It came as no surprise that South Dade took a commanding first-day lead at the GMAC wrestling championships Thursday at Reagan High in Doral.
But North Miami and a young Southridge squad are each hoping to make a big push for at least the runner-up spot Friday when competition resumes with the semifinal round.
South Dade led the field after the first day with 161 points, ahead of North Miami’s 112 and Southridge’s 104.5. Columbus (92.5) and Southwest (89) rounded out the top five in the team standings.
The Bucs advanced wrestlers to the semifinals in 12 of the 14 weight classes.
North Miami and Southridge each placed six wrestlers in the semifinals. Southwest advanced five and Columbus advanced four.
South Dade is vying for its fourth consecutive GMAC championship.
By NBA royalty bloodlines alone, Miami Ransom Everglades star 6-9 forward Trey Mourning had a head start in his basketball career.
From his high-motor play, serious on-court demeanor, ferocious shot-blocking and high-stepping stride, Trey appears to be a carbon copy of his father, eight-time NBA All-Star and NBA champion Alonzo Mourning.
As valuable as those shared physical attributes are, Trey said his rise to being an elite player without his father, a current Heat executive, allowed his son to forge his own identity.
“I appreciate how my dad cared from a distance,’’ Trey Mourning said. “He didn’t want to force anything on me. He wanted me to love the game because I love the game. Whatever I was passionate about, he supported me doing whatever I loved. He gave me that space to grow as a person and as a man.”
Trey Mourning, who practically grew up in the Miami Heat locker room as his father chased an NBA championship, will be the marquee attraction at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Stop the Violence Classic at Ransom Everglades this weekend.
Despite the loss of four starters from a Raiders team that made it to the state semifinals last season, Trey has kept Ransom (12-7) in the Class 4A state title picture by averaging a career-high 34.3 points, 10 rebounds and 3.1 blocks.
Class 2A No. 5 Deerfield Beach Zion Lutheran will have the first shot against Trey — a Georgetown, Stanford and Alabama target — on Friday at 8 p.m.
Two-time defending Class 6A state champion Miami Norland will offer its notoriously stingy defense against Mourning on Monday at 8:30.
Against archrival Gulliver on Saturday, Mourning displayed the poise under pressure Ransom coach Claude Grubair raves about by leading the Raiders back from an 18-point deficit.
During the comeback, Trey displayed a shooting range out to the three-point line, which contrasts with the inside game of his father.
“The comparisons to my dad are not going to go away as long as I play high school ball and, God-willing, in the NBA one day,’’ Trey said. “The biggest thing I got from my dad was to have fun and compete. I just love playing this game. The love just keeps on growing. I love the competition. Just beating people. Winning is fun.”
•Miami Country Day 67, Hialeah Educational 8: MCD (16-2):
Mackenzie 6, Anyagaligbo 6, Berry 3, Lewis 6, Minott 23, Alvarez 12, Edwards 3, Bauson 5, Iadarola 3. Three Pointers: Mackenzie 2, Berry 1, Lewis 2, Minott 7, Alvarez 4, Edwards 1, Bauson 1, Iadarola 1. Rebounds: Minott 12. Steals: Lewis 6, Minott 6. Assists: Lewis 7.
•Carol City 40, Killian 36: CC:
Johnson 6, Beckham 10, Murphy 12, S. Williams 6, K. Williams 3, Gonzalez 2, Warren 5.KIL:
Toledo 3, Knox 22, Dennis 9, Contractor 2. Three-pointers: Murphy 1, Warren 1. Assists: Murphy 4. Rebounds: K. Williams 4, S. Williams 15, Johnson 7. Steals: Johnson 8. Blocks: S. Williams 9.
•Archbishop Carroll 60, Westwood Christian 22: AC (6-6):
Paula Lopez 26, Sasha Brown 12. Steals: Lopez 9. Rebounds: Brown 8. Assists: Brown 3.
•Ransom Everglades 34, Florida Christian 22: FC:
Kisandra Martinez 13, Nicole Jimenez 11 Katherine Jim 7, Esther Prince 4. Steals: Jimenez 5. Rebounds: Prince 6.
•District 16-4A Championship at Traz Powell: Miami Springs 2, TERRA 0:
Thanks to tight defense and terrific saves from goalkeeper Brianna Gomez, Miami Springs made a pair of first half goals from Annette Cea and Ale Salazar stand up as the Golden Hawks defeated TERRA.
For the Hawks (20-2-1) it marked their eighth district championship in the last 10 years, and Springs will now host South Broward in a regional quarterfinal on Thursday at Traz Powell. Only in its fourth year of varsity competition, TERRA (11-6-1) was making its first district final appearance, will travel to Broward County next week to take on Pembroke Pines Charter in its regional quarterfinal. The two teams could meet again on Jan. 28 if they both win.
Cea's goal came in the game's 25th minute and Salazar wracked up her 39th goal on the season when she scored seven minutes later. Alyssa Deno and Sophia De La Puente each had an assist.