Grapplers Compete In County’s Hall Of Fame Tourney

Wellington’s Jared Abramson (138 pounds) tries to turn his opponent.

Local grapplers gathered at Royal Palm Beach High School on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 3, to compete in the annual Palm Beach County Hall of Fame Tournament. Area schools in attendance were the host Wildcats, along with Wellington, Seminole Ridge and Palm Beach Central high schools.

The event was open to all the schools in Palm Beach County. Olympic Heights was crowned team tournament champion with 321 points.

The Wolverines came in a close second with 224.50 points. It is the first time in three years that the Wolverines did not come away with the title.

Royal Palm Beach placed seventh overall as a team, totaling 93 points. Seminole Ridge fell in right behind the Wildcats at eighth with 76 points, and Palm Beach Central placed 15th, carrying 19 points. A total of 20 schools competed in the tournament.

Teams competed on four mats in the gymnasium and were bracketed by weight classification. Wrestlers met on the mat to grapple through their weight class with the goal of competing for the individual weight class championship title.

Results in the championship rounds by weight are as follows:

• 106-pound class: Wellington’s Chris Difiore won by decision over Jupiter Christian’s Dylan Layton.

• 132-pound class: Wellington’s Justin Henry won by decision over Atlantic’s Jackson Destine.

• 138-pound class: Wellington’s Jared Abramson won by fall over Olympic Heights’ Colton Crossman.

• 145-pound class: Wellington’s Cam Townsend took second place, with a loss by decision to Frankie Talshahar of American Heritage.

• 170-pound class: Seminole Ridge’s Mitchell Clark placed second with a loss by decision to Ethan Davis of Olympic Heights.

• 182-pound class: Wellington’s Eric Saber won by fall over Mikey Talshahar of American Heritage.

• 220-pound class: Royal Palm Beach’s Bryan Canedo won by decision over Brandon Di Prima of Olympic Heights.