By MATMEN, Wednesday, 3 p.m.
Girls’ State IBT
When & where: Thursday-Saturday at Silver Spurs Arena. Thursday start at 12:30 p.m., with one round of competition on each side of the bracket. Friday start at 9:15 a.m., with two rounds of competition on each side. Saturday start at 9:30 a.m. with consi semis & medal-round wrestling. Finals are scheduled for 4:15 p.m.
Defending team champion: Freedom.
Returning individual champions: Tiana Fries (Matanzas), Cameron Galvin (Freedom), Gabriella Perez (Ft Pierce Central), Olivia Richie (Ponte Vedra), Mya Bethel (North Miami).
Synopsis: Freedom has been the top team all season long and in head-to-head challenges thus far this year, the Lady Patriots have come out on top. Of the teams most in the mix, to contend for a title, it’s tough to ignore Matanzas’ 13 qualifiers. If they can find some wins that they’re not expected to get, Freedom can be challenged. North Miami has a lot of firepower, South Dade has a lot of firepower, Middleburg and Apopka could well be in the mix also.
Matmen’s state-medal predictions (sure to be wrong) —
The medals are self-explanatory, it’s a sketch of the bracket as I see it, with a little bit of emphasis to “prove me wrong” to local kids in the north that may affect my sketch. I want my kids to get medals by any means necessary, by their own skill first and foremost, but if they want to take an additional oomph of motivation from me, that’s good for them — and me — as well. The unranked wrestler under the radar is not necessarily who I think is the “best” unranked wrestler, but the one not previously listed in the top eight who might have a vulnerable ranked kid in her path that could be susceptible to an upset.
Final: Kohana Martinez (Zephyrhills, 2nd) v Kealonie Vega (Osceola, 1st).
3rd place: Gracie Bradshaw (Middleburg, 5th) v Camdyn Elliott (Gulf Breeze, 4th).
5th place: Bryce Travers (Melbourne, 6th) v Kiera Partello (Barron Collier, 7th).
7th place: Miabella Lopez (Freedom, 3rd) v Sayuri Caceres (Lincoln, 9th).
Unranked wrestler under the radar: Mackenzie Allcroft (Ft Pierce Central).
Final: Adrianna Barrientos (Oakleaf, 2nd) v Gabby Tedesco (Lake Gibson, 1st).
3rd place: Regan Thomas (Naples, 3rd) v Myna Estrada (Ferguson, 6th).
5th place: Helena Alcantar (Gulf Breeze, 5th) v Maite Coutinho (Freedom, 4th).
7th place: Rebekkah Kinkade (South Dade, 9th) v Skyla Fisher (Middleburg, 8th).
Unranked wrestler under the radar: Sheyla Figueira (Key West).
Final: I-Cart Galumette (North Miami, 1st) v Sofia Ferran (Mater Lakes Academy, 2nd).
3rd place: Mariah Mills (Matanzas, 3rd) v Shelby Sherman (Apopka, 5th).
5th place: Keana Bush (Hudson, 7th) v Jazlyn Diaz (Riverdale, 6th).
7th place: Sigrun Metzger (Crestview, 4th) v Arden Swindle (Strawberry Crest, 10th).
Unranked wrestler under the radar: Catalina Kenney (Viera).
Final: Analy Banuelos (Braddock, 1st) v Cameron Galvin (Freedom, 3rd).
3rd place: Erin Rizzuto (Ponte Vedra, 2nd) v Hailee Moder (First Baptist-Naples, 5th).
5th place: Brittney Vincens (Ft Pierce Central, 6th) v Emma Bauknight (Springstead, 4th).
7th place: Mayangelie Colon (Mulberry, 9th) v Lilyana Gargano (Fivay, 10th).
Unranked wrestler under the radar: Isabella Garcia (Florida Christian).
Final: Rachel Silva (Somerset Academy, 4th) v Milana Borrelli (Lake Nona, 1st).
3rd place: Jasmine Serrano (Springstead, 3rd) v Christina Borgmann (Matanzas, 2nd).
5th place: Isis Severe (North Miami, 9th) v Arianna Ruiz (Mater Lakes Academy, 7th).
7th place: Lahela Turnquest (Tate, 5th) v Naomie Sylvestre (Immokalee, 8th).
Unranked wrestler under the radar: Abby DiCenzo (Bell Creek).
Final: Christina Turner (Sarasota Military) v Gabriela Caro (Stoneman Douglas).
3rd place: Tiana Fries (Matanzas) v Samantha Sherman (Apopka).
5th place: Ashley Shaw (Chiles) v Brianna Pena (Seminole).
7th place: Keira Suro (Osceola) v Alejandra Notni (Doral Academy.
Unranked wrestler under the radar: Solana McCaughen (North Port).
Final: Aireaana Gavere (Milton, 2nd) v Brielle Bibla (Matanzas, 3rd).
3rd place: Callie Alfieri (Gulf, 1st) v Keyla DeLeon (Freedom, 4th).
5th place: Aurora Guadiana (Wellington, 6th) v Jayda Hagood (Northeast-StP).
7th place: Ana Vilar (Flagler Palm Coast, 5th) v Briana Visocky (South Fork, 9th).
Unranked wrestler under the radar: Jada Williams (Bell Creek).
Final: Giovanna Capolla (Lemon Bay, 5th) v Gaby Perez (Ft Pierce Central, 1st).
3rd place: Aubrianna Apple (Clay, 2nd) v Lucy Maris (Satellite, 3rd).
5th place: Grisbet Guzman (South Lake, 6th) v Nehemie Gregoire (Apopka, 4th).
7th place: Sara Goodman (Sandalwood, 8th) v Janice Quiroa (Mater Lakes Academy).
Unranked wrestler under the radar: Makenzie Eltzroth (Hernando).
Final: Sofia Delgado (Coral Park, 1st) v Ailee Briggs (Key West, 2nd).
3rd place: Kristy More (Sunlake, 5th) v Olivia Richie (Ponte Vedra, 3rd).
5th place: Noella Varela (Riverdale, 8th) v Cathia Timas (Osceola, 4th).
7th place: Emily Jaspe (Mater Academy, 9th) v Isabel Perez (Freedom).
Unranked wrestler under the radar: Angelica Ortiz-Renteral (Cypress Lake).
Final: Zoe Williamson (South Lake, 7th) v Jennah Mustafa (Lake Wales, 2nd).
3rd place: Kendall Bibla (Matanzas, 3rd) v Katherine Stewart (Bartram Trail, 1st).
5th place: Alena Rik (Mater Lakes Academy, 5th) v Aryan Benson (Tocoi Creek, 4th).
7th place: Jaylee-Ann Rosado (East Bay, 8th) v Olivia Brown (Hernando).
Unranked wrestler under the radar: Eriesia Coney (Mater Academy).
Final: Lilly Luttrell (Tampa Freedom, 3rd) v Megan Preston (Wiregrass Ranch, 2nd).
3rd place: Emiliana Martinez (Gateway, 5th) v Mya Bethel (North Miami, 1st).
5th place: Jah’Mya Hill (Mainland, 7th) v Ava Burre (Bartram Trail, 6th).
7th place: Bianna Hertilien (Wekiva, 4th) v Grace Freeman (LaBelle, 9th).
Unranked wrestler under the radar: Isabella Tietje (Matanzas).
Final: Lainey Driggett (Merritt Island, 5th) v Grace Leota (Hernando, 1st).
3rd place: Cadee Lyons (Chiles, 2nd) v Salexa Lontoc-Ortiz (Freedom, 4th).
5th place: Jayla Harrison (Oakleaf, 3rd) v Sofia Bentz (Wellington, 9th).
7th place: Lilly Yambor (Gateway) v Lana Clayton (Newsome, 6th).
Unranked wrestler under the radar: Alysha Josue (Ft Pierce Westwood).
Final: Cheyenne Cruce (Middleburg) v Emari Brown (St Cloud).
3rd place: Day’jah Clark (Norland) v Jada Jones (Apopka).
5th place: Shannon Briggs (Key West) v Cerenity Whiting (Countryside).
7th place: Jayla Teague (Ft Myers) v Brianice Silguero (Immokalee).
Unranked wrestler under the radar: Lillian Heflin (Ridgeview).
Final: Yoseline Perez (South Dade, 1st) v Alyssa Nazario (Miami Beach, 2nd).
3rd place: Destine’E Thomas (Cypress Lake, 3rd) v Rotchiva Clermont (Freedom, 7th).
5th place: Aniya Herbin (Jefferson, 4th) v Grace Vernine (Admiral Farragut, 8th).
7th place: Cheyenne Wigley (Mainland, 6th) v Ahmya Stokes (Lake Mary, 5th).
Unranked wrestler under the radar: Rylee Christmas (Auburndale).
Rankings from https://www.kabrawrestling.com/rankings/girls