KISSIMMEE — Sometimes the best part of a state-finals loss, aside from the great philosopher’s statement in that you win or you learn in this sport, is that you have one more chance to set things right the following year.
That is the case for juniors Ethan Vugman (120) of Bartram Trail and Kamdon Harrison (160) of Hagerty, after both took losses on the biggest stage Saturday night in the FHSAA 3A state tournament at Silver Spurs Arena.
Vugman found himself on the back foot early in the match against Bradshaw, a training partner from his youth wrestling days, giving up first takedown late in the first period. Bradshaw used his length advantage to secure a reversal in the second and go up, 4-0.
Vugman chose neutral to open the third, normally his strength, but not this time, as Bradshaw picked up a second takedown. Vugman would escape and get a late takedown with just a couple of seconds remaining, falling, 6-3, for just the second time this season.
In the 160 final, Harrison went up against defending state champion Gunner Holland of Osceola. Normally a whirlwind on the feet, Harrison was stymied by Holland’s tactical approach throughout the match, after a scoreless first two periods, in which Harrison was ridden out for the whole of the second.
In the third, Holland broke through for an escape and 1-0 lead, making that stand for the rest of the match, as a last-ditch Harrison effort turned into a takedown for Holland in a 3-0 win.
Harrison’s runnerup effort keyed what would be the top finish in Region 1 for the Huskies, who were 10th overall with 50 points. Hagerty also picked up medals from Harrison’s training partners, as Ethan Gomez (170) took fifth and Blake Watts (152) finished eighth.
Flagler Palm Coast was one of four teams tied for 11th, with 48 points, thanks to four medal victories from Blane DeFord (4th at 170), Kole Hannant (6th at 120), Marcelo Gonzalez (6th at 182) and Garrick Schwartz (7th at 195).
Buchholz, behind medals from Cavarius Liddie (3rd at 126), Venumadhava Mirel (7th at 132) and Aiden Moore (7th at 145), was 16th, with 37 points. Vugman’s runnerup effort fueled the Bears to a T-22nd team finish, with 26 points, while Apopka, behind a 3rd from Ralph Sanchez (220) and 7th from Tamarion Kendrick (120), tied with Bartram at T-22nd.
Oakleaf was 24th, as Jordan Mitchell (285) wrestled all the way back to the third-place match after losing Thursday in round 1, finishing fourth. Timber Creek finished 34th, with 16 points, led by a 6th from Trenton Dominguez (113), while Winter Park was T-36th with 14 points, headed by a 6th from Jorge Gonzalez (132). DeLand’s Marion Smokes (220) was 8th to lead the Volusia Bulldogs to T-42nd and nine points. Mandarin, with Tony Carter’s 5th at 182, was T-43rd, with eight.
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A complete listing of medalists for the state, with all coverage-area wrestlers first-listed in bold print, follows.
Championship: Gabriel Tellez (Southwest Miami) d. Christian Vazquez (Doral Academy), 5-3.
3rd: Joshua Hartley (Palm Harbor) d. Andrew Punzalan (Cypress Bay), 7-0.
5th: Nathaniel Overman (Bloomingdale) d. Eliezer Torres (Riverview), 6-0.
7th: Dylan Lopez (Braddock) d. Cameron Gibson (Wellington), 7-5, SV.
Championship: Tyler Washburn (Palmetto Ridge) d. Patrick Jones (Wellington), 7-4.
3rd: Kevin Placer (Southwest Miami) d. Luis Acevedo (South Dade), 5-3.
5th: Isaac Gibbs (Olympic Heights) ID over Trenton Dominguez (Timber Creek).
7th: Jordan Escarra (Cypress Bay) md. Evan Martinez (Freedom), 13-4.
Consi semi: Placer d. Dominguez, 6-4.
Championship: Colin Bradshaw (Steinbrenner) d. Ethan Vugman (Bartram Trail), 6-3.
3rd: Blaine Taranto (Venice) d. David Corret-jer (Palm Beach Gardens), 8-6, SV.
5th: Christian Guzman (Columbus) md. Kole Hannant (Flagler Palm Coast), 10-1.
7th: Tamarion Kendrick (Apopka) d. Bernardo Barnhart (Palmetto Ridge), 1-0.
Consi semi: Taranto tf. Hannant, 15-0, 4:52.
Championship: Anderson Heap (Osceola) p. Sean-Michael Gonzalez (North Port), 3:25.
3rd: Cavarius Liddie (Buchholz) d. Ryan Ullayk (Palm Beach Gardens), 2-0.
5th: Rey Ortiz (Harmony) d. Sam Marvel (Wellington), 5-2.
7th: Julian Montero (Doral Academy) d. Joshua Aviles (South Dade), 3-1.
Consi semi: Liddie p. Ortiz, 1:52.
Championship: Nicholas Romero (Riverview) d. Demetri Zertopoulis (Palmetto Ridge), 11-7.
3rd: Elvis Solis (South Dade) p. Reid Noble (Steinbrenner), :21.
5th: Aaron Lanster (Miami Beach) d. Jorge Gonzalez (Winter Park), 5-1.
7th: Venumadhava Mirel (Buchholz) d. Favian Oliva (Southwest Miami), 7-6.
Consi semi: Solis p. Gonzalez, 2:26.
Championship: Cooper Haase (Osceola) p. Nikolas Hernandez (Riverview), 3:41.
3rd: Danny Martinez (Southwest Miami) p. John McNichols (Harmony), 2:27.
5th: Misha Arbos (South Dade) d. Eric Aja (Freedom), 5-4.
7th: Enrique Sanchez (Doral Academy) md. Jeremy Gradford (Newsome), 10-1.
Championship: Brennan Van Hoecke (Palmetto Ridge) tf. Alexander Soto (Riverdale), 17-2, 3:02.
3rd: Gavin Balmeceda (South Dade) d. Reese Hibbard (Sarasota), 3-2, UTB.
5th: Lester Martinez (Southwest Miami) d. Melvin Ewen (Osceola), 3-2.
7th: Aiden Moore (Buchholz) p. Julian Brocha (Braddock), 1:19.
Championship: Carson Miller (Palmetto Ridge) d. Adrian Ochoa (Southwest Miami), 7-2.
3rd: Alexander Couto (South Dade) p. Zach Weidler (Cypress Bay), 2:58.
5th: JT Apicella (Ft Pierce Central) md. Chase McBroom (Celebration), 14-2.
7th: Joseph Cuttitta (Palm Harbor) d. Blake Watts (Hagerty), 7-3.
Championship: Gunner Holland (Osceola) d. Kamdon Harrison (Hagerty), 3-0.
3rd: Cordell White (South Dade) d. Roman Garcia (Palmetto Ridge), 5-4.
5th: Danny Diaz (Southwest Miami) ID over Vincent Donatelle (North Port).
7th: Ronald Butler (Miami Palmetto) tf. Edol Adonis (Wellington), 15-0, 2:58.
Championship: Dominic Rodriguez (Riverdale) p. Jabori Brown (Treasure Coast), :51.
3rd: Riley Orr (Ft Pierce Central) d. Blane DeFord (Flagler Palm Coast), 5-4.
5th: Ethan Gomez (Hagerty) md. George Duncan (Osceola), 14-4.
7th: Jaiden Forbes (Miami Beach) d. Diogo Ramos (Western), 6-1.
Consi semi: DeFord p. Duncan, 2:58.
Championship: Dominic Joyce (North Port) d. Franklyn Fernandez (Southwest Miami), 7-3.
3rd: Ranson Coons (Lakewood Ranch) tf. Peyton Turner (Newsome), 18-2, 3:31.
5th: Tony Carter (Mandarin) d. Marcelo Gonzalez (Flagler Palm Coast), 7-1.
7th: Christopher Sanchez (South Dade) d. Juan Quintero (Wellington), 3-1.
Consi semis: Coons p. Carter, 4:11; Turner p. Gonzalez, 1:52.
Championship: Ansel Cervantes (South Dade) d. Chris Greil (Palm Harbor), 4-3.
3rd: Cole Tolley (Sickles) d. Keyshawn Campbell (Vero Beach), 5-2.
5th: Richard Alexander (Miami Palmetto) p. Jordan Adrien (Treasure Coast), 2:16.
7th: Garrick Schwartz (Flagler Palm Coast) d. Nathan Peoples (George Jenkins), 2-1.
Championship: Sawyer Bartelt (South Dade) md. Nelson Toro (Harmony), 14-3.
3rd: Ralph Sanchez (Apopka) d. Imari Milton (Miramar), 3-1.
5th: Cody Anderson (Strawberry Crest) ID over Skyler Kersee (Alonso).
7th: Landon Walters (George Jenkins) md. Marion Smokes (DeLand), 12-2.
Consi semi: Sanchez d. Anderson, 6-2.
Championship: Gabriel Jacas (Ft Pierce Central) p. Adrian Sans (Southwest Miami), 2:10.
3rd: Gozie Mosi (Cypress Bay) d. Jordan Mitchell (Oakleaf), 4-0.
5th: Austin Foye (Palmetto Ridge) p. Derrick Hart (Columbus), 4:46.
7th: Caden Gayle (Harmony) fft over Roshaun Dudley (Freedom).
Consi semi: Mitchell p. Foye, 1:54.
Final brackets from the tournament can be found HERE.