By MATMEN, Monday, 12:40 a.m. UPDATED 2:45 PM WITH LYMAN/UNIV-OC SEASON RECORDS
DELTONA — A year ago, Oviedo and Creekside both competed in Matanzas’ Southern Paint Duals. The Lions lost to the perennially-consistent Knights’ program by 72 points that day.
A year and a week later, the teams met up a second time, this time to kick off the Deltona Duals on Saturday as one of three duals in the first of five rounds on the day.
And Creekside jumped out to a 24-3 lead and the rout was on again. Right?
Not quite. The Lions came back behind a 31-3 run and took down Creekside, 34-30, and went on to hold serve against four other opponents to win the one-day dual tournament. And they did it with appearances made by 21 different wrestlers on the course of the day.
Below follows a summary of the day’s results:
Oviedo (5-0 tournament, 6-1 overall) —
Wins: Creekside (34-30), Deltona (43-30), Lyman (72-9), University (Orange City) (66-13), Seabreeze (82-0).
MVP: Clayton Mitchell. Mitchell was one of just two Lion wrestlers to go 5-0 on the day, and the only one that pinned his way through the tournament, competing at both 145 and 152.
Hidden in the box scores: Josh Sabbia’s 5-0 day was key to the Lions’ success. Competing at 113 or 120, Sabbia had a pair of pins over Deltona and Lyman, with a 13-1 major and Oviedo’s only win early against Creekside, a 6-3 decision.
Creekside (4-1 tournament, 8-2 overall) —
Wins: University (Orange City) (65-9), Deltona (60-21), Seabreeze (72-12), Lyman (72-12).
MVP: Stephan Carrion. Carrion was one of Creekside’s four 5-0 unbeatens on the day, and, like Mitchell at Oviedo, the only one to pin all five of his opponents while competing at 126.
Hidden in the box scores: Justin Umali started off his day at 120 with a 9-5 win over a returning district champion, springboarding from there with a tech fall over University (Orange City) and pins against Deltona, Seabreeze & Lyman.
Deltona (3-2 tournament & overall) —
Wins: Seabreeze (54-28), Lyman (42-30), University (Orange City) (48-30).
MVP: Kevin Kerns. Kerns (2nd at 2A-132) dominated the 132 weights over the course of the day, with pins in the first four rounds over Seabreeze, Oviedo, Creekside and Lyman before a forfeit in round 5.
Hidden in the box scores: At 138, Kyle Yasses was 5-0 with pins over Seabreeze and University, but it was his decision victories that really counted for the Wolves (8-7 over Oviedo, 7-6 over Creekside and 3-2 over Lyman). Yasses knocked off the Knights’ Conner Wright (12th at 3A-138 in that middle round.
Lyman (2-3 tournament, 3-3 overall) —
Wins: University (Orange City) (42-30), Seabreeze (37-36, criteria).
MVP: Allyn Rosario. At 145, Rosario pinned his way to four pins (University-OC, Seabreeze, Oviedo and Deltona), with his only loss to Creekside’s Wright at 138.
Hidden in the box scores: Cameron Popeck (132/138) was one of three Greyhounds to go 4-1 on the day with three pins (University-OC, Seabreeze and Creekside), plus had one of Lyman’s two wins on the day against Oviedo, a 3-1 decision.
University (Orange City) (1-4 tournament, 1-5 overall) —
Wins: Seabreeze (48-30).
MVP: Drake Alban. Competing at both 113 and 120, Alban had pins over Lyman, Seabreeze and Deltona, with an 8-2 decision over Creekside and a 15-1 major over Oviedo.
Hidden in the box scores: Rubens Joseph (220) held sway over the 220 weight class for the Titans, with pins over Creekside and Deltona, plus a 7-2 win over Oviedo and two forfeit wins to go 5-0 on the day.
Seabreeze (0-5 tournament & overall) —
MVP: Pedro Sierra-Bonilla. Sierra-Bonilla (15th at 2A-285) had just three appearances for the Sandcrabs, but made them count, with three pins, including falls over Deltona’s Nathan Hatch (8th at 2A-285) and an otherwise-unbeaten Creekside heavy.
Hidden in the box scores: Jackson Pruett (220) was 3-1 on the day, with a pair of pins over Deltona and Creekside. Other than Sierra-Bonilla, Pruett was the only wrestler to wrestle four times or more while going better than .500 and having contested wins to boot.
Results from the tournament can be found HERE.