#Kilpatrick: Depth Carries Apopka To Runnerup Finish

INVERNESS — While none of the other 13 teams in the field could go with Brandon Saturday in the 16th Annual Ed Kilpatrick Classic, hosted by Citrus, three of the four area teams played key roles in the team race.

The Eagles rolled up 285.5 points in the one-day IBT, 80 better than runnerup Apopka. Timber Creek, with 174 points, was third, with Strawberry Crest (157.5) and Citrus (151) rounding out the top five.

Yulee, with 130 points, was not too far behind in sixth, with Belleview taking 10th with 70.

Below follows a summary of placing wrestlers from the coverage area, where applicable:

106: Yulee’s Josh Harris was third. After a bye into the semis, Harris lost by fall there (5:25) to the eventual champion from Brandon, but came back with a pin over Crystal River in 2:13 to take third.

113: Timber Creek’s Trenton Dominguez won the weight class, while Wolfpack teammate Marlo Clark was fourth. Dominguez had a bye into the quarters, then collected three pins in 3:14, falling Citrus (:20, quarters), Brandon (1:27, semis) and Tampa Jesuit’s Eric Rein (1:27) in the championship match. Clark (front-side pin) lost by fall to Rein (1:39) in the semis and then took an 11-2 loss to Brandon to claim fourth.

120: Led by runnerup Tamarion Kendrick of Apopka, three area wrestlers placed, as Belleview’s Zack Young was fourth and Timber Creek’s Keegan Clark sixth. Kendrick had a bye into the quarters, followed by a 45-second pin over Yulee’s Declan Sewell there and a third-period TF (18-3 in 4:46) in the semis over Citrus, but then lost by fall (1:18) to Brandon’s Tyson Lane in the finals match. Young (front-side pin) lost by fall in the semis to Lane and took a 10-3 loss to Citrus in the third-place match. Clark, who lost in the quarters to Citrus, needed a consi-semi pin over Sewell to earn a place finish, losing by fall (:49) to Mount Dora to settle for sixth.

126: Apopka’s Jalen Moliere (front-side pin in rd of 16) was fifth. After a 13-10 loss to the eventual 4th from Citrus in the quarters, Moliere bounced back with three consi-side pins in 2:16 for fifth, falling Tampa Jesuit in the medal round.

132: Belleview’s Mark Willis made it to the final, falling 10-6 there to Brandon’s Blaine Jones. Willis couldn’t get a takedown until midway through the third period and trailed, after the first 16 seconds, against the Brandon wrestler. Prior to the final, Willis had a bye into the quarters, with a 13-4 major over a second Brandon wrestler in that round and a 9-6 win over Tampa Jesuit in the semis.

138: Apopka’s Rocco Vargas reached the final, where he lost via 12-1 major to Brandon’s Gianni Maldonado. Maldonado scored in each period, with a 3-point turn midway through the third sealing the deal. Prior to the final, Vargas had a first-period pin over Crystal River (1:11, quarters) and teched Citrus (18-2 in 5:10) in the semis.

145: Yulee’s Austin Adamson was fourth and Apopka’s Bonosky Fidel fifth. Adamson (2 front-side pins) lost by a 7-0 decision to the eventual champion from Brandon in the semis, and then lost by fall (3:50) to a second Brandon wrestler in the third-place match. Fidel also lost to the Brandon champ (quarters), with a pin and two decisions in the wrestleback, downing Citrus, 5-4, for fifth.

152: Timber Creek’s Daniel Pacheco was fifth, losing by fall in the quarters to the eventual runnerup from Strawberry Crest. In the consis, Pacheco came back with a fall in the consi semis and a 6-0 shutout over Brandon to take fifth.

160: In an all-area final, Apopka’s Ransom Randolph won by fall (2:37) over Yulee’s Jesse Johnson, with the Blue Darters’ Berlens Pericles taking fifth. Randolph got to the title match after a bye into the quarters, falling Yulee’s Michael McNair (1:53) in that round and then teching Strawberry Crest’s Anthony Lucarini, 19-3 in 2:12, in the semis. Johnson also had a bye into the quarters, where he pinned Citrus (1:30); he then powered past Lakeland, 11-8, in the semis. Pericles lost by fall in the quarters to Lakeland, but came back with two pins, falling Crystal River (1:24) for fifth.

170: Belleview’s Cornelius Bentley-Greene reached the final, where he lost by fall (3:28) to Lakeland’s Kayden Graham. Prior to the final, Bentley-Greene had a bye, followed by first-period pins over Timber Creek’s Jovan Santana (1:17, quarters) and Citrus’ Jase West (1:52, semis). Timber Creek’s Dennis Proulx was fifth after falling, 7-6, in the quarters to Graham, taking three pins in the consis to wrestle back to third. Proulx falled Crystal River in 4:01 to take fifth.

182: Yulee’s Alex Smith reached the final, where he took a loss by fall (3:40) to Strawberry Crest’s Lex Strickland. In the earlier rounds, Smith had a bye into the quarters, then pinned eventual 5th Carlos Arciniega of Timber Creek (1:53, quarters) and eventual 3rd Joel Velazquez of Crystal River (1:00, semis). Arciniega (front-side pin) had two pins and a 2-1 decision in the fifth-place match over Apopka’s Carlson Michel. For his part, Michel (front-side pin) lost by fall to Strickland in the quarters, with two pins to earn a place finish.

195: Timber Creek’s Nico Perez gave the Wolfpack their second title, sandwiching a 5-4 ultimate-tiebreaker semifinal win over eventual 3rd Christopher Aud of Yulee with pins in the quarters over Apopka’s Nicholas Gilliam (:58) and in the championship over Citrus’ Joshuah Cobo (3:10). Aud (front-side pin) bounced back from the UTB loss with a third-place pin (1:19) over the Blue Darters’ David Bowerman. Bowerman (front-side pin) lost by fall in the semis to Cobo in the path to finishing fourth.

220: Apopka matched Timber Creek for weight-class wins behind Ralph Sanchez pinning his way through the day. Sanchez had a bye into the quarters, with falls over Liberty (1:03) in that round, Brandon (4:22, semis), and then a fall over Liberty’s Daniel King in 5:15 in the title match.

285: The coverage area had four placewinners, with Peter Nesheiwat’s title for Timber Creek leading the way. Nesheiwat bagged three pins in 2:04 over wrestlers from Lakeland (:39, rd of 16), Apopka eventual 6th Tanner Reynolds (:51, quarters) and Mount Dora (:34, semis). In the final against Liberty’s Brainys Robles, Nesheiwat scored all of his points in the second period and made it stand up for a 4-3 win. Yulee’s Austin Hoyle (2 front-side pins) took a 6-4 loss in the semis against Robles, but came back with a fall (2:42) for third over Mount Dora. After a loss to Robles in the quarters, Apopka’s Zaire Warner won three times on the back, falling Reynolds in 1:27 for fifth.

Complete results from the tournament can be found HERE.

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