Cypress Bay and Somerset wrestling teams win tournaments. Plus GMAC basketball and soccer

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The Cypress Bay wrestling team, coached by Allen Held, won the Storm Front Duals at Celebration High School in Kissimmee.

The Lightning beat Lakeland Kathleen 66-7, DeLand 54-27, Ridge Community 78-0, and Avon Park 70-6.

In the finals, Cypress Bay edged Hagerty 38-36. Winners for that match for the Lightning were 106 Andrew Punzalan; 126 Gabriel Herrero; 138 Jack Spurlock; 145 Rafael Diniz; 152 Zach Weidler; 220 Jared Campbell; 285 Gozie Mosi.

For the tournament, these Cypress Bay wrestlers went undefeated:

Andrew Punzalan (5-0) 106; Gabriel Herrero (5-0) 126; Tyler Bill (3-0) 132; Rafael Diniz (5-0) 145; Zach Weidler (5-0) 152; Jared Campbell (5-0) 220; Gozie Mosi 5-0 (285).

Somerset wrestling

The Somerset Academy (Pembroke Pines) wrestling team, coached by Joe Blasucci, won the John Joyce Memorial Tournament at North Port High School.

The 2021 state champion Panthers were down four starters but still managed to win another close tournament, capped off with two bookend champions: 106 Lincoln Sledzianowski and 285 Matthew Jimenez.

Somerset Academy wrestling standouts Lincoln Sledzianowski (left) and Matthew Jimenez (right) with Coach Joe Blasucci.
Somerset Academy wrestling standouts Lincoln Sledzianowski (left) and Matthew Jimenez (right) with Coach Joe Blasucci.

Entering the 285 finals, Somerset trailed by 4.5 points to Fort Myers-Riverdale. Jimenez started slow but scored four takedowns in the third to secure the major decision win (16-7) and give the Panthers the team title by half a point.

The (Pembroke Pines) Somerset Academy wrestling team.
The (Pembroke Pines) Somerset Academy wrestling team.

Top team results: 1. Somerset 176; 2. Fort Myers-Riverdale 175.5; 3. Brandon 170.5.

More Somerset placers: 152 Luis Bellon (2nd); 113 Matthew Velasco (3rd); 160 Kendrick Hodge (3rd); 120 Ray Greene (4th); 126 Tony Mendoza (4th); 132 Kevin Concepcion (4th); 195 Khamari Griffin (5th).

GMAC Basketball

The Columbus boys’ basketball team will play Norland for the GMAC Championship at Jackson High School on Thursday. In the semifinals, Columbus beat Southridge, and Norland beat Palmetto,

BOYS: GMAC Semifinal: Columbus 58, Southridge 40: The Explorers (20-2) out scored Southridge 19-5 in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Columbus had nine points in the third quarter as Southridge cut the six-point Columbus halftime lead to four.

Cameron and Cayden Boozer increased the lead to 10 within the first minute of the fourth quarter. A defensive stop and a Kevin Noriega three-pointer increased the advantage to 13. Southridge’s Koree Cotton made a foul shot, but then Cayden Boozer hit a quick turn-around basket and a Garyn Bess sank a three-pointer to give the Explorers a 17-point lead with 3:52 remaining.

After a Southridge time out, two free throws from Koree Cotton and an up-and-under layup from Matthew Mairena completed the Southridge scoring. Cameron Boozer closed the show for Columbus with a punctuating dunk. The Explorers defense in the fourth quarter -- forcing turnovers, blocking shots, grabbing rebounds -- keyed the effort.

Cameron Boozer finished with 21 points and 17 rebounds, and twin brother Cayden produced 19 points and nine rebounds. Mister Dean had 20 points for Southridge, all in the first three quarters. Cotton had 12 points, and point guard Matthew Mairena added eight points.

COL: Boozer, Cayden 19; Bess, Garyn 8; Boozer, Cameron 21; Noriega, Kevin 6; Fragela, Benny 3; Abdullahi, Malik 1. SRDG: Dean, Mister 20; Cotton, Koree 12; Mairena, Matthew 8. Half: COL 30-24. 3-Ptrs: Boozer, Cayden 1; Bess, Garyn 1; Boozer, Cameron 1; Noriega, Kevin 2; Fragela, Benny 1; Dean, Mister 3. Rebs: Boozer, Cam. 17; Abdullahi, Malik 8. Asts: Boozer, Cayden 5.

BOYS: GMAC Quarterfinal: Columbus 83, Killian 39: The Explorers (19-2) built a 20-point lead by halftime. Killian (13-7) scored just two points in the second quarter as Columbus crusised to the victory.

Cameron Boozer celebrated the return of twin brother Cayden, after Cayden missed the previous game with a leg injury, by scoring 32 points. Cayden Boozer, Garyn Bess and Benny Fragela each had 12 points.

COL 83: Velasquez, Jalen. 5; Boozer, Cayden 12; Huesa, Nicholas 2; Bess, Garyn 12; Boozer, Cameron 32; Fragela, Benny 12; Abdullahi, Malik 8. KLN 39: Norman, James 3; Chung, Gabriel 8; Roper, Jermqaine 9; Wallaxce, Jerome 12; Fernandez, Enji 1; Funcia, Gabriel 3; Gist, Jordan 3. Half: COL 33-13. 3-Ptrs: Bess, Garyn 2; Boozer, Cam. 2; Fragela, Benny 4; Norman, James 1; Roper, Jermaine 3; Funcia, Gabriel 1; Gist, Emanuel 1.

More basketball

BOYS: True North 72, Dade Christian 67: 8th grade point guard J-Roc Lopez scored a game-high 31 points. He is ranked No.1 in Florida for all classifications for points per game, averaging almost 30 points per game.

TN: J-Roc Lopez 31 pts, 8 reb, 7 stls; Boosie Swan 12 pts, 3 stls; Ryan Rodriguez 11 pts; Audley Brown 5 pts, 8 reb, 4 blks; AJ Brown 7 pts. TN (8-8).

GIRLS: Palmer Trinity 67, Ransom Everglades 36: Porto 8, Montes 4, Leon 21, Alibhai 4, Veloso 5, Deleon 17, Kaplan 3, Ruiz 2, Nieves 3. Half: PT 43-13. 3-Ptrs: Deleon 3, Kaplan 1, Leon 3, Veloso 1, Nieves 1. Rebs: Porto 6. Stls: Montes 5. Asts: Leon 4, Montes 4. Blks: Montes 4. PT (12-7).


BOYS: Miami Beach 7, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 0: Leonardo Oliveira 2 goals; Camilo Roldan 1 goal, 1 assist; Gianluca Calabrese 1 goal, 1 assist; Lucas Turano 1 goal; Cesar Cardona 1 goal; Patrick Mendoza 1 assist; Massimo Mlekus 1 assist; Gkp Ethan Zaldivar 10th shutout. MB (13-2-1).

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