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Two Bears Bring Home Gold In Wrestling Season Opener

This past weekend marked the official start for the FHSAA High School Wrestling season. Senior Eric Temes and Junior Carolyna Bellon both finished an undefeated 4-0 to capture titles in each of their weight classes.

The Mater Lakes Men’s wrestling team competed in the H-Town Throwdown tournament at Hialeah Gardens High School in a deep field of over 30 teams throughout the state. Missing three key varsity wrestlers, the Bears still managed to place top ten as a team bringing home four place-winners.  Eric Temes was crowned champion in the 145lb weight class.  Senior Reynaldo Rivera finished 3rd place in the 170lb weight class finishing with an impressive 6-1 record.  Senior Jorge Rodriguez at 160lb and sophomore Ethan Vergara at heavyweight both finished in 4th place in brackets of over 20 competitors.  Junior Jesse Diaz, junior Arnaldo Alvarez, freshman Luis Arboleda, seventh grader Achilles Rocha, and eighth grader Malikai Badilla also contributed significant wins in their weight classes.  Next week the Bears look to add Justin Zerbinati, Gonzalo Perez, and Orestes Ferrer to complete their full lineup for the John Lyzott Memorial tournament at McArthur High School in Hollywood, FL.

Carolyna Bellon traveled to University High School in Orange City, FL to compete in the Clash of the Titans Lady Tournament.  In a field of 18 other women wrestlers at the 128lb weight class Carolyna managed to finish 4-0 pinning all opponents to capture first place.  Carolyna is currently ranked number 1 in the state at her weight class for Florida Womens Wrestling.

The next tournaments coming up for the Bears include overnight trips to Hagerty High School in Orlando, FL for a big 3 day team dual tournament December 19th through the 21st , followed by the Knockout Christmas Classic at Osceola High School in Kissimmee, FL December 27th and 28th.  The Knockout Christmas Classic brings in over 40 teams from all over the country and is regarded as one the toughest high school wrestling tournaments in the nation.