Identical twins Jamel and Jamal Morris share looks, now the Cardinal Gibbons’ seniors will share state mats for the second consecutive season. The twins will lead a cast of 13 Chiefs to Lakeland after the Region 4-1A championships Saturday at their high school.
“The twins are some of the best kids I’ve ever had,” Chiefs coach Frank Pettineo said. “It’s nice to see them finish their careers together at the championships, and it feels good.”
Monsignor Pace placed second in team standings with 185.5 points. Key West (152.5), Somerset Academy (130.5), and American Heritage Delray (101) rounded out the top five.
“It means a lot,” said Somerset Academy’s Raekwon Reggler, who won the 182-pound championship bout over Aaron Fluitt (MP). “This is my first time making it to the state tournament. 11th grade. The last guy I had was staling so I couldn’t do anything. The other matches were easier and I could set up my moves. It feels great to represent my school.”
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Jamel Morris defeated Alex Perez (MP) by decision (17-7) while brother Jamal pinned David Morse (AHD) in 5:25.
“I just kept putting the pressure on him,” said Jamel Morris, who placed third at states and regionals last year. “I tried to keep pressure on top, and I knew he was going to take me down. I kept giving him shots and then I dominated on the mats.”
“I am proud of my team. They worked hard. We push each other hard and strive to be the best.”
Kennedy Monday (113), Anthony Vazquez (126), Alex Iopouchanski (145), Nick Delvecchio (152), Ryan Thomas (195), and Matt Knick (285) were each crowned regional champions for the Chiefs Saturday.
“We work too hard and sweat our butts off,” Jamal Morris said. “We want it (state) and we need it.”
Team standings: 1. Cardinal Gibbons 307; 2. Monsignor Pace 185.5; 3. Key West 152.5; 4. Somerset Academy 130.5; 5. American Heritage Delray 101; 6. Coral Springs Charter 95; 7. Keys Gate Charter 88.5; 8. American Heritage 80; 9. Jupiter Christian 60; 10. Miami Jackson 56
Championship finals – 106: Brevin Balmeceda (KGC) dec. Steven Moreno (MP) 7-2; 113: Kennedy Monday (CG) pin Daniel Valledor (SA) 1:46; 120: Brady Moser (AH) med. Angel Guieb (KW); 126: Anthony Vazquez (CG) pin Justin Cohen (MP)2:55; 132: Jamel Morris (CG) dec. Alex Perez (MP) 17-7; 138: Jamal Morris (CG) pin David Morse (AHD) 5:25; 145: Alex Iopouchanski (CG) dec. Tag Wilber (JC) 7-2; 152: Nick Delvecchio (CG) dec. Nick Zalzer (CSC) 7-3; 160: John Piraino (KW) dec. Bryce Hill (AHD) 19-2; 170: Matt Kirkland (MP) dec. Uriel Diaz (KW) 17-2; 182: Raekwon Reggler (SA) dec. Aaron Fluitt (MP) 9-2; 195: Ryan Thomas (CG) pin Devin Salute (CSC) 5:59; 220: Ken Rosa (CSC) pin Austin Nelson (CG) 1:28; 285: Matt Knick (CG) pin Brandon Bodden (MJ) 2:10
Consolation finals – 106: Jeromy Homerston (KW) pin Anthony Botta (CG) 2:45; 113: Joseph Casasola (KW) dec. George Giampetro (RP) 8-1; 120: Pablo Schwiep (WC) dec. Raul Gonzalez (PT) 6-4; 126: Joseph Padron (AH) dec. Todd Perry (KGC) 5-4; 132: Jonathan Astacio (SA) pin Dominick Venturi (AH) 4:22; 138: Scott Pomare (AC) dec. Johnny Raich (JC) 8-5; 145: Christian Perez (MP) dec. Ben Delez (CC) 12-3; 152: Godwin Ferrier (MP) pin William Pollock (MJ) 4:56; 160: Julian Georgescu (CG) pin Adam Hassanien (CSC) 3:44; 170: Aryan Bonnin (KGC) dec. Nino Sannasardo (CG) 10-2; 182: Diego Bell (CG) pin Will Clervil (JC) 3:51: 195: John Pozzy (KW) pin Jarvis Gamble (FPW) 3:33; 220: Juan Cornett (MP) dec. Osvelt Joseph (BTW) 14-9; 285: Mathew Lynch (WC) pin Ronald Smith (AHD) 0:58.