GHS hosts Smith Duals; OHS wins Turkey Duals
By Rick Pedone
The wrestling season gets serious in a hurry this weekend at Gateway High where the Panthers will host a strong 20-team field for its Troy Smith Duals.
The featured attraction is defending 13-time state champion Brandon, ranked 18th nationally, which this year dropped from Class 3A to Class 2A.
Gateway Coach Jon Smorin said the tournament is a good way to assess the strength of this team.
Harmony, St. Cloud, Celebration and Liberty also will compete at the tournament, which begins Friday at noon and resumes Saturday morning at 9. Admission is $5 per day.
State-ranked Jensen Beach and Manatee also will compete along with Titusville, Astronaut, Viera, Bishop Moore, University and Orange City.
“It’s going to be a very good tournament,” Smorin said.
Celebration won three matches at the McKeel Duals in Lakeland Saturday.
The Storm downed Kathleen (51-18), Tenoroc (51-21) and McKeel (42-33). East River and Dr. Phillips beat the Storm.
Jeremi Arroyo (152, 7-0) and James Allen (160, 7-0) were unbeaten at the tournament.
“It’s such a coach’s joy to send out two bruisers back to back like Jeremi and James,” Coach Vic Lorenzano said.
Hank Woodward (120) emerged with a 6-1 record. First-year wrestler Alejandro Gonzalez (3-4) pinned his opponent from McKeel to secure that win.
Osceola will sit out the Troy Smith tournament after it dominated its Marvin Haven Turkey Duals Saturday.
The Kowboys dispatched Melbourne (70-6), Cypress Creek (67-12), Sebring (68-12) and Bishop Moore (79-0).
Deven Acevedo (106, 4-0), John Locksmith (120, 4-0), Gio Bonilla (145, 4-0), Fox Baldwin (160, 4-0), Spencer Lacey (170, 4-0), Franklyn Lantigua (182, 4-0) and Ben Cruz (220, 4-0) won four matches at the tournament, which was the first of the regular season.
Baldwin, whose goal is to go undefeated this season, pin all of his opponents and hold his opponents scoreless, is off to a good start. He seeks his fourth state championship.
The Kowboys will next compete Dec. 7 when they host the Danny Byron Duals.
That begins a treacherous month of competition that will see the Kowboys travel to Los Angeles (Megatron invitational) and Homestead (District 16 South Dade Duals) for elite meets before the team hosts its Knockout Christmas Classic Dec. 27-28.