#Recap: Lady Patriots Take SAC Girls Title

 By MATMEN, Saturday, 11:55 p.m.

OVIEDO — Lake Brantley put a hammering on the rest of the Seminole Athletic Conference girls’ tournament field on Saturday at Oviedo HS.

The Lady Patriots won four individual titles — more than any other team — and had two additional finalists to lead the way in scoring 170 points, 49 more than runnerup Lake Mary.

Host Oviedo outpointed crosstown rival Hagerty, 106-104, for third, with Winter Springs fifth (67) and Seminole sixth (56). Lake Howell and Lyman did not have representation in the field.

But the Lady Patriots carried the day, with title wins from Vanessa Martin-Soto (105), Lilah Nation (115), Alexi Jimenez (135) and Lanyla Hudspeth (145). Martin-Soto (17th at 105) had just one opponent on Saturday, facing Lake Mary’s Elizabeth Thurman in the final, and needed only one takedown, using it to ride and eventually turn Thurman for a fall in 1:03, winning her second league title.

Nation needed two wins for ther title at 115, both coming via first-period pins; after a fall over Hagerty in the semis, she pinned Oviedo’s Camryn Harber in 1:26 in the championship round. Like Martin-Soto, Nation needed just one takedown.

At 135, Jimenez also won twice, but in a three-person bracket, taking pins over Winter Springs in the semis and then winning the only final to go a full set of minutes, decisioning Hagerty’s Aryana Pickens-Trujillo, 13-8. Jimenez staved off a wild 12-point second period, in which she was put to her back for 3 nearfall points, seizing control late and then putting the match away with a pair of takedowns in the third period.

Hudspeth also had to win twice in a three-person bracket, with a semifinal pin over Lake Mary before pinning Hagerty’s Megan Dathe in the third period (5:37). Hudspeth, who joined Martin-Soto as a two-time SAC champ, racked up eight takedowns in the match, seven of them in the final two periods before securing the pin.

Lake Mary’s championships in the runnerup finish came from Bianca Ribeiro-Barbosa (110) and Ahmya Stokes at 235.

Ribeiro-Barbosa had to go into the second period twice, but the result was a positive one, both times, as she got falls in the semis over Lake Brantley and then again in the title match over Winter Springs’ Alysha Morales, with the final’s fall time in 3:08. Ribeiro-Barbosa gave up first takedown, and trailed three times — including when she got the pin — but was able to ride in the second period to get the pin.

In a two-person bracket at 235, Stokes needed just one win for first place, and needed just one takedown to secure that win, taking a pin in 1:18 over Lake Brantley’s Alaysia Linton.

The Lady Lions’ three titles were only out-matched by Lake Brantley, with one of those coming at 100 to Amelia Vamadoe, who weighed in and then won by forfeit in her only match of the day.

At 155, Jana El’harake (7th) needed just 1:49 of mat time, with a semifinal pin over Lake Brantley before falling Hagerty’s Korielle Brodsky in 49 seconds for the bracket win, needing just one takedown and one nearfall turn to get the pin.

Haley Mitchell (14th at 190) won the 170 bracket with even less time required; after a bye into the final, Mitchell pinned Lake Mary’s Tayla Sutton in 1 minute, behind a takedown 29 seconds in and ride toward the fall.

Hagerty had one conference champion on the day, but had five runners-up to forge the fourth-place finish.

That one champion — Shyann Tate (8th at 155) — won twice by first-period pin in the 140 bracket. Tate opened with a fall over Seminole in the semis, then pinned Oviedo’s Delaney Graves (14th at 145) in 1:17 in the title match. First takedown was best takedown for Tate, who used that control to get the turn.

Seminole picked up two titles on the day, with Brianna Pena (14th at 125) and Chaunti Clark (190) both winning for the Lady Noles.

Pena had a bye into the semis, and from there took two first-period falls, with pins over Lake Brantley and over Hagerty’s Karson Cuozzo (1:23) for her title. Pena made her first takedown work to full effect, needing just the one to get a turn and fall.

At 190, Clark also won twice by pin, first over Lake Brantley in the semis and then pinning Hagerty’s Jenna Childers in 3:05 for her bracket win. After a scoreless first period, Clark’s ride was sufficient for her to establish control, with one turn needed for the fall.

As it turned out, both weight classes that Winter Springs won — 120 and 130 — had Lake Mary runners-up. At 120, the Lady Rams’ Savannah Strickland had a semifinal pin over Oviedo before losing by fall to former Lake Howell wrestler Kiersten Flanagan (19th at 125), now with the Lady Bears, in 1:40. In a three-person bracket at 130, Lake Mary’s Jocelyn Mery had a bye into the final, where she lost by fall (:22) to Winter Springs’ Layla Rudd.

Brackets for the girls’ tournament can be found HERE.

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