PALM COAST — Prior to third-ranked (Northeast) Flagler Palm Coast’s home dual with #2 Clay Wednesday night, the Bulldogs retired the singlet of senior Michael DeAugustino, who has been out for the season with injury sustained at the Capital City Classic in mid-December.
But the Blue Devils spoiled the party, winning nine matches and defeating the Bulldogs, 45-24.
Clay’s lower-weight wrestlers were the difference, as the Blue Devils won five of six matches between 106 and 138, on a pin from Justin Byler (106) and decisions from Daniel Porter (8-5 at 113), Stevie Chopek (4-2 at 120) and Cale Hoskinson (6-0 at 126).
Up top, Clay got key contested points from Carson Yost (fall at 170) and Ryan Rivers (fall at 285), and had the benefit of three FPC forfeits.
The Bulldogs stayed within shouting distance thanks to their middles and uppers, as Avery Holder (132), Wilbur Thomas (182) and Tyler Irigoyen (220) each won by fall, with Michael Martins (145) taking a 7-2 decision and Curtis Brock (152) winning in double-overtime.
Both teams are now off until the weekend, with Clay hosting the Green Cove Springs Friday and Saturday, and Flagler Palm Coast expected to defend its Five Star Conference title on Saturday, at Deltona.
First Coast tri-meet: The Buccaneers got a measure of revenge against Gateway Conference rival Atlantic Coast after falling to the Stingrays in the finals of the Parker Duals, rolling past ACHS, 48-15, in the final of three duals at home on Senior Night.
Earlier in the evening, First Coast doubled up Stanton, 43-21, in the first dual of the night, and the Blue Devils won the middle dual over a short-handed ACHS side, 27-17.
Double winners for First Coast were Tabitha Shaw (major & pin at 106), Jonah Ingram (pin at 113), Jason Schwartz (120), Shawnjohn Adams (126), Devante Wyatt (pin at 170) and Valois Ochoa (pin at 182). Elijah Wilcox contributed a fall in the Stanton dual at 195, and Keyshawn Brown (138) won by a 14-11 decision in that same dual.
Stanton’s Mitchell Mika (pin at 160) and Jacob Piper (decision at 220) were the Blue Devils’ lone double winners. Gabriel Navearro (132) and Harrison Santiago (152) had pins against First Coast, while Artin Rezaei (106) and Timothy Sinclair (182) each had falls against Atlantic Coast.
For the Stingrays, Kevin Thompson (132) had a pair of decisions, while Marco Hunter (145) had a decision and win by disqualifications. Seth Stratton (152) picked up a tech fall and pin during the evening.
First Coast is off until February 10, when the Buccaneers close out the regular season at Fletcher, while Stanton is off until Saturday’s Westside Duals. Atlantic Coast’s regular season is complete; next up for the Stingrays is the 3A-District 1 tournament at Oakleaf on February 16.
Bolles 42, Ponte Vedra 40: At Ponte Vedra, the Bulldogs built a 30-0 lead and made it stand up.
Forfeits fortified that early lead, as Ethan Asbury (pin at 182) had the only contested six points won in that run. Forfeits also got the Sharks within shouting distance (30-18).
That made it a contest of middles, and while PV’s were overall better (falls for Ethan Baur at 152 and Andre Aguiar at 160, plus a 13-3 major for Troy Maritato at 170), Bolles’ were enough, as Julian Morris (132) and KJ Fagan (145) both had pins that gave enough points to, eventually, take the win.
Both teams will be back in action on Friday at Clay for the Rotary tournament.
Gulf Breeze 54, Choctaw 30: At Gulf Breeze, the hosts jumped out to an 18-0 lead on back-to-back-to-back pins and never looked back.
During that run, Michael Walls (132), Dylan Lawrence (138) and Calvin Malo (145) had those critical falls. Later, Rocky O’Rourke (195), Jacob Tisdale (220), Noah Young (285) and Ian Daily (106) would add another mini-run of pins for the 2A Gulfside Dolphins.
Choctaw would get pins during the dual from Hunter Pelfrey (152), Paul Roberts (160), Giovani Gonzalez (113), Jerson Cabiao (120) and Jacky Grissom (126).
Gulf Breeze is back in action on Friday, going over the Alabama state line to compete in the Gulf Shores Invitational, while Choctaw’s regular season is complete. The Indians are off until 2A-District 1 tournament action at Crestview on February 17.
Bartram Trail 45, Robert E. Lee 33: At Jacksonville, with a retooled lineup, the Bears had runs in both the lower and upper weights, opening up a substantial lead in the dual and then holding on against a late charge from the Generals. Caleb Sutherland’s 7-2 win at 160 clinched the dual for Bartram Trail.
Bartram built a 42-12 lead through 132 (dual started at 182) behind falls from Brooks Harp (195), Kolton McDaniel (220), Justin Thompson (285), Jerry Gomer (120) and Jaret Lee (132), along with a couple of Lee forfeits.
But Lee would rally, first with a late third-period fall at 106 from Shane Butler, and then a later pin from Nicholas Gilson (138), an injury-default win for Darian Bowden at 170, a Bartram forfeit, and a decision victory from Caleb Zaccheo (9-7 at 152).
Both teams are off until Friday, when both will compete at the Green Cove Springs Rotary, hosted by Clay.
By SHANNON HEATON North Florida Matmen YULEE — Space Coast might have won the team competition in last weekend’s Battle of the Border, but 11 Matmen-area individuals walked away with titles in the two-day IBT.
Space Coast, behind 12 individual medalists, outpointed Yulee and Suwannee for the team title. The Vipers finished with 151 points, to Yulee’s 121 and Suwannee’s 103. Ridgeview was fourth with 92.5, edging out Baker County (90). South Walton (88.5) was sixth, followed by Victory Christian (88), Westside (77), Ponte Vedra (70), Bradford (52.5), Episcopal (48), Ed White (42), Mosley (34), Fernandina Beach (18) and FSDB (10).
Below follows a summary of the 14 weight classes in competition last weekend:
106 — Ridgeview’s Matthew Rodriquez dominated the field, with bonus points in every round. Those included a fall over Fernandina Beach’s Jeremy Mahoney in the quarters and a major decision in the semis over Ed White’s Bruce Harting. In the finals, Rodriquez polished off his weekend with a technical fall over Suwannee’s Xander Kirkland (fall & decisionn prior to the final). “I’ve been practicing really hard, mainly focusing on my conditioning, since I used to get tired a lot. Practicing stance, motion. It helps me keep going,” Rodriquez said. “(His offseason work) is giving me chances even with guys that aren’t so good, helps me with moves I need to work on and helps me get better. I know what I have to focus on for district/regional/state.” Space Coast’s Ryan Vite came back for third place after losing by decision to Kirkland in the semis, with a pair of decisions, the second one a 10-8 win on a last-second takedown over Harting for third place.
113 — Episcopal’s Kyle Hopkins pinned his way into the finals, with falls over Yulee’s Trevor Gladson and Ridgeview’s Gabriel Guzman in the quarters and semis. Hopkins couldn’t pick up a third fall in the final, but did set the pace in a 14-2 major decision over Ponte Vedra’s Gavin Riccobono (fall & decision prior to the final). “Seedings don’t matter, but I knew the second seed I’d pinned at (Episcopal’s Rob) Bierbaum, so I felt extremely confident, but he’s definitely getting stronger,” Hopkins said. “This time, it went a full six minutes, but I told myself I wasn’t going to lose. I won, so I’m happy.” Guzman came back to take third place with a fall in the consi semis and then a 12-7 decision over Suwannee’s Timothy Jolicoeur, who’d lost to Riccobono in the semis, for third place.
120 — Like his predecessors at 106 and 113, Suwannee’s Jordan Ware had bonus points in every round, with a major decision in the quarters over Yulee’s Bryce Bees and a fall in the semis over Ponte Vedra’s Preston Turner. Ware used his extra length for full advantage in picking up a couple of turns in the championship match against Westside’s Demarcus Wilson (fall & decision prior to final), winning with an 11-3 major. “I wrestled a lot of good people; I just had to remain aggressive,” Ware said. “Be aggressive and do what my coaches are telling me to do. (Winning an IBT) is a big step for me. I want to work on my pinning combinations; I wanted a pin for the finals. But overall I think I did good, and now I’ll get ready for next weekend.” Turner came back to finish third with two decisions, the second of those a 6-4 win over Bees, who had to win twice at the back to earn a medal.
126 — South Walton’s Ethan Pickren pinned his way into the finals, with pins over Ponte Vedra’s Rett Maritato in the quarters and Yulee’s Orion Duffy in the semis, but found slower going in the final against Suwannee’s Chase Clark (fall & decision prior to final). Pickren kept Clark off the scoreboard, but couldn’t find a turn that was fully effective, taking a 7-0 decision. “He’s a real strong, kid, stronger than most kids I’ve ever wrestled. It’s hard to get in on strong kids, so you have to have to work from out at a distance,” Pickren said. “A really tough opponent; that will be a real tough match at regionals. (Coming back to South Walton) has been pretty easy, a close change, not much of a real difference. I had friends on the team, and everyone in the room knows how to wrestle.” Space Coast’s Thomas Driscoll, who’d lost to Clark in the semis, came back for third, with a major and then a 5-1 third-place decision over Duffy.
132 — The Seahawks’ Seth Weinthal made it back-to-back titles for South Walton, taking a fall in the quarters over Victory Christian’s Zeek Lemmond, then decisioning Suwannee’s Caleb Parsons in the semis, following that up with a 4-1 win over Space Coast’s Legend Newsome (fall & decision prior to final) for the title. “I think I could have wrestled better, but I’m happy with the outcome,” Weinthal said. “Happy to be here and compete and get the gold medal. (On the South Walton room and Pickren’s addition) He brings a lot of energy, helps a lot with all of us, especially me. It’s made me a better wrestler, and I’m sure everyone else. In the past, we weren’t much of a dual team, but the guys we did have were all solid. Now we moved up at districts and that (qualifying for dual regions) was an awesome experience.”
138 — Ridgeview’s Saeid Ejmali controlled the pace of the bracket throughout the weekend, with pins in the quarters over Mosley’s William Carmichael and semis over Baker County’s Devon Cole. In the final, against a very good Jason Amato (fall & decision prior to final) of Space Coast, Ejmali shut down Amato’s attacks, putting together enough of his own for a 9-0 major. “We’ve got three really great coaches and kids; we only had eight here, kids have been hurt or had the flu, but six of them placed,” Ejmali said of his team. “I didn’t want to pin my way through, but the last kid was good. I wanted to go out, hustle, finish and do it dominating fashion. That’s what I came here to do, and I did it.” Episcopal’s Reid Hampton, who lost to Amato in the semis, came back for third with a fall in the consi semis and then a 5-2 win over Cole for third place.
145 — Anthony Minacapelli of Space Coast had to win just two matches to take his bracket title, with a fall in the semis over Baker’s James Knabb, and then a 12-3 major in the finals over Ponte Vedra’s Evan Merry (two falls prior to the final). Bradford’s Dylan Mead, who’d lost to Merry in the semis, was third behind a walkover in the consi semis and second-period fall in 3:25 over Knabb for third place.
152 — Suwannee’s Terrell Williams gave the Bulldogs their second title on the day, with a win by default in the quarters, followed by a pair of wins, both decisions, over two solid wrestlers, first Westside’s Angelo Philpot in the semis and then an 11-5 victory over Space Coast’s Reggie Bradley (pin prior to final) in the championship. “So much difference (from 2 years ago. I didn’t make it to state two years ago (after qualifying), and now I’m 10th in the state,” Williams said. “I wish I’d had more matches; I came to get all the matches I can and get better. Having all the guys I’ve had in the room (in the middle of the Suwannee lineup, both this year and in prior seasons) has helped a lot. It makes me work hard on my shots. I want to be the best at Suwannee; as soon as you put that S on your chest, you’re a part of something big. We still have alumni kids and other coaches who went to Suwannee that come in and help, and it makes me very proud to be a part of it.” Yulee’s Tyler Berrier, who’d lost to Bradley by fall in the semis, came back for third with a fall and 10-5 third-place decision over Philpot.
160 — Bradford’s Logan Montemurro had bonus-point wins prior to the final, with a major over FSDB’s Liam Von Mahr in the quarters and a tech fall over Victory Christian’s Ashton Gehret in the semis, but had to tighten up in a potential region rivalry matchup in the finals, overcoming Mosley’s Jarred Pitts (fall & decision prior to final) by an 8-6 count to take another tournament title. “Just getting ready for districts; I’ve got a lot to work. Need to work on getting better, just overall,” Montemurro said. “We’re a young team, we’ve got a young coach, but our coach is very dedicated to us.” Westside’s John Jones, who’d lost to Pitts in the semis, came back for third with a pair of falls, pinning Yulee’s Gunner Harrison in the third-place match.
170 — South Walton picked up its third title of the day here, as the Seahawks’ Harris Barton — a first-year wrestler but one coming in with plenty of junior-level experience — bonus-pointed his way through the tournament. Barton pinned Yulee’s Victor Jansen in the round of 16, Space Coast’s Marcos Santos in the quarters and majored Ed White’s Jackie Dinh in the semis. In the final against Baker County’s Tyler Barnett (fall & major prior to final), Barton got back to his pinning ways, with a fall in 2:52 for the title. “I wrestled for Back in Black (a Panama City Beach club) in sixth and seventh grade but left because I liked baseball. But I’ve always had a thing for one-on-one competition, I got the itch to compete again, and it’s awesome. Improvement is coming so fast, it’s great,” Barton said. “I just didn’t want to be over-aggressive i nthe final, be technical and meticulous with my moves.” Bradford’s Jesse Burch, who’d lost in the quarters, won four matches at the back to take third, with a decision and three pins, the third of those in 1:51 over Santos for third place.
182 — Victory Christian’s Zach Wendle had two wins for this title, with a fall in the semis over South Walton’s Mason Levasseur and then a shutout 7-0 decision over Westside’s Calvin Altman (fall and walkover prior to final). Levasseur’s tech fall in the consi semis over Space Coast’s Isaac Lenhart was enough to assure third, as he had a walkover in that match.
195 — In the wildest and most competitive final of the tournament, in a matchup that may eventually see two state placers come out of it, Victory Christian’s Stetson Smith overcame a sizable early deficit and shoulder injury, coming back with a vengeance in the third period to fall Space Coast’s Johnathan Pankow (2 falls prior to final). Smith had pinned Westside’s Samir Thompson in the quarters and Ed White’s Landon Wilder in the semis. Ridgeview’s Nick Siemenof had to win three matches on the bounce in the consis to take third, decisioning Yulee’s Michael Crawford, 8-5, in another fairly tense match there.
220 — Ed White’s Anthony Jones got more confident as the tournament went along, with decisions in the quarters over Baker County’s Blake Dicks and in the semis over Fernandina Beach’s Robbie Elefterion, but then cranked up the offense in the title match, with several turns en route to a 17-5 major over Yulee’s Bradley Durrance (fall & walkover prior to final). “It feels good. Lot of hard work, a huge six minutes. Felt good,” Jones said. “It always happens when I wrestle that if my move is there, I hit them, but I move too fast and I might end up on my back. Really had to slow down and listen to my coaches. This feels great; hopefully I can show the state of Florida some more.” Dicks came back for third behind a walkover in the consi semis and then an 8-0 major over Space Coast’s T-Jay Mitchell for third.
285 — Yulee’s McKenzie Lewis got the host Hornets on the board in terms of champions, pinning his way through the bracket, with pins over Ridgeview’s Nai Rousseau in the quarters and Westside’s Ray Bolden in the semis, then finishing off with a fall in 1:11 over Victory Christian’s Marquis Holloway in the final. “When Bradley lost, it really pushed me to win my next match, and when I went out there, I was telling myself in my mind, I can do this, and I pulled out the win,” Lewis said. “I’ve been putting in a lot of work. Just straight dogging it out in the wrestling room. I’m ready to place this year. Ready to see what I’ve really got. They will put up a good fight, and so will I.” Baker County’s Jaquez Elliott, who’d lost in the quarters, won three matches at the back for third, with two pins and a 9-2 decision over Rousseau in the third-place match.
PANAMA CITY — The Bay County tournament isn’t for another week yet.
But Bozeman got a chance to make an in-county statement Tuesday afternoon in an in-school dual at home against crosstown rival Bay, defeating the Tornadoes, 48-30.
The Bucks only lost one contested match in the dual, spotting Bay a 24-0 lead thanks to an Andrew Luzny fall at 182, along with three forfeits.
The tide started to turn at 106, as Bozeman won five straight matches, including falls from Nicholas Hejke (106), DJ Hanson (120), Brian Zerr (126) and Wylie DeBarr (132).
After a double forfeit and forfeit to Bay at 145, the Bucks clinched the dual with back-to-back-to-back pins, as Trey Elmore (152), Chase Wyzard (160) and Caleb Ward (170) pinned out to close out the afternoon.
Both Bozeman and Bay are back in action on Saturday, as both teams will compete at Wakulla’s one-day IBT.
Bishop Kenny 55, Yulee 21: At Jacksonville, the host Crusaders jumped out to a 27-0 lead and made it stand up down the stretch.
Fueling that early stretch for Bishop Kenny were pins from John Alexander (220) and Jack Delaney (120), a 3-2 win for Josiah McCallum at 285, and a pair of Yulee forfeits.
Yulee cut into the lead a bit, with pins from Orion Duffy (126) and Logan Blaise (138), and again from Gunner Harrison (160), plus a decision from David Crawford (7-3 at 195).
But the Crusaders were never in danger, with falls down the stretch from Garrett Tirado (132), Jimmy Citrano (170) and Nick Beenen (182), plus a 12-2 major at 152 from Joey Cusick.
Both teams are off until this weekend, when Bishop Kenny travels to Clay for the Green Cove Springs Rotary Friday and Saturday. Yulee returns to competition on Saturday with the Westside Duals.
We’re still trying to get results on the following items (in order of date):
1A-Region 2 duals at Crystal River (Palatka couldn’t host).
DeLand duals results from FPC.
Yulee tri-meet at Ware County GA last Tuesday.
Tri-meet at Lee last Wednesday.
And, from this weekend, we’re still chasing:
Battle on the Border
North Bay Haven Bash (Brandon was sick with flu, though, so I can cut some slack there if you guys can)
So, we’re going to work on #NextLevel and catch that up, and then we’ll start on Week 5 record-keeping, unless one of these things comes in.
I will say that I have heard from Crystal River’s coach. He’s reached out to Nature Coast’s coach. Haven’t heard anything back. The prior Nature Coast coach would have tweeted me. Other than that, all of these are still circling the runway.
It’s not often that a Floridian is able to take down and pin a returning national champion.
But that’s what Kaleb Warner (Columbia ’15) was able to do last Wednesday night at home against visiting Nebraska-Kearney.
Although the dual went UNK’s way in a 27-14 loss for the Mules, Warner picked up six of those 14 points, winning by fall in the second period after building a 9-2 lead against returning Division II national champion Keith Surber (ranked 2nd in Division II by Intermat) of the Lopers, who had a highly-touted high school career out of southern Illinois.
Warner’s pin came at the 4:49 mark of the match, in which he was able to control the pace, particularly while riding on top.
Below follows a brief summary of the past few days for the Matmen-area wrestlers now wrestling collegiately:
Belmont Abbey: The Crusaders were 0-4 while hosting the NCAA Region II Super Duals last weekend, falling to #3 Ashland (37-6), Tiffin (27-19), #16 Findlay (29-19) and #15 Lake Erie (26-17). Brian Girard (Arnold ’16) made one appearance for Belmont Abbey, taking a 7-1 loss to Lake Erie’s Isaiah Wheeler at 197 on Saturday.
Brewton-Parker: MaShawn Knight (Godby ’15) was 1-2 for BPC at the Cumberland Open in Lebanon, TN, on Saturday, competing at 285. Knight lost, 7-3, in the quarters to unattached competitor Aaron Johnson, then won by fall over Allen’s Kendrick Watson in the first period (2:01) in the second round of consis. Knight then lost by fall to Reinhardt’s Johnathon Hill in 4:31 in the consi quarters. Both of Knight’s losses were to eventual placers (Johnson 3rd, Hill 4th).
Coker: Like their rival hosts, the Cobras were 0-4 at NCAA Region II Super Duals, with losses to #3 Ashland (42-3), #16 Findlay (31-12), #15 Lake Erie (40-9) and Tiffin (39-15). Robert Parland (University Christian ’13) started at 285 in all four duals for Coker, going 2-2. Parland lost 8-2 to Ashland’s Tristen Weirich and 15-1 to Findlay’s Gerald Beck, decisioned Lake Erie’s Brandon Houle, 4-1, and pinned (4:12) Tiffin’s Caleb Fry.
Davidson College: Took a tough loss on Friday night at the hands of visiting Campbell, a Division I program, as the Camels won by a 48-0 count. Noah Satterfield (Marysville OH ’15, family now in Nease district) also took a loss by fall at 174 in that dual, falling in the first period (2:39) to Campbell’s Charlie Andrews. Davidson took another loss against a Division I program on Saturday, this time it being Southern Illinois-Edwardsville that administered a 34-6 loss. Satterfield, however, had a better outcome, winning by forfeit for all of Davidson’s points, again at 174.
Florida A&M: Isaiah McNealy (Ridgeview ’12) was the Rattlers’ lone representative at the Cumberland Open, going 0-2 at 157. McNealy lost by fall to unattached wrestler Dallas Miles, the eventual runnerup, in 4:21 in the quarterfinals, then lost by injury default in the consi quarters to unattached wrestler Jeremy Gardner.
Iowa Lakes CC: It was a mixed bag of results for the two Matmen-area wrestlers in Friday night’s 30-13 loss at North Iowa Area CC in Mason City. On the upside, Kaz Maia (Flagler Palm Coast ’16) took a 5-4 decision over NIACC’s Noah Jackson (ranked 5th nationally by Intermat) at 157, while Eric Vigo (Flagler Palm Coast) fell, 13-9, at 174 to the hosts’ Tavion Askew.
Lindsey Wilson: We also learned that Max Worthington (Pedro Menendez ’17) competed unattached as a Lindsey Wilson wrestler at the Cumberland Open Saturday, at 174 pounds. Worthington won his round of 16 match over Allen’s Anthony Fullard, and then lost in the quarters via tech fall, 18-0, to Cumberlands’ Mike Kryston. In the consi second round, Worthington lost to 2017 Brandon alum Austin Deffenbaugh via tech fall, 20-5. We’re chasing down a college now.
Newberry College: Under coach and Clay alum Cy Wainwright, the Wolves were 2-2 at the Super Region II Duals, hosted by Belmont Abbey. Newberry fell to Tiffin, 36-8, in the first round, but knocked off #15 Lake Erie, 25-16. Third-ranked Ashland was too strong in a 28-9 loss for Newberry, but the Wolves closed out with a 27-19 dual win over #16 Findlay. Nolan Whitely (133) was 4-0 for Newberry, with a tech fall over Tiffin and decisions over Lake Erie, Ashland and Findlay, while Joey Rocca (174) was 2-0 in a split-time role, taking a tech fall over Lake Erie and a medical forfeit against Findlay.
South Dakota State: #12 SDSU took to the road on Sunday, winning the final three matches in a 22-13 win over Oklahoma. Under Bolles alum Chris Bono, SDSU is now 10-2 in duals, 5-0 against Big 12 Conference opponents. The dual closed out with a major decision from Martin Mueller (14-1 at 184) and wins from Nate Rotert (3-1 at 197) and Alex Macki (5-3 at 285), plus earlier points from top-ranked Seth Gross (fall at 133), Henry Pohlmeyer (7-0 at 141) and Luke Zilverberg (5-4 in double OT at 157).
Southeastern: After some big wins earlier in the week, the NAIA’s 8th-ranked Fire had a tough time in Kentucky on Friday, falling 31-8 to #9 Lindsey Wilson. In that dual, the only local to appear was Jason Davis (Fleming Island ’17), who took an 8-3 loss at 184 to Lindsey Wilson’s Colton Gonzalez.
Spartanburg Methodist: SMC took care of business at home on Saturday night, defeating visiting Truett-McConnell, 35-15. During that dual, Aaron Fountain (Suwannee ’12) won by technical fall at 157, 19-3, over TMC’s Quatrevious Brookins.
UCF NCWA: The top-ranked NCWA team competed in the NCWA National Duals in Lynchburg, VA over the weekend. In a 23-21 loss to Springfield TCC, Justin Trinh (Ridgeview ’16) took an 8-7 loss, competing at 149, to STCC’s Rey Dishmey. Trinh had a better outcome in UCF’s 51-6 defeat of Washington State, decisioning WSU’s Gunner Charbonneau, 14-8. But, in a 39-15 loss to Liberty, Trinh lost by technical fall, 23-8, to Liberty’s Chad Cantrell.
BELLEVIEW — Outside of individual improvement, there are few goals to accomplish at a two-day duals tournament with just two wrestlers in the lineup.
But what Interlachen coach Craig Borgus saw this past weekend at the Diamondback Duals from those two wrestlers made him term their performance the best of the year thus far.
The Putnam County Rams were 0-8 in team duals, but came away with nine individual victories.
Cade Mason (138/145) was 6-2 on the weekend, with his only losses coming against Brandon and bumped up a weight to 145 to face Villages. Borgus also termed the 3-5 effort of first-year Elijah Miller his best performance of the year.
Interlachen is now off until Saturday, when it hosts Leesburg, Keystone Heights and Rickards.
JACKSONVILLE — Every wrestling program talks about building blocks.
One important first block — something that the elite teams were able to put together long ago — is winning a tournament.
But that initial win connects the elite with the struggling. In that moment, there is a kinship.
Atlantic Coast just might have put the first block in place Saturday afternoon, going 4-0 to win the one-day Parker Duals tournament at Terry Parker HS. It’s believed to be the Stingrays’ first tournament win in program history.
After pool wins over Englewood (35-28), Paxon (42-6) and Eastside (39-12), the Stingrays advanced to the championship match against First Coast, which was 4-0 in its pool.
In the championship, all of the Stingrays’ contested-match victories were won by fall, as Seth Stratton (160), Jamari Broussard (195) and Eric Harper (113) each had pins, with Harper’s pin clinching the dual — and the championship, as Atlantic Coast held off their eastern neighbors, 39-33. Kevin Thompson had an overtime decision victory at 126 for the Stingrays, while Devante Wyatt (170) won by fall for the Buccaneers.
In the third-place match, Stanton defeated Englewood, 36-33, behind six maximum-point victories, including pins from Mitchell Mika (160), Patrick Lehman (170), Charles Woo (195) and Jacob Piper (220). The Rams got falls from Kelly Charles (152) and Cameron Courtenay (106), with Dairo Guerra (9-2 at 132) winning by decision.
Palatka defeated 1A-District 5 rival Eastside, 48-12, in the fifth-place match, without losing a contested match. Bryan Smith (195) and Ontarius Reid (120) won by fall for the Panthers in that dual over the Rams, which brought just four wrestlers Saturday.
For seventh, host Terry Parker rolled past Paxon, 48-6, thanks mostly to a fuller lineup, but also to a fall from Ashley Saddler (152). The 2A Golden Eagles picked up a pin at 220 from Jason Rivera.
Below follows a brief summary of the nine teams’ performances Saturday:
Atlantic Coast (4-0): The Stingrays were the only team in the tournament to go unbeaten, winning Pool A with dual victories over Englewood (35-28), Paxon (42-6) and Eastside (39-12). AC got pins from Harper (113), Kevin Thompson (126), Stratton (152) and Broussard (195), along with a tech fall from Seth McQuaig (170) in the Englewood victory, with Stratton netting the only fall against Paxon. Against Eastside, Broussard won by fall and McQuaig took a 5-2 decision, helping clinch the pool victory. Only one of the Stingrays’ eight wrestlers failed to win at least three matches out of four, with Harper (2 pins at 113), Thompson (pin & decision at 126), Stratton (3 pins at 152/160) and Broussard (3 pins at 195) going 4-0 on the day. Nick Shay (106), McQuaig (pin/tech/decision at 160/170) and Zachary Crawford (285) all were 3-1.
First Coast (4-1): As noted earlier, the Buccaneers swept Pool B, taking wins in succession over Stanton (42-29), Palatka (36-24), Terry Parker (48-32) and Wolfson (54-12). Jarrett Conner (132), Devante Wyatt (170) and Aeneas Cohen (195) each had falls in the Stanton victory, while Shawnjohn Adams (120), Jason Schwartz (126) and Conner (132) won by pin against Palatka. In the Parker win, Tabitha Shaw (113), Keyshawn Brown (145), Austin Mims (160) and Valois Ochoa (182) each had falls, as did Brown (this time at 138) and Cohen (195) in the win over Wolfson. Four First Coast wrestlers had unbeaten days, with Adams (1 pin at 120/126) and Wyatt (2 pins at 170) both going 5-0 and Conner (2 pins at 132) 4-0. Schwartz (pin), Brown (pin) and Ochoa (1 pin) each were 4-1.
Stanton (4-1): The Blue Devils were 3-1 in Pool B, defeating Palatka (42-33), Terry Parker (40-30) and Wolfson (36-24) before winning over Englewood for third. Gabriel Navearro (132) and Mitchell Mika (160) had falls for Stanton in the Palatka victory, while Artin Rezaei (106), Liam Salem (152) and Mika (160) all had pins in the Terry Parker win, with Timothy Sinclair (16-8 at 182) taking a major decision. Against Wolfson, the Blue Devils used six forfeits in the win. Mika (pins over Palatka, Parker and Englewood, with a 15-0 tech fall over First Coast) was 5-0 for Stanton, with Grant Kelsey (pin against First Coast at 138), Patrick Lehman (pin against Englewood at 170), Sinclair (with the previously-noted major) and Jacob Piper (pin against Englewood at 220) were each 4-1.
Englewood (2-2): The Rams won two Pool A duals to take the runnerup spot, with wins over Paxon and Eastside, both by 54-6 counts. Against their Gateway Conference rivals, Englewood got a pin from Colin Williams (220 in that dual) as well as eight forfeit wins, while the Eastside dual saw falls from Hunter Padgett (120), Williams (this time at 195) and Laramie Bowen (220). Three Englewood wrestlers were 4-0 on the day, as Cameron Courtenay (106) had a major over Atlantic Coast as well as the earlier-noted pin against Stanton. Dairo Guerra (132) had the decision against the Blue Devils in a 4-0 day, while Tamer Fakhouri was also 4-0 at 145. Raequan Staples (113), Hunter Padgett (120, Eastside pin), Ehab Fakhouri (160) and Bowen (195/220, pins against Atlantic Coast & Eastside) were each 3-1, with Williams taking two pins on the day and Kelly Charles (152) one, both as noted earlier.
Palatka (3-2): The Panthers won two Pool B duals to finish third, taking down Wolfson (30-15) and the host Braves (48-24). Against Wolfson, five forfeits did the trick, while in the Parker dual Palatka got falls from Isaiah Dixon (160), Bryan Smith (195), Ira Dixon (285), Wesley Dallas (106) and Drevon Wallace (113). Dallas and Wallace were both 5-0 on the day, with Dallas also winning by decision over Stanton and Wallace winning by decision over First Coast. Ontarius Reid (120), Trevor Davis (126), Bryan Smith (pins against Stanton & First Coast as well as those noted earlier, at 195) and Ira Dixon (1 pin at 285) were all 4-1 for the Panthers.
Eastside (1-3): The Alachua County Rams finished third in Pool A, defeating Paxon, 18-12, behind three forfeits compared to Paxon’s one contested win by fall and one forfeit. No Eastside wrestlers had more than two wins, but Jamel Bell (220) had a pin against Atlantic Coast and Tony Newsome (170) had an overtime fall against Englewood.
Terry Parker (2-3): The Braves had one Pool B victory to finish fourth, taking down Wolfson, 36-18, as Saddler won by fall for Parker, which took advantage of five forfeits in that dual. On the day, in a majority role, Saddler was 3-0 at 152, with two pins. Evan Jefferson (285) had a 3-1 record on the day, while Ben Sabella (195) had pins over Stanton and First Coast, and Evan Blackman (220) won by fall over Stanton in his one match of the day.
Paxon (0-4): The 2A Golden Eagles were fourth in Pool A, which slotted them into the seventh-place match despite just two wrestlers suiting up. Jason Rivera (220) was 3-1, with pins over Eastside, Atlantic Coast and Terry Parker, while Corey Jones (152) had a fall in the pool dual against Englewood.
Wolfson (0-4): The Wolfpack were the odd-team out in the nine-team event, bringing just four wrestlers, but none of them finished with less than three wins. Keethan Seay (285) was 4-0, with a pin over Terry Parker and decision victory over Palatka, with Korie Rorie (138), Cameron Frison (152) and Bryan Ward (195) all going 3-1. Ward had three pins (Parker, Palatka and Stanton), while Rorie (Terry Parker & Stanton) and Frison (Palatka & Stanton) each had two.