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Women's Wrestling crowned 6 individual champions en route to its third consecutive State Championship (2019)

Women's Wrestling 3x State Champions!!!
2/17/2019 3:52:00 PM

In the mid 90's, Women's Swimming and Diving became Dr. Phillips' first dynasty, winning five straight state titles from 1994-1998. From 2009 through 2014, Competitive Cheerleading won five consecutive titles of their own, including two National Championships. Starting in 2011, Women's Basketball began a string of three consecutive State Championships as well as a pair of National Championships.

Last night in the House of Payne, Women's Wrestling became DP's fourth dynasty, obliterating a field of 94 teams by 123.5 points, securing the program's third consecutive State Championship that included a school-record six individual champions and a total of 13 place-winners. DP amassed 287 points over the two-day tournament, boat racing second place Freedom (163.5 points) and third place University (107.0).  

After finishing the last two seasons as a state runner-up, no one worked harder this season than Jessica Corredor. The 100-pound junior committed virtually every waking moment to preparing herself to finish the job this year and she did just that, emphatically. Corredor, the top seed in the division, pinned her first four opponents, only one surviving beyond the first period, before matching up with third-seeded Zariah Curtis of Wekiva in the finals. After building a quick 5-0 lead in the first period, Corredor had her way in the second as the lead surged to 12-0 before she put Curtis on her back for good at 3:28 to close out her undefeated season and her first State Championship. That solidified Jessica Corredor's national ranking and was just the beginning of DP's night of dominance. 

Defending State Champion and nationally-ranked Karoline Ortiz went a perfect 43-0 last year en route to her first state title and was perfect heading into the state tournament this year as well. After cruising through the first four rounds with pins in the 128-pound class, top-seeded Ortiz was in perfect position to claim her second individual title, matching up with second-seeded Rebecca Belizaire of Apopka in the finals, but it proved to be a tougher fight than many had anticipated. After a scoreless first period, Ortiz took a 1-0 lead with an escape in the second period and looked to be on her way to holding off Belizaire as the clock ticked down in the third. But with nine seconds left, Ortiz was mysteriously penalized for stalling, which tied the match at 1-1. After a scoreless overtime period, Ortiz picked up a point for another escape in the second overtime and kept Belizaire down on the mat through the third overtime to close out the 2-1 victory. That marks two consecutive undefeated State Championships for Karoline Ortiz, who will graduate as of one of the best wrestlers in DP history.

In the 134-pound class, second-seeded junior Jennifer Charles lived up to her potential, jumping from a third-place finish a year ago to a State Champion. Charles came up from the bottom of the bracket, pinning her first three opponents before defeating Liberty's Tatiyana Smith, 10-1, in the semifinal to set up a championship match with a familiar foe, Cypress Creek's Stephany Dean, who was seeded fourth. Charles took command in the first period with a 4-1 lead but in the second, she appeared to suffer a shoulder injury while on the bottom that prohibited her from doing much of anything. Despite the injury, she was able to maintain her 4-1 lead heading into the final period but she was in obvious pain, unable to lift her arm over her head. Nevertheless, she went out for the third period, dove in for a takedown and put Dean on her back just 21 seconds into the third period to win herself a State Championship.

Top-seeded senior Shania Gowan barely broke a sweat in this year's tournament, as the two-time defending State Champion pinned all four of her opponents in the first period to cap her second consecutive undefeated season and third straight State Championship. In the 162-pound finals, Gowan matched up with Orange City University's Jasmyn Ashbaugh and ended the match with a pin just 42 seconds in. Gowan, one of four nationally-ranked wrestlers on this year's squad, has now earned titles in three different weight classes over the last three years and will graduate as one of the most accomplished athletes in DP history, not only in wrestling but across all sports.

In the 222-pound class, nationally-ranked and top-seeded Shedeline Ulysse wrestled for a total of about three minutes as she dispatched all three of her opponents via pin to capture her third consecutive State Championship as well. In the finals, Ulysse charged in on South Lake's third-seeded Emily Loomis and put her on her back with 50 seconds left in the first period to secure the first undefeated season of her career. Ulysse will graduate in rare company, not only having earned three state titles, but finishing at least in the top two all four years, having earned a State Runner-Up finish as a freshman as well. She joins Men's Wrestling graduate Dylan Meeks as the only two wrestlers in school history to accomplish such a feat.

Senior Amani Guzman opened up the championship round matches last night in the 287-pound weight class but didn't need much time to claim her second consecutive State Championship. Facing Cypress Creek's Cecilia Seufert as the only competitors in the division, Guzman needed to win two of a possible three matches to claim the title. In her opening match earlier in the day, she picked up a first period pin that was certainly a good omen for what was to come in their second match. In the finals, Guzman put Seufert on her back just 28 seconds into the first period to win the championship and finish not just an amazing wrestling season, but also capped a tremendous year across the board as she placed sixth at the state weightlifting meet a week earlier.

In addition to six champions, DP also had two State Runner-Up finishers. Freshman Juliana Diaz was seeded third in the 117-pound weight class and knocked off three opponents, including two by pin, before falling to Palm Harbor University's Hannah Hall, 9-0, in the championship bout. For Diaz, an amazing debut season that bodes well for her in the next three years. In the 197-pound class, top-seeded senior Naomi Alezi pinned her first two opponents and earned a berth in the finals with a 5-1 decision over fourth-seeded Emily Mills of Terry Parker HS. That pitted Alezi against third-seeded Elizabeth Dillard of Freedom but after trailing just 2-1 into the third period, Alezi got caught and was pinned at 4:31. Alezi finished her DP career as a two-time State Runner-Up, earning the honor in 2018 as well.

Other place-winners included senior Jennifer Gabriel, seeded third at 147 pounds, who pinned two opponents to reach the semifinals before falling to the eventual runner-up, and then battled back in the consolation rounds to pin two more, including Land 'O Lakes' Caitlyn Davis for a second time, to earn a third-place medal. Sophomore Skyy Gowan placed third in the 172-pound weight class with a tremendous run through the consolation rounds. After falling to the eventual champion in the semifinal, Gowan pinned her next two opponents, including second-seeded Cheyenne Edmondson of Liberty, to earn the bronze. Junior Xiomara Roddy earned a fourth place finish at 184 pounds, junior LeAnn Bernard placed fifth at 172 and senior Anastasia Etienne brought home a sixth-place finish at 154 pounds.

A tremendous year once again for head coach Kirwyn Adderly and the entire team! Congratulations to each of them for representing DP so proudly on and off the mat and all things being equal, they'll be back in the wrestling room next week getting ready for title number four.

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Pre-Season Classic (Florida Jets)
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Clash of Titans (Orange City)
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Wekiva (Away)
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Evans (Freedom)
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University (Freedom)
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Wekiva (Away)
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