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#DailyRdp: 1/25 Duals

By MATMEN, Thursday, 11:10 p.m.

PALM COAST — Five straight wins lifted Matanzas to a repeat win in the #FightForFlagler over crosstown host Flagler Palm Coast Wednesday night.

The Pirates went on a 29-0 run between 285 and 126, erasing an early 12-6 Flagler lead, and made it stand up in a 42-30 victory over the Bulldogs.

After the teams traded pins (Jordan Mills at 182 for the Pirates and Ethaniel Laupepa at 220 for FPC, plus a Flagler forfeit at 195), Matanzas (9-7) strung together four pins from Tyler Thomas (285), Timothy McLean (106), Mariah Mills (113) and Kaden Golder (120), plus a 27-12 tech fall from Toryion Stallings (126) to build a 35-12 margin.

Flagler Palm Coast (record unknown due to missing results) cut that lead in half on a forfeit win at 132 and decisions from John Hald (15-10 in sudden victory at 138) and Jesse Baugher (17-13 at 145), but Dylan Parkinson clinched the dual for the Pirates with his 12-4 major at 152.

The teams traded victories to close out the dual, with Kelton Howard (160) winning by fall for the Bulldogs and Landon Wright (170) winning in sudden victory, 12-10, for the Pirates.

Both teams will reconvene in the Flagler gym on Friday for the 37th Flagler Rotary, a two-day IBT.

Hagerty 43, Oviedo 31: In the crosstown conflict at Oviedo, the visiting Huskies (12-6) put the pain to the hosts (17-4) up top, with a 27-0 run to close out the dual.

Oviedo went up 16-0 on pins from Gunner Essary (106) and Josh Sabbia (113), plus a 12-3 major from Jesus Ramos (120), but Hagerty equaled that with a 16-0 run of its own behind pins from Benjamin Wolgamuth (126) and Logan Acey-Kriegshauser (132), plus a 13-4 major from Nikolas Blake at 138.

Oviedo then pushed out again, this time behind a 15-0 run fueled by pins from Gunner Forsberg (152) and Lukas Crawley (160), plus an 18-13 win from Clayton Mitchell at 145.

But Hagerty was equal to the task down the stretch, with a forfeit win at 170, a 9-6 decision at 182 from Connor Gilliam, followed by back-to-back-to-back pins by Hunter Tate (195), Landon Revis (220) and Trevor Covelli (285).

Hagerty travels to George Jenkins on Friday for the one-day Moskowitz IBT, while Oviedo will be closer to home, going to Timber Creek for the one-day Wolfpack IBT on Saturday.

#BattleForTheHammer: At West Orange, Ocoee (5-8) too advantage of a short-handed host line, with five forfeit wins that helped the Knights turn back the Warriors, 49-28.

Ocoee took pins from Nazzio Huyler (106) and Brian Vo (145), with Donell Grimes (152) picking up an 18-4 major and Andy Delva hanging on for a 9-7 win at 170.

West Orange (record unknown due to missing results) were fueled by falls from Raymond Cavey (126), Giovanny Perez (132) and Stacey Rhodes (138), plus a 14-0 major from Magnus Putigna at 160.

Both teams will reconvene weekend after this coming one at Winter Park for the Metro Conference two-day IBT.

Winter Park takes pair: As part of its Senior Night festivities, the host Wildcats defeated Edgewater (48-24) and Wekiva (66-18). Wekiva took the middle dual over Edgewater, 51-22.

Double winners for Winter Park (4-3), engaging in its first duals since district duals at the beginning of the month, were Jacob Rothman (106), Truman Pierce (113), Mason Moses (126), James Gonzalez (138, pin), Joseph Parker (152, 2 pins) and Liam Glassmeyer (220, 2 pins).

Additionally, Isaac Flores (285) won by fall in the win over Edgewater, while Noel Marrero (160), Derrick Dunn (170), Cole Siomon (182) and Dequnnte Samuels (195) each had pins against the Mustangs.

Speaking of Wekiva, Connor Figueroa (120/126, pin) was the Mustangs’ lone double-winner.

Matthew Perkins (152), Demoreus Stokes (160), Williamson Louis (170) and Shyne Love (285) won by fall for Wekiva (3-5) against Edgewater, with Charles Hall (220) taking a 13-7 decision. Thomas Tindall (132) and James Mixon (285) won by fall for the Mustangs in the loss to Winter Park.

Both the Wildcats and Mustangs will reconvene next on February 3, again at Winter Park, this time for the two-day Metro Conference IBT.

Lake Mary, Lake Brantley split: In a double-dip boys/girls dual at Lake Brantley, the visiting Lady Rams defeated the hosts, 42-33, only to see the Patriot boys rally for a 51-30 dual victory.

In girls competition, the Lady Patriots held the lowers, with pins from Angali Rodriquez (105), Lilah Nation (115), Ella Belt (125) as well as Hensley Carter at 155, plus a 9-3 win at 110 from Vanessa Martin-Soto.

But the visitors were able to set the pace in the upper half, with pins from Savannah Strickland (120), Grace Doyle-Eberhard (135), Olivia Boni (140), Tayla Sutton (190) and Ahmya Stokes (235).

In the boys’ dual, the Patriots (5-2) won six straight matches between 152 and 220, with pins from Giovanni Duany (152), Jake Jessee (170), Christopher Swanson (195) and Shawn Hernandez (220) during that run. Zaiden Rodriguez (106) and Dario Duany (132) also had pins, with Thomas Abrahamson winning by a 6-1 count at 160.

The Rams (unknown record due to missing results) got pins from Logan Morris (126), Alex Chesloff (138) and Aden Eliason (145).

Lake Brantley boys will be at Flagler this weekend, while the Lake Mary girls will host their 2nd annual Lady Rams Tournament of Champions on Saturday. The Patriot girls and Ram boys will reconvene at Oviedo’s Seminole Athletic Conference tournament on February 4.

Lake County Conference: At Mt Dora, South Lake was 1-2 in duals against conference opponents, taking a 54-30 win over Leesburg, but falling to host Mt Dora (54-30) and Tavares (46-35).

Aden Pierce (113, decision), Jaydius Bognar (152, 3 pins) and Tegan Beltram (170, 2 pins) were triple-winners for the Eagles (3-11 in duals), while Haley Harvey (106, pin) and Zoe Williamson (145, pin) both contributed 2-0 nights for South Lake.

Dylan Escobar (160) won by fall for the Eagles in the win over Leesburg, while Jesse Barker (285) had a pin in the loss to Tavares.

South Lake is now off until the final day of the regular season, when the Eagles will compete in Villages’ TD Talbott Legion Duals on February 11.

DeLand 49, New Smyrna Beach 28: At New Smyrna Beach, the Bulldogs (14-7) had their first competition since the 3A state semis at Osceola last weekend, taking six straight wins from 138 through 182, going on a 30-0 run.

After the hosts (14-11) got out to a 4-0 start on Jonathan Bruner’s 15-2 major, Kellen Chapman (138), Mathias Franz (152) and Gavin Rodriguez-Cayro (182) each won by fall, with a forfeit and decisions from Joshua Folsom (8-1 at 145) and Mason Perkins (4-1 at 170) building a 30-4 lead for the Bulldogs (14-7).

The ‘Cudas cut that lead to 30-16 on pins from Derek King (195) and Dylon York (220), but DeLand put on another 15-0 run to put the dual out of reach, with pins from Marion Smokes (285) and Edwin Alsina (106), plus a 12-6 win from Tyler Bracero at 113. The teams then traded victories to close out the dual, with Spencer Timm (120) by fall for the hosts and Grady Bryant (126) taking a 15-3 major for DeLand.

DeLand will be at Flagler Rotary this weekend, while New Smyrna Beach will head southwest to Punta Gorda and Charlotte’s Gene Gorman Duals, also a two-day event.

Buchholz 68, Columbia 6: At Columbia, the Tigers (4-15) celebrated Senior Night, but it was the Bobcats (8-5) that got the better of the contest.

Columbia’s two seniors in the boys lineup both took losses, with Jayden Thomas (138) by fall against the Bobcats’ Cavarius Liddie and Alexander Ulloa (145) taking a 6-2 loss to Buchholz’s Laine Slayton at 145. The Tigers got their lone points on Kareem Kinloch’s fall at 170.

For Buchholz, Jun Jie Zheng (113) and Hugh Davis (120) joined Liddie as pinners, while Finn Buchanan took a tech-fall victory (tech time 3:49) at 126.

Columbia was back in action Thursday night at Baker County’s Tri-County Duals, while Buchholz will get back on the mat Saturday at Timber Creek’s Wolfpack IBT.

Timber Creek 73, Evans 6: At Timber Creek, the Wolfpack tuned up for weekend hosting duties with a one-sided dual win over their district rivals.

Keegan Clark (120), Andrew Wittenberg (152), Austin Maloney (170), Daniel Pacheco (182), Rocco Jonigan (195) and Jayden Smith (220) all won by fall for Timber Creek (8-3). Juan Viera-Paulos (160) took an 18-10 major, while Peter Nesheiwat (285) won by 5-1 decision.

Evans’ lone victory came at 126, where Jaylen Clayton won via second-period pin for the Trojans (1-7).

Timber Creek will host Women’s Metro on Friday and the Wolfpack IBT on Saturday; Evans will have delegations at both events.

Pirates sweep: At Riverside, Fernandina Beach (16-7) rolled out to a pair of double-digit wins, defeating Ed White (63-12) and the host Generals (48-27).

Crew Richter (113), Caden Kubatzke (126, 2 pins), Cael Kubatzke (132, pin), Patrick Lee (138, 2 pins), Cole Misciagna (145, 2 pins), Enzo Gamba (160, 2 pins), Felix McDuffy (182, 2 pins) and Gauge Housely (195, pin) all were double winners for Fernandina Beach.

Anthony Fancher (170) and Peyton White (220) each won by fall in the Ed White victory, while Blaike Harrington (152) took a 9-8 win in that same dual.

Results were not available on Ed White v Riverside, see more below. Fernandina Beach was back in action Thursday with a homoe quad, while Riverside will be at Paxon’s one-day IBT on Saturday. Ed White is now off until the Clay Rotary on February 3-4.

Deltona tri-meet: At home, the Wolves (10-5) romped to a pair of identical 75-6 wins over Atlantic and Pine Ridge.

Every Deltona starter was a double winner for Deltona, including lower-weights Javonni Carraturo (106, pin), Joel Pena (113), Kyle Kerns (120, pin), Austin Riis (126, pin), Kevin Kerns (132, pin), Kyle Yasses (138, 2 pins) and Randall Coraspe-Cruz (145, 2 pins).

Up top, Justin Rivera (152, 2 pins), Gevin De la Cruz (160, decision), Christian Rivera (170, pin), Nathaniel Tsang (195, 2 pins), Aaron Debouver (220, pin) and Nathan Hatch (285, 2 pins) all were double winners.

Deltona will be at Flagler Palm Coast for the 37th Flagler Rotary.

Missing results: We are missing the Riverside v Ed White dual at Riverside, the Pine Ridge v Atlantic dual at Deltona, and Keystone Heights’ tri-meet, which also included Palatka and Interlachen. We will take those results at any time.

Results for all of the reported Wednesday dual meets can be found HERE.

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#Preview: Women’s Metro Conference

By MATMEN, Thursday, 4:50 p.m.

Women’s Metro Conference

When & where: Friday at Timber Creek.
Teams in the field: In addition to the host Lady Wolfpack, Apopka, Boone, Colonial, Cypress Creek, Dr Phillips, East River, Edgewater, Freedom, Horizon, Jones, Lake Buena Vista, Lake Nona, Oak Ridge, Ocoee, Olympia, Wekiva, West Orange, Windermere and Winter Park will be attending.
Defending champion: Freedom.
Returning individual champions: Maite Coutinho (Freedom), Shelby Sherman (Apopka), Cameron Galvin (Freedom), Keyla DeLeon (Freedom), Isabel Perez (Freedom); Chloe Shull (Timber Creek); Emily Riveira (Dr Phillips); Jada Jones (Apopka).
Synopsis: More than perhaps any other conference in the state, you’ll see more state champions, more placers and more wrestlers of significant impact in the Women’s Metro. That being said, everyone will be chasing Freedom this weekend, but could be a very good fight between Apopka and Dr Phillips for second, with Timber Creek, East River, Jones and perhaps Cypress Creek all in the mix for a top-4 team spot.
State-ranked wrestlers (listed by weight class in ranked order) —
100: Miabella Lopez (Freedom, 3rd); Hananeel Gregoire (Apopka, 14th).
105: Matie Coutinho (Freedom, 4th); Victoria Ceballos (Dr Phillips, 7th); Gabriella Martins (Lake Nona, 13th).
110: Shelby Sherman (Apopka, 8th); Aliyah Gonzalez (Winter Park, 17th); Isabel Duarte (Freedom, 19th).
115: Cameron Galvin (Freedom, 3rd); Yairiliz ALbert-Tejas (East River, 19th).
120: Milana Borrelli (Lake Nona, 1st).
125: Samantha Sherman (Apopka, 3rd); Taylor Thomas (Timber Creek, 12th); Alissa Brown-Washignton (Freedom, 13th).
130: Keyla DeLeon (Freedom, 2nd); Shamari Smith (Apopka, 18th).
135: Nehemie Gregoire (Apopka, 7th); Isabella Tolentino (East River, 13th); Leticia Viana (Freedom, 20th).
140: Hayden Proulx (Timber Creek, 6th); Isabel Perez (Freedom, 14th); Jessy Jarret (Dr Phillips, 16th).
145: Jade Noble (Horizon, 14th); Jade Camacho (Oak Ridge, 19th).
155: Chloe Shull (Timber Creek, 2nd).
170: Salexa Lontoc-Ortiz (Freedom, 7th); Cierra Young (Ocoee, 10th); Amy Etienne (Dr Phillips, 13th).
190: Jada Jones (Apopka, 2nd); Emily Riviera (Dr Phillips, 7th); Francheska Robles (Dr Phillips, 10th); Ramiyah Steele (Wekiva, 17th).
235: Rotchiva Clermont (Freedom, 4th); Judlie Laplante (Oak Ridge, 7th); Yami Herring (Jones, 13th).
All rankings from https://www.kabrawrestling.com/rankings/girls

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#Preview: Wakulla FCA Invitational

By MATMEN, Thursday, 4:15 p.m.

Wakulla FCA Invitational

When & where: Friday & Saturday at Wakulla.
Teams in the field: In addition to the host War Eagles, Chiles JV, Episcopal, Florida High JV, Ft Walton Beach, Godby, Leon, Liberty County, Lincoln JV, Marianna, Middleburg, Mosley, Niceville, North Bay Haven, Rutherford, South Walton, Suwannee JV, Wewahitchka & Yulee will be attending.
Defending champion: Wakulla.
Returning individual champions: Connor Brown (Wakulla), Jay Brown (Liberty County), Austin Adamson (Yulee), Dylan Johns (Yulee), David Mercado (North Bay Haven), Nick Lee (South Walton).
Synopsis: We started the preseason with this event being called the Big Bend Invitational, but Wakulla’s FCA group has taken over sponsorship. I think the War Eagles would be favored either eay, but there’s going to be a solid fight for first place in this event, with Ft Walton Beach, Middleburg and Yulee factoring for top-3 positions and there will be a quite solid group in the 4-8 range as well. Many ranked wrestlers in this field, which offers the last bigger IBT in the Panhandle area before the post-season begins next month.
State-ranked wrestlers (listed by weight class in ranked order) —
106: Connor Brown (Wakulla, 3rd-1A); Nathan Lyttle (South Walton, 17th-1A); Josh Harris (Yulee, 20th-1A).
113: Bryan Davis (Middleburg, 14th-2A); Anthony Fondo (Wakulla, 17th-1A).
120: Jay Brown (Liberty County, 4th-1A); Zak Vosburgh (Ft Walton Beach, 11th-2A); Turner Glenn (Episcopal, 11th-1A); Jake Parker (Wewahitchka, 16th-1A); Troy Thaxton (Wakulla, 18th-1A).
126: Isaac Brinson (South Walton, 7th-1A); Scott Busey (Episcopal, 17th-1A); Dylan Johns (Middleburg, 18th-2A).
132: Wyatt Leduc (Middleburg, 8th-2A); Nicholas Pressley (Episcopal, 13th-1A); Gibson Moore (South Walton, 17th-1A).
138: Romero Black (Rutherford, 4th-1A); Austin Adamson (Yulee, 12th-1A); Cohen Chesser (Episcopal, 13th-1A); Ethan Pinto (Niceville, 15th-2A); Brady Jackson (Wakulla, 17th-1A).
145: Jae T Thaxton (Wakulla, 8th-1A); Steven Banfield (Ft Walton Beach, 9th-2A); Bear Siegal (North Bay Haven, 11th-1A); Logan Moore (Middleburg, 12th-2A); JJ Martinez (Niceville, 19th-2A).
152: Chance Wolffe (Episcopal, 14th-1A); Nate Jacobs (Wakulla, 20th-1A).
160: Conner Roberts (Wewahitchka, 8th-1A); Alexander Davidson (Ft Walton Beach, 9th-2A); Keaton Schirmer (Rutherford-1A); John Fernandez (Episcopal, 14th-1A); Michael McNair (Yulee, 20th-1A).
170: Dylan Johns (Yulee, 4th-1A); Brennan Doherty (Episcopal, 11th-1A); Malachi Lewis (Niceville, 16th-2A).
182: Christian McGarity (Episcopal, 12th-1A); Christopher Aud (Yulee, 13th-1A); Connor Roberts (Ft Walton Beach, 19th-2A).
195: David Mercado (North Bay Haven, 2nd-1A); Alex Smith (Yulee, 4th-1A); Lawson Perry (Episcopal, 9th-1A); Darius Brundidge (Ft Walton Beach, 17th-2A).
220: Carter Tobik (Ft Walton Beach, 7th-2A); Kohl Pippin (Wakulla, 11th-1A); Marshall Dixon (Mosley, 13th-2A); Tucker Cody (Middleburg, 15th-2A); Cayden Ricks (Yulee, 19th-1A).
285: Logan McAlister (North Bay Haven, 4th-1A); Nick Lee (South Walton, 5th-1A); Braylen Ricks (Yulee, 7th-1A); Austin Hoyle (Yulee, 15th-1A).
All rankings from https://www.kabrawrestling.com/rankings

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#DailyRdp: 1/24 Duals

By MATMEN, Wednesday, 5:20 p.m.

MIDDLEBURG — A Senior Night loaded with senior victories is the right kind of Senior Night.

And Middleburg had the right kind of Senior Night Tuesday night, as all four of its seniors took wins as the Broncos turned back Baker County, 67-6.

Seniors opened up the wins ledger for Middleburg (17-4), with pins from Thomas Stokes (145) and Logan Moore (152) to give the Broncos a 12-0 open. Later, Bryce Meldrum (285) and Gracie Bradshaw (106) also won in back-to-back fashion, with Meldrum taking a pin and Bradshaw pushing through to a 9-7 decision at 106.

Brad Darnold (182), Porter Loveland (195), Grady Woodard (120), Wyatt Leduc (132) and Joe Forte (138) all added pins for the Broncos, with Dylan Johns adding an 11-2 major at 126.

Baker County (15-8) got its lone points on a fall from Rasean Rayam at 160.

In girls’ competition between the teams, each side won twice. For the Lady Broncos, Cheyenne Cruce (190) won by fall and Memphis Moses (110) took a 13-6 decision. Baker County got pins from Kylee Hopkins (140) and Lyla Peebles (170).

Baker County returns to competition first, hosting Columbia and Union County in the annual Tri-County Duals on Thursday. Middleburg will travel to Wakulla’s Big Bend Invitational, sponsored by Wakulla FCA, on Friday and wrap competition there Saturday.

Space Coast 60, South Lake 23: In another Senior Night at event, the host Eagles (2-9) got all of their points via contested wins.

Manny Baez (132), Jaydius Bognar (152), Dylan Escobar (160) and Tre’ Weathersby (285) all won by fall for South Lake.

In girls’ competition, there were five matches staged between the Eagles and Vipers, with South Lake’s Justina Acevedo (120), Grisbet Guzman (135) and Zoe Williamson (145) all winning by fall.

South Lake is now off until the final Saturday of the regular season, when the Eagles will compete in Villages’ TD Talbott Legion Duals.

Horizon 48, Windermere 24: At Horizon, the Hawks (2-2) doubled up the Wolverines (1-5) behind seven straight wins between 145 and 285.

Deleilah Viteri (126), Ethan Viteri (145), Pietro Rampazzo (152), Lorenzo Hernandez (182) and Tanner Kramer (220) each took pins for Horizon.

Egehan Yilhan (120) and Jacob Valdez (138) picked up wins by fall for Windermere.

Both teams come back to competition on Saturday, with Horizon at Timber Creek’s one-day Wolfpack IBT and Windermere at McKeel’s Massung Scramble one-day event.

Episcopal 78, Bolles 6: The Eagles (18-5) rolled to the home dual win behind nine forfeits and four pins.

Mattia Pozzoni (220), Scott Busey (126), Nicholas Pressley (132) and John Fernandez (160) all won by fall for Episcopal.

Bolles (1-10) picked up its points via pin from Brooks Baker at 195.

Both teams are in competition this weekend, with Episcopal going to Wakulla for its two-day Big Bend Invitational, sponsored by Wakulla FCA, and Bolles headed to Palm Coast FPC’s Flagler Rotary. Both events start on Friday.

Results for all four Tuesday dual meets can be found HERE.

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#DailyRdp: 1/23 Duals

By MATMEN, Tuesday, 10:50 a.m.

ORANGE PARK — Oakleaf celebrated its Senior Night with a rare Monday-night dual against county rival Keystone Heights.

And the celebration was just as much for on the mat as it was immediately before it, as the Knights took down the Indians, 60-3.

Oakleaf seniors Jacob Polinsky (160, pin), Jacob Dewald (182, pin), Isaiah Shevchook (220, pin) and Caleb Pope (138, pin) all took pins for the Knights (18-10); senior reserve Antonio Barerra (152) got a rare start, and battled against the Indians’ Marcellus Beem into double-overtime before taking a 6-4 loss.

Additionally, Evan Brown (195) won by fall for Oakleaf, with Christopher McKeel (126) taking a 16-0 tech fall, Jacob McClintic (170) an 11-1 major and Jackson Hemphill (132) a 5-1 decision.

Beem’s decision were the only dual team points for the Indians (3-9).

Oakleaf will be at Flagler Rotary this weekend, while Keystone Heights hosts a tri-meet, with Interlachen & Palatka attending, on Wednesday.

Results from Monday’s dual can be found HERE.

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#Recap: Forest 6-2, S. Lake 2-6 At Hermann Cup

By MATMEN, Monday, 5:50 p.m.

INVERNESS — Forest completed the 17th Annual Rob Hermann Cup Duals on Saturday with a 6-2 record, while South Lake was 2-6.

At this time of publication, where the Wildcats (7-6 in duals for the season) and Eagles (2-8) finished overall in the tournament was unknown due to full tournament results being unavailable to Florida wrestling-media outlets.

Forest, even with a few forfeits in the lineup (either three or four depending on the round), had wins over Citrus (45-30), South Lake (42-22), Wesley Chapel (42-36), Rockledge (42-36), Lecanto (45-18) and Leesburg (54-18), taking losses only to Braden River (72-12) and Nature Coast (65-15).

Two Wildcats were 8-0 on the day, as Brent Ryals (126/132, 7 pins and decision) and Ellis Lawson (220, 3 pins & decision) both won eight times. Ryals had his seven pins in the first seven rounds, with his decision victory coming in the final round of the day.

Skyler Hackl (145, 2 pins & 3 decisions) was 6-2, while Aydan Ruano (120/126, 2 pins) was 5-1 in a regular role. Sabastian Arthur (106, pin) and Landon Cunningham (170, 2 pins) were both 5-3 with Cameron Glowach (152, 3 pins) completed a 4-3 tournament record for Forest.

South Lake only had at most seven weights covered, with most of their duals only starting six Eagles. After early pool losses to Leesburg (31-30, criteria), Citrus (42-21), Braden River (72-12), Wesley Chapel (42-18) and Rockledge (60-24) as well as to the Wildcats, the Eagles found success toward the end, with wins over Lecanto (24-18) and Lake Buena Vista (24-12) down the homestretch.

Jaydius Bognar (152, 5 pins & decision) was 8-0 for South Lake, while Aden Pierce (113, 2 pins & major) was 6-2. In a regular role, Jesse Barker (285) was 4-1, while Tegan Beltram (170, 2 pins) was 4-4.

Apopka also competed in the tournament, but results were not available on the Blue Darters’ weekend at the time of this publication. Should they be received in the next couple of days, we will revise.

Forest & Apopka will be at Flagler Rotary starting this Friday, while South Lake will get back on the mats on Tuesday, with a home dual against Space Coast.

Results from the tournament can be found HERE.

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#Recap: Matanzas 2nd at Jerry Brisco

Matanzas wrestlers and coaches with the Pirates’ runnerup team trophy won Saturday at the Jerry Brisco Challenge (Photo submitted by TJ Gillin via Facebook).

By MATMEN, Monday, 4:50 p.m.

TAMPA — Matanzas took a rare opportunity to travel outside the coverage area on Saturday, as the Pirates went on the interstate to drive over to Tampa and compete in Sickles HS’ Jerry Brisco Challenge.

The Pirates duked it out with Newsome all day long for top honors, ultimately coming up short by just six points, 210.5-204.5, as one of just two teams in the 18-team IBT not from the metropolitan Tampa community.

Land O’Lakes (168.5 points), Robinson (165) and Tampa Freedom (149.5) rounded out the top 5 teams.

Matanzas did come home with, in addition to the team runnerup trophy, five individual weight-class wins from Timothy McLean (3rd-2A at 106), Kaden Golder (13th-2A at 113), Toryion Stallings (10th-2A at 126), Landon Wright (20th-3A at 170, competing at 160), and Jordan Mills (2nd-2A at 182, competing at 170).

McLean bonus-pointed through each round of the tournament, with a tech over Newsome and first-period pins over Lake Region and Sickles, respectively, before facing Tampa Freedom’s Mason Ringate (10th-2A) in the final, where he went on to secure a 13-5 major.

At 113, Golder pinned or teched for his path to the championship, with a tech over Sumner followed by pins over Gaither and Newsome; in the final, against top-seed Nate Varley (7th-1A), Golder didn’t slow down in the slightest, rolling up 18 points before teching Varley (18-2) in 4:15.

Stallings, the 4 seed, rolled to two early wins, with an 18-7 major over East Lake and pin over Robinson, then knocked off top seed Kris Hunter (20th-1A) of Tenoroc, 7-4, in the semis in order to reach the final and Land O’Lakes’ Jet Griffis, where Stallings then set the pace en route to a 9-3 win.

Wright’s closest match in the tournament was his first, a 16-11 round-of-16 decision over Gaither; from there, he pinned his way to the title, with preliminary falls over Tenoroc and Sumner before pinning Tampa Freedom’s Gavin Chung in 1:20.

Mills, in his second tournament of the season, pinned his way into the final, taking falls over Newsome, Sickles and Durant, in succession. In the final, against Newsome’s Randy Trowbridge, he once again set the tempo, shutting down Trowbridge in a 10-0 major.

The Pirates had two additional finalists Saturday, as Carter Wilder (132) and Dylan Parkinson (10th-2A at 152) both placed second.

Wilder pinned his way into the 132 final, with three pins in all, before taking a loss to Land O’Lakes’ Brandon Austin (7th-2A), 11-2, while Parkinson 1bonus-pointed into the 152 final (2 techs in rd of 16 and quarters, 11-2 major in semis) before losing by fall (3:23) to Tampa Freedom’s Bashir Rostami.

Results from the tournament can be found HERE.

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#Recap: Seminole 2nd at War Eagle Classic

By MATMEN, Monday, 1:30 p.m.

KISSIMMEE — Winning the War Eagle Classic a year ago was one of Seminole’s regular-season highlights of the 2021-22 year.

The Noles couldn’t defend their title on Saturday at Poinciana HS, however, as Vero Beach came in and cleaned up, with 163.5 points. Seminole did hold off host Poinciana for second, with 116 points to the War Eagles’ 112.5 in an eight-team IBT event.

Leading the charge for Noles with weight-class wins were Onel Esquilin (126), Ryan Culbertson (17th-3A at 132, competing at 138) and Jerome Johnson (285).

Esquilin won three 6-minute matches en route to his 126 title; after a quarterfinal win over Vero Beach (13-3 major) and a sudden-victory semifinal win over Poinciana (3-1), Esquilin took on top seed Kaden Wheeler of Sebastian River in the final. Wheeler couldn’t hold Esquilin down on the mat, as he reversed out in the first period, got two escapes in the second and was able to get out a fourth time for a crucial escape en route to a 7-6 win.

Culbertson had been in the state rankings until this week, but made his case for a return by opening with a 15-3 major over Vero Beach’s Kevin Benjamin (13th-3A at 138) in the quarters; after an 8-2 win over Auburndale in the semis, Culbertson faced off against Melbourne’s Kendrick Wright. Heading into the third and the score tied at 2-2, Culbertson got an immediate reversal, then added an insurance turn with 5 seconds left to hold on for a 6-2 decision.

Johnson pinned his way into the final, with falls in the quarters over Vero Beach and in the semis over Poinciana, taking on another War Eagle 285, Chafrantzley Dumesle, in the final. A late takedown in the first period got Johnson’s offense started; in the third, Johnson seized control with a pair of takedowns, going on for a 7-3 decision for the championship.

At 182, Seminole’s Jack Caissie reached the final after a 5-3 semifinal win over Melbourne, but he couldn’t hold off Auburndale’s Amir Coston (11th-2A), who took a win by fall in 58 seconds.

Adding thirds for the Noles were Andres Sanchez (145), DeShawn Bristow-Harris (170) and Jeremiah Williams (195).

War Eagle girls: Seminole’s Hailey Meadows (140) was second in girls’ roundrobin competition, while the Lady Noles’ Rylee Queene (140) and Chaunti Clark (235) both took thirds.

Meadows was 1-1 in the 140 bracket, with a 14-3 major over Queene in the first match before losing to Vero Beach’s Shyonte Stinson by fall (5 minutes). Queene also took a loss by pin to Stinson (1:23), going 0-2 on the day.

At 235, Clark was 1-3 in a five-person bracket, with a pin (:50) over Melbourne. Three girls in the weight class were 1-3, with Melbourne and Poinciana also in the mix; Clark lost to Poinciana, 3-2, and took losses by pin to eventual champ Hayeni Costa of Celebration and also to Auburndale.

Results from this event can be found HERE. Girls’ results can be found HERE.

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#Recap: FSDB 5th at Willigan Championships

By MATMEN, Monday, 12:45 p.m.

WASHINGTON DC — For the deaf wrestling community, the Willigan Championships function as something of a national-level competition.

Over the course of last weekend, nine teams from eight states — including Florida Deaf & Blind — competed at the event, held at Gallaudet University, with dual competition on Friday and IBT on Saturday.

On Friday, the Dragons (unknown record; not all results are recorded as of yet) were 3-2 in duals, with wins over Texas SD (66-6), North Carolina SD (54-18) and Fremont CSD (60-24), taking losses against Riverside CSD (48-30) and Model SSD, based in DC, by a 56-24 score.

The Dragons had three unbeaten wrestlers in Joshua Newman (120, 4 pins), Khayree Lofton (126, 2 pins) and Brady Simmer (132, 3 pins), all of whom were 5-0 max-pointers.

Jasen McDaniel (106), Addison Allen (138/144, 2 pins) and Ajani Zahira (150/157, 3 pins) wera all 4-1, while Jayden Rosario-Crestpo (144/150, 3 pins) was 3-1, with Muntaser Wadi (190) and Keegan Hendrick (215, 2 pins) each earning 3-2 records.

Saturday saw Florida Deaf & Blind take fifth in IBT competition, with 119 points. Indiana SD won the team championship, outdistancing Maryland SD, 233-178.

Three Dragons got to the finals of their weight classes, as Lofton (126), Simmer (132) and Zahira (150) all were runners-up.

Lofton was 1-1 in the 126 group, with a 57-second win by fall over Riverside CSD, falling by an 11-0 major to Indiana SD’s Matthew Saaty, while Simmer also was 1-1, with a third-period fall (4:15) over Texas SD before losing by fall (4:18) to Indiana’s Daniel Healy.

At 150, there was a bracket format; Zahira pinned Riverside CSD in 1:05 to reach the final, where he took a third-period loss by fall (4:56) to Indiana’s Calvin Cuppy. Zahira was spared having to wrestle for true second when his Riverside opponent won by pin twice on the back to claim third.

FSDB’s Drake Bailey (106) and Allen (144) both added fourths in their respective weights.

Results from Friday’s duals can be found HERE. Results from Saturday’s IBT can be found HERE.

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#Recap: Bulldog Girls Win First Team Trophy At Bay

Crestview’s girls celebrate the first team championship won by any Bulldog wrestling team after taking 1st at the 4th Annual George Mulligan Memorial (Girls) tournament Saturday at Bay (Photo submitted by Robby Gaines).

By MATMEN, Sunday, 11:35 p.m.

PANAMA CITY — All things are possible with everyone on hand in the lineup to make it happen.

In the inaugural girls’ George Mulligan Memorial competition this weekend, Crestview’s fullest lineup meant the Bulldogs’ first wrestling team trophy Saturday afternoon, as the Bulldogs outdistanced Gulf Breeze, 111-81, for the team title.

North Bay Haven outpointed Shaw GA, 75-71, for third place, while Mosley rounded out the top five with 62.

Florida High (6th, 57), Niceville (7th, 50), Wewahitchka (8th, 45), Pace (9th, 44) and Chiles (10th, 41.5) completed the top 10, with Ft Walton Beach (40, Choctaw (36), Ridgeview (30), Rutherford & Tate (26), Bozeman (18) and Milton (11) completed the 17-team tournament field.

Crestview, Gulf Breeze and Chiles each had two individual champions on Saturday.

The Metzger sisters were in full effect for Crestview, with Sigrun (7th-110) and Freydis (115) both bagging weight-class golds. Sigrun was 4-0 with four pins in the 110 weight class, with her final-round match against Pace’s Morgan Johnson proving to be the effective championship. Metzger had two nearfall situations in the first period before her third led to a fall over Johnson in 2:41.

At 115, Freydis had her first action of the season, showing no ill effects after a five-pin day. Like her younger sister, Freydis’ effective championship match was in the final round, this time against Gulf Breeze’s Lily Powell (10th), and like her younger sister, she had two nearfalls in the first period before securing a pin in 3:19.

Gulf Breeze’s two titles came at the lower bookend, starting with Camdyn Elliott (12th-100). Elliott had three first-period pins, with her final-round fall (1:22) over North Bay Haven’s Hayden Hauck proving dispositive, as Elliott picked up two takedowns, the second one leading to the pin.

At 105, Helena Alcantar (8th-110, competing at 105) was 2-0 for the Lady Dolphins, with a forfeit and a 67-second pin over Rutherford’s Michelle Brickley to claim her title. Alcantar needed only one takedown to establish control of the match, with a quick turn for 2 back points before her second turn led to the pin.

The Lady Timberwolves’ Ashley Shaw (125) was Chiles’ first champ, going 4-0 with three pins and a 17-2 tech fall. Her first-round, third-period fall (4:51) over North Bay Haven’s Katherine Lundgren wound up being the effective championship match, as Lundgren otherwise had three pins in 80 seconds. After Lundgren got first takedown, Shaw set the pace in the second and third periods, with a quick turn in the second and then earning the fall after a tough third-period ride.

At 170, Chiles’ Cadee Lyons (14th) was also victorious, with a forfeit and third-period fall (5:18) over Niceville’s Alexis Orcutt in her only contested match of the day. Lyons gave up first takedown and trailed until midway through the third period, when she got the goahead takedown that led to her victory by pin.

Four area wrestlers — Tate’s Lahela Grady (14th-120), Florida High’s Jaylyn Middleton (15th-140, competing at 135), Niceville’s Alexis Krumnow (140) and Ft Walton Beach’s Remi Martin (155) — were solo champions for their teams.

Grady was 5-0 in a six-way full roundrobin, with 5 pins in a combined mat time of 4:36, including pins over two Wewahitchka wrestlers, plus Mosley and Niceville. Her pin over North Bay Haven’s Julia Falgout, in 52 seconds during Round 3, was the effective championship match; there Grady racked up three takedowns before securing the pin.

In the 135 bracket, split into two preliminary pools, Middleton was 3-0 with three pins (combined mat time 2:42) in Pool B, advancing to the championship match against Pace’s Pool A champ, Evelyn Pulskamp. There, Middleton had almost all the offense, staving off a quick third-period Pulskamp turn with a reversal and her own second turn of the match en route to an 11-2 major.

Krumnow was 3-0 with three pins at 140; her first match of the day, a third-period fall (5:04) over Shaw GA’s Alana Malone, wound up being the effective championship match. Krumnow scored five times in building a 13-7 lead, with one nearfall, before securing the pin.

Like Grady at 120, Martin was 5-0 at 155, with five pins in 2:41; her first-round fall in round 1 over Florida High’s Claire Ajose-Adeogun was not only her longest match of the day (1:16 pin time), it was the effective championship match. Martin needed just one takedown, with one preliminary nearfall before earning the pin.

Results from the weekend’s competition can be found HERE. All rankings from https://www.kabrawrestling.com/rankings/girls

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