BY GENE NARDI
On Tuesday, Feb. 2, the Wellington High School wrestling team hosted Seminole Ridge High School in a dual meet and defeated the Hawks 55-20.
The meet matched up two of the county’s best teams, both ranked in the top 10. With the win, the Wolverines improved their overall season record to 26-6, and the Hawks fell to 14-15.
The meet featured some of the county’s best. Wellington freshman Donovan Ortiz holds a 30-10 record in the 106 lb. weight class. Wolverine 120-pounder Jared Abramson is 40-10 with 16 pins. Tyler DiFiore has a 22-9 record and 11 pins in the 132 lb. class for Wellington. The Hawks have 152 lb. Jarrod Smiley with a 33-3 record and 11 pins and 7 technicals, and 170 lb. Liam LaPeter at 37-5 has an impressive 21 pins.
The meet results were as follows: 106 lb. – (Wellington) Donovan Ortiz defeated (Seminole Ridge) Hilton Luciano by fall at 7:15; 113 lb. – (Wellington) Jared Abramson defeated (Seminole Ridge) Alain Correa by fall at 1:10; 120 lb. – (Seminole Ridge) Francisco Farr defeated (Wellington) Robinson Cid by fall at 3:56; 126 lb. – (Wellington) Colton Macfarlane defeated (Seminole Ridge) John Arnold by major decision 15-3; 132 lb. – (Wellington) Tyler DiFiore won in a forfeit; 138 lb. – (Wellington) Eric Reid defeated (Seminole Ridge) Nico Pierroni by fall at 2:54; 145 lb. – (Wellington) Jacob Treanor defeated (Seminole Ridge) Danny Pazos by fall at 1:03; 152 lb. – (Seminole Ridge) Jarrod Smiley defeated (Wellington) Alec Trias by technical fall 17-2; 160 lb. – (Seminole Ridge) Liam Lapeter defeated (Wellington) Roland Kupoluyi by fall at 1:54; 170 lb. – (Wellington) Eric Saber defeated (Seminole Ridge) Devon McMinns by fall at 3:09; 182 lb. – (Wellington) Pharaoh Charles defeated (Seminole Ridge) Mitchell Clark by 6-3 decision; 195 lb. – (Wellington) Isaac Adonis defeated (Seminole Ridge) Antoine Fantz by fall at 2:44; 220 lb. – (Wellington) Camron Allen defeated (Seminole Ridge) Carson Dindal by fall at 0:46; 285 lb. – (Seminole Ridge) Nelson Sutton defeated (Wellington) Jacob Thomas by 4-1 decision. Seminole Ridge’s 182 lb. Sean Edwards and 285 lb. David Lyons did not wrestle due to injury.
Wellington recently crowned six individual champions en route to claiming the team title at the Palm Beach County Wrestling Hall of Fame Championships at Olympic Heights. Ortiz took the 106 lb. title. Abramson won the 113 lb. division. Macfarlane won the 126 lb. class. DiFiore took the 132 lb. division and earned Most Outstanding Wrestler. Junior Eric Reid won the 138 lb. class, and Eric Saber took the 182 lb. class.
Seminole Ridge also had two champions: Senior Francisco Farr won the 120 lb. division and senior Liam Lapeter took the 160 lb. class.
ABOVE: 152 lb. Jarrod Smiley of Seminole Ridge gets back points as he tries to pin Wellington’s Alec Trias.