North Florida Matmen staff report
JACKSONVILLE — The chance for drama is always high with any dual meet between a pair of good teams, but it doesn’t always come down to the last match.
Wednesday night, Bishop Kenny junior Jack Donghit needed to win to give the Northeast’s fifth-ranked Crusaders a home victory over #4 Creekside, and he did a bit more than just that, pulling together a 16-3 major, as Kenny stopped the St Johns Knights, 35-33, to go to 2-0 in duals on the year.
“We told the kids it would go down to bonus points and it sure did,” Crusaders coach Paul Schloth said via email. “Our senior captains turned it on tuwards the end. (Jack) had a great match after having a rough weekend at Fleming this past weekend. Very exciting.”
The teams traded decisions to start the match (BK’s Garrett Tirado at 132 and Creeks’ Zach Johnson at 138), but the Crusaders opened up an 13-3 lead with a pair of bonus-point wins from Andrew Slade (major) at 145 and Joey Cusick (fall) at 152.
The Knights (6-1) would rattle off four wins in a row from 160 through 195, taking a 21-13 lead behind pins from Billy Shaw at 160 and Brandon Dickman at 182, plus decisions from Tristan Diaz (170) and Trey Chesser (195).
Bishop Kenny rallied back to a 25-21 lead behind falls from John Alexander at 220 and Josiah McCallum at 285, but the Knights came back with 12 of their own on a fall from Colin Brown at 106, plus a forfeit to Luke Davis at 113.
That put the onus on Kenny 120 Jack Delaney, and Donghit. Trailing by eight with two matches to go, Delaney made a win possible for Kenny with his fall, setting the stage for a winner-takes-the-dual moment for his junior teammate.
“It was a good match,” Knights coach Rick Marabell said via email. “We didn’t wrestle to our potential, and they did. It’s as simple as that.”
Bishop Kenny is back on the mats Friday at the Westside Kiwanis Invitational hosted by Bishop Snyder, while Creekside will be at SGT Marcus Preudhomme Duals, hosted by Fletcher, on Saturday.
Buchholz 36, Columbia 32: At Gainesville, the honorable-mention (NE) Bobcats got all that they could out of six victories, with the maximum points at each (including five pins) was enough to take the home win over the Northeast ninth-ranked Tigers.
“It’s better to win than lose, but sometimes you don’t wrestle your best. That’s what happened tonight,” Buchholz coach Billy Pankey said on the Bobcat Twitter account.
Columbia (0-1) roared out to a 17-0 lead behind its lower-weight strength, with a pin from Ian McGuigan (120), tech fall from Daniel Mann (132) and decisions from Alex McGuigan (126) and Kaleb Davis (138).
Buchholz (1-0) jumped back in it, winning three of the next four matches, cutting the Tiger lead to 23-18 with pins from William Green-Church (145) and Tracen Ransdell (160) bookending a Columbia fall from Preston O’Quinn at 152.
After Zion James’ 3-1 decision at 182 pushed Columbia out to 26-18, the Bobcats pulled back-to-back-to-back pins from Lawrence Smith-Jackson (195), Nevan Burney (220) and Aaron Menden (285) to go up 36-26. The Tigers’ Brett Millard won by fall at 106, but a double forfeit closed out the dual.
Buchholz will be at Kiwanis on Friday, while Columbia will road-trip over to Tallahassee for Chiles’ Capital City Classic, also starting Friday.
Tate 66, Milton 18: At Milton, the fifth-ranked (Northwest) Aggies rolled to victory in their duals season-opener, taking 11 wins, including six pins.
Lee Pedicord (113), Jacob Cochran (120), Brandon Biello (126), Nate Golmon (152), Juan Alvarez (160) and Anthony Stafford (182) all won by fall for Tate.
Milton (0-1) collected a pair of pins from Aiden Sterba (145) and Connor Saint (285).
The Aggies will be at the Fultondale (ALA) Invitational on Friday and Saturday, while the Panthers get back on the mat tonight with a tri-meet at Spanish Fort (ALA).
Clay 74, Robert E. Lee 6: At Green Cove Springs, the second-ranked (Northeast) Blue Devils rolled up 11 bonus-point wins, nine of those via fall, to improve to 2-0 in duals.
Pins came from Josh McGinnis (106), Stevie Chopek (126), Dylan Taylor (152), Connor Green (160), Carson Yost (170), Isiah Clifford (182), Abbott Taylor (195) and Ryan Rivers (285).
Peyton Hughes (138) won by tech fall in four minutes, 21-6, with Grant Stanish (145) taking an 11-4 win.
The Generals (0-1) earned a fall from Leo White at 220 for their points.
Clay gets back on the mat tonight at Oakleaf, while Lee is off until December 13, when the Generals host FSDB.
Ridgeview 65, Palatka 6: At Orange Park, the host Panthers began their dual season by sweeping all of the contested matches.
Matthew Rodriquez (106), Tanner Belden (126), Saeid Ejmali (145), Troy Harris (182) and Nai Rousseau (285) all won by fall for Ridgeview.
Jacob McGowan (132) added a technical fall, and Gabriel Guzman (120) and John Tiedeman (170) both took decisions at their weights. Palatka’s lone points came via forfeit.
The Clay County Panthers are off until Friday, when they’ll head to Alabama for the Swede Umbach Invitational. Palatka returns to the mats for a dual at third-ranked (Northeast) Flagler Palm Coast tonight.
FSDB 1-1 at Raines: At Jacksonville, the visiting Dragons took a 42-33 loss against Paxon, but rallied for a 48-24 win over the host Vikings.
Paxon used pins from Andrea Melendez (120), Christopher Kang (132), Joshua Leynes (145), Corey Jones (152) and Issac Mendoza (220) for the victory.
FSDB picked up falls in the Paxon dual from Ty Snow (126) and Balboa Polynice (138), with Liam Von Mahr (170) winning by decision.
Against Raines, the Dragons scored all of their points via forfeits. Alonzo Davis (170), Raynarde Thomas (182) and Jevonte Hagan (220) all won by fall for the Vikings.
Paxon is off until Monday, when it travels to Wolfson, while FSDB will be at Robert E. Lee on December 13. Raines will compete in the Capital City Classic at Chiles on Friday. Results from the Paxon-Raines dual were not available at time of first publication. We’ll update this when received.
Episcopal 42, Wolfson 36: At Episcopal, the Eagles celebrated their home opener with a dual win, taking two of the three contested matches.
Reid Hampton (138) won by fall for the Eagles, with Nial Murphy (182) taking a victory by disqualification. Korie Rorie (145) answered for the Wolfpack with a fall.
Episcopal is now off until December 16 when it will compete in the Tiger Duals at Columbia. Wolfson will host Stanton and Paxon in a tri-meet on Monday night.
Gulf Breeze 51, Crestview 24: At Crestview, the third-ranked (Northwest) Dolphins opened their dual season behind eight pins.
Ian Daily (113), Gabe Jacobs (120), Kelly Scanlon (132) and Dylan Lawrence (145) each had falls among the lower weights for Gulf Breeze (1-0).
Upper-weight pinners were Austin Earle (170), Tannen Slack (182), Rocky O’Rourke (195) and Noah Young (285), with Calvin Malo winning by decision at 152.
Crestview (0-1) got falls from Noah Kryfka (106), Angel Ortega (138) and Cody Sorenson (160), with decision victories for Easton Flamand (126) and Coleman Young (220).
Gulf Breeze and Crestview are both off until Saturday, when the two teams will catch back up at the Gulf Breeze Duals.
3A-Region 1: At Oviedo, Timber Creek won each match between 106 through 137 to defeat the hosts, 45-21. Ernesto Maysonet (126), Corban Arana (132), Gersan Serrano (138), Mateus Nunes (182) and Jacob Schalk (220) had pins for Timber Creek. Oviedo won four in a row between 145-170, with Colin O’Brien (152) and Wyatt Forsberg (170) winning by fall.
Statewide import: The big match of the night was staged at Jensen Beach, where the Barracudas overcame Olympic Heights, 34-32, in a dual that was very much like Kenny-Creekside in its ebb and flow of momentum. Nick Davenport (106), Kenny Hauck (113) and Blake Wiswell (182) won by falls for Jensen Beach, while Olympic Heights obtained pins from Fabian Jaramillo (120), Michael Butler (126) and Brandon DiPrima (220). … At Cape Coral, the hosts took down Fort Myers, 56-22, but the Green Wave fielded a lineup that had many of its bigger guns held out. Cape Coral picked up six pins on the night. … Treasure Coast bagged 12 wins in a 69-12 win over Forest Hill, including five falls on the night. … At Davie, host Nova won 10 matches, with four pins and a tech, to roll past Deerfield Beach, 59-24.