THE VILLAGES — Timber Creek battled host Villages to a near-standstill in Saturday’s Amanda St John Holiday Tournament.
In the end, the difference between the hosts and Wolfpack was two extra pins, as Villages outlasted the Orlando visitors, 193.5-189.5, for the team title.
Sebastian River was third with 160 points, with Ocoee fourth (107.5) and Forest fifth (88).
Raines was eighth in the 13-team tournament, with 45.5 points, while Mainland tied for ninth (42) and Gainesville was 13th with 11.
Below follows a rundown* of top-four individuals from the coverage area, in their various weight classes:
106 — After a bye into the semis, Timber Creek’s Jean Vazquez won the title, with pins over Villages and Forest’s Ayden Ruano to take first. Ruano won by fall over Ocoee and Tavares to get to Vazquez.
113 — The Wolfpack’s Marlo Clark was the top area finisher, taking fourth. Clark (front-side pin & 10-8 semifinal loss to eventual runnerup from Mount Dora) had a pin in the consi-semis to make the podium, losing by fall to Villages in the third-place match.
120 — Raines’ De’Quon King and Timber Creek’s Trenton Dominguez were 1-2 in the weight class, with King taking a 10-5 decision in that round. Prior to the final, King had a bye into the quarters, with a fall in that round over Tavares and a 15-0 TF over Sebastian River in the semi. Dominguez also had a bye into the quarters, with pins over Forest and Ocoee.
126 — Mainland’s Kaden Golder had a bye into the quarters, then pinned his way through the draw, with pins over South Lake (quarters), eventual 4th Wesley Marren of Forest (semis) and Villages’ Blaise Nelson in the final. Marren (2 front-side pins) secured at least the fourth-place medal with a consi-semi pin over a teammate, losing by fall to Sebastian River in the third-place round.
132 — The Buccaneers’ Brian Harris reached the final, where he took a 16-5 loss to Sebastian River’s Antonio Rosado. Prior to final, Harris had a quarterfinal pin over eventual 4th Christian Pham of Timber Creek and a 10-3 decision over Vero Beach in the semis. Pham (front-side pin) max-pointed through three consi-side matches to reach the podium, losing by fall to Vero Beach in the third-place match.
138 — Timber Creek’s Josue Batista reached the final, losing by fall there to Sebastian River’s Kylen McQueen. Prior to the final, Batista had pins over Vero Beach and South Lake. Forest’s Maddox Mosieur lost in the quarters by fall, but came back with two pins in the consis and a forfeit in the third-place match.
145 — In a five-person roundrobin, Timber Creek’s Barak Matviak was 3-1 on the day and placed second. Matviak had a pin over Ocoee, a medical-forfeit over Forest and a 6-1 win over Villages, losing by fall to Sebastian River’s Trevor Welsh in Round 3.
152 — Timber Creek’s Daniel Pacheco lost by fall in the quarters to an eventual non-placer from Villages, but came back with three pins in the consis to place third.
160 — Forest’s Antonio Brown was fourth; after a loss by fall in the quarters, Brown had two consi-side pins plus a 9-4 win in the consi semis, falling by a 7-5 count in the third-place match to Central (Brooksville).
170 — Timber Creek’s Dennis Proulx pinned his way through the draw, with three falls in all, including pins in the semis over Vero Beach and in the championship match over Sebastian River’s Jose Garcia.
195 — Gainesville’s Aiden Kittelson was fourth, the top area wrestler in the weight class. After a front-side pin in the quarters, Kittelson lost by fall to the eventual runnerup from Villages in the semis. He then had a pin over Timber Creek’s Nico Perez to clinch a top-four spot, taking a 6-3 loss against a second Villages wrestler for third and fourth.
220 — Raines’ Jamari Watson won the title, sandwiching a 10-7 semifinal win with pins over eventual 4th Chris Pacheco of Timber Creek in the quarters and over Villages’ Ashton Hage in the championship match. Pacheco won twice by pin in the consis before falling, 7-3, in the third-place match.
285 — The Wolfpack’s Peter Nesheiwat was the sixth area champ crowned, with pins over Tavares (quarters), Sebastian River (semis) and over Ocoee’s Deandre Scott in the championship match.
* — Due to two missing dual scoresheets, Ocoee individuals in the top 4 at each bracket could not be listed in detailed ways in this recap.
Complete team scores and brackets can be found HERE.