#BillScott: Five Champs Lift Apopka To Runnerup Finish

LONGWOOD — Eight area teams competed in last weekend’s 48th Annual Bill Scott Memorial tournament, hosted by Lyman.

After winning last week’s 3A-District 4 duals title, Apopka slugged it out with Mater Lakes Academy for the team chase, finishing second to the Hialeah-based school with 229 points, thanks in large part to five individual champions. MLA finished with 255.

Doral Academy (151.5) was third, followed by Master’s Academy (116.5), Seminole (115) and Lake Brantley (109) to round out the top six.

Olympia was eighth, with 72 points, while Lake Mary was ninth (62), host Lyman T-11th (51), Sandalwood 16th (23) and Lake Howell 17th (17).

Below follows a recap* of top-four individual performances within the coverage area at each weight class:

113 — Lyman’s Luke Nilles was a semifinalist (2 front-side pins), losing by second-period to the eventual champion from Mater Lakes Academy in that round. In the consis, Nilles added two more falls over Citrus and over Apopka’s Shelby Sherman (2:34) to take third. Sherman (front-side pin) lost by fall to Mater Lakes in the quarters, taking three max-point victories in the consis to earn a medal and get to Nilles.

120 — Apopka’s Tamarion Kendrick won the title, with a bye into the quarters, where he pinned Lake Mary’s Logan Morris (1:05), then teched Citrus (20-5 in 5:17) in the semis. In the final, against Doral Academy’s Julian Montero, Kendrick held off Montero for a 7-5 decision and the title.

126 — The Blue Darters’ Jalen Moliere was the top area finisher, taking third. Moliere was a semifinalist (front-side pin) before an 18-9 loss to Doral Academy, the eventual champion (Moliere was the only wrestler in the bracket to go six minutes with the weight-class winner). In the consis, Moliere had two majors, the second of those by a 12-3 count.

138 — Apopka’s Rocco Vargas bonus-pointed through the tournament after receiving a bye into the quarterfinals, taking the Blue Darters’ second title. Vargas teched Lyman’s Cameron Warner (21-6 in 4:57) in the quarters, following that up with pins in the semis over Doral Academy (3:18) and again in the final over First Academy’s Daniel Ward (5:53).

160 — The Blue Darters’ Ransom Randolph brought home Apopka’s third gold from the weekend, max-pointing into the final, where he pushed past Master’s Academy’s Gavin Isaac, 4-2, for the title. Before that, Randolph had pins over Horizon (2:46, rd of 16) and Mater Lakes Academy (1:10, quarters), plus a walkover forfeit in the semis.

170 — Sandalwood’s Malik Wilson was his team’s top performer, taking fourth. Wilson had two front-side wins (pin & decision) before falling to the eventual runnerup from Horizon by pin in the semis. In the consis, Wilson first won by pin, then lost by pin in the third-place match to settle for fourth.

182 — In the only all-area final, Apopka’s Carlson Michel won the title with a 6-4 decision over Lake Mary’s Jake Jessee. Prior to the final, Michel had a bye into the round of 16, taking pins in that rounr, again in the quarters over Doral Academy (1:41) and a third time in the semis over Gateway (1:20). Meanwhile, Jessee had a bye into the quarters, subsequently taking a pin over Horizon (3:04) and an 8-6 semifinal decision over Carrollwood Day, reaching the final in the process.

195 — Olympia’s Donnell (DJ) McCray reached the final, taking a 1-0 loss there to Mater Lakes’ Branden Marrero. Prior to the final, McCray had three first-period pins in 3:32.

220 — The Blue Darters picked up their final weight-class win of the day, as Ralph Sanchez racked up three pins in 3:05, never goint past the first period. After a bye into the quarters, Sanchez had falls against Lake Mary’s Conner Stevenson-Campana (:55, quarters), a 31-second pin in the semis, and then a fall in 1:39 over Mater Lakes Academy’s Damian Soto in the final. After the quarterfinal loss to Sanchez, Stevenson-Campana pinned his way back to third, with three consi-side falls, the last in 27 seconds.

285 — Olympia’s Maxiamilian Novell was third, reaching the semis behind two front-side pins before a loss by fall to the eventual Mater Lakes Academy champion. In the consis, Novell had pins over Lake Howell’s Michael Kici and then pinned Dunnellon’s Zach Warren in 1 minute for third.

* — Due to missing results, Seminole and Lake Brantley individuals could not be highlighted in this recap.

Complete team scores and brackets from this tournament can be found HERE.

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