#Ocoee: Windermere Earns Runnerup Trophy

Windermere wrestlers, coaches and managers with the team’s runnerup trophy won Saturday at the Ocoee Mat Classic (Photo submitted via Windermere team Facebook page).

OCOEE — In what was the final event of the 2021-22 regular season for participating teams Saturday, Windermere was the top team from Region 1 in at the Ocoee Mat Classic.

The Wolverines scored 214.5 team points in the one-day IBT, 15 back of champion Gateway. Host Ocoee was third with 153.5, West Nassau fourth (131.5) and West Port fifth (119).

Dr Phillips tied for seventh with 92 points, with Wekiva ninth (87.5), Apopka 10th (83), Bolles 11th (70.5), Winter Park 12th (67), Evans 16th (41) and West Orange 17th (16).

Below follows a summary of the day —

106: After a bye into the semis, Windermere’s Franco Bustamante reached the final, taking a loss by fall there to Gateway’s Talyn Fisk (4:15) after pinning West Port’s Etan Crews (5:59) in the semis. Crews (front-side pin) came back for third with falls over Apopka’s Ashton Willis (4:30) in the consi-semis and over Lake Nona (3:53) for third.

113: West Nassau’s Jackson Holcomb pinned his way through the tournament, with three falls in 1:49, pinning Apopka’s Carter White (:42, quarters), Colonial (:34, semis) and Gateway’s Worrell Logan (:33) in the championship match. After losing to Holcomb, White took a pair of pins over Dr Phillips’ Matthew Sawyer (1:27) and Horizon West (3:58) to get back to the podium, finishing fourth after an 11-2 loss to Colonial.

120: Bolles’ Jacob Witt bonus-pointed through the tournament, taking an injury-default win in the final over Lake Nona’s Christian Reinhardt. Before that, Witt falled West Orange’s Giovanny Perez (3:55, quarters) and then teched Ocoee’s Nathan Ramirez (21-6) to get to the final. West Nassau’s Blayden Tharpe (front-side pin), after a 12-10 quarterfinal loss to Reinhardt, pinned his way back to third with falls over South Lake (:42), Gateway (1:20), Ramirez (3:02, consi semis) and Apopka’s Sebastian Olivencia-Grafals (2:05) for third.

126: Windermere’s Tyler Drone reached the final, where he fell, 4-2, to South Lake’s Jonah Cardenas. Prior to the final, Drone had wins over Gateway (9-2, quarters) and Colonial (17-6, semis). West Nassau’s Landon Higginbotham (front-side major) was fourth, losing only to Lake Nona (13-4 in quarters, by fall in 5:23 for third), with bonus-point wins over Wekiva’s Thomas Tindall (13-1) and Ocoee’s Wayne Brady (pin in 3:28).

132: Wekiva’s Joshua Raphael bonus-pointed through the tournament for the title, with pins in the quarters over Horizon West (1:20, quarters) and Lake Nona (1:09, semis), taking a 20-5 tech in the championship match over Windermere’s Francisco Delgado-Mendez. Delgado-Mendez reached the final with pins in the round of 16 over Ocoee’s Devin Andrews (1:42) and semis over Bolles’ Thomas Holt (3:40) with a 9-3 quarterfinal win over the hosts’ Christopher Cerron.

138: Bolles’ second title came at this weight, as Denny Vohs pinned his way through the tournament, with falls in the quarters over West Port’s Charles Howard (1:12, quarters), Colonial (1:13, semis) and in the final over Windermere’s Tyler Drone (4:57). Drone got to the finals behind a quarterfinal pin over Lake Nona (1:47) and a 5-3 semifinal win over West Port’s Jhustino Miranda. After falling, 6-3, to Miranda in the quarters, Winter Park’s Noel Marrero pinned his way into the third-place match (falls over Horizon West, Lake Nona and Colonial), where he avenged his loss to Miranda with a 9-2 decision for third.

145: Wekiva’s Seth Galvin reached the final, with decisions over Winter Park’s Atzin Bazan (11-7, quarters) and Windermere’s Kollin Kuehnhold (6-2, semis), but then fell to Gateway’s Meison Broche, 14-11, in the title match. Kuehnhold (2 front-side pins) won by fall over Apopka’s Demetreez Ramsey (3:40) in the consi semis, but wound up fourth after a 6-3 loss to Colonial in the medal round.

152: The Wolverines picked up their first title here, as Jerry Vargas bonus-pointed to the final, where he took a 5-3 win over South Lake’s Jaydius Bognar. Earlier in the day, Vargas had pins over teammate Caleb Sheppard (:52, rd of 16) and Lake Nona (3:28, quarters), adding a 20-8 major in the semis over West Port’s Tyler Pinkowski. Pinkowski (2 front-side pins) added two more falls in the consis, pinning Colonial (4:14) and Gateway (1:22) in the third-place match.

160: Ocoee’s Eric Gilreath got to the final, where he took a 6-5 loss to Colonial. After a bye into the quarters, Gilreath teched Apopka’s Kedrick Gray (15-0) in that round, falling West Port’s Evan Lewis (3:13) in the semis. Windermere’s Jeryl Lewis (2 front-side pins, fell 8-1 to Colonial in the semis) added two more bonus-point wins in the back, falling Lake Nona (4:29) and teching Lewis (front-side pin, consi-semi 9-3 win), 15-0, for third.

170: Windermere’s Kurt Vollenweider won his team’s second title, max-pointing through the day, including a third-period fall (5:19) in the final over West Nassau’s Jakob Turnage. Earlier in the tournament, Vollenweider won by injury-default over Liberty in the quarters, with a semifinal pin (2:30) over Ocoee’s Omari Little. As for Turnage, he teched the hosts’ Andy Delva (16-1) in the quarters, needing only 53 seconds to fall Winter Park’s Lawens Joachim in the semi. After the loss to Turnage, Delva bonus-pointed his way back to the third-place match, with a pin over Apopka’s Donovan Massie (2:30) and majors over West Port’s Luis Sotomeyor (8-0) and over teammate Little (15-6), taking an 11-4 win in the medal round over Gateway.

182: West Nassau earned its second title at this weight, with Nolan McKelvy taking four pins for the bracket win, with a third-period championship fall in 4:24 over the hosts’ Ethan Smith. Earlier, McKelvy had falls over Ocoee’s Nelson Angeles (1:18, rd of 16), Gateway (4:56, quarters) and Apopka’s Carlson Michel (:23, semis). Smith reached the final behind a quarterfinal pin over Winter Park’s Charles Stewart (3:02) and a 9-3 decision in the semis over Evans’ Edward Clayton. Apopka’s Michel (front-side decision) was fourth, with a 13-second pin over Stewart in the consi semis, followed by a 6-3 loss to Gateway in the third-place match.

195: West Port had its first finalist of the day, as Rowlin Richardson got to the championship behind first-period falls over Horizon West (:34, quarters) and Windermere’s Nicholas Cabrera (:49, semis), but then took an 11-2 loss in the final to Gateway’s Aidan Cooper. Dr Phillips’ Andrew Ocegueda (front-side pin) came back with two consi-side falls over Wekiva’s Charles Hall (4:03, semis) and over Ocoee’s Andrew Williams (front-side pin) in 1:02 in the bronze-medal match, a rematch of their quarterfinal (which Ocegueda won in :51).

220: Ocoee’s Keniel Carrasquille was his team’s third finalist of the day, with a quarterfinal pin over teammate Aden Leonard (1:56) and a 6-2 semifinal win over Dr Phillips’ Ritchy Augustin, but couldn’t solve Liberty’s Daniel King in the final, taking a 4-1 overtime loss. Augustin (front-side pin) added two more pins in the consis, pinning Windermere’s Hayden Bate (:10) in the semis and Evans’ Kevin Gustave (front-side pin, consi-semi pin) in 5:47 to grab third.

285: Wekiva’s Holley Saintmelus reached the final behind pins in the quarters over Dr Phillips’ Jaden Dorsett (1:26) and again in the semis over the hosts’ Deandre Scott (5:33), but couldn’t add a third in the final against Liberty’s Brainys Robles, losing by fall in 5:18. Scott (front-side decision) added pins on the back over Evans’ Jermael Paul (5 minutes) in the consi semis, and again in the third-place match over Apopka’s Zaire Warner (front-side decision, consi-semi decision) in 2:52.

Complete brackets from the tournament can be found HERE.

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