Behind a season-high 11 placers, HHS rolls up third championship in Orlando

MEET THE CHAMPS! – Hernando High walked away from Orlando on Saturday night with its third wrestling tournament championship following the Wolfpack Invite at Timber Creek. The Leopards edged runner-up Gainesville-Buchholz, 209.5-199.0 for its first IBT crown in 2018-19.

WRESTLING

Valdez, Pritz garner gold

as Leopards claim Wolfpack

Invite at Timber Creek

By TONY CASTRO

HernandoSport.com

The exceptional 2018-19 mat season continues along the Bell Avenue campus.

At Orlando, 1A-6 Hernando High pocketed its third championship trophy – including its first IBT crown – at the conclusion of Saturday’s Timber Creek Invitational.

The Wolfpack Invite featured 215 grapplers and 19 teams, across one day in Orange County.

The Leopards, who earlier claimed wins at the Weeki Wachee Duals VII and 1A-6 Duals Championship at Nature Coast Technical, edged its closest rival, 3A-1 Gainesville-Buchholz, 209.5-199.0.

In the process, 16 Leopards returned home with 41 individual wins across 63 bouts (65 percent), highlighted by 24 pin falls.

The Purple and Gold departed with a meet-high 11 placers in an event where the top-six placed.

HHS placers

Hernando High was paced by the gold medal efforts of sophomore Josh Pritz at 138 pounds and senior Fernando Valdez at 170.

Jonathon Britton
Boston Tafelski

Three others – sophomore Jonathan Britton at 113, and seniors J. Lisk at 126 and Boston Tafelski at 145 – settled on silver medals.

Other placers included senior Bronson Tafelski (third) at 152, senior Alex “New York” Espinal at 182 (fourth), sophomore Billy Gould at 120 and junior Michael Brown at 132 (both placing fifth) and sophomore Sam Fleming at 285 and junior Qwenton Coney at 220 – each securing sixth place.

Valdez, Pritz lead the way

Fernando Valdez

Valdez, the top seed, finished 4-0, highlighted by two pins.

The third-year grappler opened the meet by folding Atlantic’s Kaleb Alexander (0:41 seconds), before decisioning First Academy’s Isaiah Strong (5-1).

In the semifinals, Valdez topped Windemere senior Jason Rehberg(10-3), before pinning Lake Gibson senior Kameron McCall in the finals (4:25).

With the tourney sweep, Valdez climbed to a team-best 34-4 with 19 pins.

He now stands two wins shy of reaching 100 career victories.

Josh Pritz

Pritz also entered as the top seed.

The third-year grappler and second-year Leopard opened the meet with back-to-back-to-back pins over Lake Nona junior Kevin Keeley (1:07), Windemere senior Charles James (0:25) and Olympia senior Chris Cristancho (1:59).

In the finals against second-seeded Palm Bay junior Keshawn Percy, Pritz won in the fourth overtime, 3-1.

The 4-0 weekend pushed Pritz’s record to 29-4, highlighted by 21 pins.

Coaches’ corner

Seventh-year HHS mentor David Pritz savored the weekend.

David Pritz

“It was a good tournament,“ noted Pritz. “We’re definitely coming back here. Most of the teams are 3A and are schools we don’t normally ever see. Its good to see different teams and styles. You get tired of seeing the same teams.”

In his analysis, “I thought the guys did very well. It wasn’t a perfect weekend. We had an opening to win a few more matches. I thought we did enough to win,” said Pritz.

On who stood, “Josh (Pritz) looked super tough. He had a good win over a very good Palm Bay kid in the finals. He needs to beat those type of kids to get to the podium (at states).”

“… Fernando (Valdez) just had a great tournament. He faced three really tough kids in his weight class.”

Looking ahead

Green Cove Springs-Clay Blue Devils

Hernando returns to action this weekend in the two-day Green Cove Springs Rotary Invitational at Clay High

02-02: HHS @ Wolfpack Invitational

at Orlando-Timber Creek

Josh Pritz
 

WGT

 

NAME

 

YR

 

W

 

L

 

PINS

 

PL.

 

106

Jackson, Heaven-Leigh

11

2

2

2

 

113

Britton, Jonothon

10

3

1

3

2nd

 

120

Gould, Billy

10

4

1

0

5th

 

126

Lisk, J.

12

3

1

1

2nd

 

132

Brown, Michael

11

4

1

3

5th

 

138

Pritz, Josh

10

4

0

3

1st

 

138

Perez, Jason

10

2

2

0

 

145

Tafelski, Boston

12

3

1

3

2nd

 

152

Tafelski, Bronson

12

3

1

1

5th

 

152

Fabela, Justin

10

1

2

0

 

160

Ertl, Will

11

2

2

0

 

170

Valdez, Fernando

12

4

0

2

1st

 

182

Espinal, Alex

12

2

2

2

4th

 

195

Romain, Maddox

10

0

2

0

 

220

Coney, Qwenton

11

2

2

2

6th

 

285

Fleming, Sam

10

2

2

2

6th

 

TOTALS (16)

 

41

 

22

 

24

 

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2019 Final Wolfpack Invitational

Team Standings:

 

PL.

 

TEAM

 

CLASS

 

PTS.

 

1.

 

Brooksville-Hernando (HER)

 

1A-6

 

209.5

2.

Gainesville-Buchholz (BUCH)

3A-1

199.0

3.

Lake Mary (LM)

3A-3

193.0

4.

Lakeland-Lake Gibson (LKG)

2A-7

171.5

5.

Melbourne-Palm Bay (PB)

2A-13

161.0

6.

Sanford-Seminole (SEMI)

3A-3

104.0

7.

Orlando-Timber Creek (TC)

3A-4

102.0

6.

Celebration (CEL)

3A-5

103.0

7.

Port Orange-Atlantic (ATL)

1A-7

86.5

8.

Windermere (WIND)

3A-2

90.5

9.

Groveland-South Lake (SL)1

2A-5

79.0

10.

Port Orange-Atlantic (ATL)

1A-9

73.0

10.

Apopka-Wekiva (WEK)

3A-2

61.0

11.

DeLand (DEL)

3A-3

53.5

12.

Orlando-Olympia (OLY)

3A-2

43.0

13.

Orlando-Lake Nona (LN)

3A-5

41.0

14.

Altamonte Springs-Lake Brantley (LB)

3A-3

38.0

15.

Inverness-Citrus (CIT)

2A-5

29.0

16.

Orlando-First Academy (FA)

1A-7

28.0

17.

Orlando-University (UNIV)

3A-4

22.0

18.

Orlando-East River (ER)

2A-6

20.0

19.

Orlando-Evans (EVAN)

3A-2

2.0

 

TEAMS (19)

2019 Finals

106 – Jesse Gehr (LKG) pin Aiden Moore (BUCH), 1:30.

113 Rocco Senia (PB) major dec. Jonathan Britton (HER), 15-2.

120 – Bryan Perkins (BUCH) dec. Alex Vazquez (LM), 6-1.

126Tanner Kitta (SL) pin J. Lisk (HER), 1:15.

132 – Evan Butler (LKG) major dec. Alex Rosario (LKG), 17-6.

138 Josh Pritz (HER) dec. Keshawn Percy (PB), 2-1 (4th OT).

145Travis Pawlowski (SL) dec. Boston Tafelski (HER), 3-2.

152 – Elijah Gray (LKG) pin William Green Church (BUCH), 3:17.

160 – Zabriel Allen (SEM) dec. Raul Soto (LKG), 7-5.

170 – Fernando Valdez (HER) pin Kameron McCall (LKG), 4:25.

182 – Armando Acosta (BUCH) pin Aaron Morris (DEL), 3:22.

195 – Caden Cunningham (LKG) pin Drew Hess (CIT), 1:09.

220 – Christian Sosa (LN) dec. Will Holt (LM), 10-6.

285 – Curtis Ruff (SEM) dec. Ben Moxley (LM), 5-2 (OT).

2019 Consolation Finals Results:

106 – Tyler Perrow (PB) dec. Jamey Bruner (ATL), 2-1.

113 – Jacob McCrimmon (TC) pin Venumadhava Mirel (BUCH), 4:31.

120 – Dominick Carter (PB) dec. Gage Butler (LKG), 8-5.

126 – Jayden Tapia (TC) dec. Raphael Seabra (OLY), 11-9.

132 – Ezekiel McEntire (SEM) pin Cameron Komat (PB), 0:55.

138 – Jamieson Foley (LM) major dec. Chris Cristancho (OLY), 12-4.

145 – Jared Purcell (LM) major dec. DeAngelo Fletcher (BUCH), 13-5.

152Bronson Tafelski (HER) dec. Noah Hesse (LM), 8-4.

160 – Tracen Ransdell (BUCH) dec. Trevor Beck (WIND), 3-2.

170 – Lewis Sergile (PB) major dec. Jason Rehberg (WIND), 12-4.

182 – Matthew Lewis (PB) dec. Alex Espinal (HER), 10-6.

195 – Lawrence Smith-Jackson (BUCH) pin Zoar Vasquez (LM), 0:29.

220 – Nevan Burney (BUCH) pin Esteban Villanueva (SL), 2:52.

285 – Jacob Donaldson (LM) dec. Shamir Nelson (TC), 7-1.

 

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