Liberty claims state crown
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Liberty’s Lady Chargers wrestling team won the 2014 Florida state championship Saturday at University High. it was the team’s second championship in three years.
By Rick Pedone
Liberty won its second girls state wrestling championship in three years Saturday at Orlando University High.
The Lady Chargers (245) outscored Osceola (154) and Cypress Creek (141).
Twelve of the Lady Chargers placed, led by two-time state champion Tiffani Kohler at 220 pouunds.
Coach Louis Marciniak said that his wrestlers were exceptional.
“We had an amazing season, and I am very proud of our team captains, Caitlyn Herron and Yamilet Martinez, for keeping our girls motivated and helping to push them.”
State runners up for Liberty were Yalitza Ramos (195) and Stephany Lugo (182).
Herron (145) was third. Carolyn Herron (132) placed fourth along with Tiffany Tran (160) and Tanaily Lopez (97).
Fifth for Liberty were Donique Johnson (170), Martinez (152), Tatiana Rodriguez (145), Brianna Saint Clair (138) and Brittany Roman (126).
Also competing for the Lady Chargers were Brianna Faneitty (120), Nadrizka Fragoso (113) and Christina Almeida (106).
Andrea Mazariegos is the team manager. Jennifer Tilford is the team’s assistant coach.
Marciniak said the Chargers should be very strong next season, as well.
“We are only losing one member of our team, because most of our team is made up of freshmen and sophomores,” he said. “We are very happy to bring the championship back to Osceola County.”