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#Recap: DeLand Routs 3A-District 2 Field

 
DeLand wrestlers and coaches celebrate the school’s first district duals title and second region duals appearance Thursday evening at Buchholz after winning the 3A-District 2 title (Photo submitted by deland_high_wrestling via Instagram).

By MATMEN, Friday, 10:45 a.m.

GAINESVILLE — DeLand was definitely looking like a team that was on the move up as the season ended in March.

But the Bulldogs were only just getting started.

Thursday afternoon at Buchholz, DeLand tore through the 3A-District 2 duals field for its first district duals title in school history, with a 72-12 semifinal win over West Port and a 74-6 finals-round victory over the host Bobcats.

The Bulldogs will host a set of 3A-Region 1 quarterfinal and semifinal rounds by virtue of their status as District 2 champion on January 12, when they’ll face the District 1 runnerup in the quarters.

DeLand (2-0) lost just three matches on the day, getting double-win performances from Tyler Bracero (113, pin & decision), Phoenix Krauth (120, pin), Grady Bryant (126, pin), Kellen Chapman (132, pin), Joshua Folsom (145), Mathias Franz (152, 2 pins), Zane Canada (160, pin & win by injury default), Mason Perkins (170, 2 pins), Gavin Rodriguez-Cayro (182, 2 pins), Owen York (220, pin) and MJ Smokes (285, pin).

Edwin Alcina (106) added a fall and Peyton Senez (138) a tech-fall win in the Buchholz dual for DeLand, which will next compete in Hagerty’s Johnny Rouse Duals today and Saturday.

Buchholz wrestlers, coaches, managers and fan celebrate the Bobcats’ 3A-District 2 runnerup performance at the team’s home gym Thursday (Photo submitted by Billy Pankey via Facebook).

After the loss to the Bulldogs, Buchholz had to rally in the dual to determine a true 2nd-place team, securing advancement to the region round in the final match of the night on Jack Buchanan’s pin over West Port, giving the Bobcats a 48-36 win. Earlier in the day, Buchholz (3-2) had advanced to the final behind wins over University (Orange City), 66-9, and over Flagler Palm Coast, 40-39, via criteria.

Kason Nichols (195) was the Bobcats’ only wrestler to go 4-0 on the day, with two pins. Jack Buchanan (145/152) was 3-0 with a decision to go along with the region-securing pin, while Max Szabo (160, 3 pins) and Jun Jie Zheng (113, pin) were both 3-1.

Buchholz will wrestle the District 1 champion in the 3A-Region 1 quarterfinals at DeLand. The District 1 meet is January 4 at Creekside. The Bobcats will next compete at Osceola’s Knockout Christmas Classic midweek next week.

West Port (3-2) opened its dual season with Thursday’s event, winding its way through almost every other team in the district. The Wolfpack edged Lake Mary, 37-36, and then defeated crosstown rival Forest (37-36) by criteria and downed the Rams a second time, 54-18, in the bracket’s consolation final to get a shot at true second.

Mathew Pishotta (106) was a 5-0 max-pointer for the Wolfpack, with four pins, while Jhustino Miranda (138/145) also was 5-0 with two pins and a decision. Caden Perez-Pantoja (132, 4 pins) and Luis Sotomayor (182, 2 pins) were both 4-1, while Evan Lewis (170) had three pins on the day. West Port will next compete at Lake Mary’s Ron Peters Tournament of Champions on January 6-7.

Lake Mary (3-6) lost its opening-round dual to West Port, but came back after a bye to reach the consolation final and a rematch to the Wolfpack thanks to a 39-36 consi-semi win over Flagler Palm Coast, 39-36, to grab fourth. Nick Ghezzi (152) pinned his way through the tournament, with three pins, while Adrian Pabon was a 3-0 max-pointer at 120, with two pins. Michael Frederick (220), pin) and Dominic Kontogiannis (285, 2 pins) were both 2-0, while Tyler Moore (145, decision) was 2-1. The Rams will be back in action today at Lyman’s 49th Bill Scott Memorial two-day IBT.

Flagler Palm Coast (1-2) took fifth, with a 54-30 win over Forest to start the tournament; the teams wound up slated to wrestle each other in a bracketed fifth-place match, but it wasn’t contested. The Bulldogs had four wrestlers go 3-0, led by the 3-pin performance of Josh Davis at 170. Brandon Calidonio (182, 2 pins), John Hald (138, tech & pin) and Kole Hannant (132, pin & major) also were 3-0, while Joslyn Johnson (106, pin), Kelton Howard (160, 2 pins), Dalton Schell (195) and Ethaniel Laupepa (220, 2 pins) all were 2-1. Flagler will next be at Springstead’s Corey Hill Memorial two-day IBT today.

Forest (1-2) also kicked off its dual season Thursday, with its lone win over University (Orange City), 42-18, in the consis. Cameron Glowach (152) and Cane Fernandez (285) were both 3-0 with three pins, while Aydan Ruano (120, 2 pins) and Brent Ryals (126, 2 pins) also were 3-0 and max-pointers. Jamon Stromwall (113, pin) was 2-0, while Ellis Lawson (220) also won twice. The Wildcats will next compete at Villages’ Amanda St John Memorial Holiday tournament on Saturday.

University (Orange City) (1-7) got two pins from Zachary Baer (220) and a 2-0 performance as well from Slade High-Tompkins (170, pin & decision). The Titans will join Lake Mary at Lyman today.

Results from Thursday’s event can be found HERE.

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