Bobcat Holiday Duals Recap: Lincoln Survives To Defend Title

North Florida Matmen staff report

GAINESVILLE — Looking at just the wins, and looking at the 13 starting wrestlers that posted solid to great records last weekend at the Bobcat Holiday Invitational, one might think Lincoln sailed through to the title, as it had a year ago.

Not so fast, my friend, as is said this time of year. While the Trojans did indeed roll through their first six duals in stunning fashion — losing only four matches on Friday — in both Lincoln’s last pool dual and the championship match against host Buchholz, a come-from-behind situation was required in either the final weight or the final two.

But it was the Trojans that survived the weekend unscathed and once again tournament champions. Friday, by comparison, was a breeze, as Lincoln rolled past Lecanto (63-12), Gainesville (74-0), Eastside (84-0) and Buchholz 2 (78-6). On Saturday, Lincoln opened fast, with big wins against Sunlake (66-15) and Oakleaf (58-21), but things got hairy from there.

Against Oviedo, with a title appearance on the line, the Trojans had to overcome a 37-30 deficit, getting a 12-11 decision from Reed Watterson at 145 and first-period fall from Eli Crum at 152 to take the dual and pool, 39-37.

Then, against the Bobcats, Lincoln spotted the hosts a 21-0 deficit and trailed, 32-12, with six weights to go, requiring a furious comeback in five of the last six weights, including back-to-back pins from Crum and Tony Davis at 152 and 160 to secure the victory, 39-38.

Crum, who scored maximum points for his team throughout the weekend (8-0 with seven pins, with only the Gainesville match ending in injury-default), was named as the tournament’s outstanding wrestler for the second straight year.

He wasn’t the only 8-0 Lincoln wrestler to score maximum points, as teammate Jace White (132, pins against Eastside, Buchholz 2, Sunlake, Oakleaf, Oviedo and Buchholz) also pulled off the task, as did the 285 combo of Rivers (5-0, pins against Lecanto, Gainesville and Buchholz) and Tyler Moss (3-0, pins against Eastside, Sunlake and Oakleaf). Davis, in a part-time role at 160, was 4-0, with three pins (Gainesville, Oakleaf and Buchholz) and a major over Lecanto.

Two Lincoln wrestlers were 7-1 on the weekend. Mark Munroe (113, pins against Lecanto, Gainesville, Buchholz 2, Sunlake, Oakleaf and Buchholz) and Tanner Washburn (pins over Gainesville, Eastside, Buchholz 2, Sunlake, Oakleaf, Oviedo, plus a tech against Lecanto) managed that. Elijah Hendley (106, pins over Lecanto and Buchholz 2, major over Oakleaf), Ikeon Myles (120/126, pin against Oviedo, tech against Gainesville) and Watterson (138/145, pins against Eastside, Buchholz 2 and Sunlake, decisions against Gainesville, Oviedo and Buchholz) were all 6-2, while Jimmy Martin (126, pins over Lecanto and Buchholz) and Jeremiah Brown (195, pin against Gainesville) were 5-2.

Wyatt Yown (220, pins over Lecanto, Gainesville and Oviedo) was 5-3, while Andrew Collins (170, pins against Gainesville, Buchholz 2, Sunlake and Oakleaf) had four wins.

Here’s a look at the rest of the local teams in the field:

Buchholz: The hosts won the Red pool with a 7-0 record, with Friday wins over Lyman (78-6), South Miami (69-6), West Port (60-18) and Keystone Heights (77-0), with Saturday victories over 3A-District 1 rivals Sandalwood (69-12) and First Coast (63-16), closing out the pool with a 78-6 win over Interlachen, which put them into the championship dual against the Trojans, as 13 Buchholz starters had at least four wins. Five Bobcat wrestlers staged perfect 8-0 records on the weekend, with two — DeAngelo Fletcher (145) and Armando Acosta (182) — scoring maximum dual points for their team. Fletcher had seven pins, with only a forfeit against Interlachen keeping him from pinning his way through the tournament, while Acosta had five (South Miami, West Port, Sandalwood, First Coast and Lincoln). Aiden Moore (106) had a pin against Lyman and techs against Keystone Heights and Lincoln in going 8-0, while Bryan Perkins (120/126) had two pins (West Port and Lincoln) and a decision against First Coast, with Lawrence Smith-Jackson (195) racking up six pins (Lyman, West Port, Keystone Heights, Sandalwood, First Coast and Interlachen), a major over Lincoln and decision over South Miami. Four Bobcats were 7-1: Venumadhava Mirel (113, pins over Lyman, Sandalwood and First Coast, major over West Port); Brandon Thomas (132, pins over Lyman, South Miami, Sandalwood, First Coast, Interlachen, decision over West Port), Hunter Griffin (138, pins over South Miami, Sandalwood and First Coast, plus a disqualification win over West Port) and Nevan Burney (220, pins over West Port, First Coast and Lincoln), while three added six wins. Matt Vann (170, 6-1) had pins over Lyman, South Miami, West Port and Sandalwood, plus a tech fall over Lincoln, while William Green-Church (152, 6-2, pins over Lyman, South Miami, Keystone Heights, Sandalwood and First Coast) and Jacob Robinson (285, 6-2, pins over West Port and Interlachen, decision over Sandalwood) also reached six. Immanuel Hernandez (160/170) had four wins, including pins over Keystone Heights and First Coast.

First Coast: The Buccaneers were the top local team in the tournament that wasn’t in the title match, going 5-3 with two of their three losses coming by a combined total of six (seven if you’re a criteria-point adder) points on Friday. First Coast went 2-2 that day, with wins over 3A-District 1 rival Sandalwood (54-27) and 3A-Region 1 rival Lyman (72-12). On Saturday, First Coast added wins over Interlachen (72-0), Keystone Heights (60-24) and rolled past Sunlake, 48-27, in the 7th-8th place match. The Friday losses were both non-local, as First Coast fell to South Miami (37-36, criteria) and West Port (42-36). Gustavo Martinez (285) was 8-0 with a maximum-points weekend that included five falls (Sandalwood, West Port, Interlachen, Buchholz and Sunlake), while Devante Wyatt (170) both nearly matched that feat and exceeded it, going 7-0 and pinning his way through in each match (he did not appear against Interlachen to start Saturday). Four Buccaneers had six wins on the weekend: Jonah Ingram (113, 6-1, pins over Sandalwood, Lyman and Sunlake), Dreshawn Thompson (126, 6-2, pins over Lyman and Buchholz), Josiah Mossor (132, 6-2, pins over Sandalwood, Lyman, West Port, Interlachen and Sunlake) and Austin Mims (182, 6-2, pins over Sandalwood, West Port and Sunlake). Nicholas Monroe (152/160, pins over South Miami, Sandalwood and Lyman) and Hakeem Culberson (220, pin over West Port) were both 5-3 for First Coast, while two wrestlers had four wins. One of those was Jason Schwartz (120, one loss, pin over West Port), who collected his 100th career win during the tournament, and the other was Keyshawn Brown (145, pins over Lyman and Sunlake).

First Coast senior Jason Schwartz secured his 100th victory for the Buccaneers at the Bobcat Holiday Duals last weekend (Photo submitted by Jason Schwartz to Facebook).

Sandalwood: The Saints started strong in a 4-4 weekend, going 3-1 on Friday with pool wins over Keystone Heights (60-12), Interlachen (54-8) and Lyman (54-16), but didn’t find a Saturday win until the 9th-10th place match against 3A-District 1 rival Oakleaf, where Sandalwood took a 43-42 victory on criteria. The Saints did take a pair of Saturday non-local losses, falling to South Miami (34-21) and West Port (53-24). Leonardo Alonzo (160) pulled together an unbeaten weekend, going 8-0 with four pins (First Coast, Buchholz, West Port and Oakleaf) plus a decision win over South Miami. Juvens Augustin (126) went 6-2 over the weekend, collecting four pins as well (First Coast, Interlachen, Lyman and Buchholz). Three Saints contributed five wins, including Hunter Brandon (138, pins over First Coast and Oakleaf) at 5-2, Lavaughn Brown (145, pins against Keystone Heights, First Coast, Lyman and West Port) and Josh Brown (170, pins over Keystone Heights, Lyman, South Miami and Oakleaf) both at 5-3. Hunter Milner (113/120), Austin Tekin (182/195) and Christian Henry (285) all had four wins on the weekend, with Milner winning by fall against Lyman and Oakleaf, and Tekin and Henry both with pins against Interlachen and Oakleaf.

Oakleaf: The Clay County Knights finished 3-5 on the weekend, with two wins in the Green pool on Friday, taking down Gainesville (54-30) and Eastside (60-18), with a third pool win over Buchholz 2 (60-15) before falling to Sandalwood in the 9th-10th place match. Oakleaf had non-local losses against Sunlake (51-30) and Lecanto (41-36) on Friday, and to Oviedo (51-27) on Saturday. The Knights’ Owen Bronson (126) was on the lowest-finishing team that had an unbeaten wrestler, scoring maximum points on the weekend, including four falls (Lecanto, Oviedo, Lincoln and Sandalwood). Three Oakleaf wrestlers would add 7-1 records. Abdiert Escobar (120) had pins over Gainesville, Sunlake and Lincoln, while Logan Gilbert (132) picked up five pins in all (Sunlake, Eastside, Oviedo, Buchholz 2 and Sandalwood). David Parkes (145) had five pins (Gainesville, Lecanto, Oviedo, Buchholz 2 and Sandalwood) plus a decision win over Lincoln. Gabe Hecht (220) was 6-2 with falls over Gainesville, Lecanto and Lincoln, while Marcus McGhee added a 5-1 record in a regular role as the 106 starter, with pins over Lecanto and Buchholz 2 and a major over Oviedo. James McClintic (152) had four wins, including pins over Gainesville, Eastside and Sandalwood.

Buchholz 2: The second group of Bobcats was 3-5 on the weekend, but two of those three wins came against city rivals Eastside (45-24) and Gainesville (39-36) in the Green pool, with the third a 28-24 win in the 11th-12th place match over Lyman. Buchholz 2 did sustain non-local losses against Sunlake (54-24) on Friday and Lecanto (72-6) as well as Oviedo (72-6) on Saturday. Devon Bell led the charge for the second group, going 6-2 at 132, with four pins (Sunlake, Eastside, Oviedo and Lyman). Liam Buchanan was 5-3 at 138, with four falls of his own (Eastside, Lincoln, Oakleaf and Lyman), while Jason Martin (170/182) had four wins, with pins over Sunlake, Gainesville and Oakleaf, plus a decision victory over Eastside.

Gainesville: The Hurricanes’ 2-6 record included a Saturday forfeit win over intracity rival Eastside in the Green pool, but Gainesville did finish off the weekend with a contested dual win over Interlachen, 30-9, in the 13th-place match, with non-local losses to Oviedo (70-9) on Friday, with Saturday losses to Sunlake (48-18) and Lecanto (65-6). Three Gainesville wrestlers were 5-3 on the weekend. Brennan Kade (120/126) had a pin in the Sunlake dual and decision in the Oviedo one, while Jonte’ Criswell picked up pins against Oakleaf, Buchholz 2 and Oviedo, all on Friday. Gregory Milinkovic had falls against Oakleaf, Sunlake and Interlachen as well, while Luis Bonilla (195/220) was 4-2 in a part-time appearance for the Hurricanes.

Interlachen: The Putnam County Rams were 1-7 in the tournament, with their only victory coming in the Red pool, a 25-24 dual win over Keystone Heights thanks to Interlachen 195 Nick Boyd’s pin in the only contested match in that dual. The Rams took non-local losses against West Port (72-3), Lyman (50-12) and South Miami (54-6) on Friday. From the tournament standpoint as a whole, Interlachen’s top competitor was John Spears, who was 6-2 at 120, with a pin over Buchholz, a major over Sandalwood and decision wins over West Port and Gainesville. Elijah Miller (132/138) added four wins, with a pin over Lyman and major over Sandalwood during the weekend.

Keystone Heights: The Indians didn’t find a contested team win in the tournament, going 0-7 in the Red pool, with non-local losses to West Port (78-0) and South Miami (54-6) on Friday, plus Lyman (41-12) on Saturday. However, Keystone won by a forfeit in the 15th-place match over Eastside. Keystone Heights brought just five wrestlers to each dual, so team wins were going to be tough to find, but individually two of the Indians had some success. Jason Bowden was 6-2 at 106, with a pin against Lyman, while Dylan Page had four wins, all of them on Saturday, including pins over Lyman and First Coast.

Eastside: The Alachua County Rams made their first appearance of the season, but it was short-lived, as they only reported for Friday’s four pool-play rounds, with a non-local loss to Oviedo (78-0). Ethan Anderson (160, 2 pins against Buchholz 2 and Oakleaf) and Jai Calleja (170, 2 pins against Buchholz 2 and Oakleaf) each were 2-2 on Friday.

Complete dual results from the tournament can be found here.

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