Miami, FL, Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – After an outstanding performance at Districts crowning five District champions, the Bears wrestling team continued their hot streak at the Regional tournament this past weekend at Cardinal Gibbons High School with five wrestlers qualifying for state.  Having five wrestlers qualifying for state marks the most state qualifiers the Bears have had since the program started five years ago.

Senior captain, Cole Schwartzberg led the Bears claiming his second consecutive Regional title with an exciting win over Somerset’s Daniel Miranda.  Junior, Daniel Miranda also made consecutive Regional finals matches claiming second place losing a double overtime match to #1 in Florida, Darian Estevez from Somerset Academy.  Senior, Haniel Suris had an outstanding tournament as well avenging losses to three different opponents throughout the District and Regional playoffs.  Haniel pinned all three opponents he had previously lost to claim third place in the Region. Junior, David Alvarez also qualified winning his third place match in an overtime thriller.  Junior, Rafael Alvarez placed fourth to secure his ticket to this year’s FHSAA State Wrestling Tournament at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, FL.  Seniors, Douglas Boutemy and Steven Altamirano came within one match of qualifying for States and finished off their careers leaving their mark on our school and program.

The Bears will look to continue their outstanding wrestling this weekend in Kissimmee and will be seeking to bring home some state medals. “Every single member of this team has worked extremely hard throughout the season.  That is something we take pride in as a program, hard work and conditioning.  I am blessed to have such dedicated individuals to work with and nothing makes me happier than seeing them reach some of their goals as student athletes.  This is the hardest sport on the planet and these young men deserve recognition for their extremely hard work day in and day out on and off the wrestling mat” said Coach Brandon Neifeld.

“We are so proud of what our Bears are doing and cannot wait for them to come back with some State Championships,” said Principal Rene F. Rovirosa.

Mater Lakes Academy is a Miami-Dade County Public Charter School, with students enrolled in 6th – 12th grade.  Mater Lakes Academy has been open since the 2006-2007 academic school year, and is currently in its 12th year under the direction of Principal Rene F. Rovirosa, and is an A school for both the middle school and the high school.  For more information, visit the school’s website at

Mrs. Alice Martinez
Mater Lakes Academy
Phone:  (305) 698-8000
Fax:  (305) 698-1800