Palmetto Ridge coach Blaine Ison did not purchase into the message boards that mentioned with 12 state qualifiers, the Bears have been the favorites in Class 2A in Lakeland this weekend.
However Ison was proper when he anticipated one of many closest workforce finishes in state collection historical past with Palmetto Ridge, Lake Gibson and Charlotte vying for the highest spot.
Charlotte escaped over Palmetto Ridge in 2A, profitable 153.5 to 145. Lake Gibson completed in third, simply behind the Bears with 141.5 factors.
Palmetto Ridge star Brennan Van Hoecke (49-0) closed out his junior season with a 9-3 choice over Charlotte’s Issac Church within the 132 pound weight class.
Van Hoecke’s teammate, Tyler Washburn, gained through fall simply 2:24 into the match in opposition to Miami Killian’s Christian Vasquez, giving the Bears two state champions this season.
Two extra Palmetto Ridge stars have been near becoming a member of Van Hoecke and Washburn atop the rostrum. Carson Miller and Roman Garcia took respective second place finishes within the 145 and 152 pound lessons.
Christopher Minto, youthful brother of Christian Minto, a three-time Information-Press Wrestler of the 12 months finalist and a four-time first workforce choice, defeated crosstown rival Caleb Massari from Fort Myers, 12-3 within the Class 2A, 120 pound division.
Massari wasn’t the one Greenie to make the rostrum. Greg Dennard was the runner-up within the 195 pound class in 2A, whereas John Vadyak positioned sixth within the 132 pound division.
Dominic Rodriguez (38-1) introduced residence the lone title for Riverdale, profitable in a 7-4 choice over Michael Cuttita from Palm Harbor College.
“It felt good,” Rodriguez mentioned. “All the laborious work lastly paid off.”
“I have never been capable of wrestle the previous two yr within the state collection, so lastly getting the possibility was wonderful,” Rodriguez added. “All my household, coaches, and teammates believing in me (actually fueled me).”
A junior, Rodriguez was extra centered on judo his freshman yr, and as a sophomore, he tore his ACL, which took him off the mat for a chronic time period.
The Raiders ended the 2020-21 season with a sixth place end in 3A with 86 factors. South Dade gained the category handily, with 164 factors, over 30 factors forward of Southwest Miami.
Jared Dinh was unable to repeat as a state champion for Riverdale this yr, dropping to Winter Park’s Joe Gonzalez by a 5-2 choice within the state championship match.
Alex Soto rounded out the Riverdale medalists with a fourth-place end within the 138 pound weight class.
Oasis multi-sport standout Hunter Eichelberger was the lone medalist in Class 1A, taking residence sixth within the 182 pound weight class.
Ida Baker’s lone qualifier, Angel Alverio, made it to the ultimate match within the 220 pound weight class in 2A, falling in an epic 3-1 choice to Lake Gibson’s Tristan Middlebrook.