By MATMEN, Friday, 12:35 a.m.
KISSIMMEE — Buchholz & Hagerty aren’t focusing on chasing down FHSAA 3A state tournament first-day leader South Dade; that’s not the goal right now.
But a top-10 finish? The Bobcats and Huskies would probably take that. Currently, Buchholz and Hagerty are tied for ninth after the first day of competition Thursday, as both teams have 11 points. Bartram Trail, with 10 points, is the only other area team in the top 20 after Thursday’s wrestling, in T-16th.
And South Dade? They’re pretty good, with 48 first-day points, more than double runnerup Southwest Miami’s 22. Osceola (18.5 points), Cypress Bay (16) and Bloomingdale (12.5) round out the top five.
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.
Alive in consis: Mathew Pishotta (West Port); Egehan Yilhan (Windermere). After a tech fall loss in round 1 (16-0 in 4 minutes) to Bloomingdale’s Nathaniel Overman, Pishotta rallied for a 9-6 win in the consis over Olympic Heights’ Alex Schnobrick, while Yilhan (front-side loss by pin in 1:37 to Venice’s Kase Hopper) stayed alive into Friday with a 37-second pin over Ft Pierce Central’s Myles Henkel.
Heading home: Creekside’s Alexavier Panganiban and Winter Park’s Jacob Rothman both were 0-2 on Thursday. Panganiban (10th) lost by tech fall (22-7 in 3:49) to 6th-ranked Roderick Brown of George Jenkins on the front side, and then lost by an 11-0 major to Stoneman Douglas’ Rocco Duygulu (8th) in the consis, while Rothman took a first-round loss by fall (5:24) to Palm Harbor University’s Malachi Ortiz (5th), then fell by a 16-5 count in the wrestlebacks to Miami Palmetto’s Matthew Padgett.
On to the quarters: Marlo Clark (Timber Creek). Clark (7th) reached the quarterfinals behind a 15-4 major in the first round over Ft Pierce Central’s Connor Harris. Clark will face off with 2nd-ranked Gabriel Tellez of Southwest Miami in the quarters.
Heading home: Creekside’s Santiago Carrion, DeLand’s Tyler Bracero and Oviedo’s Josh Sabbia all took two losses Thursday. After a 10-0 front-side loss by major to Palm Beach Gardens’ Jorge Bravo (8th), Carrion lost by tech fall (17-2 in 5:56) to Riverdale’s Charlie Smiarowski (6th). Bracero took losses by pin to Viera’s Alex Giglietti (10th, fall time 5:44 on the front side) and South Dade’s Guillermo Jaramillo (5th, :38 in consi rd 1), while Sabbia lost by pin (4:32) in the round of 16 to Martin County’s Corbin Fjalstad and in the wrestlebacks by fall to Palm Harbor University’s Zachary Berry (5:35).
Heading home: Thursday was a tough day for the region, as three wrestlers — DeLand’s Phoenix Krauth, Lake Mary’s Adrian Pabon-Rivera, Buchholz’s Finn Buchanan — all were 0-2, while Forest’s Aydan Ruano did not compete. Krauth (9th) lost by fall (2:57) on the front to Columbus’ Brandon Villa and then took a 9-8 consi-side loss to former Oakleaf wrestler Egan Gustilo (10th) of Tohopekaliga, while Pabon-Rivera took losses on the front to South Dade’s Luis Acevedo (2nd, fall in :38) and on the back to Ft Pierce Central’s Daniel Echeverria (4th, 18-1 tech in 4:23). Buchanan lost by a 9-1 major to Stoneman Douglas’ David Leiva (6th) in round 1, then had a wild consi match with Viera’s Luke Agcaoili before falling, 14-11.
On to the quarters: Ethan Vugman (Bartram Trail). Top-ranked Vugman began his tournament with a first-period fall (1:59) over Columbus’ Arturo Sanchez, ranked 6th, in round 1. Vugman will wrestle Sumner’s Ryan Mangano (9th) in the quarters.
Alive in consis: Jedidiah Brown (Buchholz); Raymond Cavey (West Orange); Dario Duany (Lake Brantley). After losing by injury default in the third period to South Dade’s Nathaniel Williams (3rd), Brown reached Friday’s wrestling with a consi-side pin (1:26) over Seminole Ridge’s Austin Duffy. Cavey (8th), who lost by an 8-5 count in the front side over Southwest Miami’s fifth-ranked Angel Delgado, rallied with a pin (5:03) on the back over Lake Nona’s Christian Reinhardt, while Duany (7th), who’d lost by 5-0 decision to Doral Academy’s Julian Montero (4th) in the front half, took a 3-1 win in the consis over Osceola’s Isfandier Sharipov.
On to the quarters: Cavarius Liddie (Buchholz); Nikolas Blake (Hagerty); Kole Hannant (Flagler Palm Coast). Liddie (4th) reached the quarterfinals behind a round-1 fall (3:30) over Bloomingdale’s Jeremiah Sawicky (10th). Liddie will wrestle Doral Academy’s 3rd-ranked Jose Gutierrez in round 2. In the bottom half of the bracket, Blake pinned Palm Harbor University’s #10 Conner Reeves (5:38), while Hannant decisioned Riverdale’s ninth-ranked Zachary Balma, 5-2. In the quarters, Blake takes on Harmony’s #2 Rey Ortiz, while Hannant will wrestle Southwest Miami’s top-ranked Danny Martinez.
Alive in consis: Cole O’Brien (Fletcher). After an 8-1 loss in the opening round to 8th-ranked Frank Font of Strawberry Crest, O’Brien came back to move into Friday’s competition with an 8-5 win in consi rd 1 over Jupiter’s Cash Ciliento.
On to the quarters: Tamarion Kendrick (Apopka). It wasn’t easy, but Kendrick (7th) was able to push past Wellington’s Mario Trigazis (10th), 2-1, in the first round. Kendrick will face Miami Beach’s second-ranked Aaron Lanster in the quarters.
Alive in consis: Kellen Chapman (DeLand). After a 10-0 opening-round loss to Treasure Coast’s Brinalli Brown (6th), Chapman came back in the consis, with a 13-2 major over George Jenkins’ Braxton Gerber.
Heading home: Flagler Palm Coast’s John Hald and Oviedo’s Johnathan Dishman were both 0-2 on Thursday. After a front-side 7-6 loss to Harmony’s Shawn McCallister (4th), Hald took a second loss in the wrestlebacks, this time by an 11-2 major against Miami Palmetto’s Cameron Gallivan. Dishman lost by fall (3:01) in round 1 to Freedom’s Eric Aja (5th), and in the consis (4 minutes) to Braddock’s Noah Sanabria.
On to the quarters: James Gonzalez (Winter Park). Gonzalez (9th) opened his tournament with a 7-0 win in round 1 over Riverdale’s Cristian Varela (6th), putting Gonzalez into the quarters against Viera’s Brian Mitchell (8th).
Alive in consis: Tyran Schanck (Evans). Schanck took a 4-0 loss in the front side to Bloomingdale’s Jose Milord (3rd), but rallied for a 9-2 win on the back side over Ft Pierce Central’s Damion Allison.
Heading home: Wekiva’s Seth Galvin and Lake Brantley’s Giovanni Duany both took two losses on Thursday. Galvin lost by fall (5:34) on the front to top-ranked Anderson Heap of Osceola in round 1, then lost by 9-2 decision to Wellington’s Randy Lancaster. Duany (10th) fell by an 11-3 major in the first round to second-ranked Reid Noble of Steinbrenner, then lost by fall to Western’s Lucas Nieminen in 1:29 in the consis.
On to the quarters: Joey Parker (Winter Park). Parker (4th) flew into the quarters with a 14-3 major in round 1 over Metro Conference rival Evan Colon of Boone; Parker will face Riverdale’s Alexander Soto (3rd) in the quarters.
Alive in consis: Luke Forsberg (Oviedo). After a loss by fall (5:04) in the first round to Spanish River’s Daniel Alvarez, Forsberg (10th) rallied with a pin of his own in the wrestlebacks over Strawberry Crest’s Devin Blunt, in 5:39.
Heading home: Hagerty’s Justin St John and DeLand’s Mathias Franz were both 0-2 on Thursday. St John lost by first-round tech (21-6 in 4 minutes) to fifth-ranked Giovanni DeAngeles of Park Vista and then took a loss by pin (1:26) to Sarasota’s Reese Hibbard (7th). As for Franz, after a front-side loss by fall (3:29) to Ft Pierce Central’s JP Apicella (6th), he fell in the consis to Doral Academy’s Enzo Santoro by an 8-5 decision.
Alive in consis: Kamdon Harrison (Hagerty); Josh Daltro (Fletcher); Kelton Howard (Flagler Palm Coast). After an 8-6 loss in round 1 to Ferguson’s Matthew Alemany (5th), Harrison (3rd) came back with a 40-second pin over Riverdale’s Cade Best, while Daltro (9th) bounced back from an 8-4 loss to 4th-ranked Julian Mayorga of Southridge with a 46-second pin over Vero Beach’s David Benjamin. Howard lost by fall (1:56) on the front to #2 Adrian Ochoa of Southwest Miami, but would also come back in the consis, with a 6-2 win over Sarasota’s Nicholas Torres.
Heading home: Nease’s Jacob Lutz took two losses Thursday; after a 9-4 loss to top-ranked Cordell White of South Dade, Lutz took a second loss in the consis by a 13-1 major to Bloomingdale’s Brayden Wilken.
Alive in consis: Alan Rivera (Nease); Max Szabo (Buchholz). Rivera came back from a front-side loss by pin (4:59) to Ferguson’s Matthew Hernandez (9th), powering past Cypress Creek’s Kenneth Dean, 13-10. As for Szabo, after a round-1 loss by fall (3:02) to South Dade’s Lawrence Rosario (3rd), he rallied with a 6-2 win over 10th-ranked Corrado DeSantis of Dwyer.
Heading home: Hagerty’s Connor Gilliam and Lake Mary’s Gavin Issacs were both 0-2 on Thursday. Gilliam took decision losses on the front to Doral Academy’s Albert Manzini (5th, 9-6 count) and in the consis to Tohopekaliga’s Jacob Noid, 6-3, while Isaacs lost by fall twice, with losses to Miami Palmetto’s Ronald Butler (4th) in the championship side (fall time :56) and to Vero Beach’s Cooper Patton (8th, pin time 5:14) in the wrestlebacks.
On to the quarters: All four Region 1 wrestlers — Hunter Tate (Hagerty), Malachi Mista (Sandalwood), John McNames (Bartram Trail) and Gavin Rodriguez-Cayro (DeLand) — won on Thursday. Tate (10th, pin over Wellington’s Sebastian Perez in 3:40) will take on Southwest Miami’s Franklyn Ordonez (4th), while Mista (7-3 decision over Region 3 champ and 8th-ranked Ian Wolski of Jupiter) will wrestle 3rd-ranked Chris Sanchez of South Dade. McNames (fall in 4:36 over Tohopekaliga’s Luis Rosario) will contend with top-ranked Dominic Joyce of North Port in the quarters, while Rodriguez-Cayro (10-6 win over Ft Pierce Central’s 9th-ranked Aidan Madden) will wrestle #2 Zach Weidler of Cypress Bay.
On to the quarters: Kason Nichols (Buchholz); Dalton Schell (Flagler Palm Coast); Duffy Mista (Sandalwood). Nichols (4th) took a 10-2 major over #10 Peyton Turner of Newsome in the first round, while Schell (7th) powered past Steinbrenner’s Baxter Hoffman, 5-2, and Mista (8th) downed #9 Carmichael Gonzalez of North Port, 7-2. Nichols will face 5th-ranked Edwin Guillen of Barbara Goleman in the quarters, while Schell wrestles third-ranked John Roberts of Vero Beach and Mista gets top-ranked Ansel Cervantes of South Dade.
Heading home: First Coast’s Dean Marshall took a first-round loss by fall to Osceola’s Jomar Sanchez (6th; fall time 3:05), then injury-defaulted in the consis to Tohopekaliga’s Chris Luyanda.
On to the quarters: Shane Armstrong (Bartram Trail); Michael Frederick (Lake Mary); Jaelen Simmons (Mandarin). Armstrong advanced to the quarters behind a 2-1 win over Jupiter’s Connor Olivares, the District 3 champ, while Frederick (10th) majored Vero Beach’s JaQuone Jean, 14-4, with Simmons (7th) downing 52-match winner Hernan Ortiz (9th) of Ft Pierce Central, 10-6. Armstrong will face third-ranked Elijah Vansickle of Osceola in the quarters, while Frederick will face #2 Landon Walters of George Jenkins and Simmons to take on top-ranked Sawyer Bartelt of South Dade.
Heading home: Winter Park’s Liam Glassmeyer (6th) took a pair of decision losses Thursday, with a 5-3 sudden-victory loss to Colonial’s Jthonathan Madrid in the round of 16 and a 9-6 loss in the consis to Riverdale’s 5th-ranked Aidyn Wolfe.
On to the quarters: Peter Nesheiwat (Timber Creek); Toby Matson (Fletcher); Marion Smokes (DeLand). Nesheiwat (5th) pinned Armwood’s Jonathan Lattimore in 2:13 in the top half of the first round, while, in the bottom half, Matson (6th) pinned Winter Haven’s John Arellano in 2:16 and Smokes (7th) won by forfeit. Nesheiwat faces fourth-ranked Gozie Mosi of Cypress Bay in the quarters, while Matson wrestles top-ranked Nelson Toro of Harmony and Smokes draws Ft Pierce Central’s Alaq Dowd-Grant.
Heading home: Ocoee’s Deandre Scott (8th) was 0-2 on Thursday, with an 11-5 front-side loss to Palmetto Ridge’s second-ranked Austin Foye and a loss by fall in the consis (1:39) to Olympic Heights’ #9 Sebastien Bazile.
First-day brackets can be found HERE.