#MWC: Gonzalez 132 Win Lifts Wildcats To Team 4th

ST CLOUD — There’s always been heavy hitters at the Milton-Winter-Cousins Memorial two-day tournament.

That was true this year, with South Dade (304.5), Harmony (286.5) and Winter Springs (285) making up the top three teams in the field.

Winter Park, in fourth with 142.5 points, was the top team from the coverage area, with East River rounding out the top five with 117.5. Seminole, with 76.5 points, was ninth, Deltona 11th with 66, and Olympia 12th in the 18-team tournament, with 57.

Below follows a summary of placers from the coverage area at each weight class, where applicable:

106: Winter Park’s Brendon Powers was fourth and Deltona’s Dianna Pineda fifth. Both Powers (front-side pin) and Pineda (walkover fft) were semifinalists, with Powers losing by fall (1:36) to the eventual champ from Poinciana and Pineda taking a 15-2 loss to the runnerup from Harmony. Powers won his consi-semi (2:04) over Cocoa Beach, while Pineda lost in sudden victory, 6-4, to Gateway, but the situation was reversed in the place matches, as Gateway pinned Powers (1:53) while Pineda pinned Cocoa Beach (1:59).

120: Olympia’s Brae White was the only coverage-area placer, taking sixth. White (front-side pin) lost by fall to the eventual 3rd in the quarters, but then took two pins in the consis to make podium, with two losses by fall to claim sixth.

132: Winter Park’s Jorge Gonzalez won the tournament, going 5-0 on the weekend. On Friday, Gonzalez teched Osceola (16-1 in 4:56, rd of 32) and then had pins over Cocoa Beach (rd of 16) and South Dade (quarters). On Saturday, Gonzalez powered past Harmony, 7-1 in the semi and then closed down the offense of South Dade’s Elvis Solis, with an escape in the second period and a stall point taken in the third to secure a 2-0 win for the title.

145: Winter Park had two placers here, as Joseph Parker was third and Ashton Hughes sixth. Parker got to the semis behind two decisions, but then fell by an 8-4 count to the eventual runnerup from Winter Springs in the semis. Parker then rallied for two pins in the consis, first over Hughes (2:28) and then in 4:55 over East River for third. For his own part, Hughes (front-side pin) lost by fall to Harmony in the quarters, needing two consi-side wins to make podium. Hughes lost by fall a second time to Harmony in the fifth-place match.

152: Seminole’s Benjamin Buhring was fifth and Winter Park’s Edward Barry sixth. The pair met twice, once each day, with Buhring winning both (fall in 3:48 in the rd of 32, 13-1 major in the medal match). Buhring had two more front-side wins to reach the semis, where he lost by fall (:35) to the eventual champ from South Dade, with a subsequent loss to the eventual 4th in the consi semis. After the pigtail, Barry had to win four consi-side matches to make podium.

160: Seminole’s William James was fourth and Winter Park’s Cole Simon sixth. They met in the quarters, with James winning by fall; James (2 front-side pins) then lost by fall (2:19) to the eventual champ from South Dade. He then secured a top-four spot with a consi-semi pin over Gateway before losing by fall (5:00) to Harmony in the third-place match. Simon (front-side pin) took two consi-side pins to secure a medal.

170: Winter Park’s Tristen Carbonell was a semifinalist and placed third. Carbonell had two front-side wins to get to the semis, where he lost by 9-0 major to the eventual champ from Winter Springs. In the consis, Carbonell bounced back for third with two pins, first over Winter Springs and then in 17 seconds for third over Horizon.

195: Olympia’s DJ McCray was a semifinalist and placed fourth. McCray had two first-period pins on Friday, falling in double-overtime, 6-1, to the eventual runnerup from Winter Springs in the semis. McCray took a pin in the consi semis over Harmony, but then fell, 2-1, to Gateway in the third-place match.

220: Winter Park’s Liam Glassmeyer was a semifinalist and placed third. Glassmeyer had a pair of Friday pins to get to the semis, where he lost by fall to the eventual runnerup from Harmony. In the consis, Glassmeyer needed just 74 seconds to claim third, with pins over Poinciana and Osceola.

285: Deltona’s Nathan Hatch was his team’s top finisher, reaching the final, where he lost by fall (1:26) to Harmony’s Caden Gayle. Prior to that, Hatch had Friday pins over Olympia’s Miles O’Toole (3:06, rd of 16) and Jones (1:16, quarters), with a Saturday 5-3 semifinal win over East River to reach the championship match.

Complete results from the tournament can be found HERE.

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