Island wrestlers get their feet wet at local tourney

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Island wrestler William Pakbaz tries to escape the hold of Gavin Bunn of the Green Machine during the Dec. 16 wrestling tournament at MHS.
Center wrestler Max Higgins has the Green Machine’s Jack Mentzer tied up during the I Own Florida wrestling tourney. Higgins, who finished in second place, was the top finisher for the center.
Island wrestler J.M. Feeney is locked up in his match with eventual champion Derrick Baker of the Naples Titans during the I Own Florida wrestling tournament in Bradenton.
Jaxon Kagin, who earned a fourth-place finish for the Center of Anna Maria Island, is locked in a battle with Manatee Wrestling Club’s Brian Beckerleg Dec. 16 at the I Own Florida wrestling tournament hosted by the Manatee Wrestling Club in Bradenton. Islander Photos: Kevin P. Cassidy

Members of the newly formed wrestling club at the Center of Anna Maria Island got their first taste of competitive wrestling at the I Own Florida youth wrestling championships Dec. 16, sponsored by the Manatee Wrestling Club at Manatee High School.

The center’s program started up its season in November, so expectations were tempered at best by the coaches. Center wrestling coach Will Schenerlein, also the center’s sports programming director, told his athletes prior to their first matches to be aggressive, stay in the fight and have fun.

Schenerlein wrestled at West Liberty University and was a four-time state championship coach at Parkersburg High School in Parkersburg, West Virginia. He has a team of coaches at the center who have strong wrestling resumes, including Billy Hermaneau, a four-time state finisher in high school, and Ivan Gaeta, a four-year letterman at Central Iowa University. Another coach, Eric Tomayo, was a four-year letterman at Wisconsin Whitewater.

The island wrestlers have coaches showing them the way but, after the Dec. 16 match, they have some experience to draw on.
According to the tourney standings, the center took it on the chin, but their efforts in their first competition no doubt made their coaches proud.

Maximillion Higgins earned a second-place finish in the fourth- to fifth-grade 110-pound division and was the top performer for the center. He battled to the end before finally getting pinned by first-place finisher Robert Schmidt of Riverdale at the 2:28 mark. Higgins pinned his first two opponents, Jack Mentzer of Green Machine at the 2:39 mark and Venice Take Downs’ Sara Horrocks at the 0:29 mark.

J.M. Feeney also fared well on his first endeavor. He was pinned by eventual champion Derrick Baker of the Naples Titans Wrestling Club at the 1:48 mark in his first match, but was leading the match before a mistake put him on his back. He battled back to earn an 11-5 decision over Manatee Wrestling Club’s Brody Hall before getting pinned by second-place finisher Alejandro Fonseca from the Naples Bears in his final match of the day.

Jaxon Henry in the second- to third-grade 56-pound division and Jaxon Kagin in the second- to third-grade 72-pound division both earned fourth-place finishes, while Stone Smith, Dylan Sato and Harrison Schenerlein earned fifth-place finishes.

Other participants are William Pakbaz, Ethan Sackett, Michael Coleman, Ethan Talucci, Cale Rudacille, Fox Smith, Bam Gartman, Liam Coleman, Caden Quimby, Frankie Coleman and Stone Smith.

Next up for the island wrestlers is a Dec. 30 tournament at Brandon High School.


Youth flag football underway at the Center
Youth flag football season is up and running the field at the center with most games played Tuesday through Thursday nights.

The season kicked off Dec. 5 and runs through the championships Feb. 7.

The 8-10 division has seven teams led by 2-0 Truly Nolen and 1-0 Bins Be Clean. Beach Bums, Cortez Pump and Island Charms follow with 1-1 records, while Progressive Cabinetry (0-1) and Cloud Pest Control at 0-2 complete the league.

Planet Stone and Blue Lagoon lead the 11-13 division with 2-0 records, while USA Fence and Tyler’s Ice Cream are both 0-2.

There are four teams in the 14-17 division as well, led by Salty Printing and Slim’s Place with 2-0 records. Blalock Walters and Signarama complete the standings with 0-2 records.
Key Royale golf news
Another beautiful week of mild temperatures drew the members to the links at Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach.

The men played their regular modified-Stableford system match Dec. 11. Peter Lund, Dennis Schavey and Bob Soos all posted plus-3s to finish in a three-way tie for first place. Lund’s score helped his team of Al Carr, Dale Hudson and Jere Rice to a score of plus-5 to win the team competition.

The women jumped on the course Dec. 12 for a nine-hole individual-low-net match in four flights.

Joy Kaiser and Brenda Solleveld both carded 2-under-par 30s to finish in a tie for first place in Flight A. Margrit Layh was one stroke back in second place, while Phyllis Roe took third with an even-par 32.

Sue Wheeler fired a 1-under-par 31 to take first place in Flight B. Barbara Estok and Penny Williams had matching even-par 32s to tie for second place, while Tootie Wagner took third on a 3-over-par 35.

Jan Turner’s 1-under-par 31 gave her first place in Flight C, one stroke better than second-place finisher Susan VanOrsdel. Markie Ksiazek finished in third place with a 4-over-par 36.

Cathy Rice’s 5-under-par 27 was the low-net round of the day and gave her first place in Flight D. Willa Barkley, at 1-under-par 31 and Marilyn Niewijk with a 1-over-par 33 completed the standings in Flight D.


Horseshoe news
No teams managed 3-0 pool play records during Dec. 13 horseshoe action, creating a seven-team battle for the day’s bragging rights during horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

Dom Livedoti and Jerry Disbrow drew the bye into the second round and watched as Rod Bussey and Gene Bobeldyk defeated Tom Farrington and Jay Disbrow 21-16. Hank Huyghe and Tom Skoloda edged Bob Palmer and Neil Hennessey 21-19 and Tim Sofran and Jim Kleiner advanced with a 23-18 victory over Steve Hooper and Bob Lee.

Semifinal action saw Livedoti and Jerry Disbrow earn a 21-13 victory over Bussey and Bobeldyk while Huyghe and Skoloda stayed alive with a 22-3 victory over Sofran and Kleiner. Livedoti and Jerry Disbrow earned the day’s bragging rights with a 22-15 victory over Huyghe and Skoloda.

Three teams advanced with 3-0 pool play records during Dec. 16 action. Livedoti and Jay Disbrow drew the bye into the finals and watched as Skoloda and Palmer rolled past Huyghe and Gary Howcroft 21-10. Skoloda and Palmer stayed hot to roll past Livedoti and Jay Disbrow by a 21-12 score.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

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