Broward High Schools

Aquinas wrestling captures seventh consecutive district crown

St. Thomas Aquinas successfully defended its District 12-3A wrestling title with a convincing win on Saturday in Coral Springs.

The Raiders advance to the regional tournament this week in Martin County for the seventh consecutive year as district champions. Aquinas amassed 248 points, while Coral Springs took second place with 156.0 points. Deerfield Beach finished a distant third with 90 points.

The Raiders were led by freshman sensation Grant Aronoff, who won the 138-pound weight class by pinning Monarch’s Zain Cruz. Before the pin, Aronoff was ahead on points 15-1. He is currently 42-0 and also won the county title by defeating Tyler Sage of Cypress Bay, who he will more than likely see at the state tournament.

Coral Springs was beset by injuries and the fact that two of its top wrestlers quit without explanation last week. Three of its normal starters were forced to miss the tournament.

Aquinas’ Richerd Desir-Jones added a district crown to the county title that he already won. He beat Mario Corvil of Coral Springs 7-0. Corvil sustained a leg injury in the third round but kept on wrestling.

Team results — 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 248, 2. Coral Springs 156.5, 3. Deerfield Beach 90, 4. Plantation 79, 5. Taravella 77, 6. Fort Lauderdale 62, 7. Monarch 59, 8. Piper 57, 9. Douglas 51.5, 10. Northeast 44, 11. Coral Gables 15. Individuals — 106: Londono CS def Arechabaleta STA 13-7. 113: Findlan STA def Calero CS 6-1. 120: Rodriguez CS def Wigutow STA 16-5. 126: Rawiszer STA def Font PL, pin. 132: Gomes STA def Stephens CS 8-0. 138: Aronoff STA Cruz def Cruz MON, pin. 145: Smith PIP def. O'Neill MSD, pin. 152: Haguns PLA def Biasotti STA, 2-1. 160: Belancourt CS def Colaco FTL 15-2. 170: Gittman STA def Olivera DB 5-0. 182: Bretas CS def Jean STA, pin. 195: Simmonds TAR def Aronoff STA 9-3. 220: Bolton-Henry PL def Thomas DB, pin. 285: Desir-Jones STA def Corvil CS 7-0.

▪ District 16-3A — What looked like fear in the eyes of Elijah Varona soon turned to the confidence of a champion in South Dade’s championship performance at Sunset.

The small sophomore’s surge in the 106-pound battle with Southridge’s Randy McCray resulted in a 7-5 decision and snatched the Bucs’ first of 11 individual district titles on the day.

The Bucs topped Southridge 297.5-175.5 for the top team score and made the championship match in all 14 weight classes. Brothers Patricio and Ozzy Lugo won the 152- and 126-pound weight classes, respectively. The top four wrestlers in each weight class advance.

Southridge’s Anthony Kinsey and Darius Hamilton won the 132- and 220-pound district titles.

The Spartans and Palmetto will each send 10 wrestlers to the regional round. Coral Reef will send seven wrestlers to regionals.

Isaiah Crosby won the 160-pound district title to join the Lugo brothers in the defending state champions’ trio.

The Region 4-3A meets are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Reagan.

ALEX BUTLER

▪ Team results — 1. South Dade 297.5, 2. Southridge 175.5, 3. Palmetto 134, 4. Coral Reef 73, 5. Killian 68, 6. Ferguson 45.5, 7. Sunset 45, 8. Varela 26. Individuals — 106: Elijah Varona (SD) Dec Randy McCray (SR) 7-5. 113: Olson Delisca (SD) Dec William Barrows (P) TF 15-0. 120: Curtis Cannon (SD) Dec Jordan Marshall (SR) 6-4. 126: Ozzy Lugo (SD) Fall Luisander Santiago (SR) 4:47. 132: Anthony Kinsey (SR) Fall Yadiel Perez (SD) 5:37. 138: Marcelo Sierra (SD) Fall Roman Ramirez (F) 5:26. 145: Justin Ramirez (SD) Fall Romoan Chester (P) 3:59. 152: Patricio Lugo (SD) Fall Luis Rios (SR) 1:47. 160: Isaiah Crosby (SD) Fall Rueben Joseph (CR) 1:51. 170: Alberto Pedraza (SD) Fall Benjamin Perez (F) 1:11. 182: Simeon Moore (SD) Dec Brandon Morales (P) 3-2. 195: Chei Hill (SD) Fall Shemar Smith (CR) 2:55. 220: Darius Hamilton (SR) Dec Michael Rodriguez (SD) 2-1. 285: Mel Moss (P) Dec Kyron Taylor (SD) 3-2.

▪ Late Friday, District 15-1A final: Team results — 1. Somerset Academy 228.5, 2. Jackson 149.0, 3. Mater Lakes 99.0, 4. Pace 98.5, 5. Archbishop Curley 88.0, 6. Hallandale 30.0, 7. Booker T Washington 30.0, 8. Chaminade 28.0, 9. Edison 22.0. Individuals — 106: Nicholas Benton (7) SOM Pin :18 Farradez (10) MP. 113: Frankie Talshahar (7) SOM Dec 5-2 Stephen Moreno (10) MP. 120: Daniel Valledor (9) SOM Pin 1:03 Claudest Sherman (11) BTW. 126: Jonathan Astacio (12) SOM Dec 6-0 Maynard (10) HAL. 132: Alex Recendiz (12) Dec 10-5 Vinnie Blasucci (10) SOM. 138: Alex Perez MP (11) MD 14-6 Joey Lopez (10) SO. 145: Scott Pomare ARC (12) MD 14-3 Isaiah Martinez (11) SOM. 152: William Pollock MJK (12) Pin 3:13 Rayquan Harding (12) SOM. 160: Joseph Whisby MJK (12) Pin 1:23 Ernest Gerard (11) BTW. 170: Andres Chao MTL (12) 14-8 Michael Calixte (12) ARC. 182: Raekwon Reggler SOM (12) Pin :36 E Doransville (12) MP. 195: Anthony Milord SOM (12) Dec 3-2 Brandon Petit (11) MJCK. 220: Erick Llemalas MTL (12) 13-4 Sam Baquenado (12) MED. 285: Brandon Bodden MJCK (10) Pin 1:18 Hendry Pierre (12) SOM.

BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL

▪ Palmetto d. South Broward 25-11, 25-14, 25-19: D. Decker 9 kills, 15 points, 7 digs. T. Latimer 19 assists, 8 digs. N. Vaccaro 8 points, 3 kills, 3 digs.

▪ Palmetto d. Cypress Bay 25-23, 25-18, 25-12: J. Sensale 5 kills, 11 digs. J. Hunt 8 kills, 4 blocks. A. Brown 5 kills.

▪ Columbus Preseason Classic — Columbus d. South Broward 25-16, 25-17, 25-17; Columbus d. Cypress Bay 25-18, 21-25, 25-22, 25-19.

SOFTBALL

▪ Pines Charter 14, Miramar 1: WP: Blount (7-0). LP: Drayton (2-1). Top performers: Grau 3-3, 3 R, 3 RBI. Ramos 3-4, 2 R, 3 RBI. PC 8-0. MIR 3-4.

▪ Late Friday — American 13, South Dade 3: WP: A. Castroman (6-2), 3 IP, 3K. LP: T. Rodriguez. Top performers: Y. Fernandez 2-3, HR, 2 RBI. A. Guzman 4-4, 3 2Bs, 2 RBI. K. Romero 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB.

▪ Late Friday — Monarch 20, Blanche Ely 0: WP: B. Hale (1-0). Top performers: S. Collins HR. N. Morales 3-4, 5 RBI. MON 11-1.

▪ Late Friday — Ransom 9, Pine Crest 5: WP: G. Jadotte 7 IP, 3 RBI. Top performers: T. McBrayer 3-4, RBI, BB, 4 R. A. Sekoff 2-4, 2 RBI, BB. X. Ulloa 3-4.

BASEBALL

▪ Pine Crest 9, Calvary Christian 1: WP: G. Rukes (2-1), CG, R, 4 K’s, 0 BB. LP: Yager. Top performers: Z. Kone 2-2, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB. G. Conine 1-3, HR, R, RBI. CC: T. Orr 2-3, 2B, R.

▪ Late Friday — South Dade 11, Homestead 1: WP: G. Fernandez (2-0). Top perfomers: R. Sobalvarro 2B, R, RBI. R. Bowles 2B, 2 RBI. J. Rivero 2-2, 2 R. SD 7-1 (3-1).

▪ Late Friday — Sagemont 8, SLAM 6: WP: A. Parker (1-0) SV: A. Fazzio. Top performers: E. Rodriguez 1-1, R, 2 RBI, 3 BB. Y. Carmona 2-2, R, RBI, BB. C. Iacono 1-4, R, RBI.

▪ Late Friday — Archbishop McCarthy 8, American Heritage 7: WP: R. Garcia. Top performances: C. Demby 4 IP, 7 K’s, hit, BB, HR. A. Toral 3-4, BB, 2 run, HR.

▪ Late Friday — Palmer Trinity 6, Marathon 3:WP: Walker 8 K’s. Top performers: Miller 2-3, RBI. Wheeler 1-1, RBI.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

▪ Cardinal Gibbons 17, Taravella 7: S. Seiler 5 goals. N. Lambert 4 goals. M. Miggins 3 goals, 2 assists. CG 4-3.

GIRLS’ WATER POLO

▪ Boca Invitational — Westminster Academy 5, St. Andrews 8. Westminster Academy 14, Krop 9. Westminster Academy 13, Suncoast 6.

▪ Gulliver Prep 13, Suncoast 1: A. Guerra 9 blocks, steal, assist. S. Rupp 3 goals, 2 assists. M. Stoyanovich 2 goals, assist. GP 7-1.

▪ Late Friday — Gulliver 12, Olympia 2: A. Guerra 7 goals, 8 steals, assist. S. Rosenberg 2 goals, 5 ejections drawn, 2 steals, 2 assists. A. Guerra 5 blocks, 3 steals, 3 assists.

▪ Late Friday — Gulliver 12, Spanish River 0: A. Pelletier 4 goals, 2 steals, 2 assists. M. Rodriguez 3 goals, 2 steals, assist. A. Perez 3 goals, 2 steals. GP 6-1.

▪ Late Thursday — Miami Country Day 12, MAST 11 (OT): C. Claramonte 11 saves, assist. J. Abramowicd 4 goals, assist, steal. E. Bernstein 3 goals, assist. S. Mellado 2 goals, 3 assists. L. Cea goal. J. Martin goal. MCD 2-1.

BOYS’ WATER POLO

▪ Boca Invitational — Westminster Academy 16, Columbus 20. Westminster Academy 7, Krop 17. Westminster Academy 8, Suncoast 1. Westminster Academy 7, Spanish River 6.

▪ Belen 16, Lake Mary 8. Belen 16, St. Thomas 14. Belen 8, Gulliver 2.

▪ Late Friday — Gulliver 12, Boca 7: B. Gilbert 9 blocks, 4 steals. A. Guerra 7 goals, assist. J. Strusinski 2 goals, 4 steals, 2 assists.

▪ Late Friday — Gulliver 15, Spanish River 6: A. Guerra 7 goals, assist. F. Tilkian 2 goals, 3 steals, 2 assists. M. Sabo 2 goals. GP 5-2.

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