We have been diligently preparing for the Triple Crown weekend and excited to finally see our kids back on the mat! We prepared extensive COVID-19 guidelines, ordered great awards, purchased PPE for COVID-19, developed a COVID-19 friendly schedule, etc. Unfortunately, the Osceola County School Board denied our application last Thursday due to it being a “contact sport.”
After receiving this unfortunate news, we immediately reached out to other venues, including Silver Spurs and venues in Orange County. However, due to the current COVID-19 situation, most venues were either booked or would not permit us to have anyone without a mask; thus precluding our wrestlers from wrestling. We finally found a venue in Lakeland. However, it was 5 times our budget in cost and would have required doubling our entry fee for our kids without a sponsorship of close to $10,000 (which we would need to obtain today). In addition, a new group of tournament workers would have been needed to support the event due to the distance from our original venue. Finally, we had to consider the real concerns that our families have with regards to the current situation regarding COVID-19.
Ultimately, it is with a heavy heart that I have to inform you that the Triple Crown Weekend is cancelled for the above referenced reasons. We all feel terrible for our kids, families, coaches and our wrestling community in general. That said, the guidelines that have been created and the fantastic input from everyone involved will only serve to better prepare us for the time when we can move forward.
I hope to see you very soon on the mat!!! Keep safe!
DALE W. CODY
Florida Jets, Champions of Florida USA Wrestling Youth Duals
TK Wrestling 2nd Place Florida USA Wrestling Youth Duals
Team Impact, 3rd Place, Florida USA Wrestling Youth Duals
SeaHorse Champs, Kalani Rivas, Orlando Freedom (134) and Leidaly Rivera, Olympic Heights (122), Matt Jonchuck Photo
Girl Wrestlers at the SeaHorse Open - thanks to Matt Jonchuck for the photo
Here is the Official 2019 Team Florida Photo from the USA Wrestling Cadet and Junior Nationals in Fargo
Here is a photo of the Team Florida Mens All Americans! Bottom: Jack Crook, Ryan Rowland, Nic Bouzakis, Brennan Van Hoecke, Kai Owen. Top: Bretli Reyna, Ryan Cody, Michael Tal-shahar, Steven Villalobos, Chase Thompson, Ashton Habeil, Tarrell Wallace Jr
Here is the photo of the Team Florida Womens All Americans - L>R: Andrea Smith, Hannah Hall, Eva Diaz, Jessica Corredor, Chloe Ogden, Shania Gowan
2019 Florida Womens team and coaches at USA Wrestling Cadet & Junior Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota
Team Florida at 2019 USA Wrestling Kids Nationals in Wisconsin Dells: Coaches (L-R) Steve Mocco, Yusmel Morales, Mike Digrigoli, Elias Rey & Butch Bacon
Florida Junior Women's Freestyle Duals All American 6th Place
Team Florida Junior Men's Duals
Team Florida Cadets competing at USA Wrestling National Duals in Spokane, Washington
2019 Team Florida in USA Wrestling Schoolboy National Duals
Team Florida at Southeast Regions
Dominic Longano (Triple) Brian Burburija (Triple), Connor Reeves and Cooley Murdock of the Dark Side WC out of Countryside High in Clearwater showing their haul of medals from the Southeast Regions
Logan Price, Vladimir Drown and Kamdon Harrison win medals at Southeast Regions
Three Happy Gladiator wrestlers, Adrian Rojas, Andres Rojas and Ryan Miret, proudly show their double medals from the USA Wrestling Freestyle and Greco States at Osceola High in Kissimmee on May 11
Hannah Hall, Canes Wrestling Club, Palm Harbor was 15-3 over the past 2 weeks - 4/19 NYC, Gotham City- 3rd place; 4/20 Orlando, Father Devine - 1st; 4/24-28 Las Vegas, USAW Western Region - 3rd Folkstyle, 1st Greco, 2nd Freestyle.
Three Florida All Americans at 2019 USA Folkstyle Nationals with Ben Askren: Johnathan Moder 12u 7th, Andres DiGrigoli 12u 6th and Asher Bacon 10u 6th
Rick Tucci with Kendrick Hodge of Project Grapple, 2x Grand Champion of Tucci Series
Naples Titans, Team Champions, USA Youth Duals, SERTC, Oviedo, Jan 19
Steve Contarino of Bradenton, wins his first World Title, Masters Division F at 88 kilos
SeaHorse Girls Champs - Adriana Curiel, Stephanie Villalobos, Jasmine Godinez, Alejandra Perez
SeaHorse State Level Champs - Front l-r - Swan, Reyna, Orta, Kohn, Melguizo, Neco, Martinez; Top Sanchez, Lugo, D'ascoli, Benton, Perry, Balmeceda, Lovett
Nick Benton wins his 2nd USA Wrestling Preseason Title with Coach Joe Blasucci
Brennan Van Hoecke and Marc-Anthony McGowan win Gold Again!!
Marc-Anthony McGowan and Brennan Van Hoecke win Pan Am Golds!!
Abnelis Yambo, National Champ, Junior Womens Freestyle 132
2018 Fargo - Team Florida
Fargo Men All Americans: Malyke Hines, Tarrell Wallace, Luis Hernandez, Ryan Rowland, Kai Owen, Frankie Tal-Sharhar, Steven Villalobos, Dylan Kohn, Johnny Lovett
Fargo Women National Champ & All Americans - Jessica Corredor 7th, Karoline Ortiz 6th, Abnelis Yambo Champ, Anna Luciano 5th, Katalina Bartelt 8th
Fargo Team Florida Women bottom l-r: Stephanie Villalobos Angela Lorusso Sophia Anderson Hannah Hall Riley White Katalina Bartelt; top Coach Hall & Bartelt, Shania Gowan Karoline Ortiz Jessica Corredor Abnelis Yambo Trinity Rios Madison Diaz Anna Luciano
2018 Team Florida’s Triple Crown Champions!!! Congratulations to Marc-Anthony McGowan (Schoolboy 90), Bas Diaz (Novice 117), & Brennan Van Hoecke (Schoolboy 106)!!! With them is Florida State Chairman, Olympian, & 2x NCAA Champion Steve Mocco!!!
Jr Duals Duck Reyna S Basile Ern Johnson Bretli Reyna Al Cruz Frank tal-Shahar Max Diaz Dakota Fagg Nick Esposito Ethan Woods Matt Phillips David Mason Shawn Sheldon1st Ethan Basile Malyke Hines C Busutil Dyl Sparkman Ry Rowland Z Gonzalez
Team Florida Junior Womens Team - All American 5th Place!!!
Team Florida competed June 13-16,in theCadet Duals. Won the Green Pool in Greco, wrestled in Bronze/Copper Pool in Freestyle. Brendon Abdon (120) went 6-0 in Greco, named to All-Tourney team.
Team Florida placed 10th in Freestyle & 11th in Greco-Roman; Brennan Van Hoecke (106) was All Tourney Team in both styles 15-0; Joe Gunzalez (125) was All Tourney in Greco 7-0; Christian Moder (97) was All Tourney in Freestyle 8-0.
NCAA, World and Olympic Champion Kyle Snyder at Osceola High School presented by Team Florida and USA Wreslting
State Chairman, Coconut Creek, FL
Vice Chairman & Area Director, Homestead, FL
President, Longwood, FL
Treasurer, Lake City, FL
Secretary, Tarpon Springs, FL