North Florida Championships Recap


Northeast Florida Matmen staff report

LAKE CITY — Lake Asbury, for the second time in school history, won both the Clay County and North Florida Championship events in the same year on Saturday.

The Tigers, just a week after finishing behind both Suwannee Middle and Wilkinson Junior High at the Eagles Toughman, surged past both those teams at North Florida, hosted by Lake City Middle School, outpointing Suwannee, 231-228, for the title.

Wilkinson was third, with 192 points, followed by: host Lake City (154), Lakeside JHS (127), Green Cove Springs JHS (126), Orange Park JHS (120), Riversprings Middle (100), Wakulla Middle (75), Oakleaf JHS (51), Richardson Middle (37), Florida High (33), Episcopal (21.5), Cedar Creek Christian (18) and University Christian (7).

Here’s a quick glance at each of the weight classes:

75: After losing by fall to Wakulla’s Julian Harvey the previous week, Lake City’s Luke Schreiber came back to take the bracket, with two pins over Lakeside and Riversprings, then decisioned Harvey, 4-2, in the final.

80: Wakulla’s Riley Girgis continued his run of success, with a decision over a Wakulla teammate, and three pins, falling Cedar Creek Christian’s Hunter VanVactor in 4:58 in the title match.

85: Wakulla’s Jackson Merrick, who lost in the finals at Eagles Toughman, came back for the win this past weekend, with three decisions and a fall, downing Lake City’s Braxton Abbott 5-3 in the final.

90: Colby Tedder of Suwannee Middle continued his run of pins, with four falls in this tournament. Tedder pinned Lake Asbury’s McGinnis (no first name provided in the bracket) in 3:34 in the finals.

95: Wilkinson’s Alex Velazquez had a fall in the first round and then three decisions after that, with a repeat victory in the final (from the previous week) over Suwannee’s Bryson Greene, 9-7, in the title match.

100: After falling in the semis at Eagles Toughman to eventual champ Hunter Williams of Lakeside, Suwannee’s Xander Kirkland got another shot in the finals against Williams, after an earlier fall and decision, defeating Williams this time by a 9-6 decision.

106: Wilkinson’s James Benton moved from 113 at Eagles Toughman down to this weight for NFC, and the result was largely the same — four pins. Benton falled Oakleaf’s Abdiert Escobar in 1:47 in the title match.

113: With Benton at 106, the way was paved for Eagles finalist Jordan Ware of Suwannee, and he took advantage, with a major, fall and 17-2 tech fall in the finals over McGrowan of Lake Asbury (no first name provided), in a rematch of the Eagles semifinal between the two, which Ware also won.

120: Lake City’s Kaleb Davis continued to rule at this weight class, with two falls, the second in 3:24 over Green Cove Springs’ Dalton Baysinger in the final.

126: A week ago, Stiltner of Lake Asbury (no first name provided) fell to Oakleaf’s David Parkes at Eagles; last Saturday, the tables were turned, as Stiltner — who’d had two prior falls — added a third in 1:24 over Parkes for the title.

132: Alex Anderson of Lake City followed up a four-pin performance at Eagles with three at home on Saturday, pinning Grind of Lake Asbury in 1:27 during the title match.

138: Lake City’s Obie Smith made it back-to-back titles for the hosts with three pins, the last coming over Harris of Lake Asbury (no first name provided) in the final.

145: Suwannee’s Jacquez Moore continued a dominating run of falls, with four at NFC, pinning Episcopal’s Kaiman Clark in 12 seconds in the title match.

152: Suwannee got back-to-back wins here, as they did at Eagles, as Blaine Howard won the bracket with two falls and a 12-8 decision in the final over Orange Park JHS’ Brandon Jordan.

160: Gavin Smith of Green Cove Springs followed up his three-pin win at Eagles with another trio of falls at NFC, pinning Florida High’s Amarrie Harris in 2:18 for the championship.

170: Orange Park’s Darrian Williams brought home top honors, with two pins, the second in 1:08 over Martinez of Lake Asbury (no first name provided) in the final.

182: Grant Travis of Lakeside continued his winning ways, adding an NFC title to his Toughman victory, with three pins, the last over Reese Sheehan of Orange Park in the final.

195: Lake Asbury’s Longmire (no first name provided) had two pins to take the bracket, falling — in a rematch from the Eagles final — Richardson’s Jaycob Jones in 37 seconds.

220: After falling 8-5 to Suwwannee’s Maury Roberts in the semis at Eagles, Lake Asbury’s Gonzalez (no first name provided) pulled together a late fall over Roberts for the NFC victory, with the pin in 5:56.

285: As at 220, Suwannee’s Jeff Jones had lost to Green Cove Springs’ Evan Sheets by fall in the Eagles final; this time, he would pin Sheets for the victory, with a fall time of 1:13.

Brackets are posted just above this recap.


Eagles Toughman Recap


Northeast Florida Matmen staff report

MIDDLEBURG — Before last weekend’s North Florida Championships were even contested, the team race for that event was highly-anticipated in northeast Florida middle-school circles.

That’s because just 7.5 points separated the top three teams at the Eagles Toughman tournament, held on January 21 at Middleburg High School.

Suwannee Middle held off the hosts, 236.5-235, for the team title, with Lake Asbury JHS in third with 229. Lakeside JHS was next, with 186, followed by Lake City Middle School (153), Wakulla Middle (139), Green Cove JHS (98), Oakleaf JHS (93.5) and Richardson Middle (60).

Here’s a quick breakdown on each weight class:

75: Wakulla’s Julian Harvey pinned his way through the bracket, with three falls, including in the finals over his teammate, Caleb Oar.

80: Wakulla’s Riley Girgis won the bracket with four pins, pinning Lakeside’s Aiden Canady in the final.

85: Leityn Blake of Lakeside needed just two wins for the title, with two falls, the second over Wakulla’s Jackson Merrick in the final.

90: Suwannee’s Colby Tedder pinned through the bracket, falling McGinnis of Lake Asbury (no first name provided on the bracket) in the title match.

95: The hosts’ Alex Velazquez won the bracket with three pins, falling Suwannee’s Bryson Greene in the championship.

100: Lakeside’s Hunter Williams took first place, with a pair of pins along the way, falling Wilkinson’s Gabriel Burch in the final.

106: Wilkinson’s Hunter Christie brought home the championship, with two pins followed by a 7-0 decision in the final over Lakeside’s Isaac Padgett.

113: James Benton made it back-to-back titles for the hosts, with three falls to the title, the last against Suwannee’s Jordan Ware.

120: Lake City’s Kaleb Davis picked up three pins to win first place, falling Hupp (no first name provided on the bracket) of Lake Asbury in the final.

126: David Parkes of Oakleaf pinned his through to the final, then decisioned Stiltner of Lake Asbury, 6-2, to take first place.

132: Lake City’s Alex Anderson pinned his way thorugh, with four falls, the last coming over Wakulla’s Hayden Reeves in the finals.

138: Wilkinson’s William Conkle was listed as a JV competitor, won his first-round match by a 23-20 score and then pinned through the rest of the bracket, falling Johnathan Sobczak of Lake City in the finals.

145: Suwannee’s Jacquez Moore had three pins to take first place, falling Wilkinson’s Lance Renckert in the finals.

152: Blaine Howard of Suwannee gave his team back-to-back titles, with four pins, the last coming against Lasage (no first name provided) of Lake Asbury in the final.

160: Green Cove Springs got its first title of the tournament here, as Gavin Smith had three pins, falling Sutton (no first name provided) of Lake Asbury for the bracket.

170: Wilkinson’s Christopher Conoway needed just two pins to take the bracket, with a fall over Lake City’s Carson Trzebuniak in the championship match.

182: Lakeside’s Grant Travis had two pins to take first, pinning Oakleaf’s Gabe Hecht in the finals to take the championship.

195: In what might have been the most competitive finals match of the tournament, Lake Asbury’s Longmire had a fall in the semis and then held off Richardson’s Jaycob Jones, 8-7, to take the title.

220: Wakulla’s Ricky Godines had two pins and a decision in the semis, falling Suwannee’s Maury Roberts for first place.

285: Green Cove Springs’ Evan Sheets won twice by fall to take the title, pinning Suwannee’s Jeff Jones in the championship match.

Brackets are linked at the top of this story.


Parker Duals Recap: NE Edition

Northeast Florida Matmen

JACKSONVILLE — Orange Park made a late move from the Flagler Rotary to the Parker Duals, and that move resulted in a second-place finish for the Raiders in the two-day duals tournament Saturday afternoon.

The Raiders went 5-0 in Pool B at Parker, with pool victories over Englewood (50-21), Wewahitchka (42-24), Stanton (42-16), the host Braves (42-24) and Bradford (42-17) before facing Harmony for the event championship.

That resulted like most of the other duals the Longhorns had in front of them this past weekend, this time a 60-22 victory for Harmony.

“Not bad, considering (Friday) we were missing four weight classes. Four varsity kids that were too hurt, or too sick, or were playing a different sport. Came in with JV kids who stepped in, so it’s a pretty good feeling to be 5-1,” Orange Park coach Justin Daniels said.

“Harmony was full of very good wrestlers. They came in strong, ready to wrestle. We weren’t as ready as we wanted in some of those matches. It’s good to see them come up here, with all of the young teams that are here.”

Three OPHS wrestlers went undefeated over the course of the weekend. Cameron Broughton (106) had four pins and Tyler Dehart (220) had two pins, a major and a decision as both were 6-0, while Nartorian Lee (170/182) had three pins and a decision during a 5-0 weekend. Dean Ganci (120/126, 4 pins) and Reed Danielson (182/195, 4 pins) were both 5-1.

The Longhorns, in running the table for team gold, put together an average margin of victory of 51.2 points during the course of the weekend.

“We look to come here to get stronger heading into the last stretch of the season, just continue wrestling tough while we prepare for the Ippolito (at Brandon) next week,” Harmony coach John Cagiano said.

Here’s a look at the remaining local teams and how they performed at Parker last weekend:

3. Mandarin. The Mustangs were second in Pool A, their only loss to Harmony as well, with wins over Orlando’s The Master’s Academy (63-12), North Bay Haven (70-12), Ponte Vedra (48-36), First Coast (43-24) and a third-place victory over Englewood (48-32).

Two Mustang wrestlers were 6-0 on the weekend. Gunner Stier (126) had three pins and a decision, while Blake Pruitt (160) collected three pins and a major. Chase Mattox (120, 3 pins & decision) and Max Beavor (170, 2 pins) were both 5-1 for Mandarin.

4. Englewood. The Rams finished second in Pool B, taking four straight wins after their opening-round loss to Orange Park — Stanton (42-29), Bradford (36-24), Wewahitchka (33-26) and Terry Parker (48-24) before winding up their weekend with the loss to Mandarin.

Hunter Padgett (113) was 6-0, with six matches won by forfeit. All of the Rams in the lineup on the weekend — eight in all — were 3-3 or better, with Tyler Crawford (126, 3 pins), Tanner Kern (138, 3 pins, tech, decision), Michel Augustin (182, 2 pins & 2 decisions) and Karam Hill (285, 3 pins) all going 5-1.

5. First Coast. The Buccaneers were 3-2 in Pool A, with wins over Ponte Vedra (51-21), North Bay Haven (42-23) and The Master’s Academy (48-18), then edged Wewahitchka, 27-25, in the fifth-place match, clinching that dual on a decision at 138 from Wendell Bussey, who was taking part in his first high school competition.

Jason Schwartz (106/113) led First Coast with a 6-0 weekend that included four pins and a major. Seanjohn Adams (120/126) was 5-1, with three pins as well.

7. Ponte Vedra. The Sharks finished 2-3 in Pool A, defeating The Master’s Academy (48-22) and North Bay Haven (48-18), then taking the seventh-place match over the hosts, 48-36.

Preston Turner (113) was 5-1 with two pins, while Harrison Crowley added a 4-1 weekend, also with two falls, for Ponte Vedra.

8. Terry Parker. The Braves were 2-3 in Pool B, with early wins in the first two rounds over Stanton (47-23) and Bradford (36-28).

D’Angelo Johnson (160, pin & major) was 5-0 to lead Terry Parker, with Evan Jefferson (285, pin) going 5-1 and Zachary Smith (220, pin & major) 4-1 for the Braves.

9. Bradford. With just six wrestlers in the lineup, it was tough for the Tornadoes to generate dual wins, as Bradford went 1-4 in Pool B, with a win over Stanton (30-24).

Five of the Tornado wrestlers were 4-2 or better, withi Logan Montemurro (170, pin & decision) and Eddie McCormick (220/285, 4 pins) each putting together 5-1 records.

11. Stanton. The Blue Devils were winless in Pool B, but rallied in the 11th-place match for a 42-24 victory over North Bay Haven to close out the weekend.

Gabriel Navearro (132, 2 pins), Anthony Burlas (145, 2 pins) and Mitchell Mika (152, 2 pins, 2 tech falls and a major) were all 5-1 for Stanton.


5 Star Recap: NE Edition

Northeast Florida Matmen

JACKSONVILLE — With the other 13 teams in the field unable to chase down Florida High, which wrapped up the team title early in its defense of the 5 Star Invitational at Raines last weekend, the chase for second place itself wound up coming down to the addition of fifth-place advancement points late on Saturday.

And when that math was crunched at the head table, it was a young Ridgeview team that calculated out as the second-place team, as the extra points pushed the Clay County Panthers past Yulee, 156.5-154, for the runnerup spot behind Florida High, which cruised to the victory with 222.5.

“Still have a lot of room for improvement,” Ridgeview assistant coach Brandon Fountain said. “But we had 10 out of 12 kids place, and two champions, after a tough match with Middleburg, so it’s a good feeling.”

The Panthers’ champions were senior Marcus Reid (126, wrestling up from his usual 120) and Saeid Ejmali (138, also wrestling up from 132).

Reid pinned his way into the finals, with falls over Atlantic Coast’s Marco Hunter (58 seconds) and Ed White’s Jacob East (4:45) and Ridgeview teammate Jacob McGowan (3:15) in the semis, setting up a finals match with Florida High’s Max Metcalf, in which Reid won 8-6.

Ejmali pinned Baker County’s Michael Donnelly in the quarters (1:10), then turned back Florida High’s Duncan Weaver 8-3 in the semis before wteching Yulee’s Grant Stanish, 15-0, in the title match.

Requan Weeks also reached the finals, competing at 132, where he lost by fall in 3:49 to Raines’ Jaquan English. Reed Propes (152) took third in his weight class, while Jonathan Kaylor (113) and John Tiedeman (170) both finished fourth.

“It’s just been sheer motivation. Wanting to get better, wanting to get after it. Definitely a 180 from previous weeks,” Fountain said. “We’re going to try to keep our momentum up for Bartram Trail (this coming week) and Clay Rotary.”

Yulee also had two champions, with Stevie Chopek (113) and Dylan Youmans (120) winning brackets.

Chopek had bonus points in each victory, with majors in the quarters over Baker’s David Jackson (10-1) and Florida High’s Tyler Reeve (11-2) before the final, in which he pinned Bishop Snyder’s Jeffrey Prosser in 2:18.

Youmans pinned his way through the draw, falling Snyder’s JP Villanueva (:33) in the quarters and Westside’s Joshua Gibbs (1:28) in the semis before facing Dennis Ganim of Florida High, which resulted in a second-period fall (3:47) for Youmans.

“It hurt us to not put a full lineup out, because we probably had a shot (at winning) with Florida High not having all their guys out,” Yulee coach Brandon Crowder said. “We lost some matches we should have won, but it’s always good to see Clay (Florida High coach Clay Allen) and wrestle against those guys.”

In addition to Stanish, the Hornets’ John Parker (160) also reached the final, losing by a 4-2 decision to Fernandina Beach’s Joseph Helm. Kyle Davis (106), Zach Watson (132) and McKenzie Lewis (285) all finished third for Yulee, while Noah Winebarger (195) took fourth.

“We have to find ways to learn from losses,” Crowder said. “They (Florida High) had too many dogs in the running. We’re definitely ready to get ready for districts at this point, that’s for sure.”

A summary of the ‚Ā¨weight classes won by the rest of the Northeast coverage area follows:

106 — Baker County’s Cole Cushman pinned his way thorugh the bracket, with falls over Ed White’s Tyler Meade (1:09) and Tyler Stoddard (3:00) before pinning Florida High’s Brooks Dyer in 1:36 to take the title.

132 — Raines’ English opened with a tech fall over Baker County’s Devon Cole, then pinned Yulee’s Watson in the semi and Ridgeview’s Works in the title match.

152 — Delmontae Davis of Westside scored maximum points in the event, with a 34-second fall in the quarters over Snyder’s Jeremy Newman, then won by forfeit over Ed White’s Carl Otero before taking a second pin, this one in 4:38, over Raines’ Alonzo Davis.

160 — Helm pinned his way through to get to the final, with a fall in 2:13 over Ridgeview’s Keine Avery in the quarter and a second fall over Paxon’s Gabriel Border (3:05) in the semis.

170 — Baker County’s James Barnett has his closest match first, a 9-8 win over Ridgeview’s Tiedeman, then pinned his way through, with falls over Yulee’s Gunner Harrison (1:26), Robert E. Lee’s Kalvin Dorce (4:44) and Florida High’s Marcus Haigler (2:43).

220 — In a final that matched up a pair of Atlantic Coast wrestlers, the Stingrays’ Darius Idlebird took a 10-5 decision in the final over teammate Kurk Jackson, after earlier wins over Yulee’s Jayson Ledford (8-1) and Westside’s Anthony Chirino (fall in 21 seconds).

285 — Tariq Hookfin of Westside won by fall in the second period in the quarters against Florida High’s Logan Stinson, then took a pair of 3-1 decisions in the semi and final, over Yulee’s McKenzie Lewis and Raines’ Jamon Goodwine.

Brackets were posted to Matmen and TWN earlier this morning.


Brackets Up

We are waiting for full results from the Gulf Coast Slam, and we still have a couple of articles to write for this site (Parker Duals and 5 Star). Our Pacesetter has been determined for this week and we know where we’re going Wednesday night. On the whole, I feel a bit more ahead of the curve this week than I did this time last week.

In the meantime, we just posted a slew of brackets from the weekend.


Flagler Rotary Recap: NE Edition

(Editor’s Note: Fixed to update wrestler at 220)

Northeast Florida Matmen staff report

PALM COAST — If nothing else, what was learned Saturday afternoon following the conclusion of the 31st annual Flagler Rotary Invitational was that the 3A-District 1 team race ought to be a hot one to follow in four weeks’ time.

Just one point separated Rotary runnerup and host Flagler Palm Coast from third-place Fleming Island Saturday, as the Bulldogs nipped the Golden Eagles, 214.5-213.5, in an event where both teams were missing key starters. Both teams, however, gave a little gap to team champion Winter Springs, which won the event with 243 points and had five champions in the 33-team event.

Next up among Northeast coverage-area teams were Bartram Trail and Fletcher, both of which tied for 10th place at 84 points. Oakleaf (78.5 points) was 12th, Creekside (71.5) 14th, Sandalwood (57) 15th, Matanzas (56) 16th and Bishop Kenny (53.5) 17th to round out the top half of the field.

Middleburg was 20th, with 43 points, while Bolles had 35 points in 23rd, followed by Nease (24th, 33), Suwannee (25th, 32), Episcopal (29th, 13), St. Augustine (30th, 10), Palatka (31st, 9) and Pedro Menendez (32nd, 7).

A breakdown of each weight class follows:

106 — It’s not easy to pin one’s way through a bracket like this one, but Fleming Island sophomore Briar Jackson did that, with four falls — two on each day — to take the title. On Friday, Jackson pinned Hernando’s Heaven-Leigh Jackson in the round of 16 (:47) and Lake Howell’s Angel Giraldo in the quarters (:40), with falls on Saturday in the semis over Astronaut’s Carson Kirk (4:52) and over region rival Ryan Rowland of Hagerty (5:50) in the championship match. After losing in the round of 16 to Suwannee’s Brandon Trask, Wakulla’s Matthew Owen won six matches on the back side to take third, majoring Kirk, 15-3, for third place, while Flagler Palm Coast’s Christian Sheppard won by medical forfeit over Trask, who injury-defaulted out of the tournament in his semifinal match against Rowland.

113 — Fifth seed Jayden Bradshaw of Boone beat three higher-seeded wrestlers en route to the title. Bradshaw pinned Hagerty’s Brandon Boyle (1:27) in the round of 16 and then downed 4th seed Ryan Rosano of Oakleaf, 8-6, in the quarters on Friday. He then took down top seed Larry Smith of Wakulla in the semis, 10-8, pinning third seed Wyatt Kirkham of Jensen Beach (1:27) for the championship. Smith came back in the consis for third, pinning Fletcher’s Rayquan Piper in the consi semis and then shutting out Rosano, 5-0, in the third-place match. Piper won by forfeit over Fleming Island’s Albie Snedaker, who reached the semis, for fifth place.

120 — Top-seeded Michael DeAugustino of the hosts won his second Rotary title, with three falls, a major decision and decision in taking the bracket. DeAugustino pinned Hagerty’s Mathieu Byers (:23) in the first round, then majored Fletcher’s Trent Dalldorf 14-0 in the round of 16 and pinned Matanzas’ Stone White (:48) in the quarters. On Saturday, DeAugustino falled Hernando’s Josh Hulse (2:48) to get to the final against district and region rival DeAndre Demus of Fleming Island, the second seed, where DeAugustino took a 5-2 victory. Heritage’s Seth Adeclat, who lost to Demus 9-3 in the semis, came back for third with two decisions in the consis, first over Bishop Kenny’s Jack Delaney (6-2) and then 3-2 over Jensen Beach’s Joey Tufo for third in a rematch of their quarterfinal match Friday night (Adeclat won the quarter 3-1). Hulse won by forfeit over Delaney for fifth place.

126 — Top-seeded Lucas Rodriguez of Boone picked up bonus points in every round of the event, with three falls and a major en route to the title. Rodriguez falled Jensen Beach’s Kyle Moran (:28) in the round of 16 and Fletcher’s James Knox (1:25) in the quarters on Friday, coming back with a semifinal pin in 2:48 over Winter Springs’ Mathew Phillips, then pushed the pace in a 12-1 major over Astronaut’s Louis Cortez, the second seed, for the bracket win. Phillips took third with two wins on the back, first by fall over Oakleaf’s Vince Karl in the consi semis and then by injury-default over Wakulla’s Max Owen for third place. Matanzas’ Lawrence Russo won by forfeit over Karl for fifth.

132 — Jensen Beach’s Andrew Klopman, who wrestled for Clay in 2013-14 and Matanzas in 2014-15, was the second seed coming in and had a pin, a tech fall and three decisions to win the weight class. Klopman pinned Lake Howell’s Nathan Aquino (:23) in the first round, teched Bishop Kenny’s Jack Donghit 16-0 in the round of 16 and downed Chiles’ Logan Mellor, 4-0, in the quarters. Klopman then decisioned Hernando third seed Dakota Ellerbee, 8-5, in the semis to reach the final, where he turned back 1 seed Emauni Smithson of Hagerty, 4-2, for the championship. The hosts’ Damion Figourea won four matches on the consi side to come back from a quarterfinal loss to Fleming Island’s Trace Insalaco (6-2 in that one), with three bonus-point victories and then a revenge 4-2 decision over Insalaco for third. Ellerbee, who lost by fall to Figourea in the consi semis, majored Matanzas’ Jackson Mills 14-2 for fifth.

138 — Top-seeded Ethan Woods of Hagerty had bonus points in every round, with three pins and a major to take the championship. Woods pinned Astronaut’s Skyler Boss (2:57) in the round of 16 and falled Bishop Kenny’s Ryan Bell (1:56) in the quarters, coming back for another fall in 2:58 over Bartram Trail’s Matt Pickett in the semi. He then allowed the hosts’ Michael Martins, the 2 seed, just one point, rolling to an 11-1 major. Jensen Beach’s Caelin Cascione, who’d lost by fall in the semis to Martins, came back to take third, with a fall in the consi semis and an 18-4 third-place major over Pickett. Winter Springs’ Adrian Diaz downed Wakulla’s Micah Lanier, 10-4, for fifth.

145 — Winter Springs top seed Dimitri Alicea had four wins in taking the bracket, with at least one pin, one major and one decision en route to the title. Alicea falled Heritage’s Jynien Dormevil in 1:15 in the round of 16 and then advanced past Wakulla’s Noah Wilson in the quarters. he then majored 5 seed Curtis Brock of the hosts, 15-2, to get to the final against #2-seeded Cameron Bell of Sandalwood, a region rival, and won that matchup by a 5-2 count. Hernando 3 seed Codey Maniates, who’d lost in overtime to Bell in the semis, came back for third behind two decisions, 4-1 in the consi semis and then 8-2 for third place over Jensen Beach’s Forest Boyland. Brock finished fifth, with a 3-2 win over Chiles’ Austin Nolan.

152 — Hagerty’s Oliver Hart, the second seed, collected a pin, tech fall and two decisions in winding his way to the bracket victory, making Hagerty the first team in the event with multiple titlists. He teched Fleming Island’s Seamus Wade, 16-0, in the round of 16, then pinned Pine Ridge’s Gabriel Laureano in the quarters to get to Saturday, where he decisioned 6 seed Brendan Jones of Creekside, 11-4, in the semis, then overcame the top seed, Flagler’s Tyrone Jones, by an 8-3 score to win the title. DeLand’s Yoaquim Rios, who’d lost by fall to Tyrone Jones in the semis, had two pins on the back side to take third, falling Boone’s Gage VanKuilenburg in the consi semis and then pinning Brendan Jones in 46 seconds for third. VanKuilenburg majored Hernando’s Bronson Tafelski, 11-3, for fifth.

160 — Top seed Max Wohlabaugh of Winter Springs earned the Bears’ second bracket in dominant fashion, with two pins on Friday and two tech falls on Saturday. Wohlabaugh pinned Boone’s Daniel Bass (1:14) in the round of 16 and Oakleaf’s Isaiah Graham (:42) in the quarters Friday, then teched 4 seed Will Hennessy of DeLand, 23-8, in the semis and 2 seed Blake Wiswell of Jensen Beach, 22-7, for the title. Hennessy came back for third, with a forfeit victory in the consi semis and then a 3-1 win over Sandalwood’s Chandler Bell in a rematch of their quarterfinal (which Hennessy had won 3-2) for third place. Fleming Island’s Ben Sann, who had lost 7-4 in the quarters to Wiswell, took fifth with a decision victory over Suwannee’s Billy Jenkins.

170 — Second-seeded Cole Mitchell of Winter Springs made it back-to-back titles for the Bears, pinning his way to the final and then handing top seed Brandon Dickman of Creekside his first loss of the year, 6-4, in the final. Before that, though, Mitchell had falls over New Smyrna Beach’s James Muni in the round of 16, Hernando’s Devin Dennis in the quarters, and third seed Nathan Ferkovich of Lake Brantley in the semi. Ferkovich came back for third on the back side, not allowing a point in two wins, with identical 5-0 wins in the consi semis and over the hosts’ Steve Canidate in the third-place match. Jensen Beach’s Jack Sopotnick, who’d lost by fall to Dickman in the semis, took fifth with an 8-6 decision over Lake Howell’s Justin Segarra.

182 — Top seed Jason Davis of Fleming Island didn’t allow a point scored against him in the entire tournament, with three first-period falls, a major and decision to win the championship, making Fleming Island just the third team in the field with multiple champs. Davis falled Bishop Kenny’s Jimmy Citrano (:31) in the first round), Nease’s Jarrod Case (:55) in the round of 16 and Bartram Trail’s Jacob Bennett (1:09) in the quarters. In the semis, Davis shut out Jensen Beach’s Chad Nix, the 5 seed, 11-0, to set up a showdown with 3 seed and region rival Jason DeGroat of Winter Springs, winning that final by a 3-0 decision. New Smyrna Beach’s Josh Brouillette, who lost in the round of 16 via first-period fall to Nix, didn’t lose again, with five back-side victories — including a fall over Nix — to take third place, in which he pinned the hosts’ Eddie Bryant in 59 seconds. Nix decisioned Hernando’s Harry Williams, who lost to DeGroat in the semis, by a 9-3 score for fifth.

195 — Fletcher top seed Narek Stepanyan defended his seed with a bracket victory, with two falls and a win by forfeit in the semis, then an overtime victory in the finals of a weight class that foreshadowed how 3A-Region 1 might go down in this weight class, as all four semifinalists were from that region. Stepanyan pinned Wakulla’s John Trevor Hinsey (:32) in the round of 16 and then Oakleaf’s Dexter Moore (:39) in the quarters. He had a walkover into the final, then downed District 1 rival Ryan Smenda of Fleming Island in overtime, 3-1. DeLand’s Raymond Haverty, who lost to Smenda in the semis, had a fall and walkover on the back side to take third place, while Creekside’s Corey Grower — who had lost by fall to Smenda in the quarters — took fifth with a decision over Jensen Beach’s Richard Quintero.

220 — Winter Springs 2 seed Montana Lewis earned the Bears’ fourth bracket, with a win by forfeit, two decisions and fall in the finals. Lewis had a walkover in the round of 16, then downed DeLand’s Terrence Neat, 5-4, in the quarters on Friday. In the semis, Lewis decisioned 3 seed Marlon Ng of Wakulla, 11-5, to match up with 4 seed Kolton McDaniel of Bartram Trail in the final, where Lewis won by fall in 2:40. Ng came back to take third, with a fall over Seabreeze’s Braden Buswell (not named in the brackets) in the consi semis and then fall in 1:48 over the hosts’ Tyler Irigoyen in a rematch of their quarterfinal (which Ng had won 9-3). Buswell then downed Fletcher’s Darrell McBride, 6-1, for fifth.

285 — Another 3A-Region 1 preview mostly played out in this weight class, with 3 seed TJ Boyd of Winter Springs winning Winter Springs’ fifth title. Boyd pinned Middleburg’s Robert Barnard (4:55) in the round of 16, then downed Bishop Kenny’s Josiah McCallum, 3-1, in the quarters. He came back Saturday with two falls, first in the semis over Flagler’s second-seeded Vincent Ebanks (3:44) and then pinned top seed Christian Gomez of Hagerty for the championship. Fleming Island’s Jose Concepcion, who lost 2-1 in the quarters to Wakulla’s Darius Wilkins, came back to take third behind four bonus-point wins, including a forfeit over McCallum for third. Wilkins finished fifth, with what looked to be either a decision or fall over Ebanks in that match (it was noted as a decision with a time).

Brackets from the event have already been posted to Matmen and to The Wrestling Nation.


Diamondback Duals Recap: NE Edition

Northeast Florida Matmen staff report

BELLEVIEW — A short-handed Interlachen team (just four wrestlers) reported for duty at the Diamondback Duals, a two-day duals tournament, and finished 1-7 on the weekend.

The Rams lost to Springstead (72-6), Citrus (54-6), Lincoln (72-10), Trinity Catholic (24-18), West Port (no score available to head coach), Lecanto (36-18) and Lake Weir (42-18), but did defeat Dunnellon, a 1A-District 5 rival, 18-9.

Two of the Rams had solid tournaments throughout the weekend, as senior Brennan Wykoff (182) and junior Corey Adkins (195) were both 7-1, with both taking wins over eventual event champion Lincoln.

Cade Mason (138/145) and Dalton Cady (132) were both 2-6, with Cady earning his first win by fall for his high school career.

Interlachen is off until Wednesday, when the Rams face Putnam County rival Palatka.


Next Priorities

Are Flagler and Parker recaps. I can’t write anything up on 5 Star, for either site, until I get a ruling on what the final team scores are. I have been advised that what Trackwrestling has and what I have been told are significantly different, so am waiting for the hosts to tell me something. That’s what I get, I suppose, for leaving before that was fully determined, although after all the matches were done.

Still and again getting emails and comments about duals being incorrect, at larger events. I’ve told coaches and you multiple times. If it hasn’t sunk in yet to coordinate scores against the host, I don’t know what to tell you at this point. Even elite IBTs aren’t immune to this problem. At Flagler, there is a 220 who medaled but doesn’t appear anywhere in the brackets. Only the Shadow knows who that is, I guess…and yes, that reference DOES show how old I am.

Not really sure what the issue is with accuracy in results. I can assure you, no football, basketball or baseball game proceeds too long with the wrong score in play.


George Jenkins IBT Recap: NE Edition

Northeast Florida Matmen staff report

LAKELAND — Eight places per weight class. 14 weights.

That’s 112 medals. Now sort them out among 47 teams, the field at the weekend’s George Jenkins IBT, factoring in — as you must — the fact that two state #1s — Lake Highland Prep and South Dade — are there.

After all that mental math is done, there’s one inescapable conclusion — winning a medal is incredibly difficult at this tournament.

And that was indeed the case for Buchholz and Columbia over the weekend. The Bobcats nabbed two of them in putting together a top-10 team finish, finishing ninth with 79 points, while Columbia was 24th, with one medalist and 58.5 points. It’s not often that 15 spots in the standings are separated by just 20.5 points.

Tops in the coverage area from this event was Gant Moore, who finished third at 132 for Buchholz. Moore fell, 5-3, in the quarters to eventual finalist Tyler Difiore of Wellington, but then would not lose again in the tournament, with four wins on the back to finish third. Three of those were bonus point wins, with the third-place match a fall in 3:51 over Jacob Darr of Sickles.

Like Moore at 132, Bryan Perkins (106) reached the quarters in his weight class, and like Moore, that would be as far as he would get on the championship side, falling 7-6 to Lake Highland’s Bailey Flanagan. Perkins did win one more match on the back to ensure a medal finish, falling 4-2 to Durant’s Hendon Haley in the seventh-place match.

Columbia’s Chace Curtis was the Tigers’ lone medalist, competing at 126, but his tournament run came to an end not in the quarters, but effectively in the semis. Curtis had a tech, amjor and 4-1 decision to reach the semis, but there lost by injury-default to Somerset Academy’s Hector Candelaria and did not compete on the back side, finishing in sixth place.

Brackets from the tournament will be posted to Matmen & The Wrestling Nation on Monday.


Flagler Rotary Day 1 Recap

Northeast Florida Matmen staff report

PALM COAST — After the first day of wrestling at the 31st annual Flagler Rotary Invitational, 3A schools lead the initial chase for the team title.

Winter Springs holds a 12.5-point lead over Fleming Island, 125.5-113, for first, with Hagerty third at 93 and the host Bulldogs fourth at 90.5. 2A’s Jensen Beach rounds out the top five, a half-point back of Flagler Palm Coast.

In the top 10 are area teams Wakulla (the top 1A school in the field, sixth with 78 points) and Bartram Trail (T-9th, 53).

Here’s a breakdown of Saturday’s semifinalists:

106: Briar Jackson (Fleming Island, fall & decision) v. Carson Kirk (Astronaut, tech & 2 falls); Brandon Trask (Suwannee, decision & fall) v. Ryan Rowland (Hagerty, tech & fall).

113: Larry Smith (Wakulla, decision & major) v. Jayden Bradshaw (Boone, fall & decision); Wyatt Kirkham (Jensen Beach, 2 falls & decision) v. Albie Snedaker (Fleming Island, fall & decision).

120: Michael DeAugustino (Flagler Palm Coast, pin/major/pin) v. Josh Hulse (Hernando, fall & 2 decisions); Seth Adeclat (Heritage, fall & decision) v. DeAndre Demus (Fleming Island, 3 falls).

126: Lucas Rodriguez (Boone, 2 falls) v. Mathew Phillips (Winter Springs, fall & decision); Max Owen (Wakulla, 2 falls) v. Louis Cortez (Astronaut, 2 falls & decision).

132: Emauni Smithson (Hagerty, 3 falls) v. Trace Insalaco (Fleming Island, 2 falls & decision); Dakota Ellerbee (Hernando, 3 falls) v. Andrew Klopman (Jensen Beach, pin/tech/decision).

138: Ethan Woods (Hagerty, 2 falls) v. Adrian Diaz (Winter Springs, 2 falls); Caelin Cascione (Jensen Beach, fall/tech/decision) v. Michael Martins (Flagler Palm Coast, fall/forfeit/fall).

145: Dimitri Alicea (Winter Springs, fall and advancement) v. Curtis Brock (Flagler Palm Coast, 2 falls); Codey Maniates (Hernando, 2 falls & decision) v. Cameron Bell (Sandalwood, decision & major).

152: Tyrone Jones (Flagler Palm Coast, 2 falls & tech) v. Yoaquim Rios (Deland, fall & tech); Brendan Jones (Creekside, 2 decisions) v. Oliver Hurt (Hagerty, tech & fall).

160: Max Wohlabaugh (Winter Springs, 2 falls) v. Will Hennessy (Deland, tech & decision); Blake Wiswell (Jensen Beach, fall & decision) v. Billy Jenkins (Suwannee, fall & major).

170: Brandon Dickman (Creekside, major & decision) v. Jack Sopotnick (Jensen Beach, 2 falls & decision); Nate Ferkovich (Lake Brantley, fall & 2 decisions) v. Cole Mitchell (Winter Springs, 2 falls).

182: Jason Davis (Fleming Island, 3 falls) v. Chad Nix (Jensen Beach, fall & decision); Jason DeGroat (Winter Springs, 3 falls) v. Harry Williams (Hernando, tech & default).

195: Narek Stepanyan (Fletcher, 2 falls) v. Jessiah Contreras (Winter Springs, fall & decision); Ryan Smenda (Fleming Island, 2 falls) v. Raymond Haverty (Deland, 2 falls).

220: Darrell McBride (Fletcher, 2 falls & decision) v. Kolton McDaniel (Bartram Trail, fall & decision); Marlon Ng (Wakulla, fall & decision) v. Montana Lewis (forfeit & decision).

285: Christian Gomez (Hagerty, 2 falls) v. Darius Wilkins (Wakulla, fall & decision); TJ Boyd (Winter Springs, fall & decision) v. Vincent Ebanks (Flagler Palm Coast, fall & decision).

Finals are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, according to information received from the host.