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Allstate Wildcat Recap: Columbia 6th, Rodriquez Lone Local Champ

North Florida Matmen staff report

VALDOSTA, GA — Three Matmen-area teams competed in the two-day Allstate Wildcat Invitational, hosted by Valdosta HS last weekend.

Leading the charge for Florida was Columbia, which finished sixth in the 22-team tournament with 144 points. Suwannee was 10th with 122, while Ridgeview was 14th at 67. Host Valdosta won, 212.5-183, over West Laurens, another Georgia program. Peach State teams Coffee (172), Valdosta’s crosstown rival Lowndes (171.5) and Colquitt County (151.5) rounded out the top five.

Below follows a recap of each weight class, including finalists and all Matmen-area participants:

106 — Ridgeview’s Matthew Rodriquez had two byes into the quarters, and from there he picked up three contested wins to win the bracket, pinning Suwannee’s Yoamet Perez in 12 seconds in the quarters, Tift County GA’s Caleb Barber in 2:17 in the semis, and then shutting out Valdosta’s Darrell Rochester (pin & tech prior to final), 4-0, for first place. Columbia’s Brett Millard was sixth, losing by fall to Barber in 55 seconds in the quarters. Millard won by fall twice on the back side to clinch a place finish, pinning Lamar GA’s Seth Kellam in 1:32 in consi round 4 and Perez in 4:43 in the consi quarters, before falling to Lowndes’ Dominic DiTomasso in 34 seconds in the consi semis and to Lee GA’s Drake McMinn in 1:42 in the fifth-place match. Perez was 3-2 in the tournament, one match short of the medals after losing to Millard. He had a pair of forfeit wins and a fall in 1:26 over teammate William Swain, who was 1-2 in the event (fall over Kellam in 5:49, loss by fall in consi round 2 to Colquitt’s Jayson Brown in 1:40 in addition to the loss to Perez).

113 — Toombs GA’s Cruz Arredondo won four times, bonus-pointing his way to the finals (pin/tech/major), but had to push harder to turn back Ridgeview’s Gabe Guzman, 4-2, in the championship match, Guzman’s first loss of the season. Guzman reached the final with a pair of decisions, 1-0 in the quarters over Valdosta’s Kaleb Davis and 2-0 in the semis over Coffee’s Phillip Farabow. Columbia’s Braxton Abbott was 1-2 in the tournament, with a pigtail fall in 1:50 over Bainbridge GA’s Luke Emmons, but then lost to Davis, 18-4, in the round of 16 and to Tift GA’s Quay Goldsborough in 27 seconds in consi round 4.

120 — The hosts’ Jordan Hampton nearly pinned his way through the draw, with three in the tournament, plus a third-period tech fall in the semis. Hampton pinned Columbia’s Thomas Greene in 3:07 for the title win. Greene got to the finals with three wins, starting with an 8-7 pigtail decision over Lee’s Zach Schultz; after a bye, Greene pinned Coffee’s Zane Cumbass in 1:51 in the quarters and falled Toombs’ Martin Santana in 3:51 in the semis to get to Hampton. Suwannee’s Timothy Jolicoeur took third in the tournament with a 4-1 weekend, winning by forfeit over Pelham GA’s Hunter Coker in the round of 16 and pinning Lowndes’ Cole Chandler in 2:56 in the quarters. Jolicoeur was the only wrestler in the bracket not to be pinned by Hampton, taking the loss by tech in 4:31, but rallied for pins in the consi semis over Cumbass (3:33) and Chandler in the third-place match (3:50). Jolicoeur’s teammate, Trevor Tanner, was 1-2 in the tournament, with a pigtail loss by fall to Cumbass (1:40), followed by a forfeit win over Coker and a loss to Schultz by fall in 4:07 at consi round 3.

126 — Celebration’s KeShawn Peterson repped Central Florida on the top of the podium, as Peterson had a pin and tech prior to the finals, where he knocked off the hosts’ Tyler Lamon (2 pins & decision prior to final), 7-4, for the bracket. Columbia’s Ian McGuigan was a semifinalist and placed third in the weight class with a 3-1 weekend. After two byes, McGuigan majored Pelham’s Russell Sheppard, 16-4, in the quarters, and was just edged out by Lamon, 6-5, in the semi, but rallied on the backside, with a 9-2 consi-semi win over Colquitt’s Zack Kirkland and a 4-0 shutout of Lee’s Ethan Dooley in the third-place match.

132 — Coffee’s Nolan Smith had two falls to get to the semis, then pulled together a pair of decisions, the second of those a 7-3 win over Lowndes’ Andrew Adams (2 decisions prior to final). Columbia’s Alex McGuigan joined his twin brother as a third-place finisher, with a 6-1 record. McGuigan started with a pigtail fall over Colquitt’s Alek Rosales (5:37) and 14-1 major in the round of 16 over Lee’s Logan Frost before falling to Adams, 2-1, in the quarters. He then won four straight on the backside: 3-2 over Thomas County Central GA’s Bryson Yarley in consi round 4, 11-2 over Rosales in the consi quarters, 10-1 over Cook’s Tripp Williams in the consi semis and 5-2 over Suwannee’s Jaxon Sansouci in the third-place match. Sansouci got to the semis with wins over Yarley in the pigtails (3:43), Dodge GA’s Tavalos Wrease (3:44) and Colquitt’s Timmy Brinson (5-4) in the quarters before falling, 2-0, to Adams in the semis. Sansouci then downed Frost, 6-4, in the consi semis to get to McGuigan. Ridgeview’s Logan Champion was 0-2 in the weight class, with a round of 16 loss by fall to the hosts’ John Walsh (:59) and to Yarley by fall (2:42) in consi round 3.

138 — Toombs’ Ricardo Santana stayed unbeaten with four pins en route to the title match, where he falled Lee’s Phin Johnson (pin & decision prior to final) in 1:04 for the bracket. Suwannee’s Caleb Parsons was the top Florida finisher, taking fourth and reaching the semis. Parsons pinned West Laurens’ Bobby Beasley in 5:30 in the round of 16 and won by ID over Coffee’s Garrett Kelley in the quarters before losing by fall to Santana in 3:13 in the semis. Parsons pinned Columbia’s Alex Arango in 3:50 in the consi semis before losing by fall in the third-place match to Colquitt’s Austin Paradice in 3:47. Arango would go on to place fifth with a 4-2 weekend, starting with a 53-second pin in the round of 16 over Lowndes’ Devron Gardner. He lost to Johnson by fall in 5:38, but then won twice at the back to secure a place finish, with a fall over Beasley (1:47) in consi round 4 and a 6-3 win in the consi quarters over teammate Daveyon Brown. He pinned Coffee’s Kelley in 4:47 in the fifth-place match. Brown was 2-2 in the tournament, with a round-of-16 fall in 4 minutes over Bainbridge’s Carson Love, but then lost by fall (2:00) in the quarters to Paradice. Brown rallied with a 12-5 win over Lamar’s Chaz Hammock in consi round 4 before meeting Arango.

145 — Lowndes’ Jackson Lawson pulled together three pins and a decision to take the weight class, with the third fall coming in the finals, as he needed just 45 seconds to fall Colquitt’s Nathan Taylor (2 pins, forfeit and decision prior to final). Suwannee’s Jaquary Pratt was sixth in the weight class, rallying from an injury-default loss to do it. Pratt pinned Cook’s KJ Walton in 5:24 in the pigtails, but then lost by ID to Bainbridge’s Kendall Glover in the round of 16. He then had to win four at the back to get to the podium (10-1 over teammate Tyson Musgrove in consi round 2, 2:44 over Celebration’s Jose Leon in consi round 3, forfeit in consi round 4 and a fall in 1:21 over Columbia’s Kaleb Davis in the consi quarters) before dropping a 10-9 loss to Coffee’s Gregory Lacoste in the consi semis and 12-9 loss to Walton in the fifth-place match. Davis had two pins on the front side (5:53 over Clarke Central GA’s Cooper Allen in the pigtails, :46 over Tift’s Gary Coleman in the round of 16) before losing by fall in the quarters (2:49) to West Laurens’ Evan Stokes. Davis did get to the “blood round” with an 8-7 win over Pelham’s Cameron Drinkwater, then faced Pratt. Musgrove was 1-2 in the tournament, with a 3-2 loss to Coleman in the pigtails and fall in 4:46 over Allen in consi round 1, then Pratt.

152 — Coffee’s Case Merritt pinned or teched his way to the final, where he didn’t pick up bonus points but still controlled the pace in an 11-4 decision over Cook’s Brian Odom (pin/tech/decision prior to final). Ridgeview’s Reed Propes advanced the farthest among Floridians, getting to the blood round before being eliminated. Propes had a round-of-16 fall (5:39) over West Laurens’ Caden Snell but then fell to Lamar’s Cory Young, 11-5, in the quarters. He won by forfeit over Mitchell GA’s Ja’Quint McCullough in consi round 4, falling to Lowndes’ Colby Strawder, the eventual third-place finisher, in 2:23 in the consi quarters. Two Columbia wrestlers, Joseph Rice and Obie Smith, fell in consi round 4. Rice won by forfeit in the round of 16, but then lost, 12-9, in the quarters to Valdosta’s Javari Lester, and was eliminated with a 6-5 loss to Snell in consi round 4. Smith pinned Tift’s Jayce Newman in 1:16 in the round of 16, but then took a tech loss to Odom in 4:25 in the quarters and was eliminated in a 5-2 loss to Colquitt’s Ny’Quavion McBurrows.

160 — Clarke Central’s Mashai Coleman had two byes, with a pin and two decisions once contested matches began. The second of those was the final, where Coleman turned back Coffee’s Tayon Wimberly (forfeit & 2 decisions prior to final), 6-4. Advancing farthest among Florida wrestlers was Columbia’s Preston O’Quinn, who reached consi round 4 before being eliminated. O’Quinn lost by fall to Tift’s Angel Calles in 3:06 in the round of 16, but then pinned Suwannee’s Pablo Oliva in 1:12 in consi round 2 and had a bye in round 3, losing by fall in 1:54 to Toombs’ Chandler Lynn in 1:54 in consi round 4. Oliva was 0-2 in the tournament, with a loss in the pigtails by fall in 3:53 to Lowndes’ Gareth Chaney.

170 — West Laurens’ Dre Bonner pinned his way into the final, where he needed just a takedown to stop Tift’s Rod Redding (pin & decision prior to final), 2-1, for the championship. Columbia’s David Thompson was 3-1, reaching the semifinals and placing third in the weight class. he had a pair of byes to the quarters, where he decisioned Lowndes’ Zach Williams, 8-2. Redding had just a bit too much offense in the semi, sending Thompson to the consis with a 9-7 loss. However, on the consi side, Thompson rallied, with a fall in 5:10 over Celebration’s Dylan Dozier in the consi semis, and an 11-3 major in the third-place match against the hosts’ Sam McFarland.

182 — West Laurens’ Brent Carr never had to go past the first period in taking the title, collecting four falls in 3:56. The last of those in the final came against Celebration’s Alfonso Serrano (pin & 2 decisions prior to final). Suwannee’s Blaine Howard was the top Matmen finisher, taking sixth in the bracket. Howard lost by fall (4:17) in the pigtails to eventual semifinalist and third-place finisher Gerald Coney of Tift, but got on the podium with four consecutive falls over Cook’s Marquavious Huntley (2:27 in consi round 2), Crisp GA’s Ethan Pollock (2:26 in consi round 3), Dodge’s Josh Gay (2 minutes in consi round 4) and Bainbridge’s Randy Fillingame (3:34 in the blood round) before taking a loss by fall to Toombs’ Jonathan Morales in 1:58 in the consi semis. He then fell, 3-1, in the fifth-place match to the hosts’ Antione Scott. Columbia’s Shawn Raggins and Ridgeview’s Ryan Inman were both 0-2 in the tournament, with Raggins falling to Coney in 1:11 in the round of 16 and to Clarke Central’s Marcus Barrow in 3:29 in consi round 3. Inman lost by fall to Fillingame in 1:32 in the round of 16 and to Barrow in 2:24 in consi round 2.

195 — Michael Thomsen made it back-to-back-to-back titles for West Laurens, with four pins in 6:17, the last of those in the finals against Thomas CC’s Brian Beckwith (pin & major prior to final), where Thomsen won by pin in 3:04. Columbia’s Julius Moreland was 2-2 in the tournament, with wins on both sides. Moreland pinned Clarke Central’s Patrick Flannery in 48 seconds in the pigtails, but then lost by fall in the round of 16 to Toombs’ Ethan Halama in two minutes. On the backside, Moreland falled Lowndes’ Noah Hart in 3:48 in consi round 3, but then lost in consi round 4 to Cook’s Jesse Mathis in 3:19.

220 — The hosts’ Noah Pettigrew stayed unbeaten with pins or techs prior to the final, where he stopped West Laurens’ Chase Horne (forfeit/pin/decision prior to final) from pulling off a four-peat of weight-class wins, edging Horne, 4-3, for the bracket win. Ridgeview’s Od’juan Whitfield advanced the farthest among local wrestlers, being eliminated in consi round 4. Whitfield had a forfeit win in the pigtails over Pelham’s Nicholas Moore and then lost by fall in 5:10 to Lowndes’ Kyle Moore in the round of 16. He had two forfeit wins on the backside over Pelham’s Moore a second time in consi round 2 and over Celebration’s Joshua Riddle in consi round 3, losing by fall in 4:40 in consi round 4 to Dodge’s Javon McNeal. Columbia’s Chadrick Linton was 0-2, both losses by fall to Pettigrew (1:26) in the round of 16 and to Toombs’ Devante Willis (1:43) in consi round 3.

285 — West Laurens added a fourth champion, as Spencer Dacus stayed unbeaten with two pins to get to the final, then outlasting the hosts’ Demetrius Allen (2 pins and decision prior to final) in the ultimate tiebreaker, winning 3-2 for the weight-class victory. Suwannee’s Billy Duchaj placed sixth in the tournament, with a 4-3 record. Duchaj had two falls on the front side (3:17 over Lowndes’ Tyler McKinnon in the pigtails, 1:31 over Pelham’s Joe Mango in the round of 16) before falling in the quarters to Tift’s Seth Spillers (4:36). He knocked off Columbia’s Jaycob Jones, 7-4, in consi round 4 and pinned Colquitt’s Fulton King in 5:43 to clinch a podium spot, falling to Lamar’s LaJavis Nelson, 7-2, in the consi semis and to the hosts’ LB Neloms, 4-1, in the fifth-place match. Jones was 2-2 in the tournament, with wins on both sides of the bracket. Jones pinned Thomas CC’s Timothy Homesley in 2 minutes in the pigtails before losing to Neloms by fall (2:26) in the round of 16, then had a forfeit victory in consi round 2 and bye before meeting Duchaj.

Complete brackets from the tournament can be found here.

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