South Dade Dominates District Dual Tournament

Five-time defending state champion South Dade steamrolled its competition going undefeated winning the dual state district wrestling tournament in Class 3A, District 16.

Each of South Dade’s three individual defending state champions—Brevin Balmeceda, Bretli Reyna, and Todd Perry—went 10-0 in their matches over the two-day event.

“I think we dominated,” head coach Vic Balmeceda. “We have a lot of room to get better, but I like where we’re at this point of the season. I can’t remember the last time we actually lost a dual meet in the county. I think it’s been six or seven years. So I was happy with the dominating performance.”

Adrian Morales (106 pounds), Tyler Orta (126), Eric Temes (145), and Jason Duarte (152) joined Balmeceda (160), Reyna (132), and Perry (170) with perfect 10-0 records.

“We kept improving every match that we had and that’s the good thing,” Reyna said.

Jacob Delgado (113), Guillermo Flores (120), Kenneth Crouse (220), and Tanaveius Shopshire (HWT) each went 9-1 while Joshua Swan (138) and Ralph Clemente (182) went 8-2 and Daniel Espino-Delgado (195) went 6-4.

“The big picture with us is being six-timers, but everyone looked pretty good this weekend,” said Brevin Balmeceda, who recorded nine pins. “We have stuff to work on and we have tougher tournaments coming up so we’ll be training for that. This is a wake-up call for some people and for some people to know where they’re at so it was a good tournament.”

There is a point of emphasis on the upperclassmen with experience to lead the Buccaneers who have been plugging in new faces.

“We need our starters and veterans to step up and do better so they can motivate the younger guys to do better like us,” Perry said. “We all knew it was going to be tough this year because we lost a lot of seniors and we were going to have kids come in and either didn’t know how to wrestle or were coming off of J.V. so we have to motivate them and let them know, ‘You’re good. Don’t really worry about it. Just work as hard as you can. That’s pretty much all you can do.’”

South Dade will continue its quest towards another state championship with meets in Chapel Hill, N.C. and Osceola to close out the calendar year with their sights on winning another state championship in March.

“Nobody wants to be the team to end the streak,” Vic Balmeceda said. “Todd, Brevin, Tyler Orta—our senior class right here would win a state championship each of the year they are in school if they win this win and that’s pretty important to them. They know they’re the best and I sense a confidence that they know they can dominate. They’re going to have to really step up because we don’t have an overall 14 weight class stud team that we’ve had in the past. We have a few young kids in the lineup so the state champs, state runners-up, and state qualifiers have to do twice as much to make sure that we succeed.”