#Recap: 5 Area Champs At Golden Triangle

By MATMEN, Sunday, 7:45 p.m.

MT DORA — Thanks in part to the titles won by the Brothers McLaughlin, Belleview finished Saturday’s Golden Triangle Invitational with the top team performance among Matmen-area teams.

The Diamondbacks were third with 129 team points in the 14-team IBT, 18 ahead of fourth-place Ocoee. Seminole (96) was seventh, Windermere (95) eighth and Horizon (56) 11th. Space Coast won the title, outpointing host Mt Dora, 192-158.

The Diamondbacks were paced by seniors Zach (145) and Eric (182), who both won their weight classes.

Zach McLaughlin opened his tournament with a quarterfinal 4-0 win over Seminole, then took pins over wrestlers from Horizon (semis) and the hosts (championship), falling Mt Dora’s Colton Fickett in 3:40.

At 182, Eric McLaughlin pinned his way through the draw; after a third-period quarterfinal pin over Seminole, he needed just 1:18 to roll through the semis and finals, with pins over Edgewater (semi) and over Seminole’s Jack Caissie in 33 seconds for the title.

Belleview got a runnerup finish from Riley Green (160), thirds from Christian Lewis (132) and Tate Trauthwein (195), with Bernard Little (285) taking fourth.

Ocoee heavyweight Deandre Scott paced the Knights to their fourth-place team finish, winning his team’s lone championship.

Scott began the day with an 8-2 win over Seminole, following that with first-period pins over Tavares (semis) and over Tenoroc’s Steven Booker in 1 minute to take the weight-class gold.

Andrew Williams reached the 195 final for Ocoee, while Jonathan Fournier (160) and Keniel Carrasquille (220) both gabbed thirds; Nazzio Huyler (106), Randall Gaspard (152) and Grover White (195) all earned fourths.

Windermere, like the Diamondbacks, went home with a pair of weight-class wins Saturday, as Egehan Yilhan (106) and Lucas Drone (132) both took first.

Yilhan pinned his way through the 106 draw, with pins in succession over Leesburg (quarters), Ocoee’s Huyler (semis) and over Tenoroc’s Matthew Garden (1:01) to win in the final.

At 132, Drone pinned his way into the final with two first-period falls over Seminole (quarters) and Bishop Moore (semis), majoring the hosts’ Jackson Sommer, 9-1, to win the final.

The Wolverines got thirds from Dylan Wendel (120) and Nicholas Bittner (152). Caissie was the Noles’ only finalist and placer in the top-4, while Ethan Viteri’s 3rd at 145 was the top place finish for Horizon.

Results from the tournament can be found HERE.

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