Northeast Florida Matmen staff report
MATANZAS — #1 Palm Coast has had its way with area competition all season long.
Teams coming to the Flagler Duals this weekend had best have a long day of practice Thursday, because the way that the Bulldogs dismantled #4 Matanzas on the road Wednesday in the Battle for Flagler would suggest that Palm Coast might just take down the whole field this weekend.
As it went down Wednesday, the BfF wasn’t all that much of a battle, as Palm Coast scored bonus points in all 12 of its victories for a 65-10 victory over the Pirates.
It got ugly for Matanzas (18-3) pretty fast, as the Bulldogs got out to a 20-0 lead behind a fall from Tariq Johnson at 138, a pair of majors and a forfeit for Kaz Maia at 145.
After Eddy Leon de la Cruz got the Pirates on the board with a major at 160, Palm Coast (11-0) responded with a technical fall from Jake Trivett at 170 and fall from Jonathan Muniz at 182. Muniz decked Maverick Dennis in 67 seconds, all but clinching the dual in Palm Coast’s favor.
Jordin Castanheira (195) got six back for Matanzas, but with the Bulldogs taking forfeits at 220, 106 and 113, plus falls for Jake Dempsey at 285 and Alfred Shavers at 120, the Pirates’ chances for a dual win were all but exhausted even after Castanheira’s pin.
Palm Coast will stay in-county this weekend with the Flagler Duals starting Friday; Matanzas will head over to 2A-District 4 rival Bartram Trail for the Bear Duals on Saturday.
#8 Middleburg 45, HM Oakleaf 24: At home and with a full lineup, the Broncos had more than enough horses to derail Oakleaf’s hopes for an unbeaten season in duals in a battle of Clay County rivals.
As they have so often for Middleburg (11-1), falls were the difference, as the Broncos racked up seven of them in the win, including six in a row from 138 through 182.
Tristan Tollison (126), Zach McClinton (138), Keath Sawdo (145), Travis Neubeck (152), Tyler Langford (160), Jonathan Shoen (170) and Dylan Hanna (182) all won by pin for the Broncos.
Oakleaf did get falls from Chris Griffin (120), Tristen Roderick (132) and Jason Davis (195), plus Ryan Rosano’s 4-2 win at 106 knocked off area #1 and unbeaten Dylan Rossetti, but the Knights (7-1) just could not hang with Middleburg’s middleweight strength.
Middleburg will be at the Flagler Duala Friday and Saturday, while Oakleaf will travel to the Bear Duals at Bartram Trail, on Saturday.
#7 Creekside 50, Bishop Kenny 27: Strong performances in the middle and up top powered the Knights to the road win.
Creekside (15-3) won every match between 132-160, with Ty VanSickel (132), David Tyer (138) and Jared Langdo (160) recording falls and Brandon Dickman (152) a technical fall during that stretch. Austin Wynn (113), Corey Grower (195), Gus Fischer (220) and Cole Eubanks (285) also added pins for the Knights.
Bishop Kenny (5-4) had pins from Ryan Timmons (120), Kyle Black (126) and Bayley Judah (170), along with two forfeits and a decision, but that was not enough to keep up with Creekside’s middles.
Creekside will attempt to defend its title at the Bear Duals, hosted by Bartram Trail, on Saturday, while Bishop Kenny will be hitting the road for Palm Coast ahd the Flagler Duals starting on Friday.
Bradford 36, FSDB 33: At Starke, the Tornadoes dominated the lower weights, with five 6-point wins sandwiched between 106 and 145 pounds.
Pinners for Bradford (3-10) were Antonio Urolia (106), Dalton Marroletti (113), Jesse Burch (138) and Clayton Hicks (145). Those falls, plus two forfeits, were enough for the Tornadoes to hold off FSDB’s charge late.
AJ Rice (132), Wesley Homewood (160) and Imed Touahri (195) all won by pin for the Dragons (5-13).
Bradford is off for a week until next week’s double dual with Bradford and Interlachen on Wednesday; FSDB will travel to Episcopal on Thursday, February 5.
Robert E. Lee 54, Interlachen 19: At Lee, the Generals (11-6) used a mixture of forfeits (five in all), pins (two) and wins by disqualification (two more) to secure the victory.
Tony Belle (152) and Edward Colon (220) each won by fall for Lee, which was the beneficiary of disqualification wins going to Jaron Weatherspoon (195) and Demetris Harris (285).
Interlachen (6-13) was close at one point after spotting the Generals an 18-0 lead, with a forfeit, a major decision for Tristan Cannon at 160 and decision for Lance Hasting at 182.
Lee is off until next weekend’s Five Star Invitational at Raines, while Interlachen will travel to Bradford, along with Oakleaf, on Wednesday.
Raines 5-Way Duals: THe host Vikings welcomed back state-ranked Jermaine Oliver to the lineup Wednesday night, and Oliver and his teammates didn’t disappoint.
Oliver went 4-0 at 220 pounds, with two pins, to help Raines roll past Andrew Jackson (42-0), Wolfson (42-18), Providence (42-6) and West Nassau (36-18).
Joining Oliver as four-time winners for the Vikings were Jaquan English (132, 3 pins), Demonta Bell (152, 1 pin), Jeremiah Prince (170, 3 pins) and Tyrann Baxter (195, 3 pins).
Results from the rest of the event were not available late Wednesday evening. As they are received, they will be added to this roundup.
Raines will travel to Belleview on Saturday for the Diamondback Duals, a late addition to the Vikings’ schedule.
Stanton/Mandarin: Results have not been posted as of yet. As they are sent in, particularly before 5:30 p.m. today, we’ll add them to the website.