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Seven county grapplers reach state semis


Published:   |   Updated: February 15, 2014 at 12:13 AM

LAKELAND - Through four rounds, seven Hernando County grapplers retained their state gold-medal dreams Friday at the 50th FHSAA Finals.

In Class 2A, Springstead's six-man contingency returns four Saturday to The Lakeland Center behind 2-0 runs: juniors Michael McDonald at 120 pounds, Andrew Smith at 132 and Billy Swift at 170, along with senior Jordan Rivera at 145.

Rivera, the county's only defending state champion, opened his county-record fourth state visit by besting Southwest Ranches-Archbishop McCarthy senior Michael Lockwood (29-11), 7-1.

In the quarterfinals, Rivera stuffed Naples-Palmetto Ridge sophomore Joey Nadotti for the third time in two winters, 5-2.

Rivera (36-4) will tangle with Gainesville senior Matthew Tamayo (46-3) in Saturday's semifinals.

In attempting to reach his second straight finals match, the 18-year-old Rivera summed up Friday's two bouts by saying, "I'm going to win a state championship, or die trying."

McDonald, a three-time state qualifier and 2013 state placer, extended his win skein to 43 matches in a row since last winter.

McDonald (42-0) twisted Orange Park-Oakleaf freshman Shawn Lanier into a 16-0 technical fall and led Fort Myers sophomore Colton Thomas, 7-2, before Thomas injury defaulted to the Eagle captain in the second period.

"I'm halfway to my goal," explained the 17-year-old McDonald. "I've got 12 minutes of wrestling left; I'm ready for tomorrow."

McDonald will tangle with Bradenton-Lakewood Ranch sophomore Dylan Cameron (40-9).

The two-time state qualifier Smith (42-7) pinned Orange Park-Ridgeview senior Joey Epstein (4:38), before trimming Hialeah Gardens-Mater Academy senior Wilmer Almendarez, 8-2.

The loss snapped Almendarez's 33-match win streak.

With the win, Smith faces Naples-Barron Collier senior Tanis Taylor (34-2),

Swift (37-8) mangled Archbishop McCarthy senior Colton Whittaker into a 13-3 major decision before defeating Chochtawhatchee senior Shamar Johnson, 7-3.

In Saturday's semis, Swift will tussle for the third time this season with Citrus senior Casey Bearden (50-3). The duo split two previous matches in overtime.

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In Class 1A, Hernando High seniors Brennan Ertl at 160 and Jesse Gaudin at 220 notched a combined 4-0 run.

Ertl (41-11) topped Bradenton-Southeast's Ricky Almodovar, 8-3, before pinning Jarraid Forsyth of Bradford-Starke in 53 seconds.

"I'm pretty happy," said the 17-year-old Ertl.

Ertl has dedicated the tournament to his friend Justin Zimmerman, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.

"I've been wrestling for Justin," explained Ertl.

The four-year Leopard starter will face Green Cove Springs-Clay's Caleb Loyd (44-13).

For his part, Gaudin opened the meet by pinning pin Clewiston's Jarad Escorcia in 5:09 before posting a major decision over Jacksonville-University Christian's David Trigg, 15-3.

Gaudin (47-3), a third-place medalist last winter, faces Cape Coral-Mariner's Alejandro Lopez (39-1) in the semis.

Another first-time state qualifier, Central senior Brandon Brown at 182, went 2-0.

Brown (24-3) notched pins over Jupiter Christian's Will Clervil (3:55) and Wakulla's Nathan Tyre (0:26).

In Saturday's semifinals, Brown will tussle with Pembroke Pines-Somerset Academy junior Raekwon Reggler (52-1).

Nature Coast Technical's trio of grapplers, juniors Mark Espinosa at 126 and Le'Shaun Gray at 170, along with sophomore Anthony Contegiacomo at 220, were all ousted in the double-elimination format.

Weeki Wachee senior Dante Padilla (53-10) will return Saturday to the loser's bracket following a 2-1 run at 126.

Two of his teammates, seniors Jesus Nieves at 132 and Anthony Vines at 285, were each eliminated with a combined 1-4 mark.

Class 2A:

Round 1 Results:

120 - Michael McDonald (SPG) tech. fall Shawn Lanier (OAKLEAF), 16-0.

132 - Andrew Smith (SPG) pin Joey Epstein (RIDGEVIEW), 4:38.

145 - Jordan Rivera (SPG) dec. Michael Lockwood (ARCHBISHOP MCCARTHY), 7-1.

160 - Chase Zahalka (FORT MYERS) major dec.Vincent Buonanno (SPG), 9-1.

170 - Billy Swift (SPG) major dec. Colton Whittaker (ARCHBISHOP MCCARTHY), 13-3.

195 - Robert McLachlan (PALMETTO) dec. Corey Humphrey (SPG), 5-1.

Round 2 Results:

160 - Vincent Buonanno (SPG) major dec. Jerry Vail (PBM), 13-2

195 - Corey Humphrey (SPG) pin Gaige Robbins (EAU GALLIE), 2:53.

Round 3 Results:

120 - Michael McDonald (SPG) won by injury default Colton Thomas (Fort Myers).

132 - Andrew Smith (SPG) dec. Wilmer Almendarez (Mater Academy), 8-2.

145 - Jordan Rivera (SPG) dec. Joey Nadotti (PALMETTO RIDGE), 5-2.

170 - Billy Swift (SPG) dec. Shamar Johnson (Choctawhatchee), 7-3.

Round 4 Results:

160 - Joseph Cambron (PACE) dec. Vincent Buonanno (SPG), 12-6.

195 - Fred Saliba (CHOCTAWHATCHEE) dec. Corey Humphrey (SPG), 8-3.

Round 6 Results:

120 - Michael McDonald (SPG) vs. Dylan Cameron (LAKEWOOD RANCH).

132 - Andrew Smith (SPG) vs. Tanis Taylor (BARRON COLLIER) .

145 - Jordan Rivera (SPG) vs Matthew Tamayo (GAINESVILLE).

170 - Billy Swift (SPG) vs. Casey Bearden (CIT).

Class 1A:

Round 1 Results:

120 - Dante Padilla (WW) pin Dy'Juan Carney (WAKULLA), 2:29.

126 - Donoven Hough (TAMPA PREP) pin Mark Espinosa (NCT), 0:54.

132 - Josh Calhoun (BOLLES) dec. Jesus Nieves (WW), 8-4.

160 - Brennan Ertl (HER) dec. Ricky Almodovar (SOUTHEAST), 8-3.

170 - Matt Kirkland (MONSIGNOR PACE) tech. fall Le'Shaun Gray (NCT), 16-1.

182 - Brandon Brown (CEN) pin Will Clervil (JUPITER CHRISTIAN), 3:55.

220 - Damon Golden (BOOKER) pin Anthony Contegiacomo (NCT), 3:36.

220 - Jesse Gaudin (HER) pin Jarad Escorcia (CLEWISTON), 5:09.

285 - DeAngeles Harris (WOLFSON) pin Anthony Vines (WW), 1:47.

Round 2 Results:

126 - Mark Espinosa (NCT) dec. Michael Brown (MENENDEZ), 3-1.

132 - Jesus Nieves (WW) dec. Jonathon Astascio (BRADENTON SOUTHEAST), 5-4.

170 - Tupac Isme (LELY) major dec. Le'Shaun Gray (NCT), 12-3

220 - Anthony Contegiacomo (NCT) dec. Osvelt Joseph (BOOKER T. WASHINGTON), 9-2.

285 - Joe Hernandez (CLEWISTON) pin Anthony Vines (WW), 1:40.

Round 3 Results:

120 - Brady Moser (AMERICAN HERITAGE) vs. Dante Padilla (WW), 6-5.

160 - Brennan Ertl (HER) pin Jarraid Forsyth (STARKE), 0:53.

182 - Brandon Brown (CEN) pin Nathan Tyre (WAKULLA), 0:26.

220 - Jesse Gaudin (HER) major dec. David Trigg (UNIVERSITY CHRISTIAN), 15-3.

Round 4 Results:

120 - Dante Padilla (WW) pin Steven Arce (TITUSVILLE), 1:17.

126 - Brock Carlan (ARNOLD) pin Mark Espinosa (NCT), 2:26.

132 - Dylan Martin (CLAY) dec. Jesus Nieves (WW), 3-1.

220 - Austin Nelson (CARDINAL GIBBONS) dec. Anthony Contegiacomo (NCT), 5-1.

Round 6 Results:

160 - Brennan Ertl (HER) vs. Caleb Loyd (CLAY),

182 - Brandon Brown (CEN) vs. Raekwon Reggler (SOMERSET),

220 - Jesse Gaudin (HER) vs. Alejandro Lopez (MARINER),

2014 HERNANDO COUNTY STATE RESULTS

- Compiled by TONY CASTRO

WGT NAME SCH W L PINS

120 McDonald, Michael SPG 2 0 0

132 Smith, Andrew SPG 2 0 1

145 Rivera, Jordan SPG 2 0 0

160 Buonanno, Vincent SPG 1 2 0

170 Swift, Billy SPG 2 0 0

195 Humphrey, Corey SPG 1 2 0

120 Padilla, Dante WW 2 1 2

132 Nieves, Jesus WW 1 2 0

285 Vines, Anthony WW 0 2 0

160 Ertl, Brennan HER 2 0 1

220 Gaudin, Jesse HER 2 0 1

126 Espinosa, Mark NCT 1 2 0

170 Gray, Le'Shaun NCT 0 2 0

220 Contegiacomo, Anthony NCT 1 2 0

182 Brown, Brandon CEN 2 0 2

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