By MATMEN, Sunday, 1:45 p.m.
KISSIMMEE — Nobody in the 17-team field was going to come close to McKeel Academy on Saturday at Tohopekaliga’s inaugural Lady Tiger IBT. McKeel’s seven weight-class wins saw to that.
But the fight for second place wound up being a pretty pitched battle; in the end, it was Lake Mary’s group that just edged out Oviedo, 77-75, for second, with fourth and fifth places just seven and nine points back, respectively.
Neither team had an individual champion, though both had finalists.
The Lady Rams’ Savannah Strickland was second at 125, with two max-point victories over wrestlers from Vero Beach (quarters) and Lake Nona (semis) before a loss by fall in the final to McKeel.
Oviedo had two upper-weights reach the final, with Delaney Graves (145) and Haley Mitchell (190) both taking second. Graves had two first-period pins to get to her final with South Lake’s Zoe Williamson — in the only all-Matmen area final of the day — while Mitchell had one pin in the 190 semis before losing by fall to Celebration’s Hayeni Costa (4th at 170).
Williamson’s title at 145 paced the Lady Eagles to a sixth-place team finish with 61 points. Ranked 6th at 140, Williamson pinned her way through the tournament, with falls over Colonial (quarters) and Lake Mary’s Olivia Boni (semis) before pinning Graves. Additionally, South Lake’s Grisbet Guzman (8th at 135) was a finalist, with two pins before a loss by fall in the final to McKeel.
Oviedo’s Amy Trevino (110) and Jana El’harake (155), South Lake’s Justina Acevedo (120) and the Lady Rams’ Boni (145) and Ahmya Stokes (235) each took 3rds at their weights, while the Lady Lions’ Amelia Vamadoe (105), Lake Mary’s Sarah Cutter (120) and Jocelyn Mery (130), along with South Lake’s Haley Harvey (110), all were fourth.
Results from the tournament can be found HERE.
Rankings courtesy of Matmen-endorsed Kabra Wrestling, https://www.kabrawrestling.com/rankings/girls