APOPKA — In Saturday’s final district tournament staged inside Region 1, host Apopka played anything but a gracious host, grabbing up half the weight classes on offer and building an 88-point margin of victory to win the 3A-District 4 title.
The Blue Darters won their third straight district IBT title in the process, qualifying 13 wrestlers automatically for this Friday’s Region 1 tournament at Flagler Palm Coast, with 7 champions, two runners-up, two 3rds and two 4ths.
Windermere held off Olympia, 142.5-137, for second and third place, respectively.
The Wolverines and Titans will each take nine wrestlers to region. Windermere advanced three district champs, two runners-up, two 3rds and two 4ths. Olympia had one champion in the tournament, with four runners-up, two 3rds and two 4ths.
Ocoee finished fourth to finish off the top half of the team standings, with 90 points and eight region qualifiers. The Knights advanced two runners-up, three 3rds and three 4ths.
Dr Phillips & Wekiva tied for fifth place, with 75 points apiece. The Panthers qualified six wrestlers out on Saturday, with two runners-up, one 3rd and three 4ths, while the Mustangs advanced four to regions, with two champions, one runnerup and one 4th.
Evans was seventh, with 58 points and three automatic qualifiers (one champion and two 3rds), while West Orange took eighth with 40.5 and three qualifiers (one runnerup & two 3rds).
Below follows a summary of the day —
106: In a weight class that sent up four first-time region qualifiers, Windermere freshman Franco Bustamante (13-5) pinned through the day, with falls in the semis over Apopka freshman Austin Arnold-Bryant (:44) and again in the championship over Dr Phillips freshman Ruddi Acosta (4:22). Acosta (10-4) reached the final behind a semifinal pin over Ocoee freshman Nazzio Huyler (13-12), who took third place with an 8-2 overtime decision over Arnold-Bryant (1-4).
113: In a three-person bracket, Apopka freshman Carter White (3-1) had a bye into the final, where he pinned Olympia junior Shiv Patel in 2:29. Patel (5-18) advanced on the front with a 16-second semifinal pin over Windermere freshman Egehan Yilhan (4-5), who had a bye in the third-place match. All three wrestlers are first-time Flagler qualifiers.
120: Apopka junior Tamarion Kendrick (3-0 post-season) pinned his way to his second title and third Flagler appearance with a pair of first-period falls, pinning West Orange freshman Giovanny Perez (1:49, semis) and Olympia freshman Brae White (:48, championship). White (14-11) reached the final with a 41-second pin in the semis over Dr Phillips sophomore Matthew Sawyer, while Perez (2-1 post-season) took third place with a 45-second fall over Sawyer. White, Perez and Sawyer are all first-time Flagler qualifiers.
126: Apopka senior Jalen Moliere (3-0 post-season) made it back-to-back Blue Darter titles, bonus-pointing through the tournament for his second district title and third region appearance. After a quarterfinal bye, Moliere pinned Olympia sophomore Tony Ho (1:15) in the semis, then took a third-period TF in the finals over Windermere sophomore Lucas Drone (18-3 in 4:42). Drone (18-5) reached the Flagler round for the first time with a semifinal major over Ocoee senior Nathan Ramirez (16-4). Ho (9-15) had a bye into the third-place match for his second Flagler trip, taking third place with a 9-7 win over Ramirez (27-14), who qualified out for regions for the third time with a blood-round fall (2:08).
132: Wekiva senior Joshua Raphael (26-5) earned his second district title and region appearance behind three victories, bonus-pointing into the final behind a 13-2 major over Ocoee’s Christopher Cerron (quarters) and fall (5:15) in the semis over Evans sophomore Jaylen Clayton, winning the second championship with a 6-4 win over Olympia sophomore Madden Bourst. Bourst (21-17) made his second Flagler trip after first-period falls over Dr Phillips’ Abram Rodriguez (:52, quarters) and over Apopka’s Sebastian Olivencia-Grafals (:49, semis). Clayton (15-7, front-side major) added two pins in the consis, with a 30-second fall in the third-place match over Windermere junior Francisco Delgado-Mendez (8-11), who won twice in the consis, including a 4-1 blood-round decision. Both Clayton and Delgado-Mendez will be making their second Flagler trips.
138: Apopka senior Rocco Vargas (3-0 post-season) bonus-pointed his way to a first district title and region qualification, with a 16-5 semifinal major over West Orange junior Stacey Rhodes and a third-period fall (4:51) in the final over Windermere senior Tyler Drone. Drone (15-9) qualified for Flagler for the third time, with a semifinal pin (1:15) over Olympia senior Trevor Winkelkotter. Rhodes (2-1 post-season) finished third with a 5-2 decision over Winkelkotter (7-13); both Rhodes and Winkelkotter are first-time Flagler qualifiers.
145: Blue Darter senior Bonosky Fidel (3-0 post-season) made it a second back-to-back title win, bonus-pointing through the day with wins over the rest of the region-qualifying field for his first title and second regional appearance. After preliminary majors in the quarters (11-3) over Olympia junior Ethan Rivera and again in the semis (13-5) over Windermere junior Kollin Kuehnhold, Fidel pinned Wekiva junior Seth Galvin in 3:36 for the title. Galvin (29-9) reached the final with a quarterfinal pin (1:08) over West Orange’s Lorenzo Perez and a 6-0 semifinal decision over Dr Phillips’ Davy Bancey. Rivera (8-14) won his way back to third place with two consi-side decisions, including a 6-4 decision over Kuehnhold for third. Kuehnhold (6-7) qualified out for the second round with a 7-4 consi-semi decision; Galvin, Rivera and Kuehnhold are all first-time Flagler qualifiers.
152: Windermere senior Jerry Vargas (17-3) earned his second Flagler trip, first as a district champion, with pins in the semis (1:58) over Ocoee sophomore Jonathan Fournier and again in the championship round (3:18) over Apopka junior Sean Javier. Javier (3-2 post-season) escaped in the ultimate tiebreaker for a 3-2 semifinal win over Dr Phillips senior Daniel Melendez (14-7), who wrestled back to third behind two bonus-point wins, including a fall (1:16) over Fournier for third place. Fournier (2-9, front-side pin) had a bye into the third-place match. Javier, Melendez and Fournier are all first-time Flagler qualifiers.
160: Apopka junior Ransom Randolph (3-0 post-season) bonus-pointed through the bracket for his second district title and third region appearance, taking a semifinal pin (2:32) over Evans’ Jacob Olnick and a 12-1 major in the championship round over Ocoee senior Eric Gilreath. Gilreath (26-7) also made his third Flagler trip, with pins in the quarters over Olympia junior Zach Winkelkotter (2:20) and again in the semis over Windermere senior Jeryl Lewis (1:03). Lewis (14-9) pinned his way back to third for his second Flagler appearance after a year away, falling Winkelkotter in 58 seconds in the medal round. Winkelkotter (9-14) grabbed a 48-second fall in the blood round to secure his first region space.
170: Windermere senior Kurt Vollenweider (18-4) advanced to regions for the third time, taking his first district title by bonus-pointing through the day. Vollenweider opened with a quarterfinal TF (17-2) over Olympia’s Phil Lamendola, followed by pins in the semis (3:15) over Apopka senior Berlens Pericles and in the championship (3:45) over West Orange sophomore Ayden Rieck. Rieck (13-7) also won twice to get to the finals, with a quarterfinal pin over Dr Phillips’ Kevin Don (2:48) and a reversal in the ultimate tiebreaker for a 6-4 win in the semis over Ocoee junior Andy Delva. Pericles (3-1 post-season) won by fall twice in the consis, pinning Delva in 1:16 for third place. Delva (21-10) earned his region space with a 10-6 consi-semi decision; Rieck, Pericles and Delva are all first-time Flagler qualifiers.
182: Evans senior Edward Clayton (22-11) took two 6-minute decisions to win the Trojans’ lone title, with a 4-3 semifinal decision over Apopka senior Carlson Michel and an 18-9 major in the finals over Olympia junior Gabriel Cuellar. Cuellar (14-14) had two pins to grab his first Flagler appearance, falling Windermere’s Jason Ganesh (:22) in the quarters and Ocoee senior Ethan Smith (5:52) in the semis; Smith (25-9), for his own part, had a bye in the consi semis and won by forfeit in the third-place match over Michel, qualifying out for the second time. Michel (1-2 post-season) earned his first Flagler trip with a 12-0 blood-round major.
195: Olympia junior DJ McCray (23-11) max-pointed through the tournament to qualify for regions for the third time, and first time as district champion, with pins in the quarters (1:21) over Apopka sophomore David Bowerman and in the championship (3:19) over Dr Phillips senior Andrew Ocegueda sandwiching a semifinal injury-default win over Windermere’s Nicholas Cabrera. Ocegueda (18-6) reached the final behind pins over Wekiva sophomore Kyren Elie (1:09, quarters) and over Ocoee’s Nelson Angeles (5:30, semis). Bowerman (3-1 post-season) bounced back from the quarterfinal loss to win his way all the way back to third, three wins in all, with a third-place pin (3 minutes) over Elie. Elie (2-2 post-season) earned his way to the next round with a 30-second consi-semi pin. Ocegueda, Bowerman and Elie are all first-time Flagler qualifiers.
220: Apopka senior Ralph Sanchez (3-0 post-season) earned his second title and fourth region appearance, behind two pins in 2:08, with falls in the semis over Wekiva’s Charles Hall (:32) and again in the championship over Ocoee junior Keniel Carrasquille (1:36). Carrasquille (30-9) reached the final after a quarterfinal bye and semifinal pin (2:56) over Evans junior Kevin Gustave (3-1 post-season, front-side pin); Gustave, for his part, added two more pins in the consis, taking third with a fall over Dr Phillips senior Amir Motassim (1:59), duplicating his pin over Motassim in the quarters. Motassim (2-2 post-season) won by fall in the consi semis (1:59) to qualify out for the second time; Carrasquille and Gustave are both first-time Flagler qualifiers.
285: Wekiva junior Holley Saintmelus (30-6) won the Mustangs’ second title and his first district champ/region qualification, pinning Ocoee junior Deandre Scott (3:41, semis) and Apopka junior Zaire Warner (3:30, championship). Warner (3-3) earned his second Flagler trip after a quarterfinal bye and 2-1 semfinal win over Olympia’s Max Novell. In the consis, Scott (33-9, front-side decision) won twice to wrestle back to third, with a 4-0 decision in the medal round over Dr Phillips senior Ritchy Augustin. Augustin (15-7) won by fall in the blood round (1:44) to advance on to regions. Scott and Augustin are both first-time Flagler qualifiers.
You can see complete brackets from this tournament and other 3A contested brackets in Region 1 and throughout the state HERE.