O3T Student-Athletes Club Compete in National Tournaments

GIGI BRAGG

The O3T student-athlete program was on fire this past weekend at the 22nd annual Flo Kickoff Classic youth wrestling tournament, featuring girls and open division entries at the Expo Square Pavilion.

The O3T student-athlete sent seven wrestlers to the Flo Tulsa Kickoff Classic. This tournament is considered one of the toughest youth preseason tournaments, taking in up to 1,800 wrestlers and bringing in competitors from all over the country.

Six of the seven wrestlers were successful in claiming individual titles in the various divisions and weights. Leading the way was Libertie Nigh who won the 9 & Under Division at 50-pounds. Libertie earned a fall and an (8-2) decision before defeating Fern Jewett (Hammer Time) 13-2. Libertie worked hard on top as she was able to turn Jewett three-times during the match.

Gigi Bragg won the 12 & Under Division at 65-pounds by winning a tight 5-4 match over Zurri Zamora (Maverick Elite). After giving up the first takedown of the match with 12 seconds left, Gigi was able to get the reversal with literally two seconds left on the first period. Three near-fall points in the second period gave Gigi a 5-2 led that she was able to keep through the match.

Just weeks from winning a Super 32 title, Michael Romero, was triumphant in winning the 10 & Under Division at 64-pounds at the Flo Kickoff Classic by dominating all five opponents he faced. Romero outscored the competition 49-3 without giving an offensive point. In the finals, Romero defeated Jesse James Justice (Rare Breed Academy) 6-1.

After suffering an injury that kept him off the mats for months, D’Mitri Alarcon was able to compete this weekend at the Flo Kickoff Classic and beasted the competition at 105-pounds in the 12 & Under Division. In the championship match, Alarcon pin William Henckel (Team Tugman) in 2:32 after being up 5-0 in the match. Alarcon recorded three falls and a (4-3) decision in the tournament.

Aireaana Gavere won the girl’s 15 & Under Division at 98-pounds by recording three-falls and defeating Angel Borge (Rare Breed Academy) 5-3 in the finals. Down 3-1 in the third period, Gavere, hit a blast double to tie the match 3-3 and sent it into overtime. In the overtime period, Gavere set up her shot and without any hesitation shot on a double to take her opponent down with 20 seconds left on the period to garner the win.

Seth Mendoza won the 12 & Under Division at 80-pounds by defeating Vince Bouzakis (Team Greco) 14-4 in the championship finals. Seth finished the tournament with a 5-0 record after earning a pair of falls, a tech fall, a significant decision, and an (8-2) decision.

Competing in the 12 & Under Division, Domenic Munaretto, won three consecutive bouts to advance to the semifinal round at 64-pounds. In the semifinal round, Domenic lost an 8-2 decision to Aydan Thomas (Mission Arlington) the eventual champion. Domenic rebounded back in the wrestle-back rounds to earn third place in the bracket after pinning Alex Rozas (Jr. Spartans) in the second period.

Road Runner Open
Boy wonder, Jaden Abas, competed in his first college tournament despite being a senior in high school. Competing at 149-pounds, Jaden defeated Division I opponents from Utah Valley University and North Dakota State to advance to the semifinal round where he fell in overtime to NAIA All-American Terrill Sidner (Menlo College) 7-5. In the consolation rounds, Jaden, defeated two additional Division I wrestlers to placed third in his bracket.

Lindenwood Open
Matt Vinci (Northwestern University) is having a great college career thus far, as he once again placed at a college tournament for a second consecutive week. Competing at 125-pounds for the Wildcats at the Lindenwood Open, Matt finished the tournament with a 4-2 record as he placed fifth in his bracket by defeating Carter Cox (Ellsworth CC) 14-5. Matt is currently redshirting for Northwestern and could be the potential starter next year.