By MATMEN, Sunday, 11:55 a.m.
ORLANDO — For the fourth time in the last five seasons, Hagerty will take aim at the FHSAA 3A state semifinals.
Three times, Fleming Island denied the Huskies. Last year, it was Flagler Palm Coast. On Friday of this coming week, Hagerty (7-4) rolled past Apopka, 69-11, but needed very point to survive its rematch with District 3 rival Timber Creek before advancing out with a 39-36 3A-Region 1 semifinal victory last Wednesday at Olympia.
The Huskies will face DeLand (12-6) for the region title. The pair were both at Johnny Rouse Duals, hosted by Hagerty, last month, but did not meet during competition there.
Below follows a summary of each dual wrestled at Olympia —
Quarterfinal 1 — Timber Creek 48, Olympia 33: Timber Creek (7-3) jumped out quickly against the Titans, District 4 champ, with an 18-0 run behind pins from Mohammad Davtalabsabet (106), Tiago Neves (113) and Keegan Clark (120), but Olympia (9-5) would charge back in, cutting that lead to 18-12 and 24-21 behind falls from Tony Ho (126), Roland Flynn (132) and Madison Bourst (152), plus a 6-4 win from Ethan Rivera-Mendez at 152. … Timber Creek would re-extend to double-digits behind pins from Andrew Wittenberg (14th at 152, competing at 160) and Micah Wittenberg (12th at 160, competing at 170). … Zack Winkelkotter’s fall at 182 got Olympia back down to a nine-point deficit, but the teams were essentially trading points by this point, as Timber Creek’s Rocco Jonigan (195) and Olympia’s Miles O’Toole (220) both put up pins to put the dual out of reach.
Quarterfinal 2 — Hagerty 69, Apopka 11: After the Huskies started off with a 12-0 lead on Blue Darter forfeits at 106 and 113, Hagerty extended that lead to 27-0 on pins from Benjamin Wolgamuth (14th at 126) and Nikolas Blake (3rd at 132), plus a 5-3 win from James Zena at 120. … Apopka (2-4) got on the board with 5th-ranked Tamarion Kendrick’s 20-4 tech at 138, but after the teams traded pins at 145 and 152, with Gavin Nelson for the Huskies (145) and Demetreez Ramsey-Booker for the Blue Darters (152) both pinning, it was all Hagerty the rest of the way against a short-handed Apopka side, thanks to four forfeits and pins from Hunter Tate (9th at 195) and Landon Revis (11th at 220).
Semifinal — Hagerty 36, Timber Creek 33: The Wolfpack seized early control, building a 9-0 lead behind Marlo Clark (12th at 113)’s fall and a 13-8 win for Keegan Clark at 120. … Hagerty answered with an 18-0 behind a fall from Wolgamuth at 126 and decisions from Logan Acey-Kriegshauser (7-3 at 132) and Nelson (5-2 at 145, over a 2022 state qualifier); Hagerty coach Scotty Diaz said in a social media post that both Acey-Kriegshauser and Nelson had to battle back from early deficits for their decisions. … Over the next four weights, momentum went back and forth, with the dual sitting at 27-21 after Timber Creek pins from the Wittenbergs (at 152 for Andrew this time and Micah at 170) and a Huskies fall from Kamdon Harrison (3rd at 160) and a 7-5 win for Connor Gilliam (18th at 182). … Hagerty clinched the dual with a 9-0 run at 195 and 220, with Tate’s pin setting the table, but Revis needed extra time before securing a 5-4 sudden-victory win at 220. … The dual closed out with Wolfpack pins from Peter Nesheiwat (5th at 285) and Davtalabsabet at 106.
You can find full results for this site’s quarterfinal and semifinal rounds HERE.