KISSIMMEE — There’s never a bad time in January to build momentum for the post-season looming large in the following month.
And Seminole should certainly get a boost after holding off Gateway and the rest of an eight-team field to win Saturday’s War Eagle Classic, a one-day IBT, with 181.5 points to Gateway’s 175.
Auburndale (142.5 points), host Poinciana (93) and Liberty (74) rounded out the top five teams. Seminole was the only team from the coverage area in the field.
Below follows a summary of the Noles’ placers in the event —
113 (no Seminole wrestlers at 106): Joseph Powell was third, going 1-2 in a four-person round-robin. Powell got his one win with a second-period fall (2:47) over Poinciana to claim effective third.
126 (no competing Noles at 120): Jeremiah Isaak placed third, with his only loss a 6-3 semifinal loss to Poinciana. Isaak had a bye in the consi-semis, falling Gateway in 4:11 to claim third.
132: Ryan Culbertson (22-8) won the title, pinning his way through after a bye into the semis. Culbertson falled Gateway (3:01) and then pinned Auburndale’s Colby McColley in 4:56 for the title.
138: In the fullest bracket of the six presented thus far (with pigtails even), Abdelkrin Salomon (20-6) bonus-pointed through the field for back-to-back Noles titles. After a quarterfinal injury-default win over Gateway, Salomon falled Lake Buena Vista (1:43) in the semis and hammered Auburndale’s Victor Turner, 19-5, in the championship.
145: After a quarterfinal loss by TF (21-6 in 5:38) to the eventual champion from Gateway, Robert Markey rallied back for third. After a bye into the consi semis, Markey majored Lake Buena Vista (13-3) and then pinned Liberty in 3:44 to grab the bronze.
152: Benjamin Buhring (33-4) gave the Noles their third weight-class win of the day, teching or pinning through the tournament. After opening with a tech (17-1 in 3:06) over Edgewater in the quarters, Buhring took pins over Gateway (3:16) in the semis and over Auburndale’s Jerimah Austin (4:26) for the championship.
160: For the second time Saturday, the Noles had back-to-back bracket wins, as William James (24-4) needed 5:51 of mat time to fall three opponents. After a quarterfinal pin over Edgewater (1:53), James took falls over Auburndale (2:56, semis) and over Lake Buena Vista’s Michael Youssef in 1:02 in the finals
170: For the first time, there would be a Seminole three-peat, with Wordner Edoward (23-9) powering through three opponents in just 1:58. Edwards had pins over Poinciana (:52), Lake Buena Vista (:30) and over Auburndale’s James Maldonado (:36) for the title.
195 (no competing Noles at 182): After a 15-8 semifinal loss to the eventual champion from Gateway, Ricci Todd came back for third, with a bye in the consi semis and then fall over Liberty (1:22) in the place match. Todd also had a front-side pin (1:02) over the same Liberty competitor in the quarters.
220: Desmond Harris reached the final, where he would up losing by fall (5:55) to Liberty’s Daniel King. Prior to the final, Harris took pins over Poinciana (2:34) and Lake Buena Vista (3:30)
285: No Seminole placers.
Complete brackets from Saturday’s event can be found HERE.
MISSING: We have a lot of missing results, from several teams around the coverage area, and we need YOUR help to clean that up. Please check out our SCHEDULE PAGE; if your school is listed as pending, or an event in which you took part is pending, see if your coach can send in your team’s part of that event. We will post results at any time of year, no matter how late they are when they are sent.