Wellington’s Grapplers Defeat Visiting Seminole Ridge Team

Wellington’s Chakiris Townsend ties up Seminole Ridge’s Ryan King in the 133-pound weight class.

On Wednesday, Jan. 10, the Wellington High School wrestling team hosted rival Seminole Ridge High School and bested the Hawks 61-16 on the mat.

The victory did not come without some grueling matches. Wellington’s Zakar Graham took a narrow 8-6 win over John Arnold in the 145-pound weight class. The two exchanged the lead during their bout.

Seminole Ridge’s Leonardo Caputo won a major decision over Wolverine Jareth Bucculli in the 132-pound weight class. The two grappled closely through the first period, but Caputo eventually dominated the balance of the match.

Seminole Ridge 170-pounder Juan Hernandez weathered an early storm from Wellington’s John Barry, to win by fall in the third period.

Wellington’s Estefan Belmontes recorded the quickest fall of the night in the 160-pound weight class, pinning Spencer Sullivan in 42 seconds.