The Wellington Wrestling team saw two of its wrestlers place at the FHSAA Wrestling Tournament the weekend of Feb. 16-17 in Lakeland.
Junior Briar Macfarlane (120 pounds) placed sixth in his weight class and finished the season with a 43-6 record. Macfarlane lost his first-round match by pin to the eventual fourth-place finisher, Jared Neyer of Orange University, and found himself in the consolation rounds where he had to win three consecutive matches against the fourth-, fifth- and ninth-ranked wrestlers in the state for a chance to place.
Macfarlane, who missed the entire season last year due to injury, came back with a vengeance and defeated those three opponents on way to his sixth place finish.
Junior Nik Bonadies (126 pounds) placed sixth in his weight class and finished the season with a 44-9 record. Bonadies won his first match of the tournament and advanced to the quarterfinals, where he lost to the eventual fourth-place finisher, Charles Cuthbert of Fleming Island. Bonadies, a two-time state qualifier, defeated his next two opponents to earn his place on the medal stand.
Above: Briar Macfarlane and Nik Bonadies.