MELBOURNE — Buchholz and Timber Creek are among the contenders for top 3A-Region 1 place finishes next month.
This past weekend, the Bobcats and Wolfpack traveled to the east-central Florida coast to see some of the Space Coast area’s teams and get in good mat time at Palm Bay’s Ships IBT, which had a pooled format for Friday’s first day and then used the results to help fill out the brackets for Saturday’s second day.
No team scores were kept in the tournament. Below follows a summary of top-six performances for Buchholz and Timber Creek in each weight class, where applicable:
106: Timber Creek’s Jean Vazquez won the title, bonus-pointing through all rounds of Saturday’s competition. After a bye into the quarters, Vazquez had pins over Zephyrhills Christian (4:36, quarters) and Viera (1:28, semis) before teching Hernando’s Kyle Pearson, 15-0, in the third period, behind two takedowns and four turns.
113: The Wolfpack’s Trenton Dominguez won the title and teammate Marlo Clark was fifth. Dominguez bonus-pointed his way to the championship as well. After a bye into the quarters, Dominguez falled Rockledge (1:56) and then majored Palm Bay, 9-1, in the semis. That set up a finals match with Satellite’s Alex McMiller. In that match, Dominguez scored in all three periods, with his third-period takedown leading to a fall in 4:07. Clark lost by fall to McMiller in the quarters, but then had two pins over Palm Bay and Rockledge (2:28) to take fifth.
120: Buchholz’s Jedidiah Brown was fourth and Finn Buchanan fifth. Brown had two front-side pins to get to the semis, where he lost by fall to the eventual champ from Palm Bay, then fell to Hernando, 8-2, in the third-place match. Buchanan lost by fall to the same Hernando wrestler in the qarters, but, after a bye, pinned his way back to fifth, with a pin (4:27) over Bayside in the place match.
132: The Bobcats’ Venumadhava Mirel reached the final, where he fell by an 8-6 count to the hosts’ Ronald Theilacker, last year’s 1A state runnerup. Mirel led, 4-3, halfway through the second period, but after a Theilacker takedown late that same period, never led again. Prior to the final, Mirel had three pins over Viera (:31, pigtail), Merritt Island (1:57, quarters) and Hernando (1:52, semis).
138: Timber Creek’s Josue Batista placed third. After a front-side decision in the quarters, Batista fell by a 10-5 count in the semis to the eventual champion from Palm Bay, but bounced back with a third-period fall (4:57) over Merritt Island to place third.
152: Buchholz’s Aiden Moore reached the final, taking a 6-4 loss against former New Smyrna Beach wrestler Michael Shannon, now at Master’s Academy. Shannon had first takedown in the first period and a pair of reversals in the second, during which Moore got on the board, but a late takedown in the third period wasn’t enough. Earlier, Moore had bonus-pointed his way to the final, with pins over Zephyrhills Christian (1:59, pigtail, eventual 5th) and Rockledge (:25, quarters), plus an 11-1 major over the eventual 4th from Satellite in the semis.
160: The Bobcats’ Max Szabo finished fourth overall. Szabo had a pair of front-side pins over Hernando and Satellite, but then fell in the semis, 7-2, to the eventual runnerup from Eau Gallie. He also couldn’t get offense going in the third-place match, with a 2-0 loss to Merritt Island in that round.
170: The Wolfpack’s Jovan Santana was sixth. After a quarterfinal loss by fall to the eventual 4th, Santana won by pin in the consi semis over Eau Gallie, but then lost by fall to Palm Bay (2:53) in the place match.
182: Buchholz’s William Lancer was fourth and Timber Creek’s Carlos Arciniega fifth. After a bye into the quarters, Lancer had a front-side pin to reach the semi, where he lost by 15-6 major to the eventual champion. Lancer then took a second loss by 7-2 decision to Merritt Island to settle for fourth. As for Arciniega, he lost by fall to the eventual runnerup in a pigtail, coming back behind three pins to wrestle back to fifth, pinning Viera in 2:02 in the place match.
195: The Wolfpack’s Nico Perez reached the final, but couldn’t hold off Palm Bay’s Caleo Carrera in that match, as Carrera picked up four takedowns to take a 9-1 major. Prior to the final, Perez had a bye into the quarters, where he won by fall over Bayside (3:33), and then powered past the eventual 4th from Hernando, 2-1 in double overtime to win in the semis.
220: Timber Creek’s Chris Pacheco was third, Buchholz’s Bryan Diehl fifth and the Wolfpack’s Andres Velez sixth. Pacheco had a front-side pin to get to the semis, but then lost by fall to the eventual runnerup from Rockledge there, bouncing back behind a takedown in sudden victory for a 4-2 win over Palm Bay for third. Diehl lost to Rockledge by fall in the quarters, but had two pins on the back to take fifth, including a pin (3:52) over Velez, who lost to the eventual champ from Hernando in the quarters. Velez earned a top-six position with a consi-semi pin over Rockledge.
285: The Wolfpack’s Peter Nesheiwat was a semifinalist and placed third. After a bye into the quarters, he had a front-side pin before falling, 6-1, to the eventual runnerup from Hernando. However, it didn’t take long for Nesheiwat to bounce back, falling Eau Gallie in 56 seconds to claim third.
Complete results, set up in separate files, from both days of the tournament can be found HERE.
MISSING: If you’re reading these recaps and you see that your team isn’t being written about as we go through the middle third of the regular season, it’s due to results gone missing. Go to our SCHEDULES page; if your team is listed as PENDING for a given event on a given day, I didn’t get results. I’ll still take them, at any time; coaches all have my work email.