#Wolfpack: Five Bracket Wins Lift Buchholz To Second

ORLANDO — For teams like Buchholz and host Timber Creek, a larger one-day IBT like Saturday’s Wolfpack Invitational isn’t as much about the present as it is the very near future.

While both contended well for the team title, ultimately coming up short to Hernando, as the Leopards’ 221 team points were enough to push past Buchholz’s 206 and Timber Creek’s 198.5, what the Bobcats and Wolfpack are training for comes up later this month — district and region team titles.

Lake Brantley was fourth in Saturday’s 17-team field, with 144.5 points, with East River rounding out the top five with 129. West Nassau was ninth, with 86 points, with Ridgeview 10th (66), Oviedo 11th (64), Olympia 12th (59) and Evans 14th (51).

Below follows a summary of placing wrestlers from the coverage area, where applicable, at each weight —

106: Four area wrestlers placed, led by the title run from Timber Creek’s Jean Vazquez, who had three wins. Vazquez majored eventual 5th Jun Jie Zheng (9-1, quarters), with a tech in the semis over eventual 4th Conner Rodriguez of Oviedo (16-1 in 2:50). In the final, Vazquez turned back Sarasota Military’s Nate Varley, 12-6, behind four takedowns and a second-period turn that helped him take the lead for good after Varley led, 4-3, after one period. Rodriguez (front-side pin) lost by fall (2:07) to Hernando for fourth, while Zheng had two contested victories over Ridgeview wrestlers for fifth, falling the Panthers’ Jason Barrett in 2 minutes.

113: The Wolfpack’s Trenton Dominguez gave the hosts back-to-back title wins, with four first-period falls (combined mat time of 5:09). Dominguez had pins over Oviedo’s Josh Sabbia (:54, rd of 16), Olympia’s Shiv Patel (1:19, quarters), West Nassau’s Jackson Holcomb (1:48, semis) and then East River’s Pedro Sifuentes (1:08) for the title. Up 4-1 behind two takedowns, Dominguez made the second one count for the fall. Holcomb (2 front-side pins) was third, with a pin (1:29) over Mt Dora in that match, while Buchholz’s Hunter Steinmann won twice in the consis to podium, taking a 7-0 loss to Hernando in placing sixth.

120: West Nassau’s Blayden Tharpe (2 front-side wins) was the top area finisher, falling Mt Dora (2:09) in the third-place match after a loss by fall in the semis to the eventual champion from Hernando. Timber Creek’s Marlo Clark, with two consi-side pins, made podium, with a loss by pin to Cypress Creek in the fifth-place match.

126: After a runnerup finish at Paxon the previous week, Buchholz’s Jedidiah Brown bonus-pointed through the day. After opening with an 11-1 major over Timber Creek’s Aiden Benson, Brown pinned his way through the rest of the way, with falls over Lake Brantley’s Shayne Harris (1:18), Lecanto (1:20) and over St Cloud’s Luis Herrera (3:49) in the final. After a scoreless first period, Brown had two takedowns in the second, with the second one leading to the pin. In the consi side of the bracket, Evans’ Jaylen Clayton — who’d lost to the eventual third in a pigtail — won three on the bounce for fifth, downing West Nassau’s Landon Higginbotham (fell 4-3 to eventual runnerup in a pigtail), 6-3.

132: The Bobcats’ Venumadhava Mirel made it back-to-back Buchholz titles and back-to-back IBT wins for him (he won at Paxon the previous weekend), pinning his way through with four falls in 7:06. Mirel had pins over Horizon (1:04, rd of 16), Cypress Creek (1:37, quarters), St Cloud (3:19, semis), then in the finals over Hernando’s James Gadson (1:06). Mirel needed only one takedown to set up the eventual pin. Oviedo’s Johnathan Dishman (front-side major) was a semifinalist and finished fourth, losing by TF (19-3 in 5 minutes) to St Cloud, while Lake Brantley’s Dario Duany (3 consi-side pins) falled Ridgeview’s Kaiden Tibbetts in 50 seconds for fifth.

138: Lake Brantley’s Kai Higgins and Olympia’s Madden Bourst were semifinalist and finished third and fourth, respectively, with Higgins taking a 9-6 decision after losing by fall to the eventual champion from St Cloud. Timber Creek’s Josue Batista, who fell to Bourst in the quarters, took two consi-side victories to podium, with a 10-5 loss for fifth against East River.

145: Buchholz’s Aiden Moore gave the Bobcats their third title, with four first-period pins in 5:41. Moore took pins over Lake Brantley’s Elijah Huyck (1:30, rd of 16), Oviedo’s Lukas Crawley (1:17, quarters), Hernando’s Jackson Dodge (1:17, semis) and then East River’s William Belcher (1:37) for the title. Moore only needed one takedown move to set up the fall. After losing to Moore on the front, Huyck and Crawley moved through the consis to both podium, with Huyck taking a 14-8 win over Crawley for fifth.

152: Like teammate Brown at 126, Buchholz’s Max Szabo won Saturday after a runnerup finish at Paxon. After a bye into the quarters, Szabo pinned his way through the group, with pins over Ridgeview’s Ryan Murphy (1:51, quarters), Sarasota Military (1:49, semis) and over Cypress Creek’s Benjamin Perez in 4:48 for the title. Szabo broke open a still-tight 2-0 lead early in the third, with a reversal and 3-point turn before a second turn led to the fall. Lake Brantley’s Sebastian Rodriguez was a semifinalist, falling by a point, 7-6, for fourth against Sarasota Military, while Timber Creek’s Shane Exihomme won three times on the back for fifth, pinning Hernando in 28 seconds in the place match.

160: Coverage-area wrestlers took five of the placing spots, including an all-area final between Lake Brantley’s Giovanni Duany and Ridgeview’s Logan Keester, in which Duany won by third-period TF (15-0 in 4:25). Duany had three scoring moves — one in each period — and strung together four nearfall situations to secure the tech. Earlier, Duany had pins over Cypress Creek (:16, rd of 16), Timber Creek’s Jovan Santana (3:08, quarters) and Buchholz’s Konstantin Kiousis (2:27, semis), while Keester took falls over Olympia’s Zach Winkelkotter (1:09, quarters) and Sarasota Military (4:44, semis). Kiousis (front-side decision) took third with a 5-4 win over Sarasota Military, while Santana had three consi-side bonus wins, falling teammate Jayden Otto in 3:45 for fifth.

170: There was another all-area final here, with Timber Creek’s Dennis Proulx falling district rival Kyle Schehr of Lake Brantley in 48 seconds for the title. Proulx needed to score just once in picking up the pin. Aside from a quarterfinal 9-3 win over eventual 5th Jakob Turnage of West Nassau, Proulx pinned his way through the draw, with falls over Olympia’s Phillip Lamendola (1:48, rd of 16) and Horizon (3:19, semis). After a rd of 16 pin over East River (1:49), Schehr had a bye into the semis, where he pinned Atlantic (1:27). Turnage had three pins in the consis, falling Evans’ Edwin Guzman in 31 seconds for fifth.

182: Buchholz’s Kason Nichols won title #5 for the Bobcats, with a 2-1 win in the final over East River’s Chris Matos. Nichols picked up a penalty point early in the second period, escaping 20 seconds later to go up 2-0, and made that lead stand up. Earlier, Nichols bonus-pointed through to the final, with pins over Hernando (4:41, rd of 16) and West Nassau’s Nolan McKelvy (2 minutes, quarters), followed by a 13-4 major in the semis over Cypress Creek. McKelvy won by fall three times in the consis, falling Evans’ Edward Clayton (lost in quarters to Matos) in 2:39 for fifth.

195: Olympia’s DJ McCray reached the final behind a quarterfinal pin over East River (1:34) and a 9-2 semifinal win over the hosts’ Nico Perez, but couldn’t get untracked against Sarasota Military’s Caleb Dickerson, falling by a 12-0 count. Dickerson scored three times and picked up a pair of 3-point nearfalls in taking the major. Perez (front-side win in overtime) was fourth, losing by fall (:51) to Cypress Creek in the place match, while Lake Brantley’s Christopher Swanson (who lost in overtime to Perez) took three pins in the consis, falling Mt Dora in 3:57 for fifth.

220: Buchholz’s Bryan Diehl was the only area placer, taking sixth. Diehl lost by fall in the quarters to the eventual runnerup from Hernando, taking two pins from there to secure a podium space, losing by fall to Lecanto (3:54) in the fifth-place match.

285: Timber Creek’s Peter Nesheiwat reached the final after three wins, taking a 12-3 loss in the final to Hernando’s Devin Williams. A tight match (Williams up 1-0 late in the second) exploded late, with Wiliams racking up five takedowns in the final 2:02 to pull away for the major. Earlier, Nesheiwat had a fall (1:25, rd of 16) over Buchholz’s Marquise Williams, a forfeit over Evans’ Jermael Paul (more on that in a moment), and a 20-14 semifinal win over Cypress Creek. Oviedo’s Malachi Williams (2 front-side max-point wins) was a semifinalist and fourth, with a loss by fall (4:22) to Cypress Creek in the third-place match. Paul never lost a contested match on the day, having to injury-default/forfeit in the quarters due to a mouthguard issue. After a loaner was secured from a competing coach, Paul rolled through three wins in the consis for fifth, downing East River, 2-1, in the place match.

Complete brackets from the tournament can be found HERE.

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