NCAA, World and Olympic Champion Kyle Snyder at Osceola High School presented by Team Florida and USA Wreslting
Champs Jaclyn, Vince & Nic Bouzakis, McGowan and Van Hoecke plus Taina McGowan and Boas Diaz
Bouzakis trio and 3 others win titles, 3 are All Americans at USA Wrestling Folkstyle Nationals, by John Lawton
Three siblings from the Bouzakis family, Nic, Vince and Jaclyn, along with Brennan Van Hoecke, Marc-Anthony McGowan and Bas Diaz, all won National titles at the USA Wrestling Folkstyle Nationals held in the Uni-Dome at Cedar Falls, Iowa in the last week of March.
Nic Bouzakis won the Cadet 120-pound title, with a victory by a 15-2 major decision against Jesse Mendez. Mendez was also a Schoolboy national champion last year. Vic competed for the Tampa Bay Caveman Club. Bouzakis was a 2017 USA Wrestling Folkstyle National Champion and is a two-time FHSAA Champion winning titles in Class 1a for Citrus Park Christian and in 2017 and Lake Highland Prep this year..
According to a USA Wrestling article, “Bouzakis put together an impressive tournament, scoring bonus points in all six of his matches. His performance earned him the Outstanding Wrestler honor at the Cadet division.”
Vince Bouzakis of Team Greco, won the Novice 78-pound title with a pin in 2:10 against Peyton Lee.
Jaclyn Bouzakis, also of Team Greco, won the Intermediate 49-pound title via a 5-1 decision.
According to a USA Wrestling article, “At 87 pounds in the Schoolboy division, Marc-Anthony McGowan of Florida’s Ramos Training Wrestling Club, impressed for his first folkstyle national title, picking up five impressive wins. En route to his first championship, McGowan dominated four-time USAW Folkstyle Nationals champion and returning champion Caden Horwath of Michigan with an 11-2 major decision. McGowan finished off the tournament with a 5-0 shutout over Zachary Silvis of Minnesota.
Brennan Van Hoecke of Florida navigated a loaded 102-pound Schoolboy/girl bracket that featured eight seeded wrestlers. The field included 2017 Novice Folkstyle champion Angelo Ferrari of Texas, who Van Hoecke defeated in the semifinals in sudden victory, 3-1.
In the finals, Van Hoecke took out No. 2-seed and past place winner Avery Allen of Montana. In addition to his wins over seeded wrestlers, Van Hoecke also tallied a fall and a major decision in the tournament to earn him the Schoolboy/girl Outstanding Wrestler honor.”
Bas Diaz of the Naples Titans, matched his sister, Eva, in winning a Folkstyle National title. Bas won at Novice 108-pounds, via a 4-1 decision in the finals.
Winning All American honors from Florida were Tom Crook of the Caveman who took 5th at 113-pounds as a Cadet; Jean-Paul McGowan of Ramos Training Wrestling Club was 7th at 49-pounds as a Bantam.and Sebastian Degennaro of Team Barracuda was 5th place at Novice 70.
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Eva Diaz stand atop the podium as Girls National Champ
Eva Diaz, wrestling for the Naples Titans, stands atop the podium after winning the 92-pound class in the Schoolgirl Division at the USMC Girls Folkstyle Nationals in Oklahoma City on March 24. By John Lawton
Diaz used a merkle to earn a 3-point nearfall to win her Championship Finals bout by a 3-1 decision against Olivia Hamma. Earlier, Diaz won her first bout 6-4 with a takedown in Sudden Victory overtime, plus she won her semifinals bout by a 5-2 decision.
Diaz, only 13-years old, has been wrestling for 7 years. She is the second oldest of five children, her sisters Madison and Violet plus her brothers, Bas and Boaz, all drive from their home in Miami, for two hours, each way, across the Everglades to Naples to train twice a week.
The drive is well worth it as both sisters won All American Honors in Oklahoma City; Madison won a bronze third place medal at 152 wrestling as a Cadet while Violet took 6th at Novice 65.
Diaz has many coaches to thank for her title. Among them are Shaun Moder and Shane Hillis from Naples Titans, Nestor Varona of Garage Girlz, Coach Martinez of Miami Coral Park and Coach Chris Ramos of Citrus Park.
Florida’s other two All Americans, both in the Junior Division, were Anna Luciano (Osceola Kowboys), 4th at 152 and Shania Gowan (Florida Jets), 5th at 164.
De Heyman is presented with the USWOA Lifetime Achievement Award by Rick Tucci, President of USWOA. Heyman was honored for her excellence in managing the USWOA National Office for over a decade.
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