Caravel Academy rolls into state dual finals

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Caravel Academy’s Nick Hall (left) and Shawn Ferrell of Lake Forest get airborn during their 170 pound bout on Saturday at the DIAA Dual Meet State semi-final match. Photo by Kenny Correll

Smyrna – Caravel Academy head coach Mike Welch said he was excited to get back to the state duals and have the crowds back in the gym. The two time defending Division II state champions rolled through Lake Forest recording 11 pins as they defeated the Spartans 75-6.


“We didn’t have the duals last year so the kids are excited and our semi-finals after the exciting Division I semi’s had the crowd excited. It’s like bringing all the excitement back,” Welch said.


The Bucs raced out to an early lead with pins from Marcello Ioannoni (120), Luke Poore (126) and Dylan Knight (132). Mike Kling won a 5-2 decision over Cael Moyer at 138 pounds as Caravel took a 21-0 lead to start the match.


The Spartans’ Abdullah Ahmad-Statts recorded a pin over Jordan Miller at 145 pound to avoid a shutout.


Following a forfeit to John Antonio at 152 pound Caravel Academy recorded four more pins starting with Alex Poore (160), Nick Hall (170), Matt Duarte (182) and Brock Rhoades (195). Alex Diluzio received a forfeit at 220 pounds as the Bucs took a 57-6 lead.


The Bucs ended the match with three more pins from Ky’Shwn Drumgo (285), Clif Bakhsh (106) and Eddie Radecki (113) advancing Caravel Academy to the Division II state finals with a 75-6 victory.


“We are hoping to carry the same intensity into the finals tonight,” Welch said.

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