By MATMEN, Thursday, 7:15 p.m.
KISSIMMEE — Although Matanzas took some hits Thursday in the first day of competition of the 2022 FHSAA girls’ state tournament, the Lady Pirates still are very much in the mix.
The Lady Pirates left Silver Spurs Arena in second place with 23 points, five back of first-day leader Orlando Freedom, with five wrestlers still in the quarters.
Apopka stands in fourth place with 17 points and Middleburg is fifth with 15, with host team Osceola holding down third at 20 points. Mainland is currently T-8th with 11 points.
Bartram Trail is T-12th with eight pionts, while Chiles, Gulf Breeze and Lincoln are each T-19th, with seven.
Quarterfinal wrestling begins at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, with consi round 2 at approximately 11:45, semis at approximately 1:30 p.m. and consi quarters at approximately 4 p.m.
On to the quarters: Camdyn Elliott (Gulf Breeze); Gracie Bradshaw (Middleburg); Sayuri Caceres (Lincoln). Elliott (4th) pinned Treasure Coast’s Jalia Allah in 3:29 and will face #2 Kohana Martinez of Zephyrhills in the next round. Bradshaw (5th) falled Ft Pierce Central’s Mackenzie Allcroft (3:37) and will take on #1 Kealonie Vega of Osceola in the quarters, while Caceres (9th) pinned Doral Academy’s Rebecca Marin in 5:57; she’ll face Barron Collier’s Kiera Partello (7th) in the bottom quarter.
Alive in consis: Hananeel Gregoire (Apopka). Gregoire was 1-1 Thursday, bouncing back from a round-1 loss (6-1) to Bartello with a pin in 1:03 over Marin.
Heading home: Buchholz’s Talia Robbins took losses by fall on the front to Melbourne’s Bryce Travers (6th; fall time 5:43) and in the consis to Palmetto Ridge’s Hayle Peck (8th, pin time 1:16).
On to the quarters: Adrianna Barrientos (Oakleaf); Skyla Fisher (Middleburg); Helena Alcantar (Gulf Breeze). Barrientos (2nd) took a 5-1 win over North Ft Myers’ Isabella Hull and will face South Dade’s Rebekkah Kinkade (9th) next, while Fisher (8th) pinned South Ft Myers’ Kayah Bonilla-Mas in 1:38. Fisher will face #1 Gabby Tedesco of Lake Gibson in the quarters. Alcantar (5th) majored Bishop Verot’s Gabriella Vasquez, 9-1, in round 1 and will face Springstead’s Gianella Walczak.
Alive in consis: Jaelyn Sunseri (University-OC). Sunseri rallied from a round-1 loss by tech to Naples’ Regan Thomas (3rd; 17-2 in 5:59) with a fall in 4:10 over Key West’s Sheyla Figueira.
On to the quarters: Mariah Mills (Matanzas); Shelby Sherman (Apopka). They’ll face each other in the quarters after Mills (3rd) pinned Mater Academy’s Eriesa Coney in 2:29 and Sherman (5th) won by forfeit in round 1.
Alive in consis: Sigrun Metzger (Crestview); Memphis Moses (Middleburg). Metzger (4th) lost by fall in :33 to #2 Sofia Ferran of Mater Lakes Academy in the first round, but came back to pin Palmetto Ridge’s Emily McIntosh in 1:35. Moses lost by fall to Viera’s Catalina Kenney in 1:36 in the opening round, but then falled Colonial’s Azsa Baptiste in 3:51 in consi round 1.
Heading home: Baker County’s Makayla Johnson took losses by pin on the front to North Miami’s I-Cart Galumetti (1st; fall time 2:59) and on the back to Palm Harbor University’s Miranda Moes (9th; pin time 5:33).
On to the quarters: Erin Rizzuto (Ponte Vedra); Zakiya Williams (Ed White). Rizzuto (2nd) pinned Wellington’s Lana Loucks in 2:27 in round 1 and will face Mulberry’s Mayangelie Colon (9th) in the quarters, while Williams falled Florida Christian’s Isabella Garcia in the round of 16; she’ll take on 3rd-ranked Cameron Galvin of Freedom in the quarters.
Alive in consis: Freydis Metzger (Crestview). Metzger (7th) lost by fall on the front to Ft Pierce Central’s Brittney Vincens (6th; fall time 1:15), but came back to pin 5th-ranked Hailee Moder of First Baptist-Naples in 3:32.
Heading home: Lake Brantley’s Lilah Nation took losses by pin on the front to Braddock’s Analy Banuelos (1st; fall time 4:30) and in the consis to Charlotte’s Iyonna Ross (:32).
On to the quarters: Christina Borgmann (Matanzas). Borgmann (2nd) was the coverage area’s only quarterfinalist after shutting out Western’s Iliana Gracey, 12-0. Borgmann will face 3rd-ranked Jasmine Serrano of Springstead in the quarters.
Alive in consis: Lahela Turnquest (Tate). Turnquest (5th) took a 14-2 loss in round 1 to North Miami’s Isis Severe (9th), but came back to pin Port Charlotte’s Gabriella Mitchell in 3:24.
Heading home: Ponte Vedra’s Natalia Choquegonza went six minutes in both matches, taking decision losses on the front to Somerset Academy’s Rachel Silva (4th, 6-0 score) and on the back to Cypress Creek-WC’s Sydney Bridenstine (6th), 6-5.
On to the quarters: Ashley Shaw (Chiles); Samantha Sherman (Apopka); Tiana Fries (Matanzas). Shaw (4th) and Sherman (8th) will meet in the quarters after Shaw pinned Palmetto Ridge’s Delenis Rogert-Perez in 1:24 and Sherman edged South Dade’s Kathleen Fisher, 4-3, in round 1. Fries (5th) advanced with a forfeit and will face Osceola’s Keira Suro (6th) in the quarters.
Alive in consis: Brianna Pena (Seminole). Pena (10th) rallied from a round-1 loss by fall (4:44) to 3rd-ranked Julianna Caisse of Palm Harbor University, pinning Timber Creek’s Taylor Thomas (9th) in 3:44.
Heading home: Thomas and Ponte Vedra’s Donavanne Reinhard both were 0-2 on Thursday. Thomas lost by fall on the front (2:51) to Stoneman Douglas’ Gabriela Caro (1st), while Reinhard lost to a pair of ranked wrestlers, by fall on the front to Sarasota Military’s Christina Turner (2nd, in 5:21) and in the consis to Freedom’s Alissa Brown-Washington (7th) by a 7-5 count.
On to the quarters: Aireaana Gavere (Milton); Brielle Bibla (Matanzas); Ana Vilar (Flagler Palm Coast). Gavere (2nd) pinned South Dade’s Geraldine Honore (10th) in 1:15, and will face #4 Keyla DeLeon in the quarters, while Bibla (3rd) falled #9 Brianna Visocky of South Fork in 1:09. Bibla takes on top-ranked Callie Alfieri of Gulf in the quarters. Vilar (#5) pinned SLAM Academy’s Alexa Paz (8th) in 3:39 in round 1, and will wrestle Gateway’s Genesis Fuentes.
Did not compete: Lake Brantley’s Devon Baumgardner.
On to the quarters: Aubrianna Apple (Clay); Grisbet Guzman (South Lake); Nehemie Gregoire (Apopka); Sara Goodman (Sandalwood). Apple (2nd) falled Gateway-Ft Myers’ Hallie Green in 21 seconds and will face #3 Lucy Maris of Satellite in the quarters, while Guzman (6th) decisioned Mater Lakes Academy’s Janice Quiroa, 10-7, to get to Lemon Bay’s Giovanna Copolla (5th) in the quarters. Gregoire (4th) pinned Space Coast’s Kylie Magnum in 1:07, and will face Immokalee’s Genesis Turrubiartez (7th), while Goodman (8th) majored Newsome’s Sophia DeRezende, 12-4, to set up a quarterfinal with #1 Gaby Perez of Ft Pierce Central.
Alive in consis: Holly Sanders (Lincoln). Sanders came back from a round-1 loss to Copolla with a third-period fall (5:05) over Quiroa.
Heading home: Matanzas’ Saiomy Cabrera (10th) took a 9-7 front-side loss to Turrubiartez, losing by fall in the consis to Space Coast’s Kylie Mangum, in 1:25.
On to the quarters: Olivia Richie (Ponte Vedra). Richie (3rd) took a first-period fall in 1:08 over #10 Emma Hoppe of Viera, and will face #5 Kristy More of Sunlake in the quarters.
Alive in consis: Shyann Tate (Hagerty). After an 8-7 loss in round 1 to #2 Ailee Briggs of Key West, Tate (7th) bounced back with a 13-5 major over Wiregrass Ranch’s Nicollette Watson in the consis.
Heading home: Matanzas’ Gabby Proctor (6th) and Riverside’s Jasmine Gore were both 0-2. Proctor took two decision losses Thursday, falling to Mater Academy’s Emily Jaspe (9th), 8-4, on the front and to Bell Creek’s Fikayo Aroyewun, 8-5, on the back. Gore lost by pin (3:36) in round 1 to Coral Park’s Sofia Delgado, and then lost in the consis to Cypress Lake’s Angelica Ortiz-Renterai by pin in 2:35.
On to the quarters: Katherine Stewart (Bartram Trail); Zoe Williamson (South Lake); Kendall Bibla (Matanzas), Aryan Benson (Tocoi Creek). Stewart (1st) and Williamson (7th) will meet in the quarters after Stewart pinned Miami Beach’s Valentina Mora in 1:42, while Williamson falled Ft Myers’ Vallanda Antoine in 3:04. Bibla (3rd) got to the quarters with a 33-second fall over Mater Academy’s Eriesia Coney, and will face #2 Jennah Mustafa of Lake Wales; as for Benson (4th), she’ll face Gateway’s Elody Rodriguez after pinning South Dade’s Anisah Paz (6th) in 1:09 in round 1.
Heading home: Lake Brantley’s Lanyla Hudspeth (10th) was 0-2 Thursday, with losses by fall on the front to Mater Lakes Academy’s Alena Rik (5th) in 1:34 and in the consis to Port Charlotte’s Mya Bolden (9th) in 1:56.
On to the quarters: Ava Burre (Bartram Trail); Bianna Hertilien (Wekiva); Karla Ortiz (Westside); Jah’Mya Hill (Mainland). Burre (6th) pinned Port Charlotte’s Lily MacGregor (:40) in round 1 and will face 5th-ranked Emiliana Martinez of Gateway, while Hertilien (4th) falled Coral Springs’ Vanessa Alexandre in 42 seconds. She’ll face #3 Lilly Luttrell of Tampa Freedom in the quarters. Ortiz needed 40 seconds to pin LaBelle’s Grace Freeman (9th), and will take on #2 Megan Preston of Wiregrass Ranch in the next round, while Hill advanced with a fall (3:51) over Admiral Farragut’s Riley Lancaster. Hill wrestles North Miami’s top-ranked Mya Bethel in the quarters.
Heading home: Matanzas’ Isabella Tietje took two losses by fall, with pins on the front against Luttrell (3:58) and on the back against Alexandre (3:52).
On to the quarters: Cadee Lyons (Chiles); Jayla Harrison (Oakleaf). Lyons (2nd) majored Bayside’s Tanihya Wilson, 10-2, in the first round, and will take on #10 Alexia Davis of McKeel Academy in the quarters, while Harrison (3rd) falled Ft Pierce Westwood’s Alysha Josue in 4:57. Harrison will wrestle top-ranked Grace Leota of Hernando in the next round.
Alive in consis: Eva Rojas (Mainland); Brooklyn Watt (Matanzas). Rojas came back from a round-1 loss by fall (:42) to #5 Lainey Driggett of Merritt Island, but then pinned 7th-ranked Daphney Pierre of Ft Myers in 59 seconds in the consis. As for Watt (8th), after a round-1 loss by pin (1:37) to 9th-ranked Sofia Bentz of Wellington, she rallied for a 3-2 win over Gateway’s Lilly Yambor.
On to the quarters: Cheyenne Cruce (Middleburg); Jada Jones (Apopka). Cruce (1st) and Jones (3rd) will face off in the quarters after both won by falls in the first minute, with Cruce pinning Monarch’s Payton Moyer in 50 seconds and Jones pinning Ft Myers’ Jayla Teague in :56.
Alive in consis: Lillian Heflin (Ridgeview); Emily Riveira (Dr Phillips). After a loss by pin (2:17) on the front to Key West’s Shannon Briggs (7th), Heflin (9th) came back ijn the consis, pinning Boca Ciega’s Ja’Niyah Jackson in 3:05. As for Riveira, who lost in round 1 by pin (2:18) to Countryside’s Cerenity Whiting (4th), she rallied to pin Bartram Trail’s Hannah Matalobos in 1:32.
Heading home: Matalobos lost by fall (:59) on the front to Lincoln Park Academy’s Quisiera Wilson (6th) for her first loss Thursday. Mainland’s Katherine Meza-Perez did not compete.
On to the quarters: Cheyenne Wigley (Mainland). Wigley (6th) was the only area victorious first-rounder taking a first-period win by injury default over Doral Academy’s Tessa Diaz. Wigley will face Boca Ciega’s Kinea Moore (9th) in the quarters.
Alive in consis: Ahmya Stokes (Lake Mary); Ani Brown (Matanzas). After an initial loss by fall (2:16) to Okeechobee’s Nevaeh Robinson, Stokes (5th) won by forfeit in consi round 1 to advance, while Brown stayed alive after a front-side loss by pin (3:29) to #2 Alyssa Nazario of Miami Beach, falling West Orange’s Thalia Rodriguez in 4:34.
Heading home: Rodriguez, who lost on the front by a 5-0 count to Cypress Lake’s third-ranked Destine’E Thomas for her first loss of the day, and Lake Brantley’s Alaysia Linton were both 0-2. Linton lost by fall to top-ranked Yoseline Perez of South Dade in 1:00 on the front and to Admiral Farragut’s Grace Vernine (8th) in 1:20 in the consis.
First-day brackets can be found HERE.