American Heritage Boca/Delray names Most Outstanding Wrestler

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American Heritage School Boca/Delray senior Rafael Romero was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award for his performance in the Stallions Super Slam competition at the school in Delray Beach recently.

Romero improved his record to 14-2 with a pin of Southwest Miami junior Adrian Ochoa at 4:52 in the 152-pound division.

Stallions sophomore Omer Barak ran his record to 25-3 as he dominated the 160-pound division. He topped Coral Springs Charter School junior Keon Taylor early in the first period (1:06). He captured the award for most pins in the least amount of time with four pins in 4:37, while American Heritage School Boca/Delray senior Philip Mathis (285) was second with four pins in 6:04.

Southwest Miami won the title with 227 points, while American Heritage was second in the 11-team competition with 175 points.

“This was the first tournament our program has hosted,” American Heritage School Boca/Delray coach J.P. Reese said. “Coming off a tough week losing in the district dual playoffs, we still pack tremendous firepower with some of our athletes. It showed going five for five in the championship finals.

“Our roster is small, but we fare well in IBTs,” he said. “Omer Barak and Rafael Romero were electric and lit up the scoreboard before pinning all their opponents. Mikey Tal Shahar (195), Andrew DeSola (138) and Anthony Nicolosi (170) were extremely dominant in winning their respective weight classes. We do the best as a dual meet team with plenty of open weights, but the Stallion squad is primed to win lots of hardware come March.”

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