It was a pin fest at Cardinal Gibbons on Saturday afternoon as the Chiefs rolled to the District 14-1A wrestling championship by more than doubling the score of the next team.
Gibbons advanced all 14 wrestlers to the finals, and 12 captured individual district championships. All 14 wrestlers will advance to next weekend’s regional finals.
The Chiefs, who last won a state championship in 2011, are in a great position to bring home another title if they can get 10 wrestlers to Lakeland, according to coach Frank Pettineo.
“It went exactly how I calculated, so we’re going to go into the regionals with 12 champions,” Pettineo said. “Across the board, most of our kids are really good. That’s what hard training does. Our preparation is for Lakeland. This year, I think the boys stepped up because they’ve been coming up a little short, but I think they are ready to go.”
The Chiefs were led by three-time state champion Jamal Morris, who finished his district-title match with a pin in 1:10 in the 138-pound weight class. His twin brother, Jamel, who is undefeated this year at 33-0, finished his match with a pin at 3:49 in the 132-pound weight class.
Anthony Vazquez remained undefeated this season for Gibbons with a pin at 3:44 in the 126-pound weight class. He is 30-0 this season. So did Kennedy Monday, who won his district title with a pin at 1:58 and improved to 33-0.
Two non-Gibbons wrestlers captured district titles. One was American Heritage’s Brady Mosar, who won at 120 with a pin at 1:30 over Gibbons’ Sonny Picasio. Mosar is 40-2 this season. Coral Springs Charter’s Kenneth Rosa won the district crown at 220 by pinning Gibbons’ Austin Nelson in 37 seconds.
•Late Friday - Gulliver 5, Douglas 4:
WP - Gabbee Draney. Top performers: Gabbee Draney 3-3, 1 run, 2 doubles. Taylor Heyser 2-3, walk-off double, RBI.
WP - Kelli Kleis, LP - A. Guglietta. Top performers: Brittany Husk 2-3, 2 runs scored. Sylvia Hernandez 2-2, RBI. Kelli Kleis CG one-hitter, 12 K.
Claire Hebb scored 14 points to help Palmer Trinity win the District 16-3A championship over Marathon 51-19 on Saturday.
Hallie Parten scored 12 points for the Falcons (25-2).
Ally Esco scored seven points and dished out three assists. Clara Solar added seven points and also recorded three steals in the game.
Johnisha Qualls scored 10 points for Marathon (17-4).
•District 16-3A final: Palmer Trinity 51, Marathon 19:
MA (17-4): Qualls 10, Raymond 3, Nieda 2, Conde 2, Welever 2. PT (25-2): Esco 7, Forristall 4, Hebb 14, Solar 7, Parten 12, Pino 3, Waldman 6. Rebounds: Waldman 6. Assists: Esco 3. Steals: Solar 3.
Christopher Sawyer scored 25 points as American Prep defeated Dreyfoos School of the Arts 62-33.
Sawyer did most of his scoring from beyond the three-point line, converting a total of five shots from long range.
Malachi Lindsay added seven points and 12 rebounds for American Prep (25-5), and Luc-Albert Pierre grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.
•American Prep 62, Dreyfoos School of the Arts 33: AP (26-5):
Londono 1, Applele 1, Sagarra 2, Millien 4, Allen 6, Williams 6, Coleman 4, Lindsay 7, Avery 7, Sawyer 25. DRE (17-8): Kwangwari 6, Levine 9, Norfor 4, Woods 6, Ewers 4, Charlton 2. Half 33-14 AP. Rebounds: Lindsay 10, Pierre 12. Assists: Coleman 7. Steals: Avery 6. Three-pointers: Lindsay 1, Williams 2, Sawyer 5, Kwangwari 1.
•Late Friday - Cardinal Gibbons 64, Blanche Ely 60:
BE: Gosier 6, Tejada 28, Goodrum 2, Anderson 9, Heastie 7, Floyd 8. Rebounds: Gosier 6, Anderson 6. Blocks: Gosier 3. Steals: Anderson 3, Heastie 3. Assists: Floyd 5.