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#Ocoee: Windermere Earns Runnerup Trophy

Windermere wrestlers, coaches and managers with the team’s runnerup trophy won Saturday at the Ocoee Mat Classic (Photo submitted via Windermere team Facebook page).

OCOEE — In what was the final event of the 2021-22 regular season for participating teams Saturday, Windermere was the top team from Region 1 in at the Ocoee Mat Classic.

The Wolverines scored 214.5 team points in the one-day IBT, 15 back of champion Gateway. Host Ocoee was third with 153.5, West Nassau fourth (131.5) and West Port fifth (119).

Dr Phillips tied for seventh with 92 points, with Wekiva ninth (87.5), Apopka 10th (83), Bolles 11th (70.5), Winter Park 12th (67), Evans 16th (41) and West Orange 17th (16).

Below follows a summary of the day —

106: After a bye into the semis, Windermere’s Franco Bustamante reached the final, taking a loss by fall there to Gateway’s Talyn Fisk (4:15) after pinning West Port’s Etan Crews (5:59) in the semis. Crews (front-side pin) came back for third with falls over Apopka’s Ashton Willis (4:30) in the consi-semis and over Lake Nona (3:53) for third.

113: West Nassau’s Jackson Holcomb pinned his way through the tournament, with three falls in 1:49, pinning Apopka’s Carter White (:42, quarters), Colonial (:34, semis) and Gateway’s Worrell Logan (:33) in the championship match. After losing to Holcomb, White took a pair of pins over Dr Phillips’ Matthew Sawyer (1:27) and Horizon West (3:58) to get back to the podium, finishing fourth after an 11-2 loss to Colonial.

120: Bolles’ Jacob Witt bonus-pointed through the tournament, taking an injury-default win in the final over Lake Nona’s Christian Reinhardt. Before that, Witt falled West Orange’s Giovanny Perez (3:55, quarters) and then teched Ocoee’s Nathan Ramirez (21-6) to get to the final. West Nassau’s Blayden Tharpe (front-side pin), after a 12-10 quarterfinal loss to Reinhardt, pinned his way back to third with falls over South Lake (:42), Gateway (1:20), Ramirez (3:02, consi semis) and Apopka’s Sebastian Olivencia-Grafals (2:05) for third.

126: Windermere’s Tyler Drone reached the final, where he fell, 4-2, to South Lake’s Jonah Cardenas. Prior to the final, Drone had wins over Gateway (9-2, quarters) and Colonial (17-6, semis). West Nassau’s Landon Higginbotham (front-side major) was fourth, losing only to Lake Nona (13-4 in quarters, by fall in 5:23 for third), with bonus-point wins over Wekiva’s Thomas Tindall (13-1) and Ocoee’s Wayne Brady (pin in 3:28).

132: Wekiva’s Joshua Raphael bonus-pointed through the tournament for the title, with pins in the quarters over Horizon West (1:20, quarters) and Lake Nona (1:09, semis), taking a 20-5 tech in the championship match over Windermere’s Francisco Delgado-Mendez. Delgado-Mendez reached the final with pins in the round of 16 over Ocoee’s Devin Andrews (1:42) and semis over Bolles’ Thomas Holt (3:40) with a 9-3 quarterfinal win over the hosts’ Christopher Cerron.

138: Bolles’ second title came at this weight, as Denny Vohs pinned his way through the tournament, with falls in the quarters over West Port’s Charles Howard (1:12, quarters), Colonial (1:13, semis) and in the final over Windermere’s Tyler Drone (4:57). Drone got to the finals behind a quarterfinal pin over Lake Nona (1:47) and a 5-3 semifinal win over West Port’s Jhustino Miranda. After falling, 6-3, to Miranda in the quarters, Winter Park’s Noel Marrero pinned his way into the third-place match (falls over Horizon West, Lake Nona and Colonial), where he avenged his loss to Miranda with a 9-2 decision for third.

145: Wekiva’s Seth Galvin reached the final, with decisions over Winter Park’s Atzin Bazan (11-7, quarters) and Windermere’s Kollin Kuehnhold (6-2, semis), but then fell to Gateway’s Meison Broche, 14-11, in the title match. Kuehnhold (2 front-side pins) won by fall over Apopka’s Demetreez Ramsey (3:40) in the consi semis, but wound up fourth after a 6-3 loss to Colonial in the medal round.

152: The Wolverines picked up their first title here, as Jerry Vargas bonus-pointed to the final, where he took a 5-3 win over South Lake’s Jaydius Bognar. Earlier in the day, Vargas had pins over teammate Caleb Sheppard (:52, rd of 16) and Lake Nona (3:28, quarters), adding a 20-8 major in the semis over West Port’s Tyler Pinkowski. Pinkowski (2 front-side pins) added two more falls in the consis, pinning Colonial (4:14) and Gateway (1:22) in the third-place match.

160: Ocoee’s Eric Gilreath got to the final, where he took a 6-5 loss to Colonial. After a bye into the quarters, Gilreath teched Apopka’s Kedrick Gray (15-0) in that round, falling West Port’s Evan Lewis (3:13) in the semis. Windermere’s Jeryl Lewis (2 front-side pins, fell 8-1 to Colonial in the semis) added two more bonus-point wins in the back, falling Lake Nona (4:29) and teching Lewis (front-side pin, consi-semi 9-3 win), 15-0, for third.

170: Windermere’s Kurt Vollenweider won his team’s second title, max-pointing through the day, including a third-period fall (5:19) in the final over West Nassau’s Jakob Turnage. Earlier in the tournament, Vollenweider won by injury-default over Liberty in the quarters, with a semifinal pin (2:30) over Ocoee’s Omari Little. As for Turnage, he teched the hosts’ Andy Delva (16-1) in the quarters, needing only 53 seconds to fall Winter Park’s Lawens Joachim in the semi. After the loss to Turnage, Delva bonus-pointed his way back to the third-place match, with a pin over Apopka’s Donovan Massie (2:30) and majors over West Port’s Luis Sotomeyor (8-0) and over teammate Little (15-6), taking an 11-4 win in the medal round over Gateway.

182: West Nassau earned its second title at this weight, with Nolan McKelvy taking four pins for the bracket win, with a third-period championship fall in 4:24 over the hosts’ Ethan Smith. Earlier, McKelvy had falls over Ocoee’s Nelson Angeles (1:18, rd of 16), Gateway (4:56, quarters) and Apopka’s Carlson Michel (:23, semis). Smith reached the final behind a quarterfinal pin over Winter Park’s Charles Stewart (3:02) and a 9-3 decision in the semis over Evans’ Edward Clayton. Apopka’s Michel (front-side decision) was fourth, with a 13-second pin over Stewart in the consi semis, followed by a 6-3 loss to Gateway in the third-place match.

195: West Port had its first finalist of the day, as Rowlin Richardson got to the championship behind first-period falls over Horizon West (:34, quarters) and Windermere’s Nicholas Cabrera (:49, semis), but then took an 11-2 loss in the final to Gateway’s Aidan Cooper. Dr Phillips’ Andrew Ocegueda (front-side pin) came back with two consi-side falls over Wekiva’s Charles Hall (4:03, semis) and over Ocoee’s Andrew Williams (front-side pin) in 1:02 in the bronze-medal match, a rematch of their quarterfinal (which Ocegueda won in :51).

220: Ocoee’s Keniel Carrasquille was his team’s third finalist of the day, with a quarterfinal pin over teammate Aden Leonard (1:56) and a 6-2 semifinal win over Dr Phillips’ Ritchy Augustin, but couldn’t solve Liberty’s Daniel King in the final, taking a 4-1 overtime loss. Augustin (front-side pin) added two more pins in the consis, pinning Windermere’s Hayden Bate (:10) in the semis and Evans’ Kevin Gustave (front-side pin, consi-semi pin) in 5:47 to grab third.

285: Wekiva’s Holley Saintmelus reached the final behind pins in the quarters over Dr Phillips’ Jaden Dorsett (1:26) and again in the semis over the hosts’ Deandre Scott (5:33), but couldn’t add a third in the final against Liberty’s Brainys Robles, losing by fall in 5:18. Scott (front-side decision) added pins on the back over Evans’ Jermael Paul (5 minutes) in the consi semis, and again in the third-place match over Apopka’s Zaire Warner (front-side decision, consi-semi decision) in 2:52.

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#Raich: Tiger 7 Take Seventh To Wrap Regular Season

JUPITER — Looking just at the standings, a seventh-place finish might not be all that special, even for a team like Columbia — mindful of the things the Tigers have done in the recent past — that has struggled with numbers and, too, some team highlights in 2021-22.

But a look at Track reveals more. Sure, the Tigers were seventh in last weekend’s John Raich Memorial, scoring 104 points, well back of the leaders.

But the Tigers were the top team among groups in the 31-team field with less than 10 kids, seven ahead of a very good Ft Pierce Central team that made 3A state duals. They finished ahead of the host, which had 2 1/2 times Columbia’s seven kids, and eight other teams that brought double digits to the two-day event.

Columbia was the only local team in the field. Jensen Beach won the event with 320 points, with Columbus (268), Mater Lakes Academy (260.5), Treasure Coast (200) and Riverdale (176.5) the top five teams.

Below follows a summary of Columbia placers in the event, where applicable —

132: Jayden Thomas was a quarterfinalist and placed sixth, with a front-side pin over Dwyer (2:52) before falling in the quarters (pin in 3:18) to the eventual runnerup from Mater Lakes Academy. Thomas then took bonus-point wins over another Mater Lakes Academy wrestler (pin in 4:11) and Jupiter (16-2 major) to make podium, with losses by decision to the eventual 3rd from Columbus (8-2) and in the fifth-place match to Treasure Coast (9-7).

170: Joseph Rice made a run to the final, where he took a 10-3 loss, giving up five takedowns, to 2021 3A defending state champion Dominic Rodriguez of Riverdale. Rice got to the final Saturday with a 4-2 win over Treasure Coast in the semis. After giving up first takedown, Rice rode out Brown in the second period and then reversed out from bottom in the third, grabbing a quick 2-point turn a few seconds later. On Friday, Rice had pins over Palm Beach Gardens (1:40, rd of 32), Columbus (2:21, rd of 16) and Mater Lakes Academy (3:34, quarters).

182: After a round-of-32 loss by fall to the eventual 4th from Columbus, Jayden Drew fought all the way through the consis to earn a podium finish, with four pins to clinch that over wrestlers from Columbus (2:01), Jupiter (:42), Key West (:34) and Coral Springs (1:37). After losing by fall (2:21) in the consi semis to Jensen Beach, the eventual 3rd, Drew pinned Dwyer in 26 seconds for fifth.

195: Shawn Raggins joined Rice as a finalist, where he took a loss by fall (2 minutes) in the finals to Key West’s Zach Lewicki, who was 3rd at the Clay Rotary the previous weekend (competing at 220). Raggins fought off his back earlier in the first period to get a reversal, only to have Lewicki get the fall as time expired. Raggins opened Saturday with a fall over Jupiter (3:43), with three scoring moves and a 3-point NF prior to the turn and pin, with Friday pins over Port St Lucie (1:23, rd of 16) and Treasure Coast (1:04, quarters).

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#Rotary: Blue Devils Take Down 36-Team Field For Title

Clay wrestlers and coaches after the Blue Devils won the team title Saturday at the 23rd annual Clay Rotary Invitational (Photo submitted via Clay team Facebook page).

GREEN COVE SPRINGS — When building a tradition, by the time young wrestlers get to being juniors and seniors, they need to be lockdown points for the team.

And if a few youngsters can look like lockdown points from time to time, too, so much the better.

That was Clay’s situation last weekend at its 23rd Annual Clay Rotary Invitational, as the Blue Devils satisfied one of their annual season goals with a team title at home. Clay largely had the tournament won after the first day, but did enough damage in Saturday’s second day to roll up 280 points as a team, 109.5 ahead of runnerup Buchholz.

“In general, it was a pretty strong weekend. We’d like to have had more than two champs, but glad we won it. Things to build on, good momentum for us going into rivalry week,” Clay coach Jim Reape said. “FIrst three rounds we had a lot of wins, a lot of pins, even with two starters that didn’t go at 26 and heavy.

“Our leaders delivered and you want that from your seniors.”

Buchholz, with 170.5 points, held off Middleburg by 11.5 points for second, with Oakleaf fourth at 151.5 and Bishop Kenny fifth at 131.

Fletcher (127), Bartram Trail (126.5), Matanzas (114) and South Walton (110) made up seventh through 10th in the standings, with Mosley 11th (109.5), Baker County 13th (92), Bay & West Nassau T-16th (69), North Bay Haven 18th (67.5), Palatka 19th (66) and Episcopal 20th (64).

Union County (58, 21st), Raines (57, 22nd), Bolles (54, 23rd), Orange Park & Terry Parker (45, T-24th), Tocoi Creek (32, 26th), Riverside (28, T-27th), Sandalwood (26, 29th), Springs Academy (23, 30th), Bishop Snyder (22, 31st), Pedro Menendez (19, 32nd), Atlantic Coast (17, 33rd) and Ponte Vedra & University Christian (14, T-34th) rounded out local teams in the field.

Below follows a summary of the tournament —

106: Mosley’s Derrick Williams (47-3) won the title with five matches won, with Friday wins over Union County’s Travis Williams (pin in 1:10, rd of 32), Atlantic Coast’s ArJun Lamba (1:31, rd of 16) and Bartram Trail’s Chase Newmans (20-4 TF in 3 minutes, quarters). Williams came back on Saturday with a semifinal pin over Middleburg’s Jackson Hornback (1:23), and decisioned the hosts’ Jacob Bucci, 7-2, for the title. Williams had takedowns in each period of the final. Bucci reached the final with pins over Fletcher’s Landon Locantora (1:01, rd of 16) and Satellite (:56, quarters), with a 6-1 semifinal win over Episcopal’s Turner Glenn. Hornback won twice in the consis for third, with a 6-4 decision over Glenn in the third-place match, while Newmans won three times in the consis, the last of those an 11-8 decision over Buchholz’s Jun Jie Zheng for fifth.

113: Clay’s Braden Glavin was the top area competitor, with a 5-3 sudden victory decision in the third-place match over Middleburg’s Grady Woodard. Both Glavin and Woodard both reached the semis, with Glavin’s only loss to the eventual champion from Space Coast (6-2) and Woodard falling to Satellite by 12-0 major decision. West Nassau’s Jackson Holcomb was fifth with two consi-side pins and an injury-default win over Bay’s Leonardo Sanchez for fifth.

120: Bartram Trail’s Ethan Vugman (39-1) bonus-pointed through each round prior to the final, where he took down Raines’ De’Quon King, 9-3, to win the title. Vugman had four takedowns in the match, three of them coming in the first. Vugman had Friday wins over Mosley’s Isaac Biddle (fall in 2:48) and West Nassau’s Blayden Tharpe (15-3 major), with a third-period TF in the semis over Buchholz’s Jedidiah Brown (20-3 in 4:57). King got to the final by sandwiching a quarterfinal pin (2:55) over Bishop Kenny’s Noah Ossi with decisions over Middleburg’s Wyatt Leduc (7-4, rd of 16) and Clay’s Maverick Rainwater (6-0, semis). Rainwater won twice for third, decisioning Matanzas’ Toryion Stallings, 5-1, in the bronze-medal match, while Brown finished sixth after a 7-2 loss to Space Coast in the fifth-place match.

Middleburg wrestlers and coaches after the Broncos were third in Saturday’s 23rd annual Clay Rotary Invitational at Clay (Photo submitted by Coll Robertson via Facebook).

126: Middleburg’s Riley Girgis (25-2) bonus-pointed through the tournament, with Friday wins over Orange Park’s Braden Owenby (1:15, rd of 32), Episcopal’s Cohen Chesser (13-0, rd of 16) and Key West (fall in 2 minutes). On Saturday, Girgis majored South Walton’s Isaac Brinson, 16-8, in the semis, then falled Fletcher’s Cole O’Brien in 5:12 for the championship. Girgis scored in both first and second periods, with 3-point nearfalls in the first and third before grabbing the fall. O’Brien also bonus-pointed through each preliminary round, with a 16-5 major over Satellite (rd of 16), a third-period TF (16-1 in 4:46) over Matanzas’ Braden Hawley (quarters) and a fall over Clay’s Rylan Herrera (1:26) in the semis. Brinson was fourth after a consi-semi pin and 6-5 loss to Satellite, while Herrera was sixth, losing by fall (2:20) to Villages.

132: Buchholz’s Venumadhava Mirel (41-8) won the title with three Friday bonus-point wins and a pair of Saturday decisions. Mirel teched South Walton’s Gibson Moore (18-2 TF in 5:09, rd of 32), with pins Friday over Middleburg’s Dylan Johns (1:31, rd of 16) and Clay’s Landon Solomon (1:25, quarters), with a 4-2 win over Oakleaf’s Marcus McGee in the semis and a 3-2 decision over Palatka’s Mikade Harvey for the bracket win. Mirel got first takedown, and escaped early in the third to overcone Harvey’s second-period takedown, making the escape stand up. Harvey reached final with techs over Satellite (17-0 in 5:44), Fletcher’s Fred Saporita (20-3 TF in 2:48), a pin over Episcopal’s Cristian Ryan (2:49) and a 6-0 semifinal win over Clay’s Xavier Logan. McGee dominated the consis, teching Key West (15-0 in 4:01) to take third, while Matanzas’ Dylan Parkinson (3 consi-side wins) won by forfeit for fifth.

138: Palatka’s Brandon Lewis (25-5) won his second Rotary title, with four bonus-point wins prior to a 7-4 championship decision over the hosts’ Josh Kumpf. Lewis had scoring moves in each period (2 takedowns and a reversal) to take the win. Earlier, Lewis pinned South Walton’s Ryan Kurfirst (1:29), Oakleaf’s Jackson Hemphill (1:50) and Middleburg’s Logan Moore (3:09, semis), with a 10-0 quarterfinal major over Bishop Kenny’s Jack Raynor. Kumpf also had four bonus-point wins, defeating Baker’s Thomas Torres (pin in 1:12), Buchholz’s Jack Buchanan (17-1 TF in 4:12), Bolles’ Denny Vohs (pin in :35) and Cocoa Beach (13-5, semis). Bay’s Corban Cherry, who lost by 8-5 decision to Cocoa Beach in the round of 32, won six consi-side matches to get all the way back to the third-place match, falling again to Cocoa Beach (8-6), while Moore was fifth after a pin (3:36) over Villages.

145: Buchholz’s Aiden Moore (43-6) pinned his way through the preliminary rounds, with falls over Matanzas’ Robin Rodriguez (1:16), Key West (:24), Pedro Menendez’s Archer Bosick (2:46) and South Walton’s Dylan Billingsley (4:41), escaping out in the third period of the final against Clay’s Luke Boree to take a 1-0 decision. Boree had pins over Fletcher’s Jackson McEachin (:51) and Bay’s Trenton Wood (2:33), with a forfeit win in the quarters and an escape for a 4-3 ultimate-tiebreaker decision over Bartram Trail’s Preston Pena in the semis. Billingsley won twice in the consis, decisioning Bishop Kenny’s Paul Barakat (who also won six times in the consis after a 3-2 rd-of-32 loss to Bosick) by a 4-1 count for third. Pena falled Terry Parker’s Jeff Brown in 4:55 for fifth.

152: Bishop Kenny’s Roberto Cuartero (28-1) bonus-pointed through every round of the tournament, with four pins and a 12-2 major, pinning Mosley’s Nick Hejke in 3:05 during the finals. Hejke got first takedown in the second period after a scoreless first, but Cuartero was able to reverse out and then put Hejke to back for the fall. Earlier, Cuartero had pins over Middleburg’s Aden Thornton (1:07), Oakleaf’s Elijah Shevchook (1:15) and Bartram Trail’s Jonathan Mizelle (:51), with the major over Matanzas’ Tyson Mills in the semis. Hejke had four max-point wins, with a forfeit in the second round and pins over Orange Park’s Cevan Broughton (:31), Buchholz’s Max Szabo (1:41) and Fletcher’s Christopher Strong (3:34) in the semis. Mills came back for third with two wins, including a 6-5 third-place win over Strong, while Thornton pinned Shevchook in 3:17 for fifth.

160: Bishop Kenny’s Collin Hearn reached the final, where he took a 3-1 loss against Villages’ Kevin Coon. Prior to the final, Hearn took pins over Satellite (1:59), Baker County’s Cannon Wimpey (2:45), Key West (4:36) and Oakleaf’s Roman Polinsky (4:30). After falling 3-0 to Coon in the semis, Orange Park’s Trevion Sermons won twice by bonus-points to grab third, with a medical forfeit over Polinsky, while Fletcher’s Josh Daltro took a 4-2 decision for fifth over Union County’s Caleb Crawford (4 consi-side victories to make podium after a round-of-16 loss to Sermons).

170: Matanzas’ Jordan Mills (42-4) pinned through the bracket prior to the finals, where he held the upper hand throughout against Bartram Trail’s John McNames. Mills bagged six takedowns in the match, three in the first period. Earlier in the tournament, Mills had falls over Space Coast (3:54), Union County’s Colin Hadlock (2:38), West Nassau’s Jakob Turnage (1:10) and Clay’s Ethan Larsen (4:51). McNames reached the final behind pins over Episcopal’s Brennan Doherty (4:38) and South Walton’s Shane Lane (1:38), with decisions over Space Coast (9-2) and Satellite (6-5). Larsen came back for third behind two wins, with a 13-10 third-place win over Turnage, while Oakleaf’s Mason Ganion (four consi-side wins to make podium) won by forfeit for fifth.

182: Clay’s Dominic Martin (31-6) found a takedown in sudden victory to break a 1-1 tie in the final, decisioning Buchholz’s Kason Nichols, 3-1, for the championship. Martin had preliminary falls over Palatka’s Curtis Clark (:35), Buchholz’s William Lancer (:56), Middleburg’s Austin Cruce (3:24) and Oakleaf’s Onjel Caraballo (3:48) to get to the championship, while Nichols won by fall over Palatka’s Christian Brannen (2:00) and had decisions over Key West (6-3), Clay’s Jadon Bell (8-1) and Villages (3-2) to reach the final. Caraballo was fourth, falling by a 14-5 major in the third-place match to Villages, while Lancer decisioned Orange Park’s Tyson Cruz, 3-1, for fifth.

195: North Bay Haven’s David Mercado (46-1) pinned his way through the tournament, with falls over Satellite (:12), Palatka’s Benjerman Alicea (:34), Buchholz’s Jamari Chisolm (1:41), Villages (2:26) and a pin in the final (1:21) over Baker County’s Toby Kinghorn. Kinghorn hit a 5-point move early on Mercado, but he was able to escape out and get a takedown and secure the fall. After a bye into the round of 16, Kinghorn had falls over Union County’s Danny Thornton (:29), Villages (1:32) and Clay’s Kedtric Wilbon (2:58). Wilbon wound up fourth, with a 7-2 loss to Villages in the third-place match.

220: The Blue Devils’ Garrett Tyre (38-2) won the title behind two pins and two decisions, overcoming Raines’ Jamari Watson by an 11-9 count in the final. Watson scored the first two takedowns, but a late reversal from Tyre in the first period started turning momentum his way, and he had scoring moves in both the second and third periods, plus a 3-point nearfall. Earlier, Tyre pinned Oakleaf’s Ben Gaddis (:38) and Baker County’s Ian Doyle (3:34), with a 6-0 semifinal win over Key West. Watson had four max-point wins, with a forfeit and pins over Villages (1:51), Key West (1:19) and Riverside’s Thomas Jones (1:03). Jones was fourth after an 11-1 loss to Key West in the medal round, while North Bay Haven’s Logan McAlister (winner of five consi-side matches) pinned Key West in 2:20 for fifth.

285: After pinning his way through to the finals, Bolles’ Jack Pyburn (24-0) won the title via forfeit over Fletcher’s Toby Matson. After a bye, Pyburn had falls over Bishop Kenny’s Kevin Thallemer (:56), Key West (2:24) and Baker County’s Chase Crews (:13), while Matson had pins over Bishop Snyder’s Angel Lecointe (5:35) and Key West (5:07), with an injury-default win in the quarters. South Walton’s Nick Lee, who won five consi-side matches en route to podiuming, was fourth after a loss by fall to Key West (:41), while Crews was fifth after pinning Key West (1 minute) in the place match.

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#5Star: FPC Collects 8 Brackets En Route To Title

Flagler Palm Coast wrestlers and coaches celebrate the return of the 5 Star Conference title into their hands Saturday afternoon at Seabreeze (Photo submitted by Zach Sanford via Facebook).

DAYTONA BEACH — When every wrestler on the squad is averaging 4-5 points more than the top opponents, things are going to go right.

And things went right on Saturday for Flagler Palm Coast in taking the 5 Star Conference title — an event that wasn’t staged a year ago — at Seabreeze.

The Bulldogs outdistanced New Smyrna Beach, 234.5-177, for the team title, building a 57.5-point gap over the Barracudas, with DeLand third at 172.5.

University (Orange City) was fourth with 87 points, followed by Deltona (70), host Seabreeze (61), Mainland (56) and Atlantic (10).

Below follows a summary of the tournament —

106: FPC got started right away, as Timothy McLean pinned his way through the tournament, with falls over New Smyrna Beach’s Richard Crunkilton (2:47, quarters), University (Orange City)’s Anthony Rosamonda (:56, semis) and DeLand’s Victor Hopton (1:59) for the championship. McLean had two takedowns in the match, with the second one leading to the fall a few seconds later. Hopton had a bye into the semis, where he falled Seabreeze’s William Sites (1:29). Sites took third with a 42-second pin over Crunkilton and 8-3 third-place win over Deltona’s Dianna Pineda, whom Sites had falled in the quarters. Pineda made podium with a 38-second pin over Rosamonda.

113: The Bulldogs got a back-to-back effort from Carson Baert, who pinned University’s Xzekiel Oyola (3:32) in the semis and then teched New Smyrna Beach’s Beau Laye (17-2 in :54) in the final. Laye reached the final with a semifinal pin (5:41) over Seabreeze’s River Gray, while Oyola turned back Gray, 7-4, for third.

120: Flagler Palm Coast’s Kole Hannant made it a three-peat from the jump, with a bye into the semis, followed by a semifinal pin over DeLand’s Phoenix Krauth (2:32) and a 4-0 win over New Smyrna Beach’s Jonathon Bruner in the final. Hannant had takedowns in both of the first two periods, setting the tone throughout the match. Bruner also had a bye into the semis, where he pinned UOC’s Drake Alban (3:08). Krauth (front-side pin) got a bye into the third-place match, where he pinned Alban in 2:32; Alban in turn, secured a place finish with a fall (1:13) over Delton’a Kyle Kerns in the consi semis.

126: The Barracudas’ Jamey Bruner got his team a notch in the title column, with a semifinal TF over Mainland’s Kaden Golder (16-1 in 5:20) and an 8-5 win over Flagler’s John Hald in the championship match. Bruner had first takedown and led, 3-0, going into the third, but had to stave off a late flurry from Hald with a takedown at 32 seconds to go to secure the win. Hald pinned DeLand’s Kellen Chapman (1:01) to reach the final after a bye into the semis. Golder (front-side pin) won twice on the back, with decisions over Deltona’s Kyle Yasses (6-2, semis) and Chapman (10-9) for third. Chapman (front-side decision) earned podium with a TF (17-2 in 1:49) over Seabreeze’s Caitlyn Cavalluzzo.

132: Deltona’s Kevin Kerns had first-period falls over New Smyrna Beach’s Simjay Engberg (1:38, quarters) and Atlantic (1:15, semis) to reach the final, where a flood of offense resulted in a 19-12 decision over Seabreeze’s Joseph Kent. Kerns had the first two takedowns, but Kent went up with a reversal and 2-point turn to go into the second period. Kerns would score four times in the second and poured on the points in the third to ensure the win. Kent had a bye into the semis, where he pinned DeLand’s Joshua Folsom (3:51) to get to Kerns. Folsom (front-side major) came back with two wins in the consis for third, with an 8-2 win over Engbeg and fall (3:25) for third over Mainland’s Brian Harris. Harris pinned Atlantic (3:56) to ensure a top-four place.

138: Jace Engberg posted NSB’s second title effort; after a bye into the semis, Engberg needed just 1:56 of mat time to collect the gold medal, with pins over Mainland’s Dasaniel Rodriguez-Andino (:23, semis) and over DeLand’s Mathias Franz in 1:33 for the title. Engberg needed just one takedown, with a 2-point nearfall before the turn that led to the pin. Franz got to the final behind pins over Seabreeze’s David Kelley (1:02, quarters) and University’s Brock Kreimeier (1:34, semis). Kreimeier (front-side pin) added two more wins in the consis, with a 6-3 win over FPC’s Danya Cherry in the semis and a fall over Rodriguez-Andino (3:43) for third. Rodriguez-Andino (front-side pin) made podium with a 14-12 decision over Seabreeze’s David Kelley.

145: Flagler got back on the title chase here, as Felipe Costa won three times for his championship, with a pin (2:38) over Atlantic and decisions over Seabreeze’s Hayden Herndon (12-5, semis) and over DeLand’s Lane Wishart, 5-1, in the final. A pair of third-period takedowns for Costa, one right away and the second with 30 seconds to go, sealed the deal. After a bye, Wishart reached the final with a fall (3:12) over Deltona’s Matt McCaw in the semi. After losing by fall in the quarters, New Smyrna Beach’s Aidan Sutton pinned his way back to third with falls over Atlantic (1:13), McCaw (4:57) and Mainland’s Sam Ayodele (3:35) in the third-place match. After a bye, Ayodele secured his place finish with a pin over Herndon (3 minutes) in the consi semis.

152: University (Orange City) got its first title of the day as Cooper Braden won three times by fall, with pins over New Smyrna Beach’s Justis Chandler (1:39, quarters), Deltona’s Zane Hair (:52, semis) and over DeLand’s Zane Canada in 5:51 for the title. Canada held the lead most of the way, but a late score gave Braden life to put together the moves for the pin. Canada had two falls in 55 seconds to reach the final, with pins over FPC’s Dylan Bennett (:29, quarters) and over Mainland’s Isaiah White (:26, semis). After a bye, Chandler pinned his way back to third, with pins over White (1 minute) and Bennett (2:10); Bennett won twice to earn a place, with falls over Seabreeze’s Aiden Hedge (3:46) and Hair (2:20).

160: The Bulldogs picked up their fifth title of the day, as Bryce Dodge had two pins in 2:09. Dodge falled Deltona’s Noah Hancock (:11) in the semis and University’s Bryan Persinger in 1:58 for the championship. Dodge needed just one takedown, picking up a pair of 3-point nearfalls before securing the stick. Persinger reached the final with a 7-0 decision over DeLand’s Noah Falk, who rallied for third with a 14-2 major over Hancock.

170: Blane DeFord put up FPC’s second back-to-back run and sixth championship, with a semifinal TF (16-0 in 4:32) over DeLand’s Paul Derosby, followed by a fall in the final (1:01) over Atlantic’s Noah Anderson. DeFord had one takedown, and three turns en route to the pin. Derosby (front-side pin) added two more pins in the consis, with falls over New Smyrna Beach’s Thomas Connell (1:52, semis) and over Mainland’s Kalyb Evans (2:45) for third. Evans (front-side pin) clinched a place finish with a consi-semi fall (2:44) over University’s Reese Gordon.

182: The Bulldogs picked up a second three-peat behind Marcelo Gonzalez’s pins double to the title. Gonzalez pinned UOC’s Slade High-Tompkins (:48) in the semis, with a fall in the final (3:37) over DeLand’s Gavin Rodriguez-Cayro. Gonzalez had three takedowns in each period before securing the fall. After a bye into the semis, Rodriguez-Cayro reached the final behind a 10-7 semifinal win over NSB’s Sawyer Vanrider, who pinned his way back to third with falls over Mainland’s Nico Rivera (2:26, consi semis) and over High-Tompkins (4:40) in the bronze-medal match. High-Tompkins (front-side pin) had a bye into the third-place match.

195: New Smyrna Beach won its third title of the day, as Dylon York won the title with a 4-2 decision over FPC’s Garrick Schwartz, avenging a 12-7 loss to Schwartz from three days earlier. York escaped to open the second period and the match’s scoring, with a late takedown in the third to take the win. After a bye into the semis, York reached the final with a second-period pin (3:16) over DeLand’s Andrew Knowles, while Schwartz pinned Deltona’s Nate Tsang in 4:40 in the semis. Tsang (front-side major) had a bye into the third-place match, where he won by fall (1:55) over Knowles, who earned a 6-3 win in the consi semis over Seabreeze’s Jackson Pruett.

220: The Barracudas had its first back-to-back title effort, as Austin Mitchum took pins over DeLand’s Owen Yorks (4:57, quarters) and over Deltona’s Wyatt Keckler (1:40, semis), then pushed past Seabreeze’s Pedro Sierra, 12-6, in the title match. Mitchum had three takedowns and a reversal in the match, plus a 3-point nearfall in the first period, to take the decision. Sierra had a bye into the semis, where he pinned UOC’s Rubens Joseph in 3:03. Joseph (front-side decision) won twice in the wrestlebacks, with a semifinal pin over Yorks (3:18) and a 6-2 third-place win over Flagler Palm Coast’s Ethaniel Laupepa. Laupepa’s 43-second fall over Keckler in the consi semis secured a a top-four finish.

285: The Bulldogs’ “Flaglah Hammah,” Seth Davis, bagged FPC’s eighth title of the tournament with three decisions by a combined total of four points, as he edged Deltona’s Nathan Hatch (3-2, in double-overtime, quarters), New Smyrna Beach’s Cole Billings (3-2) and DeLand’s Marco Selph (4-2) to win the title. Davis picked up a key takedown with 17 seconds left in the match to take the weight-class gold. Selph got to the final with pins over Mainland’s Alex Shallop (1:03, quarters) and UOC’s Zachary Baer (1:38, semis). After a bye, Hatch pinned his way back to third with pins over Baer (2:09, semis) and Billings (2:13) in the bronze match. Billings won by injury default over Shallop in the consi semis to make the podium.

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#SAC: Hagerty 2nd; 8 Area Wrestlers Win Titles

Hagerty wrestlers and coaches take a team photo after finishing second in the Seminole Athletic Conference tournament Saturday at Lyman (Photo submitted by Scotty Diaz via Facebook).

LONGWOOD — Hagerty easily outdistanced the rest of the coverage area in Saturday’s Seminole Athletic Conference at Lyman.

But the Huskies didn’t have enough firepower to stop Winter Springs, which took the conference title with 196.5 points.

Hagerty was second, with 167 points, followed by Oviedo (99), Seminole (79), Lake Brantley (76), Lyman (57.5), Lake Howell (42) and Lake Mary (40).

Below follows a summary of the tournament —

106: In a three-person bracket, Oviedo’s Conner Rodriguez won twice for the title, with a 6-2 semifinal decision over Hagerty’s Aiden Vick, followed by a fall (3:28) in the championship over Lake Brantley’s Rainier Zayas. Zayas had a bye into the final, while Vick had a bye for third place.

113: Hagerty’s Lochlann Higgins bonus-pointed his way to the title, with a semifinal pin (:09) over Lake Brantley’s Andres Camposano and a second-period TF (16-0 in 4 minutes) in the title round over Oviedo’s Josh Sabbia. Sabbia reached the final with a semifinal pin over the hosts’ Luke Nilles (2:28), with Camposano pinning Nilles in 1:36 for third.

120: The Huskies’ Carson Greenier made it back-to-back Hagerty titles, starting with a third-period TF over Winter Springs (21-6) in the semis, then surviving a wild final against Seminole’s Noah Barbour, as both wrestlers were put to their backs by the other in the third period before Greenier took an 18-11 decision. Barbour reached the final behind a quarterfinal pin (1:43) over Lake Mary’s Logan Morris, warming up for the high-scoring final with a 13-12 semifinal win over Oviedo’s Andres Millan. Millan had a bye into the third-place match, falling Morris in 52 seconds.

126: Lyman’s Allyn Rosario reached the final behind a quarterfinal TF (18-0 in 4:48) over Lake Brantley’s Tyler Walter and semifinal pin over Lake Mary’s Devean White (3:40), but then lost to Winter Springs’ Silas Mantero by fall in 1:30. White had a bye into the third-place match, where he pushed past Hagerty’s Jacob Genao, 6-3. Genao earned himself a conference ribbon with a 10-2 major in the consi semis over Walter.

132: Seminole’s Ryan Culbertson won the title, pushing through three decisions with a combined margin of victory of four points, with a quarterfinal win over Winter Springs (5-4), a sudden-victory semifinal decision over Hagerty’s David Mejia (11-9) and a 3-2 decision over Lake Brantley’s Dario Duany in the championship match. Duany reached the final behind a bye and semifinal pin over Oviedo’s Johnathan Dishman (3:07). Mejia took two max-point wins in the consis for third, winning by injury default over Lyman’s Cameron Popeck in the consi semis and then pinning Winter Springs (1:47) for third.

138: Lake Brantley’s Kai Higgins reached the final after pins over Lake Howell’s Aiden Wood (5:47, quarters) and over Hagerty’s Gavin Nelson (2:33, semis), but then lost by third-period TF to Winter Springs’ Aiden Reichert (20-4 in 5:14). After losing by fall to Reichert in the quarters, Seminole’s Abdelkrin Salomon won three times in the consis for third, with a 9-2 decision over Nelson in the semis and a 7-1 win over Lyman’s Cameron Warner for third.

145: Lake Mary’s Nick Ghezzi reached the final behind a bye and semifinal pin (1:51) over Oviedo’s Lukas Crawley, but then lost by first-period fall to Winter Springs’ Riley Chapdelaine. Crawley (front-side pin) won twice in the consis for third, with a 12-2 major over Lake Howell’s Xavier McMichael (semis) and a 12-5 decision for third over Hagerty’s Clayton Childers.

152: Hagerty’s Blake Watts bonus-pointed through the tournament, with falls over Winter Springs (1:12, quarters) and Oviedo’s Jordan Jones (1:40, semis), going on for an 11-3 major in the championship match over Seminole’s Benjamin Buhring. Buhring got to the final behind wins over Lake Mary’s Aden Eliason (pin in 5:14, quarters) and over Lake Brantley’s Elijah Huyck (13-0, semis). Jones wound up fourth after a 10-0 consi-semi major over Eliason, losing by fall (2:47) to Winter Springs in the third-place match.

160: Hagerty’s Kamdon Harrison reached the final, taking a 6-3 loss there to Winter Springs’ Elijah Penton. Before that, Harrison had a pair of max-point wins, falling Lake Mary’s Brock Binford (:46, quarters) and winning by injury default over Lake Brantley’s Giovanni Duany. Oviedo’s James Chiaradio (front-side pin, loss by 16-4 major to Penton) was third, with decisions over Lyman’s Vincent Savelli (11-4, semis) and Lake Brantley’s Sebastian Rodriguez (8-2) in the third-place match.

170: The Huskies’ Ethan Gomez won the title, taking a 5-2 decision over Winter Springs’ Davis Deal. Earlier, after a bye into the semis, Gomez won by fall (:25) in that round over Lake Howell’s Luke Gonzalez. Seminole’s Wordner Edoward (front-side decision, semifinal loss by pin to Deal) took third with two bonus-point wins, majoring Lake Brantley’s Kyle Schehr (11-1 in semis) and falling Lyman’s Jacob Zifferblatt in 1 minute for third.

182: Lyman’s Haiden Williams-Marchetti reached the final behind second-period pins over Lake Brantley’s Jonathan Stagaard (2:43, quarters) and Oviedo’s Joey Gioa (3:09, semis), but then lost by third-period TF (15-0 in 4:12) to Winter Springs’ Dylan Deal in the title match. After losing by fall to Deal (1:43) in the semis), Lake Mary’s Jake Jessee took two wins in the consis for third, with a sudden-victory 4-2 win over Stagaard in the consi semis and fall over Gioa (2:41) for third.

195: Lake Howell’s Jayden Velazquez reached the final with a 7-5 ultimate-tiebreaker semifinal decision over Lake Brantley’s Christopher Swanson, but then lost by fall (1:46) in the final to Winter Springs’ Luis Valdes. Swanson had a second ultimate-tiebreaker go in his favor in the third-place match, escaping out for a 3-2 win over Oviedo’s Nick Rynearson to take the bronze.

220: Hagerty’s Landon Revis took a pair of one-point decision victories to win the title, with a 1-0 semifinal win over Seminole’s Desmond Harris, followed by an escape in the ultimate tiebreaker for a 5-4 finals win over Winter Springs’ Aiden Gatton in the championship match. After losing by fall to Gatton in the semis, Lake Brantley’s Jackson Jumpp took third with a pin (3:42) over Harris.

285: Lake Howell’s Joshua Maldonado won the title, sandwiching a semifinal pin (3:58) over Hagerty’s Thad Elam with decision wins over Lake Brantley’s Jason Roman (5-1, quarters) and Oviedo’s Malachi Williams (3-2) in the championship. Williams reached the final with a 3-2 win over Winter Springs in the semi, while Elam took fourth behind a consi-semi pin (2:14) over Seminole’s Jerome Johnson and a 3-2 loss for third to Winter Springs.

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#Spearfish: Niceville Holds Off Fernandina For Team Win

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Gulf met Atlantic for the top spot in Saturday’s Spearfish IBT at Arnold, and it was the Gulf that won the day.

Repping the Gulfside, Niceville was able to overcome Fernandina Beach, which made the long trek over from across the state, with 276 points to the Pirates’ 258.5 in taking the team title.

Rocky Bayou Christian (177.5) was third, Rutherford (146.5) and Tate (128.5) fifth to round out the top half of the tournament. Host Arnold (102.5) was sixth, followed by Melbourne (99.5), Destin (69.5), Bozeman (41) and Ft Walton Beach (22).

Below follows a summary of the tournament —

106: Fernandina’s Luke Gray pinned his way through a six-person RR format, with five pins in 7:12. Gray had pins over Arnold’s Anthony Bradbury (:47, rd 1), Rutherford’s Gabriel Breen (:18, rd 2), Bozeman’s Elisabeth Vonkeyserling (:52, rd 3), Niceville’s Isabella Wall (:33, rd 4) and Rocky Bayou’s Thomas Pluhar (4:42, rd 5), with the fall over Pluhar for the effective championship. Pluhar was 4-1 with four pins, falling Bradbury (:31) in round 4 to clinch second. Bradbury had three pins for third, pinning Wall (3:27) in round 3, while Wall had two pins, including a round 1 pin over Breen (1:41) for fourth. Breen pinned Vonkeyserling in 44 seconds in round 4 to clinch 5th.

113: After taking second in Pool B with a 1-1 record, Rocky Bayou’s Clay Nelson reached the championship flight final, where he lost by fall to the champion from Melbourne (3:23). Nelson pinned Destin’s Jimmy Singleton, the Pool A champ, in the semis (1:57). Singleton had three falls in pool and added a fourth in pinning Niceville’s Chris Mardis for third. In the consolation flight, Tate’s Julian Agosto pinned the hosts’ Jayden Brown (3:54) to win the flight.

120: In a key battle between the top two teams in the championship final, Niceville’s Garrett Jarvis took the title with a pin over Fernandina Beach’s Cael Kubatzke in 2:48. Jarvis had two pins to win Pool B, with a semifinal pin over Tate’s Lahela Grady (2:23), while Kubatzke had three pins to win Pool A, with a fourth pin over Rocky Bayou’s Elijah Chapman (:42) in the semis. Grady came back to take third with a 47-second pin over Chapman. Rutherford’s Cyrus Nichols won the consolation flight with a fall over Arnold’s Zachary Wootton (3:50).

126: The outcome was reversed in this weight class, as the Pirates’ Caden Kubatzke won the championship flight with a second-period pin (2:36) over Niceville’s Ethan Pinto. Kubatzke won Pool A with two pins in 25 seconds, with a semifinal pin over teammate Patrick Lee (:49), while Pinto had two pins in 1:23 to win Pool B and falled Rocky Bayou’s Jeremiah Herron in 2:39 in the championship semi. Lee came back to take third with a fall (3:50) over Herron. Tate’s Zackary Rogers was second in the consolation flight, losing by fall (:40) to Melbourne.

132: After taking Pool A with a pin and TF, Rocky Bayou’s Luke Latham max-pointed through the championship pool, with a medical forfeit over Destin’s Charlie Valentine and pins over Niceville’s Noah Jarvis (3:27, semis) and over Fernandina Beach’s Nik Saldana (4:36, championship). Saldana won Pool B with a pin and medical forfeit, falling Rutherford’s Giovanni Vinczan (1:50, quarters) and Melbourne (3:42, semis) to get to Latham. Jarvis took third with a pin (1:56) over Melbourne, while Bozeman’s Daniel Pierce won by fall (2:43) over Niceville’s Alexis Krumnow for fifth.

138: After winning Pool C with a pin and tech, Rutherford’s Romero Black added two more falls to win the championship, with flight pins over Niceville’s Andreas Maldanodo-Negron (2:13, semis) and over Fernandina Beach’s Dietrich Woods (3:37) for the championship. Woods was the Pool D champ, with two pins, adding a double-overtime 6-4 win in the championship semis over Rocky Bayou’s Ethan Heathershaw. Heathershaw, the Pool A champ with two pins & decision, falled Maldanodo-Negron (Pool B champ with three pins) in 3:38 for third. Niceville’s Colt Dannenmueller won the 5th-place flight with a medical forfeit over Ft Walton Beach (semis) and 6-0 decision over Fernandina Beach’s JB Sellers.

145: Fernandina Beach’s Cole Misciagna bonus-pointed through the day up to the final, where he took a 9-3 championship decision over Melbourne. Earlier, Misciagna won Pool A with two pins and an 18-6 major, with a third fall (3:47) in the championship semis over Destin’s Zackary Thomas. Thomas, who was second in Pool B to Melbourne, took third with a 45-second fall over Tate’s Caiden Stone, who was second to Misciagna in Pool A. In a battle of Niceville teammates, Tim Dwyer decisioned JJ Martinez, 6-5, to win the consolation flight.

152: Niceville’s Aidan Kyllonen pinned his way through the tournament, with three pins to take Pool A, with championship-flight falls in the semis over Destin’s Noah Gentry (3:41) and for the championship over teammate Tristen Lionberger (2:20). Lionberger was second in Pool A, with only a loss to Kyllonen, and got to the final with a championship-flight semifinal pin over Fernandina Beach’s Blake Harrington (2:32). Harrington, the Pool B champion (2 pins) decisioned Gentry, 15-10, for third place, while Tate’s Carson White won the consolation flight with a fall (2:23) over Niceville’s Corey Burkhardt.

160: Fernandina Beach’s Enzo Gamba had two pins in 2:07 to win Pool A, adding two more in the bracket before teching Niceville’s Bryce Travis, 18-2 in 4:18, to win the weight class. Gamba had bracketed pins over Rocky Bayou’s Jaden Scruggs (2:34, quarters) and over Tate’s Landon Hutto (1:18, semis). In reaching the final, Travis won Pool B with a pin, then added bracketed victories over Destin’s Matheus Barcelos (pin in 1:15, quarters) and over teammate Ty Hawkins (7-3 decision, semis). Hawkins, the Pool C champ, downed Pool D champ Hutto, 11-6, for third, while Scruggs pinned Rutherford’s Jacob Peace in 3:54 for fifth.

170: Niceville’s Martin Black won Pool A with two pins and a decision, adding a 9-0 major in the crossover match over Pool B champ (3 pins & decision) Keaton Schirmer of Rutherford. Pool A runnerup Peyton Andersen (2-1 with 2 pins) of Rocky Bayou Christian falled Pool B runnerup Christian McDonald (3-1, 2 pins & med fft) of Rutherford in 2:58 for third place, while Tate’s Owen Joyner took fifth with a fall (1:57) over Destin’s Vincent Cavaretta.

182: The Eagles’ Harrisen Wall max-pointed through the tournament, winning Pool B with a 4-0 record on three pins and an injury-default win, adding a fifth win and fourth pin in the crossover over Pool A champ (3 pins) Lucas Crawford of Fernandina Beach. In the third-place match, Pool B runnerup Bryson Schirmer (2 pins) of Rutherford falled Pool A runnerup Elijah Smith (2 pins) in 1 minute, while Rocky Bayou’s Russell Merrifield was sixth, with a crossover loss by fall (4:43) to Melbourne.

195: In a four-person roundrobin, Tate’s Jacob Turner had a pin and two decisions, with a fall over Arnold’s Bryan Beard (1:09, rd 1) and decisions over Fernandina Beach’s Gauge Housley (10-9, rd 2) and Rocky Bayou’s Jeremiah O’Sullivan (8-4, rd 3), with the effective championship coming in round 2. Housley was 2-1 for second, with an 8-5 win over O’Sullivan in round 1, while O’Sullivan falled Beard (:10) in round 2 to clinch third.

220: Arnold’s Eimantas Skirius pinned his way through a six-person RR format, with five pins in 6:24. Skirius falled Rutherford’s Alisa Miller (:26, rd 1), Fernandina’s Peyton White (:35, rd 2), Bozeman’s Asher Burris (2:21, rd 3), Niceville’s James Opitz (1:29, rd 4) and Tate’s Landen George (1:33, rd 5), with the fall over George the effective championship match. George was 4-1 with four pins, falling White (:47) in round 4 to clinch second, while White claimed third with a 9-7 round-1 win over Burris. Burris had a pair of pins for fourth, falling Opitz in 2:49 in round 5, while Opitz took fifth with a round-2 pin (1:35) over Miller.

285: In a five-person RR format, Niceville’s Asa Adams had four pins in 3:28 to win the weight class, with falls over Bozeman’s John Hagans (:30) and Kerian Tripp (1:28), Rutherford’s Edward Johnson (1:26) and Elias Johnson (1:04), with his fall over Edward Johnson the championship match. Edward Johnson took second with 3 pins, falling Tripp in 1:07 in round 2 to clinch the runnerup spot. Tripp was third, Hagans fourth and Elias Johnson fifth, as Tripp pinned Johnson, Johnson pinned Hagans (4:32) and Hagans falled Tripp (:54).

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#Metro: 9 Region 1 Wrestlers Win Weight-Class Titles

WINTER PARK — In the end, Freedom’s depth was just enough to overcome both Apopka and Timber Creek and allow the Patriots to win the 2021-22 Metro Conference title Saturday.

Freedom finished with 250 points, 9.5 better than the runnerup Blue Darters and 14 better than the Wolfpack, with Cypress Creek fourth at 146.

Windermere pushed past the hosts, 134-129, to grab fifth place. Ocoee, with 110.5 points, was eighth and Dr Phillips 10th with 82.

In the second 10, Olympia was 11th (79 points), Wekiva 13th (71), Evans 16th (59) and West Orange 19th (34). University (Orlando) was 22nd and did not score.

Below follows a summary of placing wrestlers classified in Region 1 at each weight class, where applicable —

106: Timber Creek’s Jean Vazquez won the title, pinning his way through the draw with four pins, including Friday falls over Horizon (:45, rd of 16) and Windermere’s Franco Bustamante (1:42, quarters). On Saturday, Vazquez had pins over Oak Ridge (2:50, semis) and over Freedom’s Jeremiah Joseph (3:22) in the championship. Bustamante came back after the quarterfinal loss with four pins in the consis, falling Oak Ridge (4:43) for third. Apopka’s Shelby Sherman, a semifinalist, wound up sixth, medical-forfeiting to Cypress Creek in the fifth-place match.

113: Timber Creek’s Trenton Dominguez made it back-to-back Wolfpack champs, pinning his way into the final, where he majored Freedom’s Evan Martinez with an 8-0 shutout. Earlier, Dominguez had Friday pins over Cypress Creek (:30, rd of 16) and Olympia’s Shiv Patel (1:30, quarters), with a third fall over Boone (1:58) in the semis. After a quarterfinal loss by fall to East River, Apopka’s Carter White rallied back for two pins in the consis to make podium, eventually taking sixth after losses by fall in the consi semis and to Jones (1:40) in the fifth-place match.

120: Apopka’s Tamarion Kendrick kept Region 1 atop the podium, bonus-pointing through each round, including in the finals, where he falled Lake Nona’s Christian Reinhardt (3:20) to win the championship. On Friday, Kendrick pinned Horizon (:59, rd of 16) and teched Olympia’s Brae White (18-2 in 3:44), with an 11-0 semifinal shutout over Cypress Creek. After a loss by fall to Reinhardt in the quarters, Timber Creek’s Marlo Clark won three consi-side matches, placing fifth with a 10-4 decision victory over Ocoee’s Nathan Ramirez, who’d reached the semis after two Friday max-point wins.

126: Region 1 wrestlers won four in a row, with Apopka’s Jalen Moliere taking the title after bonus-pointing through the field, including a finals pin (1:06) over Lake Nona’s Michael Prado for the bracket win. Moliere had three Friday pins over West Orange’s Giordanny Perez (2:19, rd of 32), Freedom (3:08, rd of 16) and Boone (:21, quarters), with a 13-5 major in the semis over Evans’ Jaylen Clayton. Clayton (2 front-side wins) added two more in the consis for third, turning back Windermere’s Lucas Drone, 8-6, in the consi semis, followed by an 11-5 win over Timber Creek’s Aiden Benson for third, which duplicated his 9-3 quarterfinal win over Benson on Friday. Drone wound up sixth, falling, 9-6, to East River in the fifth-place match.

132: Winter Park’s Jorge Gonzalez made it five Region 1 wins in a row, with a 9-3 decision in an all-area final over Olympia’s Madden Bourst. Gonzalez bonus-pointed through each round prior to the final, with a forfeit over Lake Buena Vista (rd of 16) and fall over Windermere’s Francisco Delgado-Mendez (3:02, quarters), plus a 12-1 major over West Orange’s Chris Perez in the semis. Bourst had a Friday pin over Boone (:23, rd of 16) and tech over Timber Creek’s Michael Enck (17-0 in 5:57, quarters), pushing past Wekiva’s Joshua Raphael, 11-10, in the semis. Perez (2 front-side pins) added a third over Jones in the consi semis, with a 9-8 win over Raphael (front-side pin & major, pin over Delgado-Mendez in the consi semis). Delgado-Mendez wound up sixth, losing by tech (15-0 in 5 minutes) to Jones.

138: Apopka’s Rocco Vargas reached the final behind three pins over Boone (1:21, rd of 16), West Orange’s Stacey Rhodes (1:22, quarters) and over Windermere’s Tyler Drone (2:49, semis) before falling in the championship match to Freedom’s Eric Aja, 7-1. Drone (3 front-side wins) added two more in the consis, with a 6-0 win over Edgewater in the semis, and an 8-5 win over Timber Creek’s Josue Batista for third. Batista lost his only front-side match, but took five consi-side wins to get to the third-place match.

145: Winter Park’s Joseph Parker didn’t give up a point all weekend in taking the title, with Friday pins over Timber Creek’s Barak Matviak (1:56, rd of 16) and Jones (1:12, quarters), coming back Saturday with a 6-0 semifinal win over Colonial and an 8-0 major over Apopka’s Bonosky Fidel in the championship match. Fidel had bonus-pointed through all rounds before the final, with pins over Dr Phillips’ Davy Bancey (2:50, rd of 16) and Oak Ridge (:44, quarters), plus an 11-2 major over Freedom in the semis. Wekiva’s Seth Galvin, who’d lost by fall to Freedom in the quarters, took four wins on the back for third, with a 12-2 major over Colonial in the semis and 13-2 major over Bancey, who’d had four consi-side wins of his own in making podium, for third place.

152: Windermere’s Jerry Vargas reached the final, where he took a loss by fall (1:11) to Freedom’s Elijah Alvarez. In getting to the final, Vargas had a fall over Lake Nona (3:39, rd of 16) and decisions over Cypress Creek (9-3, quarters) and East River (6-4 in sudden victory). Timber Creek’s Daniel Pacheco, who’d lost in the quarters, was fifth with three consi-side wins, including a 7-6 medal-round win over Dr Phillips’ Daniel Melendez, a reprise of their rd-of-16 matchup (which Pacheco won by fall). Melendez won three consi-side matches just to make podium.

160: In an all-area final, Apopka’s Ransom Randolph falled 3A-District 4 rival Eric Gilreath of Ocoee in 5:33 to win the championship. Randolph bonus-pointed through the tournament, with Friday pins over Dr Phillips’ Ryan Cesar (2:09, rd of 16) and East River (3:04, quarters), plus a 10-1 major in the semis over Colonial. For his part, Gilreath had three pins Friday (2:39 over Cypress Creek, 5:39 over Timber Creek’s Jovan Santana in rd of 16, 1 minute over Olympia’s Zach Winkelkotter in quarters), surviving a 14-13 decision over Oak Ridge in the semi.

170: Winter Park’s Tristen Carbonell gave the hosts their third title of the day, with Friday bonus-point wins over University (Orlando)’s Cristopher Pena (pin in 2:31, rd of 16) and over Ocoee’s Andy Delva (16-0 TF in 4:46, quarters), followed by Saturday decisions over Cypress Creek (7-5) in the semis and a 2-1 win over Timber Creek’s Dennis Proulx for the title. Proulx had pins over East River (:38, rd of 16) and Oak Ridge (1:06, quarters), with a 9-3 semifinal win over Horizon. After a quarterfinal loss to Cypress Creek, Windermere’s Kurt Vollenweider had four bonus-point wins for third, including an 8-0 major over Cypress Creek in the bronze-medal match.

182: Ocoee’s Ethan Smith was the top Region 1 finisher in the weight class; after a loss in sudden victory to Evans’ Edward Clayton in the quarters, Smith took four wins in the consis, with a 9-6 semifinal win over Apopka’s Carlson Michel and 17-2 TF (3:35) over Clayton in the third-place match. Clayton (2 front-side wins) fell to East River, 5-0, in the semis, but pinned Dr Phillips’ Amir Motassim (4:20) in the consi semis. Michel edged Motassim in sudden victory, 4-3, for fifth.

195: After a loss by fall to the eventual runnerup from Freedom in the quarters, Dr Phillips’ Andrew Ocegueda finished fourth, tops among Region 1 competitors. Ocegueda (front-side pin) had three bonus-point wins in the consis to make podium, pinning East River in the semis before losing by fall (:54) to Cypress Creek in the bronze-medal match. After a 16-5 loss to the eventual champion from Jones in the quarters, Timber Creek’s Nico Perez won three times on the back to take fifth, with a 7-2 decision over East River in the place match.

220: Apopka’s Ralph Sanchez pinned his way through the tournament, with a fall in the all-Region 1 final over Winter Park’s Liam Glassmeyer in 2:45 for the championship. Sanchez had earlier pins over Jones (:38, rd of 16), Wekiva’s Charles Hall (1:12, quarters) and Ocoee’s Keniel Carrasquille (1:32, semis) before the final. Glassmeyer had two pins of his own over University’s Zell Cataraja (:45, rd of 16) and Evans’ Kevin Gustave (3:19, quarters) before edging Cypress Creek, 6-5, in the semi. After a rd-of-16 loss to East River, Timber Creek’s Chris Pacheco won four times to get back to the third-place match, where he lost by fall (3:11) to Freedom. Carrasquille, who had two front-side wins to reach the semis, wound up sixth.

285: Timber Creek’s Peter Nesheiwat pinned his way to the final round, where he fell by a 3-2 count to Freedom’s Roshaun Dudley in the championship match. Earlier, Nesheiwat had pins over East River (1:27, rd of 16), Lake Buena Vista (2:18, quarters) and Apopka’s Zaire Warner (3:27, semis). Wekiva’s Holly Saintmelus, who fell in the quarters by a 3-2 count to Dudley, had three pins on the back to get back to the third-place match, with a loss by fall (4:17) to Cypress Creek. Ocoee’s Deandre Scott (2 front-side pins) reached the semis, falling 7-4 there to Dudley and then again by fall to Cypress Creek in the consi semis, but came back to decision Warner, 6-2, for fifth. Warner had three front-side wins to reach the semis and assure a place.

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#Braves: Bevis Wins 195 Title; Gulf Breeze Top Area Team

LAKELAND — Four area teams journeyed to Lakeland for the weekend’s Braves Invitational, hosted by Lake Gibson.

Tops of the three was Gulf Breeze, which finiahed seventh in the 29-team team event with 110 points, 23.5 back of sixth-place North Port.

Top five teams in the two-day IBT were Lake Highland Prep (313.5), host Lake Gibson (250.5), Palmetto Ridge (232.5), Charlotte (226) and Jensen Beach (182); with the three FHSAA dual state champions plus LHP in the mix, it served as a de facto Who’s #1 in Florida-style event.

Lincoln, with 70 points, was ninth in the tournament, while St Augustine 17th (43) and Columbia 19th (37.5).

Below follows a summary of coverage-area top-six placewinners at each weight class, where applicable:

106 — Lake Highland’s Liam Davis (St Johns resident) was third and a semifinalist, with three bonus-point wins on the front, including pins over Bishop Verot (:53, rd of 32), Venice (1:12, rd of 16) and Lake Gibson (10-2, quarters) before falling to Doral Academy, 9-7, in the semis. Davis then pinned an LHP teammate, then edged Charlotte, 3-2, for third.

113 — No area wrestlers in top six; Lincoln’s Vaniel Caceres was 7th.

132 (no placers at 120 & 126) — Gulf Breeze’s Colson Elliott was fifth and a semifinalist, with three front-side wins, including Friday wins over Tenoroc (:15, rd of 32), St Augustine’s Wilson Nguyen (5-3, rd of 16) and Zephyrhills Christian (10-4, quarters) before losing by tech fall in the semis to the eventual champion from Lake Gibson (19-4). After a 6-4 loss to Palmetto Ridge in the consi semis, Elliott won by forfeit over Jensen Beach for fifth. Nguyen wound up finishing 7th.

138 — No area wrestlers in top six; Gulf Breeze’s Logan Merritt was 8th.

145 — Gulf Breeze’s Garret Rudick was sixth and a quarterfinalist, with a bye into the round of 16 and pin over Lake Gibson (2:57) in that round before losing by fall (2:46) in the quarters to the eventual 4th. Rudick won twice in the consis to make podium, with a 3-2 loss in the fifth-place match to the same Lake Gibson wrestler.

170 (no placers at 152 & 160) — Columbia’s Joseph Rice was a semifinalist and placed third. After a bye into the round of 16, Rice had a TF (15-0 in 4:50) there over Lakeland, with a quarterfinal pin (3:18) over Jensen Beach in the quarters before falling to Lake Gibson, 6-1, in the semis. Rice then pinned North Port (2:52) in the consi semis and took a 9-4 decision over Palmetto Ridge for third.

182 — Gulf Breeze’s Blake Fluck placed fourth and was a quarterfinalist, with a bye into the round of 16, where he pinned Springstead (:45). After a loss to North Port in the quarters (3:44), Fluck had three consi-side wins (2 pins & decision, that a 5-1 win over Jensen Beach in the consi semis) before taking a second loss by fall to North Port (3:38) in the third-place match. Columbia’s Jayden Drew was 8th.

195 — Lincoln’s Cayden Bevis was the only Region 1 wrestler to win a title in this high-powered event. After a bye into the round of 16, Bevis teched North Port (26-11 in 2:15) in that round, with a second-period pin (2:55) over Countryside in the quarters. On Saturday, Bevis shut out Lake Highland Prep, 6-0, in the semis, and picked up another bonus-point win in the final over Charlotte’s Cade Newton, with a 16-6 major. In that match, Bevis racked up four first-period takedowns, with a reversal late in the second, another one early in the third, followed by two more takedowns for the major.

220 — Lincoln’s Omarion LaRoach was fourth and a semifinalist. After a bye into the round of 16, LaRoach majored Lake Gibson (13-1) in that round, falling North Port (3:32) in the quarters, but fell to the eventual champion from Charlotte, 7-3, in the semis. LaRoach had a third bonus-point win, 13-0, in the consi semis over Jensen Beach, but then lost by fall (4:23) to Pasco in the third-place match. St Augustine’s Nate Bumbalough was eighth.

285 — Gulf Breeze’s Phillip Dillard was fifth and a quarterfinalist. After a bye into the round of 16, Dillard pinned Port Charlotte (2:22), losing by fall to the eventual champion from Kathleen (1:27) in the quarters. Dillard then took two consi-side decisions to make podium, with a consi-semi loss by fall to Charlotte and a medical forfeit win for fifth over Weeki Wachee. St Augustine’s Jaquan Whitty was 7th.

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#Ippolito: War Eagles Take Tampa-Area Road Trip

BRANDON — Wakulla was the lone Region 1 team trekking south of Tampa this weekend, competing in this weekend’s Tony Ippolito Memorial, hosted by Brandon.

While no team in the 28-team field could hang with the host Eagles and their 272.5-point team title, the War Eagles were in the mix with the other leaders, placing fifth with 162.5 points, just a half-point out of fourth-place Heritage, five back of third-place First Baptist (Naples) and within shouting distance of runnerup Treasure Coast and its 181.5 points.

All of the other teams in the field, with one exception, were Tampa-area, Southwest Gulf, or South Florida-based.

Wakulla had three runner-ups in the event, which concluded on Saturday.

At 106, Julian Harvey took an 11-5 loss to First Baptist (Naples)’ Jonathan Moder. Prior to the final, Harvey had Friday wins over Berkeley Prep (28-13, rd of 32), Barron Collier (fall in 2:35) and a 6-2 quarterfinal win over Heritage, coming back on Saturday with a 10-4 win over a second Heritage wrestler.

Hayden Reeves (145) also reached the championship round, taking an 8-0 loss to Sarasota’s Reese Hibbard. Before that, Reeves had max-pointed through the tournament, with Friday pins over Palmetto’s Jack Baty (:42, rd of 32), Berkeley Prep’s Robert Muldrow (:30, rd of 16) and a forfeit in the quarters, adding a third pin in the semis over First Baptist (Naples)’ Gavin Patton.

After a bye into the round of 16, Jae T Thaxton powered through three 6-minute matches, with Friday wins over Booker’s Michael Arthur (12-2 in the round of 16) and over Leesburg’s Dominic Delgado (9-8, quarters), with an 8-2 semifinal win over George Jenkins’ Timothy Peoples, but Thaxton fell short in the championship match against Treasure Coast’s Lucas Moreno, falling by a 7-5 count.

At 132, Isaiah Wilson was a semifinalist (2 front-side pins), falling by a 2-1 score in the semis to the eventual runnerup from Brandon. Wilson then majored Barron Collier, 12-4, for third.

Conner Brown (113) and Tyler Edenfield (182) each were sixth in their weight classes. Brown (front-side) pin lost by fall to the eventual 4th from Riveview (Sarasota), with a second loss in the fifth-place match to Treasure Coast. Edenfield (front-side pin) lost by fall to the eventual runnerup from Barron Collier, taking a loss in the fifth-place match to Newsome.

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#RotaryGirls: Ponte Vedra Wins First Team Trophy

Ponte Vedra girls with the inaugural Clay Rotary girls title won Saturday at Clay HS (Photo submitted from Ponte Vedra girls’ team Facebook page).

GREEN COVE SPRINGS — With 17 teams contesting Saturday for the inaugural Clay Rotary Invitational girls’ tournament on the Clay HS campus, there were plenty of eyes on this meet.

And, at the end, Ponte Vedra’s group had enough firepower to outdistance the rest of the field, winning the team championship trophy with 79 points to runnerup Mainland’s 57.

Mosley, with 56 points, was third, followed by host Clay (51.5) and Orange Park (38) rounding out the top five.

Middleburg (36 points) was sixth, followed by area teams Raines (34), Tocoi Creek (32), Bartram Trail (27), Matanzas (26) and Bishop Kenny (21) to complete the top 11. Baker County and Nease (17 points each) tied for 13th, with Buchholz 16th (10) and Columbia 17th (nine).

Below follows a summary of the tournament, conducted in round-robin and bracketed format —

100: In what was essentially a two-person weight class, Mosley’s Valarie Solorio falled Mainland’s Abby Couillard in 43 seconds for the title. Solorio had a pair of takedowns, with a 3-point nearfall scored before the pin.

105: Middleburg’s Gracie Bradshaw pinned her way through the bracket, with falls in the quarters (3:33) over Buchholz’s Talia Robbins, semis (:36) over Mosley’s Amanda Adams and in the championship (3:36) over Raines’ Shanise West. That match had Bradshaw leading throughout, with two scoring moves and a pair of first-period turns before picking up the fall. West rached the final with pins over Columbia’s Krysta Chaffin (:26, quarters) and over Key West (3:29) in the semis. Ponte Vedra’s Chandler Wildrick, after a 7-6 quarterfinal loss to Key West, rallied back to fourth with two consi-side pins before falling by a 12-4 count to Key West in the third-place match.

110: Ponte Vedra’s Cynthia Kowitski pinned her way through all three rounds of RR competition, pinning Clay’s MiKayla Wyrick (:52), Baker County’s Makayla Johnson (2:44) and Tocoi Creek’s Julia Rich (1:22). The round 2 pin over Johnson being the effective championship, Kowitski gave up no points in that match, with takedowns in both periods and a pair of turns before securing the fall. Johnson falled Wyrick in 1:37 in round 3 to clinch the runnerup spot, with Wyrick pinning Rich in 4:53 to ensure third in Round 2.

115: The Lady Sharks’ Erin Rizzuto ran the table in four rounds of RR competition, with three first-period pins and a third-period fall to go 4-0. Rizzuto had falls over eventual 3rd Rachel Howard (1:15) of Bishop Kenny, teammate and eventual 4th Sophia Mallon (1:02), eventual runnerup Tesla Kirkland of Matanzas (5:02) and 5th-place Vanessa Stobe of Bartram Trail (:50). In the round-4 match with Kirkland, Rizzuto had rolled up a 17-3 lead, with five turns to her credit before picking up the fall. Kirkland pinned Howard (:57) in round 5 to clinch second, with Howard falling Mallon (1:31) in round 4 to assure third. Mallon won by fall (3:26) in round 1 over Stobe.

Inaugural Clay Rotary girls placers are recognized before Saturday’s final round of boys competition in the Clay gym (Photo submitted by Stacee Reape).

120: A two-person roundrobin saw Tocoi Creek’s Brielle Bibla take a pair of pins over Matanzas’ Christina Borgmann (3:01 in round 1, :41 in round 2) for the weight-class win. Bibla went up 14-3 behind three turns, although gave up one scoring move, before securing the first pin; in the second match, one takedown was all that was required.

125: In a three-person roundrobin, Clay’s Aubrianna Apple won the title behind a round-2 TF (23-6 in 3:19) over Middleburg’s Chaya Jeanette and an 8-1 decision over Ponte Vedra’s Natalia Choquegonza. That second match saw Apple pick up scoring moves in each period, with a 2-point turn in the second. Choquegonza took second with a fall (1:52) over Jeanette.

130: Clay’s Madisyn Blackburn won three matches by fall in a four-person RR, with pins over eventual 3rd Allison Boyer of Mosley (2 minutes), eventual 4th Olivia Drayton of Nease (1:54) and runnerup Kendall Bibla of Tocoi Creek (3:16) for the title. The offseason teammates met in Round 5, with Blackburn scoring twice and taking a pair of 3-point turns in the first period before getting the fall in the second. Bibla pinned Boyer in 2:39 (round 2) to assure second place, while Boyer falled Drayton (4:06) in the final round to take third.

140: Ponte Vedra’s Olivia Richie pinned her way through the bracket, taking pins over Tocoi Creek’s Saniyah Callahan (1:55, quarters), Mosley’s Savannah Pitts (3:48, semis) and Nease’s Olivia Carr (2:56, championship). Richie racked up three first-period takedowns, with a fourth one in the second plus a pair of 2-point turns before the pin. Carr reached the final behind a quarterfinal pin (2:54) over Bartram’s Paige Stewart and a 7-0 semifinal win over Bishop Kenny’s Mallory Frattle; Frattle (front-side pin) came back for third with a consi-side pin and 7-2 win over Pitts in the medal round.

145: In a four-person RR, Bartram Trail’s Katherine Stewart recorded three pins, with falls over Clay’s Jaysie Garcia (1:46, round 1), Columbua’s Carlee Morrison (2:04, round 2) and Baker County’s Savannah Powell (1:13, round 3). In round 1 against Garcia, the effective championship match, Stewart had one takedown and one 3-point turn before taking the fall victory. Garcia pinned Morrison (2:01) in round 3 to secure second, while Morrison pinned Powell (5:49) in round 1 to clinch third.

155: In a three-person roundrobin, Orange Park’s Jasmine Hecht took a round-2 pin (4 minutes) over Bartram Trail’s Ava Burre, then came back to decision Mainland’s Jah’Mya Hill, 10-5, in round 3 for the weight-class win. Hecht trailed, 5-4, after being put to back late in the second period, but a third-period takedown, plus a four-point nearfall with 54 seconds left, sealed the deal. Hill clinched second with a round-1 fall over Burre (2:56).

170: Mosley’s Henlee Haynes racked up four pins in 2:42 for her title in four rounds of RR competition, with falls over eventual 5th Hannah Matalobos of Bartram (:56), eventual runnerup Claire Holt of Tocoi Creek (1:12), eventual 3rd Gabrielle Proctor of Matanzas (:20) and eventual 4th Trinya Tillman of Mainland (:14). In the effective championship match against Holt, the two-time finalist (2020 state champ) had one takedown and one 3-point turn before securing the fall. Holt pinned Proctor (1:30) in round 5 to grab second, while Proctor falled Tillman (1:47) in round 1 to assure third. Tillman took fourth with a pin (1:26) in round 4 over Matalobos.

190: Middleburg’s Cheyenne Cruce was the top area placer, going 3-1 with three pins, with only a loss by fall (3:48) to the eventual champ from Palmetto Ridge in round 2. Cruce pinned Buchholz’s Kiona Upegui (1:46) to take effective second, with Upegui falling Mainland’s Eva Rojas (:37) in round 2 for third; Rojas decisioned Matanzas’ Brooklyn Watt, 9-5, to clinch fourth.

235: After pins in the quarters (1:33) over Mainland’s Summer Snow and Kevarrionn Sloan (1:10) in the semis, Orange Park’s Andrea Smith took the title with a 6-3 decision in the final over Raines’ Jada Arnold. Arnold scored first takedown in the first period, but Smith was able to reverse out; Arnold tied it with an escape in the second, but Smith secured the win with a third-period escape and eventual takedown. After a bye into the semis, Arnold had a fall over Mainland’s Cheyenne Wigley (1:36) in that round; Wigley, in turn, came back for third with a consi-side pin, then a TF (20-3 in 4 minutes) over Sloan in the third-place match.

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