High School Sports

South Dade leads regional wrestling, but Southwest and Southridge challenging

South Dade’s Ozzy Lugo takes on Columbus’ Anthony Codinach earlier this season.
South Dade’s Ozzy Lugo takes on Columbus’ Anthony Codinach earlier this season. For the Miami Herald

The South Dade Bucs wrestling team, which is on a quest for its third consecutive state title and its 11th championship since 1995, is determined to continue its two-decades-plus stretch of domination.

But the Bucs are getting a severe challenge even before they get to state.

Through nine of the 14 weight classes on Friday, South Dade and Southwest were in a dead heat at 64.5 points. Southridge was third with 58.5 points.

When the first of a two-day Region 4-3A tournament had concluded at Everglades High, the Bucs had emerged with a hard-fought lead over Southwest, 83.5 to 74.5. Southridge (72.5) was third.

South Dade advanced 11 wrestlers to the Saturday’s semifinals. Southwest advanced eight wrestlers. Southridge has seven semifinalists.

Last year, South Dade (first), Southwest (fourth), Southridge (sixth) and Braddock (ninth) gave the southern half of Miami-Dade County four of the top 10 teams at state in 3A.

Braddock does not appear to have that type of team this year and is 10th after the first day of regional competition.

Top 10 teams: 1. South Dade 83.5; 2: Southwest 74.5; 3: Southridge 72.5; 4: Columbus 56.0; 5: Miami Beach 43.5; 6: Cypress Bay 42.5; 7: Coral Gables 41; 8: North Miami 38.5; 9: Cooper City 37; 10: Braddock 36.5;

Semifinal pairings: 106: Pierre Nad (EVER) vs. Varona (SD); Silvestre (H.Hills) vs. Ryan (KIL); 113: Silvestre (H.Hills) vs. Victor (BR): Perez (SW) vs. Reyes (SD); 120: Gonzalez (SW) vs. Webb (SD); Martinez (COL) vs. McCray (SRidge); 126: Codinach (COL) vs. Valdes (SW) Vizcaino (CG) vs. Marshall (SRidge); 132: Abreu (CP) vs. Brown (BR); Urquiza (SW) vs. Balmaceda (SD); 138: Acedo (SW) vs. Kinsey (SRidge); Hueck (H.Hills) vs. Bentley (COL); 145: Jones (C.City) vs. Lugo (SD); Londono (MB) vs. Delcueto (SW); 152: Perry (SRidge) vs. Rendueles (HG); Lopez (BR) vs. Perry (SD); 160: Nogradi (EVER) vs. Flores (SD); Cruz (MB) vs. Rios (SRidge); 170: Periera (SW) vs. Kaercher (CReef); Chery (NM) vs. Malette (WBrow); 182: Eisman (CBay) vs. Harvey (SD); Sweet (KIL) vs. Williams (H.Hills); 195: Macugoski (C.City) vs. Sotolongo (SW); Barrocas (Reagan) vs. Hill (SD); 220: Mentor (KIL) vs. Jason (SD); Capote (Mater) vs. Hamilton (SRidge); 285: Stephens (CG) vs. JUedy (SRidge); Mann (COL) vs. Taylor (SD).

▪ Region 4-1A quarterfinals — Boasting Broward County’s only undefeated wrestler, Cardinal Gibbons dominated in the Region 4-1A quarterfinals. The Chiefs advanced 10 wrestlers into Saturday’s semifinals, including state runner-up Dominick Gibson.

“I lost last year with 17 seconds left,” said Gibson, who wrestles in the 120-pound class. “I dream about it all the time. It’s in my head, and I regret it. I’m really hungry.”

Michael Iopouchanski extended his 48-0 record for the Chiefs and is paired with Keys Gate’s Ron Evans in a 160-pound semifinal matchup.

“The guy didn’t put up much of a fight and I just tried to get it done as quick as possible, to get off the mat and go cut weight,” Opouchanski said. “Took him down and cradled him and pinned him.”

Somerset Academy stood in second place behind Gibbons. Miami Jackson is fourth, behind Key West. Keys Gate was in fifth place at the end of quarterfinals.

“I did it pretty quick,” Somerset’s 113-pound wrestler Christopher Riley said. “I cradled the kid and that was pretty much it.

“We had some pretty surprising upsets. We weren’t really expected as a team but we’ve had some really great matches.”

Alex Butler

Top 10 teams: 1. Cardinal Gibbons 100; 2. Somerset Academy 72.5; 3. Key West 69.5; 4. Miami Jackson 65; 5. Keys Gate 58; 6. Mater Lakers 45.5; 7. American Heritage (DB) 45; 8. Coconut Creek 42; 9. Coral Springs Charter 40.5; 10. Coral Shores 36.

Semifinal pairings: 106: Mata (AHDB) vs. Palacios (KW), Huerkamp (CG) vs. Delgado (KG). 113: Barnes (JC) vs. Riley (SA), Smith (J) vs. Scirghio (CM). 120: Armengol (ML) vs. Gibson (CG), Singeltary (SA) vs. Piraino (KW). 126: Desola (AHDB) vs. Benton (SA), Daley (CC) vs. Lopez (BTW). 132: TalShahar (AHDB) vs. Estrada (J), Maynard (H) vs. Lambert (CC). 138: Mursuli (SC) vs. Ashe (KW), Lopez (CG) vs. Perez (MS). 145: Ley (CG) vs. Williams (J), Venturi (AHP) vs. Blasucci (SA). 152: Nunez (ML) vs. Nelson (CG), Vernaza (SA) vs. Taylor (CSC). 160: Rodriguez (CS) vs. Estevez (SA), Iopouchanski (CG) vs. Evans (KG). 170: Curry (CC) vs. Bonnin (CG), Georgescu (CG) vs. Petit (J). 182: Dorvil (CC) vs. Small (CG), Soltis (CSC) vs. Williams (J). 195: Thomas (AHDB) vs. Moltimer (CSC), Williams (CG) vs. Mesa (PP). 220: Charlton (WC) vs. Schwartzberg (ML), Clement (AHP) vs. Exilus (KW). 285: Moran (AHDB) vs. Ellis (AHP), Bodden (J) vs. Jiovenetta (CS).

▪ At the Region 3-3A wrestling tournament at Park Vista High in Lake Worth, St. Thomas Aquinas will enter Saturday’s final day of the event in first place with 78.5 points. Wellington is a close second with 74.5 points.

Aquinas, which finished fourth at state in 2012, third in 2013 and second in 2014 before falling off last season, advanced nine wrestlers to Saturday’s semifinal matchups. Aquinas dominated the lower weight classes on Friday, advancing all eight of its wrestlers from 106 to 152 pounds.


Blanche Ely guard Kanesha Battle and Miami Country Day coach Ochiel Swaby were each honored by the Florida Dairy Farmers Association.

Battle, a Bethune-Cookman University signee, was named Class 7A Player of the Year after leading her team to the regional semifinals by averaging 24.6 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals per game.

Swaby was named Class 3A Coach of the Year after leading the Spartans to their third consecutive state title — a first for a Miami-Dade County.


▪ Palmer Trinity 20, Miami Country Day 17: Lauren Keller (1-0). Lauren Keller 4-4, 5 R. Sophia Rivas 2-4, 2 RBI. Megan Keller 2-5, 2 RBI. PT 3-3

▪ Hialeah 27, Homestead 11: Kassandra Roig (4-4), 9 K's, 6 IP, 3-4, 3 R, 3 RBI, 2 2B. Christina Garcia 4-5, 4 2B, 5 R, 4 RBI. Jessica Gonzalez 3-3, 3 RBI, 4 R. HIA 4-4.

▪ Palmetto 18, American 0: Amanda Guglietta (2-0), 7 IP, H, 4 K’s, 0 BB, GS. Isa Velazquez 3-3, 2 R, HR, GS, 6 RBI. Erin Love 3-3, 3 R, 3 RBI. Brittany Phillips 2-2, 2B, 2 R, RBI. PAL 8-0.

▪ Killian 20, Homestead 19: WP: Kathedra Cange. Jhanae Askew 3-5, 4 RBI. Rachel Cardenas 3-5, 3 RBI. Maya Elias 3-5, 2 RBI. KIL 2-5.

▪ Late Thursday — South Dade 9, Coral Reef 5: Tatum Rodriguez (5-1). Zaria Hall 2-4, 3 RBI, HR, 2 R. Mayumi Atkins 3-3, 2B, 3 R. Tammy Altamarano 2-3, 2 RBI. SD 6-1.


▪ Doral Academy 2, iMater 1: Jonathan Lopez (1-0) 2 IP, 3 K’s. Luis Balbuena 2H, R. Brian Perez GW H. DA 6-3.

▪ Sunset 12, Coral Gables 2: WP: Christhian Alba. Albert Zamorano 3-3, 3 RBI, 2 R. Erick Orbeta 2-4, 3 RBI, R. Kenny Centeno 2-2, R, 2 BB.

▪ Westminster Christian 6, Palmer Trinity 1: Jake Zarrello (3-0). Luis Aviles 2-3, 2 RBI. Michael Riley 1-1, RBI.

▪ SLAM 11, Archbishop Carroll 6: Blake Brattain 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 5 K’s. Jeter Downs 2-2, 1B, 2B, RBI, BB. Jose Garcia 3-4, 1B, 2B, 3B, 6 RBI. Chauncey Nunez 1-3, 1B, RBI. Alejandro Rodriguez 1-2, 1B. SA 6-0-1.

▪ University School 5, Community School Of Naples 1: Scott Gutstein (1-0) 5 IP, H, 4 K’s, 0 R. Jake Pfundstein 2/2, 2B, R. US 7-1. CSN 4-3.

▪ Late Thursday — Palmetto 8, Southridge 4: Nick Labrada (1-0). Ryan Booth 4-4, 3 R. Alan Alonso 2-3, R. Keaton Zargham 2-5, 3 RBI. PAL 3-2.


▪ Miami Country Day 4, Sagemont 3: 3. Alex Cohan 8-1. 4. Evan Meiselman 8-2. 5. Harrison Breslow 8-2.

▪ Hialeah High 4, Miami High 3: 3. Shem Rivera 8-0. 4. Sterven Louis 8-0. 5. Danny Sanchez 8-0. Doubles: Sanchez/Louis 8-0. HIA 1-0.

▪ Coral Reef 7, Killian 0: 1. Thomas Barraque (CR) 8-0. 2. Daniel Martens (CR) 8-0. 3. Johann Rapp (CR) 8-1. 4. Lucas Nickolich (CR) 8-1. 5. Simon Galvis (CR) 8-0. CR 6-1.


▪ Coral Reef 7, Killian 0: 1. Laura Navia (CR) 8-4. 2. Alexandria Hitt (CR) 8-0. 3. Cathy Xin (CR) 8-0. 4. Bruna Decerega (CR) 8-0. 5. Claudia Jacobo (CR). CR 5-2.


▪ Cardinal Gibbons 17, Taravella 1: Luke Motta 6 goals. Cole OHallaron 3 goals. Whitman Hengtgen 2 goals. Reilly Diamond 2 goals. Whitman Hengtgen 17 FOW. CG 6-1.

▪ Belen 15, Coral Reef 2: Gabriel Garcia 3 goals. Johnny Powell 3 goals, assist. Brian Pascual 2 goals. Deiter Prussing 2 goals. Nico Smith 2 goals. Robert Fernandez goal. Patrick Arean goal. Adrian Rey goal. Mat Salas 8 saves. BEL 7-0.