Four Osceola High School wrestlers emerged victorious at the prestigious 30-team Cradle Cancer Tournament event last weekend at Jensen Beach High School.
Cooper Haase (106-pounds), George Duncan (120), Jaekus Hines (132), and Nolin Eaddy (182) all brought home individual championships for the Kowboys. Dylan Ruiz took a second place at 220, LaQuavion Pinellas was fourth at 182.
Osceola finished third as a team with 166 points, trailing just champion Charlotte (233) and American Heritage (177) in the team race. State powers Ft. Pierce Central (161) and Wellington (159.5) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
“It was a good event with some intense competition,” Osceola Head Coach Jim Bird noted. “To come away with four championships was a solid accomplishment. Nolin Eaddy defeated a state runner-up in the finals, and Cooper Haase beat a kid he had lost to earlier in the season. Overall, I thought we had some outstanding performances.”
Haase, a freshman, recorded three consecutive falls to advance to the semifinals. He would then take a 4-2 decision over Jensen Beach’s Jewell Williams, before pushing his record to 21-2 on the season with a 9-5 decision over Freedom High’s Lena Mathurin in the finals.
Duncan, 16-7 on the year, cruised into the semifinals with two falls and a technical fall in his first three matches, before taking a 3-0 win in the semifinals over Mantanza’s Ethan Goodman and winning by sudden victory with a takedown in extra time over Treasure Coast’s Dominick Dedrick , 10-8.
Hines dominated at 132-pounds. After a bye, a fall, a technical fall and a majority decision in the first four rounds, the Osceola junior then defeated Golden Gate’s Christian Moder in the championship match, 6-4.
Eaddy only had to wrestle three matches in winning at 182. He received a first round bye, won two matches by pin fall, received an injury walkover in the semifinals, before posting a solid 5-1 decision over Marco Bragado of Treasure Coast in the finals.
Ruiz cruised to the championship match at 220 with a bye, two falls and a major decision – where he met and lost in a second period pin by Chase Thompson of Delray Beach.
In addition to Pinellas, Mohammad Bakkali (138), Josean Sanchez (160) and Cody Carter (285) all contributed team points for the Kowboys.
Osceola hosted a six-team, Class 3A, District 5 Dual Meet Championship on Monday at Osceola High School. The top two teams advanced to next week’s Regional Dual Meet Championship, also scheduled for Osceola High. Check Saturday’s edition of the Osceola News Gazette or Aroundosceola.com for results.