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#3ADist3: Hagerty Takes 3rd Straight District Victory

Hagerty wrestlers and coaches celebrate a sweep of the competition as the Huskies won three duals to take the 3A-District 3 duals title at Timber Creek on Wednesday (Photo submitted by Scotty Diaz via Facebook).

ORLANDO — Neither Hagerty nor Timber Creek have ever entered an FHSAA district duals tournament, only to leave it without advancing to the subsequent Region 1 round the following week.

2022 was no different in that regard, as both teams added another Region 1 appearance to their program resumes, with the visiting Huskies taking their third straight district championship behind dual victories over University (Orlando) (78-6, quarters), Lake Brantley (72-12, semis) and the host Wolfpack (39-27) in the championship dual.

Hagerty (12-4 for the season) will host next week’s Region 1 quarterfinal round, where the Huskies will face Windermere, on January 13. Timber Creek, which kicked off its dual season Wednesday night, will take on District 4 champ Apopka in another quarterfinal, with the winners meeting for a chance at the Region 1 final, which Hagerty has reached twice and Timber Creek once.

If there was a point where the Huskies put away the championship, it was probably in the stretch run between 145 and 220, when Hagerty went on a 27-3 run, with pins from Gavin Nelson (145), Blake Watts (152) and Kamdon Harrison (160), plus wins from Ethan Gomez (10-4 at 170), Hunter Tate (5-0 at 195) and Landon Revis (5-0 at 220).

Hagerty also got pins from Lochlann Higgins (113) and David Mejia (132).

In answer, Timber Creek had falls from Trenton Dominguez (120) and Peter Nesheiwat (285), plus a forfeit at 106 and decision wins from Aiden Benson (9-6 at 126), Josue Bautista (8-4 at 138) and Jovan Santana (8-7 at 182).

Nine Hagerty wrestlers were unbeaten in the tournament, eight of them going 3-0. Harrison (160/170) was the only Huskie to pin his way through the day; joining him as max-pointers were Higgins (113, pin), Mejia (132, 2 pins), Nelson (145, 2 pins) and Watts (152/160, 2 pins).

Joining that group as unbeatens were Gomez (170/182, 2 pins & decision), Tate (195, 2 pins & decision) and Revis (220, 2 pins & decision) at 3-0 and Justin St John (152, pin) at 2-0. Jacob Genao (126, pin) and Thad Elam (285, pin) both turned in 2-1 efforts for Hagerty.

The Huskies will be among the favorites to contend for the team title in Saturday’s Ron Peters Tournament of Champions at Lake Mary.

Here’s a look at the rest of the district and how it fared Wednesday:

Timber Creek wrestlers with the team’s 3A-District 3 duals runnerup trophy after the Wolfpack were second Wednesday at home (Photo submitted by Jonathan Cone).

Timber Creek (2-1 for season & Wednesday): The Wolfpack advanced to Region 1 action behind wins over Lake Howell (79-0, quarters) and Winter Park (48-33, semis).

Five Timber Creek wrestlers were 3-0 in the tournament, led by Nesheiwat (285), who pinned his way through each round. Jean Vazquez (106, pin) and Dominguez (120, 2 pins) joined Nesheiwat as max-pointers for the team, with Benson (126/132, pin/major/decision) and Bautista (138, 2 pins & decision) each turning in unbeaten days.

Marlo Clark (113), Dennis Proulx (170/182, 2 pins) and Nico Perez (195, pin & decision) all turned in 2-1 tournaments for the Wolfpack.

Timber Creek got back on the mats today at Palm Bay’s Ships N Duels, a two-day IBT that wraps up on Saturday.

Winter Park (unknown season record, 3-1 Wednesday): The Wildcats were third with a 64-18 quarterfinal win over Lyman and consi-side victories over Oviedo (46-33) and Lake Brantley (42-32) to wrestle back to third. Due to missing results, individual recaps could not be included with this writing. Winter Park will be at Lake Mary’s Ron Peters Tournament of Champions on Saturday.

Lake Brantley (unknown season record, 2-2 Wednesday): The Patriots opened with a 52-24 win in the quarters over Oviedo, reaching the third-place dual behind a 60-21 consi-semi win over Lyman. Due to missing results, individual recaps could not be included with this writing. Lake Brantley will join Hagerty and Winter Park at Lake Mary on Saturday.

Oviedo (8-12 for season, 2-2 Wednesday): After the loss to Lake Brantley, the Lions bounced back with a 78-6 win over University (Orlando); after falling to Winter Park in the consi semis, Oviedo hammered Lyman, 54-30, in the fifth-place dual.

No Lions wrestlers finished the day unbeaten, at least if they wrestled at least three matches, but eight Oviedo wrestlers were either 3-1 or 2-1.

Winning three times Wednesday were Josh Sabbia (113/120, pin), Caden Martz (113/120), Jesus Ramos (126, pin), Clayton Mitchell (138, pin) and James Chiaradio (160/170, 3 pins). Lukas Crawley (145, pin), Yosef Mohaisem (220, pin) and Levi Thorpe (285, pin) each were 2-1.

Oviedo is now off until January 15, when the Lions host the Showdown in O-Town one-day duals tournament.

Lyman (1-3 for season & Wednesday): The Greyhounds came back from the quarterfinal loss to Winter Park with a 55-21 win over Lake Howell, followed by two subsequent losses as noted above.

Jackson Fredrickson (106) was a 4-0 max-pointer for Lyman, with three pins on the day.

Mekhi Miller (113), Christian Bonill (120/126, pin) and Haiden Williams-Marchetti (182/195, 2 pins & decision) each chipped in 3-1 tournaments for the Greyhounds.

Lyman will also go to Lake Mary on Saturday for the Tournament of Champions.

Lake Howell (2-4 for season, 1-2 & Wednesday): After opening with two losses, the Silver Hawks closed out the day on an up note, taking seventh with a 42-18 win over University (Orlando).

Three wrestlers — Malachi Plancher (145), Jayden Velazquez (195, pin & decision) and Michael Kici (285) — were all 2-1 for Lake Howell.

The Silver Hawks will be in attendance at Lake Mary on Saturday.

University (Orlando) (unknown record for season, 0-3 Wednesday): The Cougars were the only team that did not find a win on Saturday. Due to missing results, individual recaps could not be included with this writing. University (Orlando) will also be in attendance at Lake Mary on Saturday.

Box scores from the tournament can be found HERE. (Not much scrolling should be involved)

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