Streaks whip Red Devils

AVON PARK - The Sebring Blue Streaks wrestled their way to a 46-27 victory over the Avon Park Red Devils on Thursday night in a dual meet.

Sebring wrestling coach Josh Miller stated that overall the match went "pretty good."

"I challenged a couple to bump up in weight," said Miller. "The results were mixed as we had some matches that I thought we could have done better, but I was happy with the effort."

Avon Park wrestling coach Blake Germaine was in line with Miller as he expressed that overall they did not do that bad.

"Some matches we could have done better," said Germaine. "But overall it was not to shabby."

After Avon Park forfeited the first match at 106 pounds, the Red Devils won the next two by pinfall.

At 112, Avon Park's Kenny Egan pinned Sebring's Nestor Peralta 18 seconds into the third round.

That was followed by Junior Pontinela pinning Dalton Hammon in the first round as Avon Park took a 12-6 lead in team points.

The Red Devils recorded their third consecutive win of the night when Dre Neely recorded a technical pin by outscoring Dalton Slade 20-5 as Avon Park increased its lead to 18-6.

That lead evaporated quickly as Avon Park forfeited at 132 and 138 due to wrestlers being out because of illness. That tied the team score at 18.

Sebring won the next four out of five matches to take 37-24 lead in team points.

At 145, Sebring's Shaquille Williams pinned Avon Park's Austin Barr in the second round.

Avon Park rallied at 152 when Christian Suarez pinned Dakota Slade in the first round.

Sebring put together a string of three straight wins as Nathaniel Acousta beat Chris Garcia 8-0 at 160, Jacob Figur pinned Harley Hudson in the second round at 170 and at 182 Jonas Dickers defeated John Dor on points 10-6.

Avon Park got back in the win column at 195, but it was not easy as Avon Park's Delroy Blake scored a late takedown to beat Sebring's Ty Johnson 16-13 in the final seconds.

"I was really impressed with Ty," said Miller, "He wrestled really well against Delroy until the third period when he started to force some things, the match was really close. It was good for him, I challenged him to step up and he impressed me."

"Delroy wrestled him in preseason and teched him," said Germaine. "It's always closer the second time, he and Coach Miller came up with a good game plan against him."

Sebring won the last two matches of the night as Brandon Fuller beat Jeremy Ethridge on points, 5-4 and Tyrek Richards pinned Brandon Brignoni in the first round of the last match of the night to secure the 46-27 team win for Sebring.

Both Sebring and Avon Park will be on the road today as both squads face some of the toughest competition to date.

Sebring will participate in the Palmetto Invitational and will face Brandon, which is currently the number one team in the state, in their second match.

"This will probably be one of the hardest tournaments we will be in all year." Said Miller.

Avon Park travels to Orlando today to participate in the Dr. Phillips Duals.

When asked about the advantages and disadvantages of wrestling two days before a tournament, Miller stated that the main disadvantage was losing a significant amount of practice time.

"Wrestling one match does not help you as much as a two-hour practice will. "The advantage is that they are getting some mat experience."

Germaine agreed with Miller's assessment and added that it is good to put a little pressure on them now in preparation to the type of atmosphere that will be present at districts, regionals and state.

Both teams will be present in Sebring on Jan. 18 as the Blue Streaks host the Speigel Invitational.