#GirlsDist5: Dr Phillips Hammers Path To History

ORLANDO — The first FHSAA-sanctioned girls’ district tournament took place Monday night.

It was only fitting perhaps, that Dr Phillips, with its recent dominance of the girls’ state tournament for the past several years, would win that tournament in dominating fashion.

The Lady Panthers more than doubled up runnerup Apopka, 201-97, for the girls’ District 5 title. Windermere, with 64 points, was third, followed by area teams Ocoee (4th, 61), West Orange (7th, 30), Olympia (8th, 29) and Wekiva (10th, 18).

Below follows a summary of the tournament from the coverage-area perspective —

100: Dr Phillips’ Victoria Ceballos was the only wrestler in the bracket, winning her title when she made weight.

105: Dr Phillips’ Ava Ceballos was the only wrestler in the bracket, with the title won on the scale.

110: In a two-person bracket, Apopka’s Shelby Sherman (10-2) won by medical forfeit over Ocoee’s Isabel Perez (6-4).

115: Dr Phillips’ Kathleen Belizaire was the only wrestler in the bracket, winning her title when she made weight.

120: The Lady Panthers’ Juliana Diaz (2-0 as reported) won twice by fall for the title, with pins in the semis over Lake Brantley’s Turay Jones and in the championship (1:13) over Windermere’s Sophia Lahik (7-5). Lahik pinned South Lake in the semis; Jones (4-9) lost by fall to South Lake in the third-place match (2:36).

125: In a two-person bracket, Apopka’s Samantha Sherman (13-4) won the title with a 15-4 major decision over Lake Buena Vista.

130: In a three-person bracket, after a bye into the final, Dr Phillips’ Julia Ferreira (1-0 as reported) needed just 49 seconds to fall Lake Buena Vista. Ocoee’s Amariyah Myrie (0-1 as reported), who lost by fall to Lake Buena Vista (1:49) in the semis, had a bye for third.

135: A two-person bracket saw Dr Phillips’ Leah Fountain (0-1) lose by fall (2:57) in the final to South Lake.

140: Apopka’s Nehemie Gregoire (16-4) reached the final after a forfeit into that round, where she lost by fall (2:39) to South Lake. West Orange’s Ariana Martinez (1-1 as reported), who lost by fall (1:28) in the semis to South Lake, had a forfeit victory for third.

145: Olympia’s Alzira McNeil (10-9) won by fall twice to reach the final, with pins over Ocoee’s Anaelis Marte (:38, quarters) and Windermere’s Sarah Viers (:53, semis), but then lost in the championship match to Horizon (3:59). Marte (4-3) then pinned Viers (0-5) in 1:52 for third.

155: The Lady Panthers’ Amy Etienne (2-0 as reported) bonus-pointed through the tournament, falling Apopka’s Michelle Hernandez (:27) and then majoring West Orange’s Michelle Wang (1-1 as reported), 13-2, in the title round. Wang pinned Ocoee’s Hannah Haworth (1:29) in the semis, with Hernandez (2-4) falling Haworth (2-4) in 2:16 for third and fourth, respectively.

170: In a three-person bracket, Dr Phillips’ Emily Riveira (2-0 as reported) won by fall twice, with falls over Ocoee’s Cierra Young (4-4) in 28 seconds in the semis, then over Windermere’s Hadassah Paul (7-4) in 2:12 in the championship round. Paul had a bye into the final, while Young had a bye for third.

190: Apopka’s Jada Jones (14-2) took two pins for the bracket victory, with falls over Ocoee’s Melanie Saucedo (:14) in the semis and over Wekiva’s Ramiyah Steele in 1:15 for the championship. Steele (6-2) reached the final with a 47-second pin over Dr Phillips’ Frankesca Robles (2-1 as reported); Robles, in turn, pinned Windermere’s Lilian Jensen (:35) in the blood round and falled Saucedo (5-5) in 1:12 for third.

235: In a three-person bracket, Windermere’s Madison Benson (5-3) had a bye into the final, where she falled Dr Phillips’ Tanyah McCain (1-1 as reported) in 57 seconds. McCain reached the final with a semifinal pin (1:48) over Olympia’s Amanda Hudson (3-13), who had a bye for third.

Brackets from the tournament can be found HERE.

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