By MATMEN, Sunday, 11:15 a.m.
APOPKA — Olympia had to fight its way past two very determined opponents to win its first FHSAA district duals title last Tuesday.
After a solid start in a 58-21 win over Windermere, the Titans had to scrap hard to turn back both host Apopka, 40-39, and then Ocoee, 42-40, to win the 3A-District 4 duals championship.
Four teams competed on Wednesday; the event was conducted in quad format. Host Apopka ensured advancement as well to the Region 1 round with its own hard-fought, 37-36 win over Ocoee in round 1 of the event, coupling that with a 48-30 win over Windermere. The Knights defeated the Wolverines, 53-24, to complete the day.
Olympia (unknown overall record due to missing dual at time of the event) will host a set of 3A-Region 1 quarterfinal and semifinal rounds on Wednesday this week. The Titans will face Timber Creek (2-1) in one quarterfinal, with Apopka (2-1) facing Hagerty (4-5) in the other; the two winners would then meet for a berth in the 3A FHSAA state duals tournament on January 20 at Osceola.
Tony Ho (126, 2 pins & major), Roland Flynn (132/138, 3 pins), Madden Bourst (145/152, 2 pins & major) and Ethan Rivera-Mendez (160/170, 2 pins) were each 3-0 for the Titans, while Matthew Cobb (106, pin) was 2-0. Phillip Lamendola (170/182, pin), Miles O’Toole (220, 2 pins) and Matthew Sheldon (285) were each 2-1 for Olympia.
Windermere (1-3 in duals) had two wrestlers go 3-0 on the day despite three double-digit losses, as Egehan Yilhan (106/113, 2 pins) and Lucas Drone (132/138, 2 pins) had undefeated tournaments, while Oscar Dunphy (160, decision) added a 2-1.
Individual specifics for Apopka and Ocoee (2-2 in duals) could not be added to this recap due to the missing dual result from round 1. If that is rectified today, we will update.
Results from Tuesday’s event can be found HERE.