By MATMEN, Sunday, 10 p.m.
BROOKSVILLE — In a tightly-contested inaugural Rusted Jade Ladies’ Classic on Saturday, three teams were just two points apart in chasing eventual champion Hernando, which finished with 141 points.
Ponte Vedra, which took fourth with 120 points (one behind third-place Riverdale and two behind runnerup Springstead), had three champions and one runnerup effort. Mosley, the only other area team in the 20-team event, was T-17th, with 13 points.
At 115, PVHS’ Erin Rizzuto (3rd) racked up three pins in 2:59, with preliminary pins over Hudson (quarters) and Springstead (semis) before falling Cypress Creek (Wesley Chapel)’s Julia Brocato (14th) in 53 seconds for the bracket win. Rizzuto needed just one takedown, 27 seconds in, to secure control of the match, with the fall coming shortly after.
After competing at 135 in Ponte Vedra’s senior night midweek, Olivia Richie (2nd at 140) was back at her usual weight class, and two falls were all she needed to take victory; after a bye into the semis, she had pins over Ft Myers in that round and Riverdale’s Noella Varela (14th) for the title.
Josie Sagasser (9th at 145) made it three titles for the Lady Sharks behind three pins at her weight classs. After preliminary pins over Ft Myers (quarters) and Hernando’s #10 Olivia Brown (semis, fall time 4:44), Sagasser falled Bell Creek’s Bethany Moeller in 30 seconds in the championship round to claim first place.
At 120, the Lady Sharks’ Natalia Choquegonza (5th) bonus-pointed her way to the final, with pins over Riverdale and Lake Gibson, plus an 8-0 major over 9th-ranked Sydney Bridenstine of Cypress Creek-WC in the semi, but couldn’t get any offense going in the final against #6 Jasmine Serrano of Springstead. Serrano had takedowns in both the first and second periods en route to a 6-0 win.
Westside Roundrobin: At Westside, girls’ wrestling was contested in six weight classes, with locals taking all six titles.
The only ranked wrestler to win a title Saturday was the Lady Wolverines’ Karla Ortiz (3rd at 155); she needed 21 seconds to fall Baker County’s Lyla Peebles for her weight-class win. Like Ortiz, the Lady Wildcats’ Deanna Walker (170, pin in 2:51 over Paxon’s Lauren Izquierdo) and Riverside’s Danielle Brown (235, fall in 53 seconds over Westside’s Trayce Goodman) only needed one match to win their weights.
Beachside’s Karson Kremski won the 120 title with a 45-second pin and two decisions, the first of those a 13-7 win over Westside’s Layah’ Mixon, in the effective championship match. At 130, Sandalwood’s Sara Goodman won twice by bonus, with a fall over third-place Baker County and an 11-3 major over Beachside’s Emma McNames. Finally at 140, Paxon’s Rebecca Gibson had three pins, the last of those a third-period fall over Riverside’s Jasmine Gore (5:05) in the effective championship match there.
Viper Classic: At Space Coast, team scores were also subsumed into the boys’ total, with eight weight classes contended. Seabreeze’s Gianna Rocca (4th at 125) was the only area competitor to reach the top four in any of those weights.
Palm Bay got titles from Tamia Young (9th at 135) and Desiree Arvelo (145), while Bayside’s Abigail Guillaume (125) and Leidjana Jonassaint (11th at 155, competing at 170), along with Viera’s Emma Hoppe (13th at 140), all won titles.
Lady Bear Classic: Results were received thanks to Kabrawrestling.com for the one-day roundrobin at Cypress Creek; a separate short article will be published on it.