For a few minutes, Broward County wrestlers dreamed big.
Competing in the 20th Annual BCAA Dade vs. Broward Wrestling Tournament on Thursday night at South Broward High, the Broward side, which had just one win in the previous 19 tries (2008), was locked in a 45-45 tie with Dade.
But depth proved way too much as the Dade All-Stars eventually pulled away with some late-match pins to win 99-71 and continue its two-decade dominance.
“I think it’s undoubtedly Dade’s depth,” said longtime South Broward wrestling coach Allen Held, who just finished his first year heading up the Cypress Bay program and was Broward’s coach for the night. “If we had gone only first team against first team, we might have won a few more over the years, but when it comes to the depth, Dade clearly has the edge, and a lot of that has to do with the fact that they have middle school wrestling in Dade where there is none in Broward, so their kids already have three years in before they even get to high school.”
The night featured six individual state champions, four from Broward and two from Dade, and the featured event came midway through the match when things were close and Broward was thinking upset.
With Dade ahead 45-42, the only match pitting two state champions, Matt Kirkland of Monsignor Pace, the 1A champion, and St. Thomas Aquinas’ John Weiss, the 2A title holder at 170 pounds, took center stage.
With the match tied 9-9 and less than 30 seconds left, Weiss recorded a two-point takedown to win it 11-9 and give Broward three points to tie things up at 45 apiece.
Anthony Vasquez and Jamel Morris from Cardinals Gibbons along with Stranahan’s Kenny Boyd and Daniel Leon of North Miami were the other state champions competing.
Leon easily turned in the most inspired effort of the night when, trailing Aquinas’ Coltyn Lynn 1-0 in the final period, he sustained a severe leg injury and looked like he would forfeit the match. True to a state champion, Leon got back on the mat, flipped Lynn with 30 seconds left and pulled out a 2-1 win.
“It’s just fun to watch all these kids a week or so after state because it’s the last time they’re going to wrestle for their school and their coach,” said South Dade coach Vic Balmaseda, who headed up the Dade squad, fresh off his team’s 3A state title. “This is a fun event and one last chance to get that hug and see your kid go out there and battle for you.”
“This has become a great thing that all the kids really look forward to,” said Held, who has hosted the event at South Broward for the past 10 years. “Right after Lakeland, everybody wants to get in; we let a few more seniors in than usual this year because it’s about the spirit of the competition and something they’ll always remember.”
Norland’s Cleveland Westbrook Jr. threw a perfect game against Hialeah-Miami Lakes, giving the Vikings a 1-0 win. Westbrook Jr. tossed seven innings and struck out nine batters.
Brandon Carter went 2 for 3 with a stolen base and a run scored. Darius Price-Lewis and Dillon Belle both went 1 for 3 for Norland (6-1).
Christian Suarez has been on a tear for Hialeah Gardens as of late. The senior pitched his second complete game of the season and the first no-hitter in school history in a 2-1 win over Miami Beach.
Suarez pitched seven innings and recorded 14 strikeouts. Lazaro Morales went 2 for 3 for the Gladiators while Chris Clara went 1 for 2 with an RBI.
Rickey Jimenez went 1 for 1 and scored a crucial run.
•Hialeah Gardens 2, Miami Beach 1:
WP: Chris Suarez. LP: Jonathan Gonzalez. Top performers: WP-Christian Suarez-Complete Game 7 innings, No hitter, 14k's, Lazaro Morales 2 for 3, Chris Clara 1 for 2, 1 RBI, Ricky Jimenez 1 for 1, with run scored.
•Homestead 7, Jackson 3:
WP: Juan Casanova. LP: Juan Hernadez. Top performers: Mark Nichols 3-4. Juan Casanova 3-4, double. Jay Filveil 2-3, 2 RBI. HM 5-2.
•Miami Springs 4, Westland 0:
WP: David Cervantes (1-1) CG 8 K's. Top performers: Dylan Carter 2-2, 2 RBI. Julio Mendez, Ronald Acosta and Marlon Castillo each had one hit. MS 2-4.
•Belen 4, TERRA 3:
WP: Hugo Duenas. LP: Frankie Bartow. Top performers: Eric Artigues 6 IP, 10Ks, 2 hits, 0 earned runs. Christian Ayala pinch hit, walk off 2 RBI. Alex Cabrera 2-3, 2B, RBI, Run. David Guevara 1-2, RBI. CJ Vasquez 1-3, 2B, Run. BEL 4-3. TER 4-2.
•Miami High 11, Dr. Krop 1:
WP: Andy Escano (3-0). LP: F. Ortega. Top performers: Argenis Hernandez 4-4, 2 doubles, 4 runs, 3 RBI. Edgar Aparicio 3-3, 2 doubles, 3 RBI. Victor Herrera 2-3, double, RBI. MH 5-2.
•Southridge 16, Palmetto 3:
WP: Octavio Mirabal (3-0). LP: Jake Oliver (1-1). Top performers: Rambert Paulino 2-2, RBI. Julian Rivera 2-3, 2 RBI. SR 5-1. Palm 2-4.
•Goleman 11, Archbishop McCarthy 1:
WP: V. Morales. LP: J. Depalo. Top performers: GOL: A. Montalvo hit, RBI, double. V. Morales 5 K’s. Jessica Costero 4-4, R, 2 RBI. Kourtney Lohn 2-3, R, 2 RBI. Emily Bacallao 2-4, R, DB, RBI. AMC: Alexa Spellman triple.
•TERRA 19, Jackson 0:
WP: Tayler Sanchez (5-2). Top performers: Sanchez perfect game, 7 K’s. Vivian Calderon 3-3, RBI. Oceana Camejo 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 runs.
•Southwest 10, Lourdes 0:
WP: Katherine Dube. Top performers: Carolina Silverio 3-3, SB, double, 3 RBI. Kassanda Solis 2-2, RBI. Natasha Suarez 2-2, RBI. SW 5-2.
•Coral Gables 15, Coral Park 0:
WP: Lauren Perna (2-2). LP: Emily Garcia. Top performers: Cat Ruggiano 2-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI, SB. Maggie Padin 2-3, 3 RBI. Crystal Dingle 3-3, RBI. Suzy Vasquez 3 runs scored. CG 3-5.
•Krop 15, Miami High 0:
WP: Karina Delarosa. LP: Jarquin. Top performers: Karina Delarosa no-hitter, 2-3, 2 RBI. Taylor Coachman 1-1, 4 RBI, GS. Brooke Studnik 2-2, RBI.
•Miami Country Day 12, Archbishop Carroll 5:
WP: Taylor Sennett (3-1). Top performers: Monica Howard 3 hits, RBI, 2 Runs. Taylor Mashburn 2 hits, RBI, run. Elizabeth Finny 3B, 3 RBI, 3 runs. MCD 3-1.
•Coral Reef 13, Varela 0:
WP: Michelle Mesa (6-0). LP: Mesa, G. Top performers: Michelle Mesa perfect game, 4 K’s. Sarah Ortiz 3-3, RBI, 3 R. Carsyn Gordon 2-3, 4 RBI, 1 R. Alex Garcia 2-2, 2 RBI, 2 R. CR 7-0.
•Mater Academy 12, Homestead 5:
WP: Maria Barranco 6 innings in relief. Top performers: Nicole Morales 3-3, 2 runs. Yasi Llavora 2 hits. Maria Barranco 2 hits. Maria Cepero 2 hits. MA 3-2.
•Miami Springs 15, Mourning 0:
WP: Emily Santos (No-hitter) 7 K's. LP: T. Fisher. Top Performers: Crystal Ramos 3-3, 3 Runs. Nicole Borroto 2-2, 2 runs. Geneva Santos double 3 runs. Emily Santos 3 runs.
•South Dade 16, Sunset 1:
WP: Tabi Rodriguez. LP: S. Perez. Top performers: Lynette Perez 1-1, HR. Tiffany Sykes 1-1, 2B, 2 RBI. Tabi Rodriguez 2-2, 1R, 2 RBI.
•Miami Beach 16, Hialeah Gardens 15:
WP: Olya Seichrist (4-2). LP: Hernandez. Top performers: Kamila Ortiz 3-6, 3 singles. Magdalena Demetriades 4-6, 3 singles, double. Andrea Gonzalez 4-5, 4 singles. Camila Cisneros 3-5, 3 singles.
•Doral 16, Mater Academy 0:
WP: Anielises Palmeiro (2-0). Top performers: Adriana Sotolongo 2-3, 2 RBI, R. Manuela Vazquez 2-2, BB, 2 RBI, 3R. Grace Arauz 2-3, 5 RBI, 2R.
•Krop 6, Hialeah Gardens 1:
Jamie Odzer 8-0. Paola Dominquez (HG) 8-3. Hannah Litwak 8-3. KR 6-1. HG 1-2.
•LaSalle 5, Key West 2:
Kristine Garcia d. Hannah Brown 8-3. Alina Montoto d. Laura Hall 8-1. Karla Perez d. Olivia Maliki 8-2. Doubles: Garcia/Montoto d. Brown/Hall 8-2.
•Hillel 3, Yeshiva 1:
Sarah Dreyfuss 8-0. Alexa Cohen 8-0. Fortunee Cohen 8-2. Doubles: Dreyfuss/A. Cohen 8-1.
•Ransom Everglades 6, Palmer Trinity 1:
Heather Boehm won 8-0; Marina Pataro won 8-0; Nina Stein won 8-0; Emily Kofsky won 8-0. RE 3-1.
•Pace 4, Chaminade-Madonna 3:
LeMieux d. Osburne 8-5. Marquez d. LeSende 9-7. Casadevall d. Katura 8-2. Sabile d. Alfonso 6-2. Cooke d. Martinez 8-2. Doubles: LeMeiux/LeSende d. Osburne/Marquez 6-5. Cassadevall/Alfonso d. Matthews/Rossmen 6-0.
•LaSalle 5, Key West 2:
Federico Raffeti d. Kris Bujak 8-2. Sebastian Felder d. Kyle Campbell 8-0. Andres Garcia d. Simon Dayer 8-1. Felipe Pineiro d. Colin Hetatter 8-3. Doubles: Felder/Garcia d. Bujak/Campbell 8-1.
•Jackson 5, Northwestern 1:
Singles: Marquiese Johnson 8-4. Kiwane Norman 8-0. Moise Bertrand 8-0. Doubles: Johnson/Norman 8-1. Bertrand/Duvalle 8-3. JAC 2-1.
•Hillel 5, Yeshiva 1:
Daniel Berkman 8-3. Jaime Bali 8-3. Sion Cherem 8-2. David Woldenberg 9-8. Myles Gilbert 8-5. Doubles: Berkman Bejar lost 8-3.
•Ransom Everglades 5, Palmer Trinity 2:
Waleed Mneimneh d. John Michael Holtman 8-5. Antonio Mora d. Beekman Schaeffer 8-1. Samuel Rubell d. Alejendro Rey 8-0. Grant Dill d. Alejendro Martinez 8-0. Andrew Simko d. Keenan Rodriguez 8-4. Doubles: Mneimneh/Schaeffer d. Holtman/Mora 8-7. Rubell/Dill d. Rey/Martinez 8-1.
•Columbus 14, Ransom Everglades 8:
Jon Nickas 8 saves, 3 goals allowed. Michael Bulnes 5 goals. Mike Perry 3 goals. Alec Carreras 2 goals. COL 3-0.
•Palmetto 7, Coral Shores 6 OT:
Ashlyn Dobbs goal. Lauren Dreisch 2 goals, assist. Shelby Reamer goal. Bianca Barrera goal. Cami Amendol goal. Sarah Molkentin assist.
•Killian d. Florida Christian 25-12; 25-18; 29-31; 19-25; 15-10:
Jack Harris 22 kills, 9 digs. Jason Harris 18 assists, 15 points. Gabe Lazarre 11 digs.
•Columbus d. Krop 25-12, 25-11, 25-14.
•Braddock d. Coral Park 25-20, 27-25:
Rensel Cabrera 5 kills, 7 digs. Alvaro Larralde 5 kills, 3 blocks. Angel Jover 11 assists.