Lady Bears Classic Recap

Northeast Florida Matmen staff report

ORLANDO — Matanzas finished eighth and Terry Parker took 15th out of 19 girls’ teams in competition at the Lady Bear Classic this past weekend, hosted by Cypress Creek.

Liberty outpointed Dr. Phillips, 180-176, for the team victory with University (Orlando) third at 113.

The Matmen coverage area had three finalists in the tournament, with both Matanzas wrestlers attending reaching the finals.

At 113, MaKayla Wilder had pins over wrestlers from Lyman, University (Orlando) and Lake Howell, facing off against Freedom’s Fabiola Molina, falling 6-1 in the title match.

Lady Pirate teammate Angelina Bermudez also had three falls, against wrestlers from West Orange, Freedom and Dr Phillips. Bermudez then lost by fall to Liberty’s Mya Faneitty in the finals.

For Parker, Lilly Sneed won by fall twice at 145, with pins over wrestlers from Evans and University (Orlando), before losing by fall to Liberty’s Amara Morales in the championship match.

Amber Goodbread (106), Angelique Sabella (120) and Emily Mills (182) all were 0-2 for the Lady Braves.

A Matmen first: Local girls competing in next month’s girls’ state tournament at Liberty will have on-site Matmen coverage on Saturday, February 11, as we will be on hand to cover girls’ state from a statewide perspective for The Wrestling Nation. We don’t know if it’s a first for Florida, but it’s a first for Matmen.

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I covered wrestling for 15 years up north and "retired" in 2011. But as I thought I had in 1992, I couldn't stay away. Started Northeast Florida Matmen in 2013, Northwest Florida Matmen in 2015. New initiative this year is to create a space on my sites where ALL Florida results can be stored, searched, reviewed and used by my readers, with NO COST TO THEM.

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