By MATMEN, Sunday, 2:05 p.m.
ORLANDO — None of the other 19 teams in Friday’s Metro Conference girls’ tournament had the ability to slow down the odds-on favorite to repeat as state champion, Orlando Freedom, from dominating the one-day IBT at Timber Creek.
The Lady Patriots rolled up 262 points, 101 ahead of runnerup Apopka, behind six titles and another four wrestlers in the final.
Dr Phillips outpointed the host Lady Wolfpack, 137-117, for third place, while Ocoee rounded out the top five with 78 points in fifth.
As for the remainder of the area, Winter Park tied for 8th with 49 points, with West Orange 11th (39), Windermere 13th (29), Wekiva 14th (28), Evans 15th (23). Horizon 17th (20), and Olympia 20th (zero).
Apopka had three champions in forging the runnerup finish, as Shelby Sherman (110), Nehemie Gregoire (135) and Jada Jones (190) all won titles Friday.
Sherman (8th statewide) had a bye into the 110 semis, and made short work of the rest of the field from there, needing just 86 seconds to win her title, with pins over East River in the semi and in 55 seconds over Boone’s Liana Burgess for the title. Twenty seconds into the match, Sherman got the takedown she would shortly thereafter use to pick up the pin.
At 135, Gregoire (7th) bonus-pointed through the bracket, sandwiching an 11-0 major over West Orange with pins in the quarters over Windermere and in the final over East River’s Isabella Tolentino (13th) in 3:22. After a scoreless first period, Gregoire needed just one takedown to secure control from there.
In the 190 bracket, Jones (2nd) needed — as the event progressed — less and less time to pin her way through, with preliminary falls over Ocoee (quarters), Freedom (semis) and over Dr Phillips’ Amari Etienne in 56 seconds for the championship. Jones needed just her first takedown to take control of the match.
While Dr Phillips had no champions and just three runners-up in placing third, using its depth to move up the team ladder, Timber Creek’s fourth-place finish was fueled up top by its two finalists, Taylor Thomas (125) and Hayden Proulx (140), both of whom won titles.
In a four-person bracket at 125, Thomas (12th) won twice by fall by her title, turning back Dr Phillips in the semis and then falling Freedom’s Alissa Brown-Washington (13th) in 5:10 for the title win. Brown-Washington had the match’s only takedown, but it was Thomas’ ability to control the top in the third period that led to the win.
Meanwhile, Proulx (6th) also pinned her way through at 140, with first-period preliminary pins over Colonial (quarters) and Ocoee (semis) before falling Freedom’s Isabel Perez (14th) in 4 minutes to take the gold. Proulx scored four times, with nearfalls in both the first and second periods, before her third turn led to the pin.
Three wrestlers within the coverage area — Winter Park’s Aliyah Gonzalez (105), Windermere’s Alicia Williams (120) and Wekiva’s Brianna Hertilien (155) — were solo champions for their teams.
Gonzalez (ranked 17th at 110) had two pins for her title at 105, both over ranked wrestlers (#7 Victoria Ceballos of Dr Phillips in the semis, followed by a first-period pin in 1:54 over #4 Maite Coutinho of Freedom in the title round). Against Coutinho, Gonzalez picked up two takedowns before a third led to a turn and fall.
Williams seized the day in a relatively-open 120 bracket, sandwiching a 15-9 decision over the top seed from Cypress Creek in the semis with pins over Horizon (quarters) and over Freedom’s Aline Miranda in 3:04 to win the championship. After being briefly turned by Miranda in the first period, Williams got a turn of her own before the second one led to the victory.
At 155, Hertilien max-pointed through the bracket, with preliminary pins over Apopka (quarters) and Freedom (semis) before taking an injury-default victory over Jones’ Chante Lindsey in the final. Hertilien had built up a sizable lead prior to the stoppage, with one takedown and turn in each of the first two periods.
Apopka’s Shamari Smith (130), along with Dr Phillips’ Maria Paterakis (145) and Amy Etienne (170), reached the finals in their respective weights, before each wound up losing by fall to Freedom in the title round.
Complete results from the tournament can be found HERE. All rankings from https://www.kabrawrestling.com/rankings/girls