be found HERE.

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