On Wednesday, the Generals hosted their first event of the season — the inaugural Miami Jackson/Martin Luther King Jr. Duals Tournament with 10 teams from Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.
“There’s a stigma, especially in the high school level, where they think it’s more like entertainment television people getting slammed in their head,” said Francis, whose heavyweight, Alex Cruz-Smith, qualified for state last year.
Drayton, who saw the “death and revitalization of a program,” finds it amazing that success in the sport has gotten people talking at a state football championship school.
“It was a surreal moment down in Homestead,” Drayton said. “It was the district championship, and we actually brought the first trophy home in wrestling.
“Wrestling was just a sideline sport. Nobody cared about it, but we put our heart and soul into it.”
• District 15-5A final – Coral Park 0, Coral Gables 0 (CP wins PKs 4-2): One hundred minutes of soccer were not enough to settle the winner of District 15-5A at Tropical Park.
After No. 3 seed Coral Park and No. 4 seed Coral Gables upset Ferguson and Columbus, respectively, to reach the district final, the Rams (10-5-4) bested the Cavaliers (4-5-5) 4-2 in penalty kicks to settle the scoreless tie.
With a 3-2 lead, Juan Pablo Ganan belted Coral Park’s fifth penalty kick into the upper right corner to seal the deal and send the Rams rushing toward the bleachers to celebrate with their fans.
Most of the game was played with the ball in Coral Park territory, but time and time again Rams goalkeeper Edward Morales, converted from being a field player last year, protected his net.
“When I started this season I had no goalie,” Coral Park coach Michel Fotso said. “I asked him to volunteer to be trained to be goalie. He accepted it. He has improved tremendously.
“That’s the first time he’s ever played goalie.”
Coral Park will play the runner-up of the District 16-5A final between Coral Reef and South Dade in the regional quarterfinals, and Gables will face the winner of the match being played Friday.
Pace 60, Mater Lakes 18: Fastest pins: 132: Mel Hilarire in :20. 160: Aaron Fluitt in :27. 152: Ale Smith in :33. 128: Alex Perez in 1:34. 145: Godwin Ferrier in 1:50. 113: Mattias Wettergren in 1:54.
MORE BOYS’ SOCCER
• Late Wednesday — District 16-5A semifinal — Coral Reef 1,Varela 0
• Hebrew Academy 58, Hillel 8 - HA (13-0): Gordon 21, Weiss 11, Moyal 9, Matis 16, Chami 2. HIL: Brener 3, Liebman 5. Halftime: HA 39-2. Rebounds: Gordon 8. Assists: Moyal 9. Steals: Chami 5
• Palmer Trinity 54, Ransom Everglades 41 - RE (17-4): Crotty 6, Lopez 14, Smith 2, Oppenheim 4, Deutch 11, Hallman 2. PT (20-4): Gonzalez 2, James 2, Smith 7, Granada 24, Parten 9, Waldman 6. Halftime: RE 19-17. Three pointers: Granada, Lopez 3, Deutch, Smith. Rebounds: Parten 11. Assists: James 3. Steals: Granada 5.
• Late Tuesday — GMAC quarterfinal — South Miami 58, Northwestern 33 - SM: Brown 10, Puertas 6, Graham 14. KD Brown 4, King 10, C. Ayerdis 3, Evans 11. NW: Noble 3, Allen 11, Dawkins 4, Horne 2, Gun 4, Stalworth 9. Rebounds: Evans 10, Brown 10. Steals: Graham 10. Assists: Graham 3