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Parker Duals Recap: First Tournament Win For Stingrays

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Atlantic Coast wrestlers and coaches celebrate the Stingrays’ first tournament victory in program history Saturday, as ACHS was 4-0 in taking first at the Parker Duals (Photo submitted by Forrest Wheeler via Facebook).

North Florida Matmen staff report

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.

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