PALM COAST — It’s still Matanzas’ house, when it comes to girls’ wrestling in northeast Florida, and the Lady Pirates proved that Wednesday afternoon at, appropriately enough, home.
Matanzas outdistanced Ponte Vedra for the inaugural FHSAA girls District 3 IBT team title, with 176 points to the Lady Sharks’ 136.
Mainland, with 98 points, held off Clay (91) for fourth place, while Tocoi Creek was fifth with 89.
The rest of the tournament field was as follows: Bartram Trail 6th (72), followed by Buchholz (40), Creekside (34), Keystone Heights (26), Flagler Palm Coast (22), Nease (21), Pedro Menendez (18) and Seabreeze (11).
Below follows a summary of the top placers at each weight class —
100: Mainland’s Abby Couillard (24-9) won the title with a pair of pins, falling Bartram Trail’s Kyla Crooks (2:25) in the semis and then pinning Pedro Menendez’s Emma Brackett in 24 seconds for the championship. Brackett (6-11) reached the final behind a first-period pin (1:14) over Matanzas’ Ryann Parkinson in the semis. Crooks (1-1 as reported) pinned Parkinson (3-4) in 1:46 for third.
105: In a three-person bracket, Matanzas’ Mariah Mills (8-2) had a bye into the final, where she needed just 11 seconds to pin Buchholz’s Talia Robbins. Robbins (1-1 as reported) pinned Ponte Vedra’s Chandler Wildrick (0-1 as reported) in 5:39 in the semis, while Wildrick had a bye for third place.
110: The Lady Pirates’ Tianna Fries (11-2) made it two in a row for the home side, with a semifinal pin over Tocoi Creek’s Julia Rich (:29) and a 14-5 major in the final over Ponte Vedra’s Cynthia Kowitski. Kowitski (1-1 as reported) reached the final with a 56-second pin over Clay’s MiKayla Wyrick in the semis. Rich (3-7) falled Wyrick (2-9) in 4:46 for third.
115: Ponte Vedra’s Erin Rizzuto (2-0 as reported) picked up two pins in 2:21, falling Flagler Palm Coast’s Jamie Rupe (:27) in the semis, with a pin in the title round over Matanzas’ Tesla Kirkland (1:54). Kirkland (8-5) got to the final with a 54-second fall over Bartram’s Vanessa Stobe in the semis; Stobe (1-1 as reported) came back to grab third with a pin over Rupe (1-6) in 3:10.
120: Tocoi Creek’s Brielle Bibla (18-1) won by fall twice for her weight-class win, taking pins over Mainland’s Jazlynn Golder (2:25) in the semis and over Matanzas’ Christina Borgmann (:49) to win win the title. Borgmann (7-5) also won twice to get to Bibla, with pins over Creekside’s Sierra Godoy (:26) in a pigtail and over Ponte Vedra’s Sophia Mallon (1:38) in the semis. Mallon (1-1 as reported) came back after a bye into the third-place match, where she pinned Godoy in 30 seconds; Godoy (2-15) punched her ticket to North Bay Haven next week with a blood-round pin (2:42) over Golder.
125: Clay picked up its first title of the day as Aubrianna Apple kickstarted a three-pack of title wins by pinning through the bracket, with falls over Flagler Palm Coast’s Ana Vilar (5:44, pigtail), Matanzas’ Maddie Torres (4:28, semis) and over Ponte Vedra’s Natalia Choquegonza (:57) in the championship match. Choquegonez (1-1 as reported) reached the title match with a semifinal pin (5:16) over Creekside’s Anjel Balkenbush. After her loss to Apple in the pigtails, Vilar (11-9) pinned her way back to third with falls over Balkenbush in the blood round (3:28) and over Seabreeze’s Caitlyn Cavalluzzo in 3:57 for third place. Cavalluzzo (4-10) punched her North Bay Haven ticket with a blood-round fall (3:07) over Torres.
130: Clay’s Madisyn Blackburn (24-2) racked up two pins in 1:56, with falls in the semis over Creekside’s Delaney Holcomb (:57) and in the title round over Tocoi Creek’s Kendall Bibla (:59). Bibla (14-5) took pins over Nease’s Olivia Drayton (1:17, pigtail) and over Matanzas’ Marissa Roberts (3:41, semis) to get to Blackburn in the final. Holcomb (6-6) emerged in third after a blood-round pin over Drayton (2:24) and third-place 2-1 win over Roberts (4-10), who had a bye into the medal match.
135: In a three-person bracket, Clay’s Jaidyn Vinson made it back-to-back-to-back titles with falls over Tocoi Creek’s Saniyah Callahan (:20) in the semis and then over Matanzas’ Isabella Tietje (5-3) in 1:13 for the championship win. Tietje had a bye into the final, while Callahan (2-7) had a bye for third place.
140: Ponte Vedra’s Olivia Richie got her team on the title board, with three pins in 3:16 after falling Keystone Heights’ Stamatia Papainannou (:49, pigtail), Matanzas’ Salomy Cabrera (1:12, semis) and over Nease’s Olivia Carr (1:15) in the championship match. Carr (10-6) reached the final behind a 6-4 semifinal decision over Clay’s Alexis Buck, while Cabrera (5-5) had a bye into the third-place match, where she falled Papainannou in 2:47. In the blood round, Papainannou (4-12) advanced to regions with a pin in 3:52 over Buck.
145: Bartram’s Katherine Stewart (2-0 as reported) took the championship with pins in the semis (3:41) over Clay’s Jaysie Garcia, then coming back to fall Ponte Vedra’s Mira Schmidt in 4:23 to win the gold. Schmidt (2-1 as reported) had two pins in 52 seconds, with falls over Keystone Heights’ Saige Dennis (pigtail, :20) and over Matanzas’ Samayra Cabrera (:32, semis_. Dennis (10-20), after a bye, pinned her way back to third, with falls in the blood round over Garcia (1:41) and over Cabrera (3-5) in 1:35 for third.
155: In a two-person bracket, Mainland’s Jah’Mya Hill (21-5) claimed the championship with a pin in the finals (2:57) over Bartram Trail’s Ava Burre (0-1 as reported).
170: Tocoi Creek’s Claire Holt (13-4) gave the Lady Toros their second title behind pins in the semis over Bartram’s Hannah Matalobos (:48) and again in the final over Matanzas’ Gabrielle Proctor (3:13) for her championship win. Proctor (8-10) got to the final after a 39-second pin over Mainland’s Trinya Tillman in the semis. Matalobos (1-1 as reported) picked up third behind a pin in 1:55 over Tillman (9-17).
190: In a three-person bracket, Buchholz’s Kiona Upegui (1-0 as reported) received a semifinal bye, falling Mainland’s Eva Rojas in 1:51 during the championship match. Rojas (7-14) won by third-period fall in the semis over Matanzas’ Brooklyn Watt (4-5), who had a bye for third place.
235: In a three-person bracket, Mainland’s Cheyenne Wigley (18-6) had a bye into the final, then falled the Lady Pirates’ Nahilu Lubin in 52 seconds for the bracket win. Lubin (4-5) reached the final with a pin in 1:30 over Ponte Vedra’s Avery Metts (0-1 as reported), who had a bye for third place.
Complete brackets from this tournament and the other district tournaments staged and completed thus far can be found HERE.