2022 Santaluces Holiday Tournament

Varsity Wrestler Juan Castillo going against his opponent to continue to the next round.

Selena Avilla, Staff Writer

Over the weekend our Varsity Wrestling team hosted a tournament here in Chief country. There was a great turnout. We had David Andrade and Antuan Brooks taking 3rd place, while Juan Castillo and Heily Selgado were in second place. Those who didn’t place also did a great job. Wrestling is no easy sport. They came out and showed what they got. There’s no doubt in my mind that as the season continues they will continue to surprise us and make Sanatluces proud.

Champ Round 1 Antuan Brooks 11-2 received a bye sending him to the second round. Champ Round 2 Keyontea Harvey from William T Dwyer won by decision over Antuan. Cons Round 2 Antuan won by fall over Lorenzo Zangari from Marjory Stoneman Douglas 0-4 (Fall 2:06). Cons Round 3 he won by fall over Suncoast Ryan Grizzard 0-2 (Fall 1:10). Cons Round 4 he won by forfeit over Forest Hill Faybien Magg. Cons Round 5 Brooks won by fall over Vero Beach, Phinehas Weatherly 2-2 (Fall 1:29). In Cons Semi he won by tech fall over Cypress Bay Timo Nikolepoulos 5-2 (TF-1.5 0:00 (15-0)). Finally, Antuan won by fall over Palm Beach Central Sebastian Williams 6-4 (Fall 2:38) taking 3rd place and scoring 23.5 team points. When asked what is his goals for the season, Antuan responded with, “Making it all the way to states.”

For David Andrade in Champ Round 1 – David received a bye sending him to round 2. In Champ round 2 he won by fall over Wellington Evan Sales 0-2 (Fall 0:16). In Quarterfinal he won by fall over American Heritage School Chase Itzkowitz 5-2 (Fall 2:30). During Semifinal Cypress Bay Andrew Punzalan won by fall over David Andrade 8-2 (Fall 1:31). In Cons Semi David won by fall over Atlantic Treyton Cleckley 3-2 (Fall 0:36). David Andrade scored 22.0 team points and won 3rd place by fall over Clewiston Ronald Loreto 8-5 (Fall 3:35). When asked how he felt about his win, he stated he was “very excited and happy.”

In Champ Round, 1 Juan Castillo received a bye taking him to round 2. Champ Round 2 he won by fall over Brian Hernandez (Forest Hill) 3-4 (Fall 1:14). In the Quarterfinal, Juan Castillo won by fall over William T Dwyer Earl Lane 1-2 (Fall 0:30). In Semifinal he won by fall over Palm Beach Central Randy Sabina 5-3 (Fall 1:35) doing so led him to finals. Though he had a great tournament, Kings Academy Dartavius Saintelus beat Juan in the 1st place match. Overall he placed 2nd and scored 24.0 team points.

In round 1 Heily Selgado won by fall over Cali Anderson from John I Leonard 0-2 (Fall 0:00). In round 2 Clewiston Kayleen Moreno won by fall over Heily 1-3 (Fall 1:25). Overall she placed in second.

Overall Santaluces placed 12th place as a team with 81.5 points. Santaluces and the rest of the schools had great sportsmanship. They showed perseverance and hard work all throughout the tournament. Wrestling is a sport that should not be taken lightly. These students train hard and it surely shows at their tournaments. The season just started but they are here to win. I definitely recommend coming to at least one of their tournaments this season, you definitely won’t regret it. Also a huge shoutout to their wonderful sponsor, E J Schrader Mattress Company for supporting them.