#Recap: DeLand Takes Viper Classic Team Title

DeLand medalists take a photo with their hardware won Saturday at Space Coast’s Viper Classic (Photo submitted by deland_high_wrestling via Instagram).

By MATMEN, Monday, 9:55 p.m.

COCOA — The hits keep on coming for DeLand.

Saturday, at Space Coast’s Viper Classic, the Bulldogs added another team trophy, with a 64-point team win over Viera, scoring 447 points behind six weight-class wins and a pair of runnerup finishes providing the lion’s share of the scoring.

Lyman, with 257.5 points, was sixth in the 13-team IBT, while Seabreeze was 11th with 135.5.

Champions for DeLand were Phoenix Krauth (120), Kellen Chapman (138), Zane Canada (160), Gavin Rodriguez-Cayro (182), Garrett Perkins (195; as best as the results could tell me), and MJ Smokes (285).

Krauth (10th-3A) kicked off the title run with a 6-0 run in Pool A, with three pins, tech and medical forfeit; in the championship flight, Krauth added two more first-period pins, with a 29-second fall over Bayside and pin in 1:28 in the championshp match over Viera’s Branden Coleman. In that match, Krauth had a pair of takedowns, with the second leading to the fall.

Chapman (18th-3A at 132) went over the 100-win mark (per social media post; I have not recordkept this week, sadly), with five pins to go first in Pool B; in the championship flight, he had a forfeit into the semis, where he took two more first-period pins, falling Seabreeze’s Antonio Serrano (1:04) in the semis and then pinning Space Coast’s Chris McDonel in 47 seconds for his championship.

The Bulldogs had an additional pair of finalists in Grady Bryant (126) and Mathias Franz (152). Bryant (18th-3A) joined Chapman as a 100-match winner in reaching the 126 final, with four pins in taking Pool A; in the championship flight, Bryant had a pin over Space Coast and a 7-4 win over Tenoroc to get to the final, where Astronaut’s Presten Pineiro (18th-1A) had three takedowns and an early turn in an 11-6 win.

Franz (13th-3A) was 6-1 in Pool B at 152, with four pins, major and forfeit to place second; after an 8-5 win over Lyman’s Cameron Warner in the championship-flight semis, Franz took a second loss to Bayside’s William Young (18th-2A; Franz’d fallen by 7-4 decision in pool), this time by fall.

Canada (18th-3A) was 7-0 in Pool B, with six pins (combined mat time 3:24) and a medical forfeit; in the top flight, Canada added two more pins, with a semifinal fall over Bayside (1:16) and a fall in the championship over Vero Beach’s David Benjamin (10th-3A) in 3:42. In the final, Canada had given up several nearfall situations, but his reversal in the second period proved crucial, as he turned it into a pin.

Rodriguez-Cayro (10th-3A) also was quick in Pool A, going 6-0 with combined mat time 4:44 in racking up six pins, and took two more pins in the championship flight, with a fall over Astronaut (1:54) in the semis, followed by his only second-period pin of the tournament, a fall over Space Coast’s Allen Wasmund (12th-1A) in 3:29. Rodriguez-Cayro had two takedowns and a nearfall in the first period, then turned Wasmund for the pin in the second.

The bracketing at 195, per Track, was a bit tricky to follow, but Perkins was 3-0 with pins over Seabreeze and Bayside, plus a 4-1 win over another Bayside wrestler, Gary Bradley, on the day. That decision, from the outcomes in the rest of the group, seemed to be the effective championship match.

Smokes (7th-3A) rolled through Pool A at 285, with four pins, then needed just 1:02 in the championship flight; after a forfeit over a teammate, Smokes falled Tenoroc in 24 seconds in the semis and then pinned Astronaut’s Edmond Langston in a rematch from pool play (the pool match ended by pin in :44), with 38 seconds being the fall time.

Lyman’s top finish was Warner’s 3rd at 152, with 4ths from Jackson Fredrickson (126) and Julio Menoyo (160); Seabreeze had one 4th-place finish from Serrano at 138.

Complete results for the tournament can be found HERE. All rankings from

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