Wellington Wolverines Win The District Wrestling Title

The District 10-3A Championship Tournament took place Saturday, Feb. 1 at Seminole Ridge High School.

Wellington High School won the district championship with 212.5 points. In addition to the team’s championship, all 14 Wellington wrestlers advanced to the regional tournament. Seminole Ridge came in second place with 178.0 points. Palm Beach Central High School placed third with 102.5 points, and Royal Palm Beach High School placed fourth with 74.50 points.

The district tournament also included John I. Leonard and Lake Worth high schools.

Wellington led the pack with seven district champions. Seminole Ridge recorded four district champions. Palm Beach Central had two champions, and Royal Palm Beach had one district champion.

The four schools sent a total of 41 wrestlers to the regional tournament in Martin County on Saturday, Feb. 8.

There, the Wolverines took second place in the regional tournament behind St. Thomas Aquinas High School and qualified seven individual wrestlers for the state tournament in Lakeland.

Briar Macfarlane and Nik Bonadies were named champions, Brandon Paz took second place, Colton Macfarlane took third place, and Andrew Mitchell, Marcus Morin and Devin Gillotte took fourth place.

Briar Macfarlane joins Bonadies with more than 100 career varsity wins, which has only been achieved by four other wrestlers in Wellington High School history.

District champions from each weight class included: (front row) Bryce Marcus, PBCHS; Tyler Difiore, PBCHS; Briar Macfarlane, WHS; Nik Bonadies, WHS; Marcus Morin, WHS; Chris Zaskey, RPBHS; and Victor Olofin, SRHS; (back row) Brandon Paz, WHS; Robert Lapeter, SRHS; Nick Keller, SRHS; Devin Gillotte, WHS; Noah Coulter, WHS; A.J. Lopez, WHS and Troy Artiles, SRHS.

ABOVE: Coach Travis Gray with the Wellington High School district championship wrestling team. PHOTO BY GENE NARDI