Two years ago, a wrestling rivalry was born.
During the GMAC semifinal, Southwest’s Nosomy Pozo led Columbus’ Damian Penichet when the latter started snapping on his opponent’s head to set up shots. Pozo, who thought the contact was too hard, swung a punch. The tussle escalated, turning into disqualifications for the pair and consequently ending both wrestlers’ seasons.
“Every time we go at it it’s a battle,” said Pozo, now a senior. “He’s a really tough contender. We have a history.”
On Friday afternoon, Pozo earned a 4-1 decision over Penichet for the District 15-3A 132-pound title at Braddock High School.
Two weeks ago, Pozo beat Penichet 4-2 in overtime for his second GMAC crown. Penichet bested Pozo, who was making his first tournament appearance since an injury that kept him out over the summer, earlier in the season.
“It’s the different styles that challenge each other, which always make it a good match,” said Penichet, now a junior. “I’ll just watch the videos, look at what I did wrong, try to fix my mistakes.”
Both captured county championships and reached the state semifinal of their respective divisions while competing at different weight classes in 2011-12.
On Friday, the pair battled through a scoreless first period before Penichet took a 1-0 advantage in the second. Pozo, however, answered with a takedown and scored his four points soon after.
Pozo and Penichet won’t have to wait long for another possible rematch: Regional play begins next week, followed by the state tournament in Lakeland.
“I do like it knowing I have tough opponents like him making me train even harder,” Pozo said. “I push myself every day to the limit.”
Columbus, which won its sixth consecutive district title with a score of 215.5, produced five individual champions. Southwest also took five titles and finished second with 184.
“We had a great tournament,” Columbus coach James Husk said. “We look like we’re in a pretty good position with 12 boys going to the region next week.”
Team scores: Columbus 215.5, Southwest 184, Braddock 181.5, South Miami 91, Coral Park 48, Coral Gable 46.5, Miami Beach 46, Miami 36.
Championship – 106: Erik Zorrilla (SWM) dec. Nicholas Villamil (BRD) 8-6; 113: Gustavo Villamil (BRD) maj. dec. Anthony Codinach (COL) 10-0; 120: Jesse Acedo (SWM) dec. Alejandro Menendez (SM) 15-13 SV; 126: Juan Calderon (CP) dec. Emmanuel Nordelo (SM) 7-1; 132: Nosomy Pozo (SWM) dec. Damian Penichet (COL) 4-1; 138: Robert Powell (COL) dec. Geoffrey Nicholas (BRD) 5-4 TB2; 145: Daneil Harth (COL) pin Jose Felipe (BRD) 1:39; 152: Sonny Gulesian (COL) pin Milton Hope (BRD) 2:42; 160: Giovanny Lins (MB) dec. Kier Rodriguez (COL) 5-4; 170: Diego Garcia (COL) dec. Edney Alvarez (SWM) 3-2 TB2; 182: George Knowles (BRD) pin Jean Concepcion (SM) 3:58: 195: Adolfo Sotolongo (SWM) pin Leandro Rodriguez (BRD) 1:28; 220: Nicholas Wethy (COL) pin Juan Herrera (SWM) 2:41; 285: Joseph Kennedy (SWM) dec. Nicholas Gonzalez (COL) 5-1;
Consolation – 106: Adriel Garcia-Ramirez (COL) dec. Fernando Hernandez (SM) 9-4; 113: Christopher Camarillo (CG) pin Alaen Gonzalez (SWM) 0:56; 120: Anthony Vizcaino (CG) pin Carlos Perez (BRD) 4:17; 126: Jake Aguilera (COL) pin Marcieus Brown (BRD) 2:58; 132: Joel Alvarez (BRD) tech fall Julio Rodriguez (MB) 16-0; 138: Wayne Tarpley (MIA) dec. Joel Amaya (SM) 8-7; 145: Pedro Miranda (SWM) pin Hector Paz (MB); 152: Lazaro Rodriguez (SWM) dec. Brian Diaz (SM) 7-1; 160: Lazaro Acosta (CP) dec. Sebastian Calderon (BRD) 10-5; 170: Miguel Valles (SM) pin Darian Lazo (BRD) 4:12; 182: Lazaro Segura (SWM) pin Humberto Martinez (COL) 2:59; 195: Isidro Sandino (MIA) maj. dec. Marcos Moreno (CG) 17-3; 220: Eliezer Garcia (CP) pin Angelo Cordano (BRD) 2:11; 285: Jose Diaz (MIA) pin John Wesley (BRD) 1:48.