#Clash: Vugman, Bruner, Tate Win Titles; Hagerty Takes 3rd

ORANGE CITY — Ultimately, the power of Winter Springs and Palm Bay was too much to overcome for the 10 area teams in attendance at Saturday’s Clash of the Titans one-day boys IBT at University (Orange City).

The Bears swamped the field with six individual champions, including three in a row between 160-182, and outpointed Palm Bay, 298-211, for the team title.

Hagerty pushed past New Smyrna Beach for top honors among teams in the coverage area, finishing third with 169 points to the Barracudas’ 131, with Freedom (Orlando) rounding out the top five at 127.

Bartram Trail was 6th with 104 points, followed by Windermere in seventh with 98.5, Lake Brantley in ninth with 61.5 and Deltona and Olympia tied for 10th with 56. The host Titans were 12th, with 40 pionts, while West Orange was 13th (36.5) and Ponte Vedra 15th (26.5) in the 16-team field.

Below follows a recap of top-4 area individual performances in the event:

106 — Hagerty’s Lochlann Higgins reached the final, where he lost by fall (:57) to Palm Bay’s Logan Delos Santos. Prior to that, Higgins had pins over Bartram Trail’s Chase Newmans (1:33) in the quarters and over Lake Brantley’s Rainier Zayas (:17) in the bottom-half semi. Windermere’s Franco Bustamante overcame a 9-8 quarterfinal loss to Freedom, with pins over West Orange’s Robbie Creager (3:00) and Zayas (1:48) before majoring Freedom, 15-7, to take third.

113 — Top seed Ethan Vugman of Bartram Trail pinned his way through the bracket, with falls over Ponte Vedra’s Julian Villegas (:58, round of 16), UOC’s Drake Alban (3:23, quarters) and Melbourne (:28) before falling Freedom’s Evan Martinez in 4:15.

120 — In his first HS tournament, New Smyrna Beach’s Jonathon Bruner had a quarterfinal pin over Winter Springs (4:46) before falling, 6-2, to Palm Bay in the semi. Bruner rallied for third behind pins over Ponte Vedra’s Aiden Taylor (:56) in the consi semis and over Winter Springs a second time (2:31) to take third.

126 — The Barracudas’ top-seeded Jamey Bruner had three victories en route to the area’s second championship, with a quarterfinal pin (1:29) over Melbourne, a 16-2 major over Deltona’s Kyle Yasses in the semis, and a 2-0 win over Winter Springs’ Silas Mantero, behind a late reversal from down position with 12 seconds left in the match. Windermere’s Lucas Drone, who lost to Mantero in a pigtail match, didn’t lose again with preliminary consi decisions over Melbourne (15-9) and Hagerty’s Jacob Genao (4-1) before pinning Atlantic (4:08) in the consi semis to get to the third-place match, where he shut out West Orange’s Chris Perez, 5-0. Perez fell, 5-0, in the quarters to Mantero, then took wins in the consis over Lake Brantley’s Tyler Walter (pin in 2:55) and Yasses (5-2 decision) to get to the 3rd-place match.

132 — After a bye into the quarters, second seed Kevin Kerns of Deltona pinned his way into the final, with falls over Atlantic (2:27) and Lake Brantley’s Dario Duany (:48). In the final, Kerns lost by fall to Palm Bay’s Ronald Theilacker in 1:24. Duany, who’d teched NSB’s Simjay Engberg (16-0 in 3:29) and pinned Bartram’s Eriq Beliard (:56) to reach the semi, had two bonus-point wins on the back, shutting out Engberg, 9-0, in the consi semis and pinning Winter Springs (1:27) for third.

138 — New Smyrna Beach’s top seed Jace Engberg had two pins to reach the final, with falls over Ponte Vedra’s Andrew Hissam (1:08) and Osceola (2:34) to get there, but then couldn’t overcome five takedowns against Winter Springs’ Aiden Reichert, falling by an 11-4 count to place second.

145 — West Orange’s Conner Smith was the only area competitor in the top four, placing fourth. After an early round-of-16 pin over Ponte Vedra’s Alex Valencia, Smith lost by third-period tech fall to the eventual champion from Palm Bay. In the consis, Smith won three times to reach the top four, with pins over New Smyrna Beach’s Justis Chandler (4:41) and Hagerty’s Gavin Nelson (3:37), plus a 10-4 win over Windermere’s Tyler Drone. Smith then lost by fall to Osceola (1:43) in the third-place match.

152 — In a matchup of the top two seeds, Hagerty’s top-seeded Blake Watts had three pins to reach the final, with falls over Olympia’s Matheus Bueno (1:28), Bartram Trail’s Grady Hutchinson (2:39) and Melbourne (1:42), but couldn’t generate a takedown against Winter Springs’ Luis Alvarado, falling, 7-5, in the title round. Windermere’s Jerry Vargas was a semifinalist and placed third, with front-side wins over Atlantic (:43) and New Smyrna Beach’s Hunter Childress (24-9 TF in 5:37); after falling in sudden victory to Alvarado, 7-2, in the semis, Vargas pinned Hutchinson (1:58) and a Freedom wrestler (3:42) to wrestle back to third.

160 — Top seed Kamdon Harrison of Hagerty reached he final behind three pins, with falls over Bartram’s London Hussey (:40, rd of 16), UOC’s Cooper Braden (:58, quarters) and Palm Bay (4:34) in the semi, but couldn’t stop the late attacks of Winter Springs’ Elijah Penton in the final. Penton had two takedowns in the third period for a 5-2 win. Braden, who pinned Windermere’s Jeryl Lewis (4:26) on the front, did wrestle back to the top four after the quarterfinal loss, with pins over West Orange’s Maxmillian Grantier (:58), New Smyrna Beach’s Jackson Farmer (3:43) and a medical forfeit win in the consi semis. He then lost by fall (2:37) to Palm Bay in the third-place match.

170 — Second seed Ethan Gomez of Hagerty pinned his way into the final, with falls over New Smyrna Beach’s Steven Harshman (1:24, rd of 16), UOC’s Josia Torres (:55, quarters) and Winter Springs (5:22) in the semi, but Winter Springs’ Davis Deal found a takedown in the final moment or two to grab a 7-5 win in the championship match. Bartram Trail’s John McNames, who pinned Freedom (:39) in the quarters before falling by an 8-1 count to Deal, had two pins in the consis over Freedom (2:01) and Winter Springs (3:53) to take third.

182 — Windermere’s Kurt Vollenweider was a semifinalist and placed third, with a 16-4 quarterfinal major over Olympia’s Gabriel Cuellar before losing by fall (1:57) to a defending 2A state champ from Winter Springs in the semis. Vollenweider then powered through to two decisions over Hagerty’s Connor Gilliam (6-5) in the consi semis and over Freedom (11-8) to grab third place.

195 — Hagerty’s Hunter Tate won the area’s third and last title of the day, pinning his way through the bracket. Tate had falls over UOC’s Slade High-Tompkins (3:06, round of 16), Freedom (4:36, quarters), Winter Springs (5:57, semis) and Palm Bay’s Caleo Carrera (1:43) in the final round. Olympia’s DJ McCray had three wins on the day and placed fourth. McCray pinned Bartram’s Jacob George (1:56) and majored Osceola (12-3) before falling, 9-4, to Carrera in the semi. McCray then pinned NSB’s Dylon York (4:27) in the consi semi before falling to Winter Springs, 6-4, to take fourth.

220 — After falling by major (12-4) in the quarters, Hagerty’s Landon Revis rallied for two consi-side wins (7-3 over Bartram’s Shane Armstrong and fall in 3:31 over NSB’s Austin Mitchum) before losing by fall to Winter Springs (4:10) to place fourth.

285 — After dropping a quarterfinal match in sudden victory, 3-1, to NSB’s Cole Billings, Deltona’s Nathan Hatch wouldn’t lose again in placing third. Hatch had pins over Hagerty’s Thad Elam (2:35) and Olympia’s Miles O’Toole (:36) to get to the consi semis, where he knocked off a second Olympia wrestler, Max Novell, 5-0. Hatch then won by forfeit over Freedom in the third-place match.

Full brackets and team scores from the tournament can be found HERE.

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