Chei Hill was one of 12 South Dade Buccaneers to punch his ticket to the GMAC wrestling semifinals Friday at Reagan High.
The Buccaneers lost just two matches on the day in their quest for a sixth consecutive title. The GMAC event concludes with championship day, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Hill used supreme footwork and raw might, mangling Carol City’s Quentin Moore in a 195-pound match. Patricio Lugo paced the Buccaneers, edging out Norland’s Christian Nealy.
“It went well. I went out there ready and executed,” Hill said. “We have a very strong team. We just want to keep up the hard work and go to state.”
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The state champion Lugo has not been taken down in 110 consecutive winning matches.
“We only lost two matches probably out of 30 or 40 matches on the day,” Buccaneers coach Vic Balmaceda said. “That’s all I can ask for. Twelve out of 14 is a pretty solid performance.”
Southwest advanced nine wrestlers to the semifinals, Braddock advanced eight and Southridge advanced six.
Top 10 team standings: 1. South Dade 176.5; 2. Southwest 134; 3. Southridge 126; 4. Braddock 115; 5. Palmetto 94.5; 6. Coral Gables 77.5; 7. Columbus 77; 8. Coral Reef 66; 8. Killian 66; 10. Homestead 62.5.
Semifinal pairings: 106: Alex Victor (B) vs. Christopher Cruz (MB), Edgar Martinez (CC) vs. Randy McCray (SR). 113: Olson Delisca (SD) vs. Mikael Codinach (CC), Alaen Gonzalez (SW) vs. Christian Delgado (SR). 120: Jordan Marshall (SR) vs. Nick Villamil (B), Anthony Vizcaino (CG) vs. Curtis Cannon (SD). 126: Ozzy Lugo (SD) vs. Dorian Batts (MN), Matias Caceres (HB) vs. Franco Valdes (SW). 132: Lucas Dominguez (H) vs. Bryan Dominguez (B), Alex Urquiza (SW) vs. Anthony Kinsey (SR). 138: Curtis Doctor (SUN) vs. Marciues Brown (B), Marcelo Sierra (SD) vs. Angel Delcueto (SW). 145: Justin Ramirez (SD) vs. Preston Borges (B), Ramoan Chester (MP) vs. Daniel Marcelin (NM). 152: Patricio Lugo (SD) vs. Marc Hughes (CR), Isaac Eskenazi (H) vs. Sal Lopez (B). 160: Isaiah Crosby (SD) vs. Travon Norman (H), Adrian Moreira (SUN) vs. Julian Hernandez (SW). 170: Maykel Dolorit (SW) vs. Lazaro Acosta (CP), Aaron Flores (SD) vs. Joshua Zambrano (CG). 182: Milton Hope (B) vs. Michael Wedderburn (SR), Simeon Moore (SD) vs. Adolfo Sotolongo (SW). 195: Chei Hill (SD) vs. Giovany Mentor (FV), Shemar Smith (CR) vs. Willie Brown (SW). 220: Kyle Mann (CC) vs. Gabriel Marrero (SM), Michael Rodriguez (SD) vs. Darius Hamilton (SR). 285: Mel Moss (MP) vs. Jaarafi Stephens (CG), Matthew Dulin (CC) vs. Kyron Taylor (SD).