#NextLevel Update — December 30

No surprise, but there’s been little on the collegiate mat scene over the last couple of weeks. Here’s a quick trip around the country to check in with @NEFloridaMatmen-area wrestlers, most of whom return to intercollegiate wrestling this weekend.

Coker College: Home to freshmen Shane Carpenter (184, Creekside ’13) and Robert Parland (197, University Christian ’13), the Cobras (4-1 in duals this season) travel to face D2’s #4 team, instate rival Newberry, at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Cobras have been idle since December 14’s Midwest Classic in Indianpolis, Ind.

Washington & Lee: Senior Daniel Igel (157, Bolles ’10) got his first action since early in the season with three matches at the East Coast Holiday Classic, hosted by Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, on December 20. Igel was matched up against the bracket’s #1 seed in the first round, losing by fall, but won against teammate Alex Niemann in the consolation round and then narrowly lost 5-4 to a wrestler from Johnson & Wales, one round short of placing. Washington & Lee will host Ohio Northern and Ferrum on Saturday starting at 2 p.m.

North Central College: Freshman Coll Robertson (149, Ridgeview ’13) went 1-2 in extra matches at the Florida Gulf Coast Duals in Fort Myers on December 21, Robertson’s only matches in his home state this year. Robertson defeated a Wheeling Jesuit wrestler by decision and lost to wrestlers from Alma (MI) and Central (IA). North Central next competes in the Knox College Duals in Galesburg, Ill., on Saturday.

Hannibal-LaGrange: First year Kyle McClinton (141, Middleburg ’13) and the rest of the Trojans have been off since December 14. Hannibal-LaGrange will also be at Knox College’s duals event on Saturday.

Indiana Tech: Ranked 11th in the last NAIA national poll, the Warriors — including first-year Ben Galloway (174, Fleming Island ’13) — have been off since going 3-1 at their own duals event on December 14. Indiana Tech takes to the mats on Saturday with the Campbellsville Duals in Kentucky, an all-day event.

Iowa Western Community College: The 10th-ranked (NJCAA) Reivers — including first-year Jamarius Jackson (133, Ridgeview ’13), who has yet to see action — have been off since December 7. Iowa Western will next compete in the Roger Denker Open in Warrensburg, Mo., on January 12.

Central Florida (club): The Knights — including senior Chris Fox (125, Fleming Island ’10) — competed in four duals at the Luther Gator event in Nashville, Tenn., on December 21, going 2-2 with wins over Messiah College (30-10) and Elmhurst College #2 (25-20), losing to Waynesburg University (34-6) and Luther College (40-6).


Holiday Tournaments Day 2 Update

Northeast Florida Matmen staff report

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Adam Breindel has been flat-out dominant in 2013.

The Clay junior showed the state of North Carolina just how dominant he’s been this year, cruising to an individual title to lead the #2 Blue Devils to a third-place tie at the two-day Tiger Holiday Classic, a 29-team event Friday and Saturday.

Clay finished with 186.5 points to tie Laney (NC) for third, just two points behind Chattahoochee County of Georgia. Jack Britt (NC), one of North Carolina’s top-ranked larger schools, won the tournament with 287.5 points.

After winning two matches (one by fall and one by technical fall) to reach Saturday’s semis, Breindel had a fall in that round, then easily dispatched the tournament’s second seed, Michael Palmer of Jack Britt, 10-1, in the title match. Palmer had pinned his way to the title round.

Although Breindel was the only one to walk away with a Chapel Hill title, he wasn’t the only Clay wrestler to reach the finals. Dale Browning (113) also got to the title round, before falling 2-1 to unbeaten Andrew Wanovich of Jack Britt in the finals.

Additional Clay placewinners included: Austin Luke (third at 138), Imier Almanzar (fourth at 152), Caleb Loyd (fourth at 160), Dylan Martin (fifth at 132), Julian Summa (sixth at 126) and Roland Samec (sixth at 285).

The Blue Devils will host the Green Cove Springs Rotary tournament this coming Friday and Saturday, the area’s biggest tournament prior to the post-season.

At Kissimmee: With just seven wrestlers in attendance, a top team finish was out of the cards for #1 Fleming Island at the two-day Knockout Christmas Classic, hosted by Osceola High School.

The Golden Eagles finished 13th in the 29-team field, which included many of Florida’s best teams as well as teams from Georgia and Virginia. Fleming Island finished with 81.5 points, well back of team champion Palm Harbor, which edged South Dade 182.5-182, with Osceola taking third with 180.

“We ended up with five placing, which isn’t bad at this tournament,” Fleming Island coach Travis Cunningham said. “It was a great test for everyone who went down. We’re looking forward to next week and having most of our walking wounded back at the Clay Rotary tournament.”

Chase Robison (113) and Charles Cuthbert (132) had Fleming Island’s top individual finishes, as both took thirds in their brackets. Robison knocked off Fargo champion and regional nemesis Brandon Staley of Winter Springs, 10-3, in the third-place match.

After falling in the semis to Palm Harbor’s Connor Prince, Cuthbert rallied to take third, with a 10-8 decision over Braddock’s Joel Alvarez in the third-place match.

Evan McCall (126) added a fifth-place finish, while David Detwiler (138) took a seventh and Xaiver Sampsel (120) took an eighth.

At Valdosta, GA: Sandalwood wound up 12th out of 16 teams at the two-day Tiger Invitational, scoring 44 points. Kennesaw Mountain, an Atlanta-area team, outpointed Ware County 199-185 for the team title.

Alex Barie was Sandalwood’s top finisher in the tournament, finishing second at 113. He won two matches after a first-round bye to reach the final, where he was pinned by top seed Luke Littlefield of Ware County.

Jaques Hale finished fourth at 106 for the Saints, losing 8-7 in the first round to the eventual bracket runnerup and then running off four victories in the consolation bracket before falling 6-4 in the third-place match.

Brackets for each of these three tournaments will be posted to the website on Thursday.


Quickie little Sunday update

Tomorrow, I’ll be emailing the coaches and working on a #NextLevel piece tomorrow night. There will be no new team rankings or individual rankings until after Clay next weekend. I’ve updated records for the competing teams in tournaments over the weekend (will update, in Clay’s case).

Here’s what I”m missing:

  • Middleburg duals from Palm Coast & St. Cloud.
  • Terry Parker duals from Celebration & Harmony.
  • Orange Park match-by-match results from St. Cloud.
  • Sandalwood results from Camden round-robin tournament.
  • Bolles v. Bartram Trail dual.
  • Clay duals from Gulf (I figure there’ll be time to get them at Clay).

Any of these I am still missing after Clay will result in those teams being ineligible for individual rankings week after next.

Who’s stoked for the Rotary besides me???

(Only everyone)


Holiday Tournaments: Day 1 Update

Northeast Florida Matmen staff report

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — #2 Clay has made it a holiday tradition to travel out-of-state for a new look at some different competition.

This year, the Blue Devils made the trip north to the Tiger Holiday Classic, where Clay is second in the 29-team, two-day tournament with 133.5 points, trailing only North Carolina in-state power Jack Britt, which is ranked second in the state’s largest class, 4A.

Clay has seven wrestlers still in the semifinals, with Dale Browning (113 pounds), Dylan Martin (132), Austin Luke (138), Adam Breindel (145), Imier Almanzar (152), Caleb Loyd (160) and Roland Samec (285) still in the final four in their respective weight classes.

Breindel was seeded first at 145, with a fall and technical fall in two matches so far. Browning was second at 113, with two pins thus far.

Luke was the third seed at 138, with a pin and decision to reach the semis, with Almanzar — seeded fourth at 152 — advancing to the semis with a major decision and decision.

Loyd was also seeded fourth at 160, with two first-period pins to reach the semis, while Martin was fifth at 132 and had two pins. Samec was seeded 8th and pinned the #1 in the quarterfinals.

Cody Taylor (106) and Julian Summa (126) are still eligible for medals, as they are still alive in the wrestlebacks and can win medals with one more victory there.

Knockout Christmas Classic: Bringing just seven wrestlers, #1 Fleming Island still managed to put together an 11th-place finish after the first day of competition in the two-day, 29-team invitational, hosted by Osceola High School in Kissimmee, with 54.5 points.

Chase Robison (113) reached the semifinals after being seeded fourth, with a pin and two decisions. He faces Lake Highland Prep’s Jake Brindley in the semis.

Evan McCall (126) was seeded third and has three pins so far, with a semifinal date against Maleek Williams of South Dade. Charles Cuthbert (132) was seeded fourth and advanced to the semis with two pins and a technical fall. He will face Palm Harbor’s Conner Prince in the semis.

Xaiver Sampsel (120) and David Detwiler (138) are both alive in the consolation rounds of the tournament. One more victory for each of them would net both medals.

Camden County (GA), competing in what must be its 36th tournament in 2013-14, leads Palm Harbor 121.5-104.5 for top honors.

Valdosta Wildcat Invitational: Sandalwood is standing in 12th place out of 16 teams in the two-day tournament in Valdosta, Ga.

Sandalwood has 20 points after the first day of competition. Ware County leads the tournament with 91.

The Saints’ Alex Barie (113) is the only Sandalwood wrestler still in the championship bracket of the tournament. Barie, who was seeded third in the weight class, received a first-round bye and then won his quarterfinal match by injury default over Terrius McDougal of the host school.

All-First Coast honors: Two wrestlers have been named honorable mention all-First Coast by the Florida Times-Union daily newspaper. Bishop Snyder 195 Nate Morales (quarterback) and Ridgeview 285 Malcolm Kirce (defensive line) were honorable mention picks.


A Wrestling Life: Two Sides of the Same Coin at FSDB, Duval Charter


Florida School for the Deaf & Blind 220-pound wrestler Imed Touahri (top) works to turn Duval Charter’s Matthew Agostino as the Dragons defeated the Panthers, 66-18, on December 11. Touahri won the match by fall in 1:24. (Photo forwarded by Duval Charter coach Brian Adkins).


By Shannon Heaton, Northeast Florida Matmen

When Brian Adkins returned to St. Augustine and Florida School for the Deaf & Blind two weeks ago, he felt the deja vu.

It was understandable. As an FSDB parent and assistant wrestling coach for the Dragons, he had built a history there. But it was more than just remembrances. It was about the relationships and the memories he had with young men who were now his opponents. And it was also there where he learned what he would need in order to become a head coach.

But, like FSDB, his new home at Duval Charter School-Baymeadows — a first-year high school varsity program in 2013-14 — would provide its own unique set of challenges and upsides.

As different as these two schools are — and, from a demographic standpoint, it’s hard to imagine a greater difference — the similarities between the schools and the programs are more than just a coach with ties to both.

Attend a meet in which the Dragons are competing, and there’s one thing that stands out in a surprising way:

Cheering. Noise.

Not just the parents of the Dragon wrestlers are encouraging their kids, not just the blind teammates who have full speaking ability, but assistant coach Travis Homewood will be shouting out instructions in many of the matches. That’s what happens when a blind FSDB wrestler is on the mat. When a deaf wrestler is on the mat, it’s a flurry of motion. Communication continues, and so does the noise that the wrestler cannot experience.

How hard is it to wrestle without sight? FSDB coach George Boyd isn’t entirely sure. Boyd, who is deaf and wrestled for Model School and Gallaudet University as a youth in Washington, D.C., before coming to coaching at FSDB in 2005, said through an interpreter this week that coaching blind kids poses a significant challenge for him at least.

“They can’t see it when we want them to do certain things on the mat. They can’t see where I’m positioned or how I want them to move,” Boyd said. “With deaf kids, it’s fairly easy to explain.”

The Dragons faced struggles a year ago, Boyd said, and the post-season Class 1A-4 results proved him right, as FSDB finished last out of 9 teams.

But, thus far in 2013-14, the Dragons are 6-0 in duals and finished a solid fifth out of eight teams at the Rob Bierman Invitational at Episcopal, with seven placewinners.

“We’ve seen our numbers grow, and our wrestlers really try to support one another and inspire one another,” Boyd said. “Last year, we didn’t have as many athletes, but we’ve seen a big improvement from last year to this.”

FSDB had five regional qualifiers a year ago. Three of those — Jake Tessar, AJ Rice and Marcus Maldonado — have been among the team leaders this year on the mat. Most of the Dragons who’ve found success have worked with Boyd for a few years.

“Sometimes, opponents will see us out on the mat and the first instinct is to maybe go easy on us,” Boyd said. “We teach our kids first and foremost that they have to work. That they have to be tough. They have to work hard in order to win.”

Because the experienced Dragons have worked with Boyd for as long as they have, they also worked with Adkins, who was Boyd’s top assistant and the go-to resource for the blind members of the team. That made things interesting when Duval Charter came to St. Augustine.

“It was a little bit awkward, but we’re still good friends,” Boyd said of having Adkins back but on the other side of the mat.

“We have missed him. He is a wonderful coach and it was good to see him get the opportunity to set a program up on his own. We just had to treat him like another opponent.”

And the Dragons proved equal to the task of defending their home mat against the Panthers, handling Duval Charter, 66-18.

To be sure, the wrestlers at Duval Charter all can see. They all can hear.

That being noted, however, the Panthers have no wrestling room or even a gym of their own yet, practicing in the cafeteria. Practice mat? Loaned from another school. Gear? Self-supplied.

Seniors? Nowhere to be found. Duval Charter won’t have a senior class until 2014-15. High school matches before this year? None. Last year was a probation period in which only middle-schoolers competed in meets.

“Last year, practices were kind of show-up-if-you-want sort of mentality,” Adkins said. “This is the first year where if you don’t show up for practice, you don’t compete.”


Duval Charter NF

Duval Charter’s Ben Fitzpatrick (top) attempts to complete a headlock for a fall during the Panthers’ dual with Florida School for the Deaf & Blind on December 11. Fitzpatrick, competing at 145 pounds, did pin the Dragons’ Chasien Taylor in 3:39, but FSDB won the dual, 66-18. (Photo forwarded by Duval Charter coach Brian Adkins).


It’s not physical differences that the Panthers face as a challenge. For Duval Charter, it’s overcoming the structural hurdles in trying to build a program.

“The hardest part is getting the administration to buy in to what we’re hoping to accomplish,” Adkins said. “We have the support of the kids and the support of the parents. Teachers have been giving me almost daily reports on how our kids are doing in class.”

Wrestling at Duval Charter is about the fundamentals so far: the single leg takedown, the arm-chop breakdown. Basic stuff, Adkins says, much different from his own background as a prep wrestler in Michigan, where he was a two-time state finalist.

“The kids have struggled to see what it takes to get a really competitive program going,” he said. “You look at Bishop Snyder, you look at Fleming Island, you look at Camden, those teams are year-round, going hard at it everyday.

“Our kids are learning that’s what it is going to take, to get that mental toughness of being a wrestler.”

Duval Charter is painfully young. The Panthers’ dual results show that, in part, with a 2-11 start so far. There’s only one junior in the starting lineup. Five or six sophomores have seen time. The Panthers’ most successful wrestlers thus far, lightweights Andrew Slade (106), Daniel Porter (113) and Hunter Lawson (120), are in 7th, 8th and 9th grade, respectively.

Dealing with the lack of wrestling experience, the lack of any senior leadership in the lineup, as well as the improving-but-still-lacking logistical support network, has required Adkins to call upon the skills first picked up at FSDB in dealing with his new charges at Duval Charter.

“It’s emotional. Your everyday life seems boring, watching what they go through,” Adkins said of his time with the Dragons. “That’s helped me in public school. I feel like I’m more compassionate as a coach now. I feel like more of a mentor.”

And running his own program has caused him, like his wrestlers, to go through a steep learning curve. But he didn’t have to look very far to give his team some motivation.

“When we faced (FSDB), I told our kids, if they wanted to learn about what heart and motivation and being hungry for a wrestling match is all about, they needed to pay attention to what they saw all around them that night,” Adkins said.

At both programs, what you see all around you are groups of young men — and women, as Duval Charter does have two girls on the team in sisters Zualezhka and Andera Moran-Melendez — who simply want to compete, to get better and to identify as part of a team.

In short, at both FSDB and Duval Charter, wrestlers are just like every other wrestler at every other school, even though they may not have the same facilities, the same knowledge or even the same physical attributes.

“When other wrestlers see us compete and have more exposure to us, they see us more as equals,” Boyd said. “Our kids want to say to themselves, ‘I CAN do it. I can be equal with any other students.'”

In a sport that prizes the grind, that values the struggle of overcoming obstacles, sometimes it is the obstacles that are fashioned by outsiders that are larger than the obstacles that are overcome within it.

“They don’t see any limitations,” Adkins said of FSDB wrestlers, though in some ways he could have just as easily been speaking about his own team.

“It’s just us in the hearing world, in the sighted world, who look at what they do and we can’t imagine how they do it. We think we couldn’t possibly in that position.

“A lot of those kids don’t want anything about their life to be different.”


Tuesday Notes

Good Morning! Not much new to pass on today, as expected. I will be writing a feature story today that should be published right at 12:01 Christmas morning if I time it right. A story of two programs facing more than a few challenges.

Have learned that all three tournaments involving local teams this weekend [Knockout Classic at Osceola (side note: Columbia will not be attending, or so I’ve been informed by Coach Warner), Valdosta GA Invitational and Chapel Hill NC Invitational] are on Trackwrestling. An early Christmas present for the site manager.

One last reminder: Please keep your comments nice and not shading toward naughty. Remember: “The grind sees you when you’re sleeping…it knows when you’re awake….it knows when you’ve been bad or good…” Annnnnd you know the rest of that story.


Monday Notes

Good morning! A few things to pass on…Lyman brackets are up on the site. We also were fortunate enough to get another picture, so we added that to the Saturday roundup. I will be more than happy to add Clay’s results at Gulf, Orange Park’s results at St. Cloud, Terry Parker’s results at Harmony and Sandalwood’s results at Camden (was there a tournament Camden WASN’T in this year?), once I get them. Have to have by 4:30 today to make the roundup, but I will gladly take the results any time.Se

Seahawk Slam brackets are also up. That Brandon team…they’re pretty good. There won’t be an additional roundup add on that event, as all of Bolles’ wrestlers completed their competition in that event on Friday, and we reported that Friday night.

It is pretty much on coaches’ time to get me any missing results, as there will be no additional individual rankings until after the Clay tournament. I will accept them whenever I can get them. I will only be at my office email today and tomorrow and then not again until January 2nd. Otherwise, please use the site email — — to submit results.

In addition to the list above, here’s what I am missing from prior weeks:

  • Middleburg at Palm Coast, November 27.
  • Terry Parker at Celebration, December 14.
  • Bolles at Bartram Trail, December 18.

There will be updated team rankings this week. I have a conundrum to solve in my head about those, so it might be later today, tonight, tomorrow…definitely by tomorrow afternoon. It’s the age-old question about tournament teams vs. dual-meet teams. REALLY wish you guys had a duals tournament in this state.

Good news! I finally have heard from Raines High School! The Vikings should make an appearance at Clay and at Terry Parker on the 24th-25th, and they are trying to get into the Osceola tournament this coming weekend as well as another one, according to their former/current coach, Brian Gilbert. Was very glad to hear from him. If any teams are interested, email Coach Gilbert at If coaches are in need of other contact info, they should email me and I will pass along.


December 21st Roundup Story

Lyman OWs

OWs Trey Miller (195) of University Christian (left) and Kaleb Warner (132) of Columbia pose with their brackets and OW awards Saturday afternoon at the Bill Scott Memorial Holiday Tournament in Lyman.

Northeast Florida Matmen staff report

LYMAN — #1 Fleming Island, Class 3A’s 7th-ranked team statewide, made a case for itself to move up the rankings by showing its improvement compared to last year.

The Golden Eagles, who finished eighth in last year’s Bill Scott Memorial Holiday tournament, moved up to third in this year’s two-day event, with one individual championship in the mix.

“We had a rough quarter and semifinal round but we wrestled really well in the wrestlebacks,” Fleming Island coach Travis Cunningham said. “We moved from ninth to third during those rounds. We won some matches that we lost in those rounds.”

Winning a title for the Golden Eagles was senior Evan McCall at 126. McCall, ranked #1 locally and second statewide in 3A, had three pins, a technical fall and an 8-1 decision over Class 1A’s fourth-ranked Travis Ahrens of Astronaut in the title match.

“Evan looked sharp all tournament,” Cunningham said of McCall, who improved to 10-0 on the season going into next weekend’s Knockout Classic at Osceola. “He beat (Ahrens) handily in the finals.”

Xaiver Sampsel (120), Charles Cuthbert (132) and John Martorano (145) each finished 3rd and Chase Robison (113) and Peter Martorano (195) were both fourth in their weight classes. David Detwiler (138) added a fifth-place medal.

University Christian climbed the team ladder to finish 7th, with 120 points, second best among Class 1A teams in the field, behind titles from Trey Miller (195) and Jamal Fiffer (285). Columbia was 22nd with 67.5 points and one champion in Kaleb Warner (132).

Miller, ranked #1 locally and third in Class 1A, was named as the tournament’s outstanding upper weight wrestler after pinning his way through the bracket, including a quarterfinal fall over 3A’s #6 (Peter Martorano of Fleming), #1 in 3A at 182 in the semis (Jean Concepcion of South Miami) and #1 in 3A at 195 in the final (Dylan Meeks of Dr. Phillips).

Fiffer, ranked first both locally and in Class 1A, won five matches also — two by pin and three by decision — including a 4-0 win over Dr. Phillips’ Colby Meeks, ranked 5th in 3A.

Cody Joseph finished 7th at 145 for the Christians, while Daniel Folkner took 4th at 160 and David Trigg was 7th at 220 for UC.

Warner had two pins and three decisions to win at 132, including a 5-1 win over Alex Perez of Pace, ranked 10th in 1A at the weight. For his efforts, Warner was named as the tournament’s outstanding lower-weight wrestler in the field.

Cole Horton (106) finished 6th for the Tigers, their only other placewinner in the tournament.

Winter Springs won the meet with 254.5 points, while Lake Highland Prep was second with 208.5.

Raiders build perfect weekend: #4 Orange Park had taken some lumps of late, but should enter 2014 on a higher note after going 8-0 at the St. Cloud Bulldog Brawl over the weekend.

On Friday, the Raiders took down Sarasota (60-9), Liberty (64-9), Orlando University (51-15) and New Smyrna Beach (51-30), following that up with four wins on Saturday over Blanche Ely (48-25), West Orange (50-17), Celebration (59-15) and tournament host St. Cloud (52-15).

Orange Park wrestlers Marcus Reid (113), Mitchell Harris (160) and Chasen Irvine (195) all went undefeated on the weekend.

Ranked locals Devon Brooks (#1 locally, #9 in 2A at 220) going OT before falling to 2A’s #2 220, Tobias Baker of Sarasota and Christian Tejada (#3 locally, #13 in 2A at 285) beating the #12 in 2A at that weight before falling to 3A’s #6, Michael Baskin of Ely.

Match-by-match results will be posted to the duals page when received.

Editor’s Note: Roundup will be added to as items come in before 4:30 p.m. Monday afternoon.


“Crit”-ical Dual Goes Nease’s Way

By Shannon Heaton, Northeast Florida Matmen

ORANGE PARK — Die by criteria…live by it?

Last week, Nease found itself in a thrilling battle with St. Augustine, only to fall short in consultations with the rulebook in what turned out to be a 43-42 loss due to the Yellow Jackets prevailing on the 8th criterion, most first points scored.

Now barely into its school break, Nease found itself in another tie, another digging into the rulebook and another round of watching and waiting.

This time, in the battle of two teams both named Panthers, it was the St. Johns County version that would prevail, as Nease avoided being called for any unsportsmanlike points while #9 Ridgeview was. That meant a 40-39 victory for Nease and a nice momentum boost going into the holiday.

“It’s still bittersweet,” Nease coach Dustin Ducher said of winning via criteria. “It’s bittersweet to lose a close one to St. Augustine. We’ve still got a lot of work to do. Consistency has been one of our downfalls over the last four years.

“But nobody’s afraid to get bumped. Some guys will feel like they have to get stuck at a weight, but these guys will do what it takes. I’m really happy with them for that.”

Nease (4-10) never trailed in the dual, though there were several moments where it and its host were tied, and neither team could ever get a comfortable lead. Nease did lead by nine points twice, after 126 and 138, but both times Ridgeview was able to fight its way back in.

Still, despite giving up three forfeits to Ridgeview’s one, Nease used the power of the bonus point to keep Ridgeview from establishing any momentum.

Ducher’s Panthers picked up pins at 126, 138 and 160, and those either built or established a lead initially, but the falls they got late from Michael Steinhour at 220 and Aidan Pagana at 106 really proved instrumental for Nease.

“We’ve also had a few good solid transfers come in — our 60 (state-ranked Tristan Barth) came from Arizona and our 26, who didn’t wrestle tonight (Austin Scott) came from California,” Ducher said. “They helped us a lot. Now, we’ll get the 2-pound allowance and go focus on the Clay individual tournament in January.”

Ridgeview (5-2) was looking for a win on its Senior Night, but despite best efforts from pinners Jeremiah Watson (whose pin at 113 secured the tie in the last match of the night), Joey Epstein (132) and DJ Gibson (170), Coach Ronald Warner’s Panthers never could get the lead on the mat.

And although a mental lapse leading to a unsportsmanlike-conduct point was the difference in the scorebook, Warner was quick to redirect the reason for his team’s loss.

“We lost because we didn’t get enough pins or bonus points. I’m taking this as a stepping stone to get ready for next week (at Clay),” Warner said. “I’m a takedown sort of guy, and that’s something we have to have more of in the future.”

Bill Scott Memorial Tournament: 13 area wrestlers, including nine from #1 Fleming Island, have reached the quarterfinals of the two-day tournament in Lyman.

The Golden Eagles stand in second place after the first day of competition, behind a familiar rival: Winter Springs, their usual roadblock on the way to state. Winter Springs leads the meet with 100.5 points to Fleming’s 77.5.

Reaching the quarters from Fleming are Joseph Cooper (106), Chase Robison (113), Xaiver Sampsel (120), Evan McCall (126), Charles Cuthbert (132), David Detwiler (138), John Martorano (145), Austin Smenda (182) and Peter Martorano (195).

University Christian, with three quarterfinalists, is in 20th place in the tournament, with 38 points. Cody Joseph (145), Trey Miller (195) and Jamal Fiffer (285) have reached the round of eight for the Christians, with Miller set to meet Peter Martorano there.

Columbia is in 22nd place with 34.5 points. Kaleb Warner (132) is the Tigers’ lone quarterfinalist.

Seahawk Slam Day 1: All of Bolles’ wrestlers were eliminated in the first day of competition of the Seahawk Slam, one of the Southeast’s premier holiday tournaments, held in Savannah, Ga.

Bolles is in 45th place in the tournament, with 17 points. Josh Calhoun (132) advanced to the round of 16 in that weight class before falling 4-3.

Camden (GA), which has its full squad in this tournament, leads Brandon 125.5-116.5 after the first day. Brandon has all 12 wrestlers it brought to the tournament in the quarters, while Camden has 11, with three still alive in the consolation round.


Friday Notes

Record-keeping during the day today. Am inputting Orange Park duals from University (Orange City), when those are done and I get the Nease-StAug dual (hopefully Coach Ducher will bring his book) tonight over at Ridgeview, I will be ready to start sorting kids for the second set of individual rankings, which should be done by early Saturday night, certainly before 9, when I will be occupado with the Iowa-Penn State dual on Big Ten Network (you should watch, and root for Iowa).

I’ll have all of the late results except for Middleburg’s at Palm Coast and Terry Parker’s at Celebration. So, unfortunately, Middleburg is not going to be ranked again this go-round and if I don’t get Terry Parker’s before the next set of rankings (early January after the Clay tournament), the Braves won’t be then, either. It’s not personal, believe me — I want every result you wrestle. It’s unfortunate. I don’t get how a host school puts on a dual tournament format and doesn’t do everything it can to get results to the participating schools.

Tonight we’ll live-tweet on @NEFloridaMatmen the #9 Ridgeview vs. Nease battle in the informal “Battle of the Panthers.” Story is going to come later, as a social event will intervene, so probably no story on the site until close to 11. Hopefully, I’ll be able to pull together some kind of first-day update from Lyman — as that tournament will be on Trackwrestling — but I might not be able to post brackets from that event until Monday.