West Boca’s Bordeau, Olympic Heights’ Jaffy win state wrestling titles

  • Dave Brousseau
  • Special to The Post
10:25 p.m Saturday, March 3, 2018 Sports

Two wrestlers from Palm Beach County won state titles Saturday at Silver Spurs Arena.

Alex Bordeau of West Boca Raton at 195-pounds and Troy Jaffy of Olympic Heights at 220-pounds are coming home as Class 2A State Champions.

Bordeau (37-2) defeated Darius Parker of Riverdale with a pin at 5:03. Bordeau becomes the first West Boca wrestler to win an individual state title.

“All the hard work at practice and over the summer has paid off,” Bordeau said. “I was confident I would make it this far just because of the preparation I put in.”

Bordeau, who has been wrestling since his was 6, had been to the state tournament the last two years.

He had split when he wrestled Parker this season. He won the rubber match on Saturday.

“I’ve had Alex for four years and the focus was there,” West Boca coach Mike Cook said. “We just knew he would win.”

No sooner than Bordeau’s victory had settled when Jaffy decisioned Braden Buswell of Seabreeze 4-2 for his championship.

Jaffy had been wrestling at 195-pounds and moved up to 220 pounds at the district tournament.

“This still hasn’t sunk in,” said Jaffy, who has been wrestling for four years. “I didn’t even know the match was over. My weight gave me a big advantage with my speed.”

“My assistant coach had a really good feeling to move Jaffy up in weight.” Olympic Heights coach Boomer Mears said. “With his speed and strength at the 220-pound class, his speed would be too much for these guys.”

Ethan Davis of Olympic Heights was the first local wrestler Saturday to go for a state title. Wrestling in the 170-pound division in Class 2A, he also was the first to fall, losing to Ashton Habeil of Lake Gibson in a hard-fought match, 1-0.

“The opponent rode us and we couldn’t get away,” Mears said.

Frankie Tal Shahar of American Heritage-Delray lost his title match to Joey Silva of Lake Highland Prep, 9-3.

Meanwhile, Wellington had four chances to earn an individual state champion, but all four fell short, continuing the school’s 20-year drought since George Cintron won a title in 1998.

“There were moments of ups and downs today,” Wellington coach Travis Gray said. “Still, we finished higher than we ever had before, so when we look back it will be a positive. We had some downs after a great day to reach the semifinals.”

Bryan Canedo of Royal Palm Beach, who lost his first match on Friday, won his next four to reach the consolation championship for third place. However, he came up short, losing to Tanner Howe of Lakeland by a 3-2 decision.


Team scores (Top 30)

1. South Dade 230; 8. Wellington 61; 12. St. Thomas Aquinas 41; 13. Cypress Bay 40.5; 26. Royal Palm Beach 15; 30. Forest Hill 14.

Consolation finals (locals only)

106: Gagliardo (FLIS) d. Difiore (WELL) 4-1; 138: Woods (HAG) d. Abramson (WELL) 8-6; 220: Howe (LA) d. Canedo (RPB) 3-2.


Team scores (Top 20)

1. Lake Gibson 160.5; 6. Olympic Heights 72; 20. West Boca 25.

Championship finals (locals only)

170: Habeil (LAGI) d. Davis (OH) 1-0; 195: Bordeau (WB) p. Parker (RIVE) 5:03; 220: Jaffy (OH) d. Buswell (SEAB) 4-2.


Team scores (top 10)

1. Lake Highland Prep 333; 4. Somerset 99; 5. Cardinal Gibbons 92.5; 6. American Heritage-Delray 80; 10. Jupiter Christian 48.

Championship finals (locals only)

145: Silva (LHP) d. F. Tal Shahar (AHD) 9-3.

Consolation finals (locals only)

106: Layton (JUPC) d. Gillis (SOM) 3-1; 113: Napolitana (AHD) d. Manning (SSE) 4-0; 185: Benton (SOM) d. Hall (JUPC) by injury default.