OVIEDO — After a year’s absence, Hagerty is making its third appearance in the 3A-Region 1 finals.
Thursday night at home, the District 3 champs made a bid to add a region title to the 2021-22 season, taking double-digit wins over Windermere (72-3) in the Region 1 quarters and over last year’s Region 1 runnerup, Timber Creek (46-30), in the semis.
The Huskies (19-5) will face Flagler Palm Coast in the 3A-Region 1 final at Osceola on January 21, the first day of the FHSAA state duals tournament. A win there not only nets the title but also puts Hagerty into the 3A state semis, against either Ft Pierce Central or Wellington.
Timber Creek (3-2) overcame a stern quarterfinal test from District 4 champion Apopka, but put itself in contention to reach its second Region 1 final, before falling to the Huskies, with a 39-35 quarterfinal win.
In the quarters, Hagerty roared out to nine straight wins before the Wolverines (3-3) got on the board, with pins from Blake Watts (152), Kamdon Harrison (160), Ethan Gomez (170), Connor Gilliam (182), Hunter Tate (195), Landon Revis (220), Lochlann Higgins (113) and Carson Greenier (220), plus a forfeit to the Huskies at 285.
Windermere’s points came from Lucas Drone’s 4-3 win at 126, but the Huskies got back on the pinning horse, with falls from David Mejia (132), Clayton Childers (138) and Gavin Nelson (145).
Meanwhile, Timber Creek and Apopka were back and forth through the first six weights, with the Wolfpack getting pins from Daniel Pacheco (152), Dennis Proulx (170) and Nico Perez (195), and the Blue Darters (6-3) answering with falls from Ransom Randolph (160), Carlson Michel (182) and Ralph Sanchez (220).
Timber Creek then established a burst of momentum, with three consecutive pins from Peter Nesheiwat (285), Diego Weiser (106) and Marlo Clark (113) to go up 36-18 with five weights to go. Apopka’s Tamarion Kendrick (8-5 at 120) and Jalen Moliere (10-2 at 126) cut the gap to 11, but Aiden Benson’s takedown in sudden victory led to an 8-6 win at 132 and a dual clinched for the Wolfpack. With the outcome no longer in doubt, the Blue Darters’ final two middles both took bonus-point wins (Rocco Vargas a 14-6 major at 138 and Bonosky Fidel a fall at 145).
Hagerty seized early leads of 10-0 and 16-6 behind a pin from Harrison (160) and 14-4 major from Gomez, plus decisions from Tate (4-3 at 195) and Revis (2-0 at 220) sandwiching the Wolfpack’s pin from Carlos Arciniega at 195. Timber Creek then took its only lead of the day on pins from Nesheiwat (285) and Trenton Dominguez (113), plus a forfeit at 106, to go up 24-16.
But the Huskies rallied back for an 18-0 run of its own on back-to-back-to-back pins from Higgins (120), Jacob Genao (126) and Mejia (132) to go back up 10. Josue Batista’s fall at 138 closed the gap for TCHS to four with two weights left, but the Huskies’ Nelson shut the door with a pin at 145 to give Hagerty an insurmountable 10-point lead, which was extended to the final margin behind a forfeit at 152.
Hagerty will stay in-town on Saturday, going to Oviedo’s Showdown in O-Town duals tournament. Timber Creek and Apopka will head north to Inverness, for Citrus’ Ed Kilpatrick IBT on Saturday. Windermere is off through this weekend and will return to action on Thursday, at Edgewater’s tri-meet.
Box scores from all three duals at Hagerty, along with all other available boxes in the state, can be found HERE..
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