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Big weekend for Middies sports

Middletown High School student-athletes had a nice showing in their respective post-season competitions over the weekend.

De’Ja Bowen and Bria Oatman each won an individual event and were members of Middletown’s 800-meter relay team at the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association championships. Bowen finished first in the 55-meter dash. Oatman captured the 300. Then they teamed with Shayla Spencer and Itziar DeClavijo and won the 800 relay.

Cecil Brownridge captured the 300 for the Middletown boys’ team.

In wrestling, Justin Morales (106 pounds) and Josh Sam (132) finished in second place in their respective weight classes at the Section 9 Division I championship – each reaching the final, but losing. Both are waiting to see if they receive at-large bids for the state championships. Each sectional champion receives an automatic berth. Morales has 119 career victories, good for fourth place on Middletown’s career list.

Also receiving medals for Middletown were Joe Velazquez (160, third place), Elijah Babb (182, third place), Moises Diaz (120, fourth place) and Jeremy Jenkins (138, fourth place). The six medalists were the most by a Middletown team since 1998.

Brendan Cosme made the finals in two events at the OCIAA boys’ swimming championships. He placed third in the 100-yard freestyle and seventh in the 200 freestyle.

Other strong Middletown track performances include: Ryan Rosa (second place in high jump, fifth in the long jump), Dana Lynch (second in 3,000, fifth in 1,500), Steve Banton (55, third), Terrance Christian (55, fifth), Shawn Rosa (600, sixth), Elisha Hodges (55 hurdles, fifth), Andrew Ponton (triple jump, sixth) and DeClavijo (55 hurdles, fifth).

The Middies had three other wrestlers finish in the top six: Armel Duke (220, fifth), Stephan Monchery (285, fifth) and Destin Morano (160, sixth).

The Middletown swim team also received a fifth-place finish from Mike Darrell (100 breaststroke). Jordan Washington placed sixth in diving.