#PVGirls: Matanzas’ 3rd Leads Area Girls

PONTE VEDRA — None of the teams in attendance at Saturday’s Ponte Vedra Girls IBT had any answers for the Freedom team that dominated affairs with 243 points and five individual champions.

Wrestlers and coaches from Freedom celebrate the team title won Saturday at the 2nd annual Ponte Vedra Girls IBT tournament (Photo submitted by Josean Gonzalez).

And only the Patriots had the answer for South Dade, its 168 points as team runnerup, and three individual champions.

But Matanzas, in third with 120 points, continued its northern supremacy as a team to date since girls wrestling began to be thought of in team concepts, 18 points ahead of fourth-place Mainland and 23 ahead of fifth-place Osceola.

Tocoi Creek was sixth in the 16-team event, with 71 points, followed by Clay (7th, 68), the host Lady Sharks (8th, 65), Westside (9th, 60), Middleburg (10th, 57), Wewahitchka (11th, 43), Hagerty (12th, 42), Nease (13th, 33), Creekside (14th, 27) and Bartram Trail (15th, nine).

Top four area performances in each weight class are discussed below:

100 — Wewahitchka’s Kameron Easter and Bartram Trail’s Claire Townsend were second and third, respectively. Easter opened with a fall (1:44) over Townsend, but then lost by fall to South Dade champ Rebekkah Kincade in the final round. Townsend also lost by fall to Kincade in the middle round of the 3-person tournament.

105 — Matanzas’ Mariah Mills pinned her way through the day, with falls over Osceola (:57) and Mainland’s Abby Couillard (:51) in the semis before pinning Middleburg’s Gracie Bradshaw in 2:57 for the title. In reaching the final, Bradshaw had pins over Largo (1:39) and Freedom (2:00) wrestlers. Couillard, who had a front-side pin over Ponte Vedra in the quarters, had a fall over Largo in the consi semis to assure a top-four spot, losing by 16-2 major to Freedom in the third-place match.

110 — In a five-person round-robin, Ponte Vedra’s Cynthia Kowitski had three pins and a forfeit to win the title, with her Round 2 fall over South Dade’s Natalie Duran (3:53). She also had pins over 4th-place Eden Lawson of Hagerty (:25) and 3rd-place Julia Rich of Tocoi Creek (:21) in claiming the title. Rich was 2-2, with pins in Round 1 over Westside and Round 3 over Lawson. Lawson’s lone win to clinch fourth came by fall over Westside (3:38) in round 2.

115 — After wrestling for Westside last year, Matanzas’ Tesla Kirkland got to see her old team Saturday, winning the weight class with three pins and a forfeit. Kirkland had falls over the Wolverines’ 4th-place Laylah Mixon (:32), South Dade (:41) and Freedom’s Liliana Mulero (2:47), the eventual runnerup, plus a forfeit in round 3 over Tocoi Creek. Mixon had losses to South Dade and Freedom as well as Kirkland, but her 55-second pin over Tocoi Creek was enough to grab fourth.

120 — Matanzas’ Christina Borgmann lost by fall in the quarters to the eventual Osceola runnerup, but bounced back in the consis to grab third place, with a front-side pin over Mainland and wrestleback falls over two Middleburg wrestlers and a third pin for third place over South Dade.

125 — Tocoi Creek’s Brielle Bibla reached the final behind three pins in succession, but, after getting the first takedown in the final against Freedom’s Kailey Rees, couldn’t match Rees’ ground game, as Rees had two turns (one in the first, one in the second) before winning by fall over Bibla in 3:28. Earlier in the day, Bibla had pins over 3rd-place Aubrianna Apple of Clay (1:10), Westside (1:48) and Osceola (5:27) to get to Rees. After falling to Bibla in the front-side pigtail, Apple had pins over Creekside, two Osceola wrestlers and Hagerty’s Megan Kaplan to wrestle all the way back to third. Kaplan, who had a pin over South Dade and 8-7 win over Osceola before losing to Rees in the semis by fall, won by fall over Westside to get a shot at third.

130 — Clay’s Madisyn Blackburn max-pointed through the tournament, with three pins prior to winning by walkover in the finals against Osceola’s Talia Lugo. Blackburn had pins over Ponte Vedra (1:48), Matanzas (1:07) and eventual 4th Anjel Balkenbush of Creekside (3:15) before the walkover win in the final. Balkenbush, who had front-side pins over Freedom and Nease, advanced to the third-place match with a fall over Tocoi Creek before losing by fall to Freedom and finishing fourth.

135 — Wewahitchka’s Kaylee Easter had two pins to reach the final, where she lost by fall (4:48) to Freedom champion Keyla DeLeon. Her earlier pins came against wrestlers from Nease (:34) and Clay (1:44) before meeting up with DeLeon in the title match. Hagerty’s Lauren McLeod had a front-side pin over South Dade before losing by fall to DeLeon in the semis, rallying into the third-place match with a pin over Matanzas. That earned McLeod a rematch with South Dade; this time, the Buccaneer had the answer over six minutes, taking a 12-8 win.

140 — In a five-person roundrobin, the Lady Sharks’ Olivia Richie was equal to the task, with three pins and a forfeit to win the weight class. After a bye in round 1, Richie had pins over South Dade (1:15), eventual runnerup Olivia Carr of Nease (1:03) and Osceola (:32), plus a forfeit over Creekside in round 4. Before her loss to Rchie, Carr had pins over Creekside (1:19) and Osceola (4:56), needing a critical round 4 pin over South Dade (1:14) to claim second.

145 — Ponte Vedra’s Mira Schmidt was 2-3 on the day and the only area wrestler in the top four, placing fourth. Schmidt had a wild match with South Dade in round 3, a match that was 18-all before Schmidt secured the fall in 5:46, and added a second win by forfeit in the following round to clinch fourth, with losses by fall to a second South Dade wrestler, Freedom and Osceola.

155 — Westside’s Karala Ortiz would run the table with a 5-0 day, including four pins and a forfeit. Ortiz had pins over eventual 4th Jaysie Garcia of Clay (:35), teammate and eventual 3rd Degriece Coleman (2:34), Nease (1:18), a forfeit over Freedom and fall over eventual runnerup Gaby Segre of South Dade (2:48). Coleman was 2-3 on the day, with losses by fall to Freedom and South Dade as well as Ortiz, but won by 7-6 decision over Nease and pinned Garcia (2:46) to rally back for third. Garcia’s pin over Nease (1:23) and forfeit win over Freedom was enough in a 2-3 day to place fourth.

South Dade wrestlers and coach celebrate individual hardware and a team runnerup effort at the 2nd annual Ponte Vedra Girls IBT Saturday (Photo submitted by Josean Gonzalez).

170 — Jah’Mya Hill of Mainland reached the final after a bye into the semis, where she pinned Freedom (1:27). But South Dade’s Ferny Hernandez had too much offense in the title round, going up 11-3 over Hill before securing the fall in 2:51. Another Buccaneer, Trinya Tillman, who had a front-side pin over Freedom before losing by fall to Hernandez in the semis, secured a place finish with a consi-semi pin over Osceola before losing to a second Freedom wrestler by fall to place fourth.

190 — Tocoi Creek’s Claire Holt was second, Matanzas’ Gabrielle Proctor third and Mainland’s Eva Rojas fourth, all of them chasing and not able to run down champion Salexa Lontoc-Ortiz of Freedom. Holt was 3-1, with an 11-5 win over Rojas, pin over Proctor (2:36) and forfeit in round 5, with a loss by fall to Lontoc-Ortiz in round 4. After a loss to Lontoc-Oritz early, Proctor pinned Westside and Rojas for a 2-2 day and third. Rojas started the day with a win by fall over Westside to secure fourth.

235 — Like at 190, three area wrestlers — runnerup Alexis Sutton (Mainland), third-place Cheyenne Cruce (Middleburg) and fourth-place Cheyenne Wigley (Mainland) — had no answer for Freedom champion Kiara Brin. Sutton pinned a second Freedom wrestler (:39) and powered past Cruce, 6-3, in the semis beore falling, 5-2, to Brin in the title match. Cruce, who had front-side pins over a third Mainland competitor and over Matanzas before falling to Sutton, won by fall over a third Freedom wrestler at the weight, then shut out Wigley, 5-0, for third. Wigley’s two pins over Freedom wrestlers were enough to get her into the bronze-medal match.

Complete results for the weekend (brackets for the tournament were sent in partially-illegible form and arrived several hours after we typed the results out by hand) can be found HERE.

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