By MATMEN, Friday, 5 p.m.
Seminole Athletic Conference (Boys)
When & where: Saturday at Oviedo.
Teams in the field: In addition to the host Lions, Hagerty, Lake Brantley, Lake Howell, Lake Mary, Lyman, Seminole and Winter Springs will be in attendance.
Defending team champion: Winter Springs.
Returning individual champions: Conner Rodriguez (Oviedo); Carson Greenier (Hagerty); Ryan Culbertson (Seminole); Elijah Penton (Winter Springs); Landon Revis (Hagerty); Joshua Maldonado (Winter Springs).
Synopsis: Last year’s event was a 1-2 battle between the champions Bears and Hagerty, and I think that will be the case again this year, but I will not be surprised to see teams close the gap between the top two teams and third place. Also, Oviedo — the likeliest candidate for that third spot — can’t rest there, as I think the entire conference has improved, and Seminole and Lake Brantley could very well push the Lions hard for that third spot.
State-ranked wrestlers (listed by weight class in ranked order) —
126: Dario Duany (Lake Brantley, 13th).
132: Ryan Phillips (Winter Springs, 2A-1st); Nikolas Blake (Hagerty, 3A-2nd).
138: Ryan Culbertson (Seminole, 3A-19th).
145: Giovanni Duany (Lake Brantley, 3A-8th); Clayton Mitchell (Oviedo, 3A-13th).
160: Kamdon Harrison (Hagerty, 3A-3rd); Ransom Randolph (Winter Springs, 2A-6th).
170: Elijah Penton (Winter Springs, 2A-1st); Connor Gilliam (Hagerty, 3A-15th).
182: Gavin Isaacs (Lake Mary, 3A-7th).
195: Aiden Gatton (Winter Springs, 2A-8th); Hunter Tate (Hagerty, 3A-10th); Michael Frederick (Lake Mary, 3A-16th).
220: Frankie Marquez (Winter Springs, 2A-17th).
All rankings from https://www.kabrawrestling.com/rankings