HARTSVILLE, SC — Newberry is ramping up its duals momentum.
The Wolves won their ninth straight dual of the 2018-19 season Wednesday night under head coach Cy Wainwright (Clay & Newberry alum), taking down in-state rival Coker, 29-12, on the road.
The Wolves improved to 10-2 for the year and 4-0 in the South Atlantic Conference, Carolinas.
It was Coker (assistant coached by Robert Parland, a University Christian & Coker alum), though, that jumped out to the early lead, as John Watts (6-4 in sudden-victory over the Wolves’ Austin Neal at 125) and Christopher Poland (7-0 over Trevor Mansfield at 133) gave the Cobras the early 6-0 lead.
But the Wolves’ Isaiah Royal erased that lead with a second-period fall (3:57) over Frank Velez at 141, and David Giantono’s 5-0 win over the Cobras’ Khyree Alexander gave Newberry a lead it would not drop again. Austin Palmer closed out the first half of the dual with a third-period tech fall over Coker’s Jaylon McCalsan (23-5).
Newberry extended to 17-6 at 165 with a second win in sudden victory, as Nick Giantono found the takedown in the extra minute over the Cobras’ Corey Christie. Coker got the deficit back to single digits with Bret Shurina’s 10-5 win at 174 over the Wolves’ Keenan Graham.
The Wolves, however, would pull away down the stretch, as ZeBrandon Gant pinned Coker’s Grayson Spell in 4:08 at 184 and Patton Gossett pinned the Cobras’ Ramon Correa in 43 seconds. Those pins sandwiched Temaris Dixon’s 13-6 decision in favor of Coker over Dylan Eaton at 197.
GAINESVILLE — Buchholz romped to its sixth consecutive Cities championship Wednesday night, giving up just one contested match in defeating Eastside, 78-6, and Gainesville, 66-10, at home.
On a night in which Bobcat past and future were honored, the Buchholz present continued to tune up for next month’s post-season run, as the Bobcats took 12 of the 14 individual city-champion nominations.
“Total team effort,” Buchholz coach Billy Pankey said via instant message Wednesday night. “Just a great group of kids, and really proud of the guys bumping around and taking care of business. Just going to keep building towards the postseason.”
In the middle dual of the evening, Gainesville took down the Rams, 45-12. The Hurricanes picked up the other two city-champion spots on the evening.
“Getting beat doesn’t feel as bad when your team wrestles their heart out,” Gainesville coach Patrickk McDonald said in email to Matmen Wednesday night. “To know we have an immense amount of support within our infrastructure makes me feel like we can only continue to rise from here.
“To see the camaraderie and the sportsmanship from our team makes me feel like it’s bigger than winning. We have some holes to fill and some gaps to attend to in our lineup in order to gear up for districts, but we will figure that stuff out and we will finish strong.”
First on the mats were Buchholz and Eastside. The Bobcats started off the meet with six forfeit victories, effectively clinching the dual with a Timothy Bowen pin at 145. Buchholz wasn’t done, though, as DeAngelo Fletcher (152), William Green-Church (160), Tracen Ransdell (170), Armando Acosta (182) and Nevan Burney (220) all won by fall.
Eastside’s lone points in the dual came on a forfeit at 285.
The Hurricanes took the mat for the first time in the next round, and never trailed at any point during the dual.
William Marshall (152), Bronson Carter (170), Joshua Cohn (182) and Gregory Milinkovic (285) all won by pins for Gainesville, with Logan Fernandez-Smith taking a 6-0 decision at 160.
Eastside bagged a contested win at 220, as Afi McNeal won by fall in 5:06 for the Rams.
The last dual saw Gainesville take the first lead, 4-0, on Brennan Kade’s 14-3 major at 120, but on the mats themselves it was virtually all Buchholz from there, as the Bobcats won the next 10 matches, seven of them contested.
Fletcher, Green-Church, Acosta, Lawrence Smith-Jackson (195) and Burney all won by fall for Buchholz.
The Bobcats added five forfeits; Gainesville would pick up one more on the night.
TALLAHASSEE — The greater Tallahassee area looks forward to the annual Lincoln-Wakulla dual each year.
And, with both teams coming off of (at least) state-semifinal appearances in their respective classifications at Osceola HS in Kissimmee last weekend, this year’s dual was particularly anticipated.
But when the teams got on the mat at Lincoln Wednesday night, the visiting War Eagles — Class 1A runners-up at state duals last Saturday — made sure that the anticipation of a tight dual was quickly deflated.
Wakulla won six straight matches between 120 and 152 and then six more in a row between 170 and 106 to throttle Lincoln, 60-7.
The Trojans took a 4-0 lead at the onset of the dual on Mark Munroe’s 11-0 major at 113, but the War Eagles powered out to a 36-4 gap behind five pins from Matthew Owen (126), Isaiah Wilson (132), Charlie Owens (138), Noah Wilson (145) and Jackson Osteen (152).
Lincoln’s Tony Davis briefly halted the Wakulla momentum with a 15-9 win at 160, but the War Eagles weren’t held down for long, with four bonus-point wins in the final six matches they won, a streak that closed out the night.
Darius Wilkins (285) had the only pin during that streak, but Hayden Reeves (11-3 at 170), John Trevor Hinsey (18-5 at 195) and Slade Watkins (9-1 at 220) all added majors, with Andrew Annand taking a 5-3 win at 182 and George Hernandez winning, 4-2, at 106.
Wakulla will host a Friday night duals event prior to its Saturday IBT this weekend, while Lincoln is off until Lake Gibson’s Braves Invitational on February 8-9.
Creekside tri-meet: The Knights hosted Yulee and Pedro Menendez, taking victories over both, defeating the Hornets (51-15) and Falcons (66-9). In the first dual of the night, Yulee defeated Pedro Menendez, 43-30. The wins pushed Creekside coach RIck Marabell over the 200-career wins plateau.
Andrew Feek (106), CJ Sexton (126, pin), Nolan Anderson (132, 2 pins), Josh Benavides (152, decision), Jalen Hines (160, pin), Jack Tellin (170, pin), Caleb Dickens (182, 2 pins) and Trey Chesser (195, pin) were each 2-0 for Creekside, which will be at Westside’s roundrobin event on Saturday.
Aston Ricks (138, pin & decision), Bradley Durrance (220, 2 pins) and Grayson Pope (285, pin & decision) were each 2-0 for Yulee, which will be in Wakulla’s dual roundrobin on Friday night prior to the War Eagles’ IBT on Saturday.
Robert Iglesias (120, pin & and decision) and Connor Spossey (145, 2 pins) were both 2-0 for Pedro Menendez; the Falcons will be at the Flagler Rotary, hosted by Flagler Palm Coast, on Friday and Saturday.
Bolles 40, Ponte Vedra 38: At Bolles, in what might have been the closest dual of the night, the Bulldogs won five of six matches between 160 and 285, with one more max-point victory than the Sharks.
Jacob Witt (106), Frederico Garcia-Bengochea (160) and Ethan Asbury (182) all won by pin for Bolles, with Dalton Posick (126) taking a 13-1 major. Three Ponte Vedra forfeits also proved to be critical.
Ponte Vedra had pins from Michael Stephens (113), Simon Mann (132) and Alex DeAlmeida (138), with Preston Turner (13-4 at 120) and Troy Maritato (13-2 at 195) both winning by majors.
Both Bolles and Ponte Vedra will be at the Flagler Rotary on Friday and Saturday.
Matanzas 72, Oakleaf 12: At Palm Coast, the Pirates won the first eight matches, clinching the dual on a Knight forfeit at 106, then strung together another four victories later in the dual.
Matanzas had falls from Noel Alicea (152), Sam Russo (160), Quenteen Robinson (170), Cecil Bermudez (285), MaKayla Wilder (120), Caleb Bower (126), Lawrence Russo (132) and Josh Bower (138).
Oakleaf’s points came on two pins from Marcus McGee (113) and David Parkes (145).
Matanzas will head crosstown for the Flagler Rotary on Friday and Saturday, while Oakleaf is off until February 8-9 and Clay’s Green Cove Springs Rotary.
Clay 46, Flagler Palm Coast 20: At Clay on Senior Night, the Blue Devils pushed out to a 18-0 lead through the first four weights and held a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
Justin Byler’s fall, plus decisions from Derrek Mosley (285) in sudden-victory time and from Maverick Rainwater (106), fueled that early Clay lead. The Blue Devils also got pins from Luke Davis (126), Grant Stanish (145) and Jered Mosley (152), a win by disqualification by Almando Martinez (195), and a major from Cale Hoskinson (132).
Flagler Palm Coast had four contested wins, with majors from Blane DeFord (138) and Marcelo Gonzalez (170) and decisions from Evan St Pierre (120) and Preston Cremeans (160).
Clay returns to the mat Saturday for Gainesville’s Category V Duals, while Flagler Palm Coast will host the Flagler Rotary on Friday and Saturday.
Ridgeview 36, Palatka 21: At Ridgeview, the host Panthers celebrated Senior Night with a home win after the visiting Panthers jumped out to a 12-0 lead.
The Clay County Panthers got back-to-back-to-back falls from Od’Juan Whitfield (285), Matthew Rodriquez (106) and Gabe Guzman (120), with Guzman’s fall clinching the dual.
DJ Nealy & Colby Poupore got the Putnam County Panthers off to a good start with pins at 138 and 145, respectively, with Drevon Wallace adding another fall at 126. Brandon Lewis (7-1 at 132) added a win by decision by Palatka.
Ridgeview will be at Westside on February 6, while Palatka’s next event will be at Clay’s Green Cove Springs Rotary on the 8th and 9th.
Missing results: At this writing, we are missing full results on Robert E. Lee-Baldwin. If reported by 5 p.m. today, we will update the recap.
Complete match-by-match results for all duals reported thus far can be found here.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH — Four teams convened at Nease Wednesday night in search of some midweek mat time and confirmation of some answers Wednesday night.
Injuries have ravaged Nease all season. The wrestlers on the mat often win for St Augustine, but the unfilled weights often lead to close team losses. Fernandina Beach started the year not quite at ground zero, but at least too uncomfortably close to it. Episcopal has star power but is still feeling the effects of starting very young wrestlers, and has a numbers issue, too.
On the Panthers’ Senior Night, it would be the two St Johns County teams that would hold the upper hand over their more-northern rivals. Nease went 3-0, with wins over Fernandina Beach (42-21), Episcopal (48-12) and St Augustine (42-36).
“Our young guys are wrestling really good with all the injuries. They’re getting a lot of mat time and the future looks good,” Nease coach Craig Muckle said. “It’s been nice. They jumped in and responded well. A little timid at first, but they realized they could wrestle.”
Five Nease wrestlers were 3-0 on the night, including: Gavin Riccobono (126/132, 3 pins), Leroy Heard (132/138, pin), Jacob Satterfield (152, 3 pins), Anthony Tanza (160, pin) and Colin White (170, pin).
St Augustine was 2-1 on the night, defeating Episcopal (42-29) and Fernandina Beach (48-24).
“Some of our guys are ahead in some areas but (as a whole) we’re still making mistakes with being young,” Yellow Jackets coach Will Rinchiusa said. “We win the majority of our matches; if there’s seven matches, we’re winning most of them. It is what it is. We’re young, and we don’t have enough people yet.”
Four St Augustine wrestlers were unbeaten at 3-0 Wednesday night, including: Wilson Nguyen (120), Hayden Yanni (145, pin), Ryan Murphy (182, 3 pins) and Darius Stanley (285, pin).
Fernandina Beach picked up its only dual victory in the last round of the quad, with a 36-18 victory over Episcopal.
“Kids are coming around; we’re starting to fine-tune everything,” Pirates coach Eric Kubatzke said. “Guys that are first-years are starting to put it together and the veterans are doing really well at the end. I’m happy with them.”
Two Fernandina Beach wrestlers were 3-0 Wednesday night, as Jeremy Mahoney (113) had two pins and Uriah Giedrys had a win by decision at 195.
Episcopal sent out six wrestlers Wednesday night, and that was not a recipe for team success against the fuller lineups of the Eagles’ opponents, but the kids that were out there and the stars that have had recent success — even if they weren’t in the lineup — offered Eagles coach Kip Collins plenty of chances to be optimistic.
“Ultimately that’s in God’s time, but we want to control what we can control. I was happy with what I saw (Wednesday night),” Collins said. “Still a lot of work to do, but progress, not perfection.”
Freddy Dollison (220, 2 pins) was 3-0 and Episcopal’s lone unbeaten wrestler.
Complete match-by-match results for all six duals can be found here.
We received results from Cairo and the Syrupmaker Invitational on Sunday night. A request was made at that time for complete results, with no response.
The results that we received on Sunday night are published verbatim, with original spellings.
(Additional context for the Florida site: Leon, I believe was the only Florida competition that competed in this. I thought Suwannee was going here, but as I later learned while pulling together Pasco’s duals for inclusion with Buchholz’s and Godby’s for the Diamondback Duals, Suwannee went there instead. We learned from Coach Ringel that there were computer difficulties midway through; anybody that’s ever handscored a tournament at which I’m present or for which I receive handwritten results, though, knows that handscoring doesn’t stop me from wanting complete info).
LEBANON, TN — Saturday was a big day for Southeastern freshman Jaquan English (Fleming Island/Raines ’18).
English won big in three matches and won close when it counted while competing unattached at the Cumberland Open at 141 pounds, taking the bracket victory by day’s end.
English started the day with a first-period fall over Cumberlands KY’s Collin Silva, then teched Brewton-Parker’s James Stoudemire, 16-0, in the quarters.
The semifinal was his toughest match, as English had to power past Reinhardt’s Kalvin Harris, 1-0, to reach the final, and that one had its challenges as well, as English needed nearly all seven minutes to win by fall (6:56) over Campbellsville’s Aaron Rugnao.
All-Academy Championship: At Norwich University in Northfield VT, Coast Guard’s Paul Detwiler (Fleming Island ’18) was the Bears’ top scorer, as Coast Guard was sixth out of eight service academies in the event. Detwiler was fourth at 184, facing three Division I wrestlers. After a bye into the semis, Detwiler fell to Jacob Thompson of Air Force, 7-6. He bounced back with a 12-1 major over The Citadel’s Martin Duane in the consi semis, taking a 9-6 loss in the third-place match to Army West Point’s Chris Morgan.
NCWA National Duals: At Mesquite NV on Friday and Saturday, Central Florida placed fourth in the duals, with a 2-1 record in Pool B (44-3 over Colorado State, 55-0 over Wayne State, 28-25 loss to Grand Valley State). The Knights then beat Springfield Tech, 25-23, in the championship quarters before falling to eventual champ Liberty, 30-17, in the semis and to Grand Valley State, 36-11, in the third-place match. Justin Trinh (Ridgeview ’16) started in every dual at 141 for the Knights, going 4-2 in the tournament. Trinh had pool wins over Colorado State (8-5), Wayne State (11-5) and Grand Valley State (4-3), falling in the championship quarters to Springfield Tech, 12-4. Trinh beat Liberty’s Charles Hudson, 5-4, but then fell to Grand Valley State in a rematch, 4-2.
Huntingdon tri-meet: The Hawks were 1-1 in duals on Saturday, with a win over Greensboro College (22-20) and loss to University of the Ozarks (30-21). Cody Dixon (Ft Walton Beach ’15) was 2-0 at 184 on the day, with a 3-1 win over Ozarks’ Miguel Baray and 17-7 major over Greensboro’s Daniel Pearce. Joseph Pearson (Ft Walton Beach ’17) was 1-1, with a dual-clinching fall over Greensboro’s Mykel Williams and loss by fall to Ozarks’ Jerhett Lee.
Pete Wilson Invitational: At Wheaton IL on Friday and Saturday, the University of Dubuque’s Delmontae Davis (Westside ’17) was 2-2 at 184. Davis lost by tech fall (15-0 in 5:22) to eventual semifinalist Mark Miller of Elmhurst in the second round, then won twice on the back side of the bracket. Davis decisioned Augustana’s Hunter Jarvis, 4-1, and won by medical forfeit over Millikin’s Griffin Meeker. He then lost by fall, two matches short of a place finish, to the University of Chicago’s John Jayne.
GPAC Duals: At Seward NE on Saturday, Briar Cliff was 3-1 in duals, with wins over Doane (42-12), Jamestown (31-16), Hastings (40-6), with a loss to Concordia (25-14). Scott Dollison (Episcopal ’16) was 1-1 on the day at 285 for the Chargers, with a win by forfeit in the Doane dual and loss by fall to Jamestown’s Chumkar Dhaliwal.
Cumberland TN 21, Brewton-Parker 17: At Lebanon TN on Friday, the hosts won six straight matches between 133 and 174. One of those winners was Kaz Maia (Flagler Palm Coast ’16), who took an 18-10 major at 149 over Brewton-Parker’s Taylor Beasley. Maia’s win marked three straight majors for Cumberland in the dual.
Spartanburg Methodist 35, Garrett 7: At home on Saturday, the Pioneers won eight matches, six of those via bonus points. Spartanburg freshman Reed Danielson (Orange Park ’18) was one of those winners, with a first-period fall in 2:32 over Garrett’s Blake Reynolds.
Bearcat Open: At Lebanon IL on Saturday, Life’s Zoe Wight (Gulf Breeze ’14) placed third at 143, going 3-1 on the day. Wight decisioned McKendree’s Grace Kristoff, 8-2, in the quarters, then took a 10-0 tech fall loss in the semis to eventual champion Jayden Laurent of Lakeland. Wight bounced back with two wins by decision, 10-2 in the consi semis over teammate Hailey Finn, then over Kristoff a second time in the third-place match, 7-2.
UT-Chattanooga 34, Davidson 9: At Chattanooga on Sunday, the host Mocs won seven matches, six of them with bonus points. One of those was at 174, where Davidson’s Noah Satterfield (Marysville OH ’15, family in Ponte Vedra Beach area) lost by fall in 4:19 to the hosts’ Hunter Fortner. Davidson scored its points on three decisions at 133, 157 and 197.
Reinhardt tri-meet: Southeastern took a pair of losses on Sunday in Georgia to the hosts (33-12) and Cumberlands (46-4). The Fire was represented locally by Nathan Cleland (Bishop Snyder ’15), who made an appearance at 184 in the Reinhardt dual. Cleland took a 15-0 tech fall loss to former Camden wrestler Antonio Stewart.
Castleton 40, Rhode Island College 5: At Castleton VT on Friday, the Anchormen got just one victory, a fall at 141. One of those that came up short was Zach Ford (Flagler Palm Coast ’13), who took a 9-3 decision loss at 157 for RIC.
Minnesota 27, Wisconsin 13: At the UW Field House in Madison on Friday, the 14th-ranked Badgers picked up just three wins against the #7 Golden Gophers, with Tristan Moran (141) winning by overtime fall, Evan Wick (165) taking an 8-0 major and Mason Reinhardt winning 5-0 at 184. “There were a couple of situations where at the end they were 50-50. We’ve got to find a way to pull those out,” UW coach Chris Bono (Bolles & Iowa State alum) said. “We are building. We are hitting a couple of road blocks. We are improving every day. We will be at our best in March and that is what we’re looking for.”
Belmont Abbey 25, Coker 25 (criteria): At home on Friday, the Cobras won three matches by forfeit, with two contested victories under assistant coach Robert Parland (University Christian & Coker alum). Alex Braden (157) had an 11-1 major and Marco Mason (197) won with a 5-2 decision.
LAKE CITY — As they have for most of the middle-school season, Lake Asbury and Wilkinson staged a pitched battle for top honors in Saturday’s North Florida Championships, the season-ending event for middle-school wrestling in north-central Florida.
When the smoke cleared, it was Lake Asbury that held forth as the North Florida champions, holding off Wilkinson, 213-208.5. Green Cove Springs was third at 178, followed by Riversprings (133.5) and host Lake City (123) in the top five.
Suwannee was sixth with 101 points, followed by Episcopal (99), Lakeside (91), Orange Park (88), Oakleaf (82), Wakulla (56.5), Bolles (54), Florida High (10.5) and Maclay (zero).
Below follows a brief recap of the tournament (placers for Orange Park will not have full first names, as they were not posted on the brackets):
75 — Suwannee’s Eli Jolicoeur pinned two opponents for the title, including Green Cove’s Colin Edwards (decision prior to final) in the final. Shane Jourdan of Lake Asbury pinned Florida High’s Taylor Jones for third.
80 — Riversprings’ Connor Brown had two pins, the second over Suwannee’s Xzander Boehm (2 pins prior to final). Lake Asbury’s KJ Rheaume pinned Wakulla’s Harper Merrick, after a 3-2 quarterfinal win earlier over Merrick, for third place.
85 — Wilkinson’s Caden Berg pinned his way into the final, then decisioned Episcopal’s Nick Pressley (pin & decision prior to final), 9-3, for the title. Wakulla’s Caleb Orr pinned Oakleaf’s Andrew Brandt for third.
90 — Riversprings’ Nate Jacobs had a 15-0 tech heading into the final, where he took an 8-1 decision over Wilkinson’s Grady Woodard (pin & decision prior to final). Orange Park’s R. Pimienta was third with a fall over Episcopal’s Scott Busey.
95 — Suwannee’s Austin McKinney pinned his way through the tournament, the third fall over Orange Park’s K. Barrientos (2 pins prior to final). Wilkinson’s Jeff Parker pinned Green Cove’s Angelo Bajandos for third place.
100 — Lakeside’s Kaden Schaefer won three times by flal, the last over Orange Park’s C. Wilson (2 pins prior to final). Wilkinson’s Zane Raulerson pinned Green Cove’s Joey Gomery for third place.
106 — Wilkinson’s Chandler Thomas also won three times by fall, with the third fall in the final over Wakulla’s Dylan Gorman (3 pins prior to final). Riversprings’ Bradley Martin was third, with a pin over Green Cove’s Matthew Kotler.
113 — Oakleaf’s Egan Gustilo picked off four pins, the last of those over B. Pu of Orange Park (major & decision prior to final). Riversprings’ JT Thaxton pinned Lake City’s JJ Thomas for third place.
120 — Green Cove’s Liam McKenzie had a pair of decisions to get to the final, where he pinned Wilkinson’s Thomas Stokes (tech and pin prior to final). Episcopal’s Ben Helton falled Lake Asbury’s Reese Brewer for third place.
126 — Green Cove’s Gunner Ivey pinned his way through the bracket, with the last fall over Lake City’s Cooper Mote (2 pins prior to final). Lake Asbury’s Hayden Meszaros pinned Lakeside’s Caiden Kowal, after an earlier meeting going the same way, for third place.
132 — Lake Asbury’s Gavin Rossow had three falls, the third in the finals over Episcopal’s Aidan Chupp (pin & decision prior to final). Wilkinson’s Ian Finnom pinned Bolles’ Skylar Malone for third palce.
138 — Suwannee’s Austin Howard had a pin and two decisions for his title, edging Lake Asbury’s Taylen Bader (pin & decision prior to final), 4-3. Wilkinson’s Aiden Thornton was third with a 7-4 decision over Episcopal’s Brennan Doherty.
145 — Lake Asbury’s Josh Sandoval pinned his way into the final, where he decisioned Green Cove’s Dominic Martin (pin & major prior to final). Lakeside’s Trevion Sermons falled Bolles’ Brooks Baker for third place.
152 — Green Cove’s Jhoel Robinson pinned his way through, with the third of three pins over Lake Asbury’s Bryan Prince (2 majors prior to final). Bolles’ Jackson Brill decisioned Lake City’s Tyrell Peterson, 12-6, for third place.
160 — Lake City’s Jordan Jones had two falls to win the bracket, the second in the final over Lake Asbury’s Hunter Huckelberry (pin prior to final). Orange Park’s K. Bingham pinned Wilkinson’s Jackson Baker for third place.
170 — Lake City’s Ma’lique Macon had a pin and tech prior to the final, but there had to push past Lake Asbury’s Jacob Baxley (2 pins prior to final), with a 6-5 decision. Riversprings’ Taj Ellington pinned Wilkinson’s Jayden Longoria for third place.
182 — Lake Asbury’s Jhace Edwards pinned his way into the final, where he decisioned Lake City’s Nicholas Moreland (2 pins prior to final), 11-6. Riversprings’ Todd Williams won by fall over Green Cove’s Zeth Wager for third.
195 — Oakleaf’s Isaiah Shevchook had two pins to make finals, then decisioned Wilkinson’s Lee Register (2 pins prior to final), 5-2, for the title. Lake Asbury’s Kedtric Wilbourn pinned Lake City’s Travis Matthews, after a 9-5 quarterfinal win over him earlier, for third place.
220 — Lakeside’s Ethan Hoffstetter had a pin prior to the finals, where he shut out Episcopal’s John Fernandez (2 pins prior to final), 4-0, to take the title. Oakleaf’s Jordan Mitchell pinned Wilkinson’s Josiah Pierre for third place.
285 — Riversprings’ Anthony Graziano pinned his way through the bracket, with the last of three pins in the finals over Green Cove’s Lukas Carubello (2 pins prior to final). Lake Asbury’s Bryce Meldrum won by injury default over Wakulla’s De’andre Kennerson for third.
JACKSONVILLE — While not all of Bartram Trail’s wrestlers found themselves in harm’s way during every round this past weekend at the Parker Duals, the Bears were certainly looking to get their younger varsity competitors, particularly at the bookends, some extra preparation prior to the post-season run.
Bartram Trail got that preparation, and the first-place trophy, at Terry Parker, rolling to a 9-0 weekend record.
The Bears defeated Englewood (63-16, in what essentially would become the championship dual, wrestled in round 1), Fernandina Beach (57-24), Paxon (84-0), Satellite (57-24) and North Bay Haven (72-12) on Friday.
Saturday, Bartram Trail took down Stanton (70-12), Wolfson (66-18), the host Braves (57-19) and Keystone Heights (72-6) for an average margin of victory of 51.9 points per dual.
The Bears had a full team in action throughout the weekend, and just one weight class failed to see at least five wins.
Leading the charge were seven unbeaten wrestlers, three of whom scored a maximum 54 dual points on the weekend.
At 120, Trevor Tagarelli was 9-0 with four pins, while Nicholas Vugman (138/145) racked up seven falls, pinning all of his Saturday opponents. Finally, Ryan Piersza (285) was 9-0 with five pins.
But they weren’t the only unbeatens. Clarke Hamilton (220, 2 pins & decision) was 9-0, while Gregory Memory (126/132, 3 pins & decision) and Joseph Governara (145/152, 3 pins & 3 decisions) each were 8-0. Cathan Simpson (126/132) contributed a 6-0 record, with three pins.
Three Bear wrestlers were 7-2: Michael Moore (113, 3 pins); Elijah Sutherland (170, 2 pins); and Dominick Fields (195, 2 pins). Stephen Ferris was 6-3, with four pins, while Vincent DeLeo (106, pin) and Aydan Nguyen (160, 3 pins) each contributed five wins to Bartram’s cause over the weekend.
Below follows a recap on each of the nine area teams in competition at Terry Parker this past weekend:
Englewood (8-1): After falling to Bartram Trail in round 1, the Rams would not lose again during the course of the weekend. Englewood defeated Terry Parker (52-23), Keystone Heights (64-9), Wolfson (63-18) and Fernandina Beach (48-36) on Friday, going 4-0 on Saturday with wins over Paxon (66-0), Satellite (31-26), North Bay Haven (54-15) and Stanton (50-12). Five different Englewood wrestlers were 8-1 on the weekend: Rayquan Staples (106, 2 pins, win by injury-default and tech); Dairo Guerra (132/138, 3 pins); Lynden North (138/145, pin, tech, two majors and decision); Howard Sam (160/170, 5 pins & tech); and Kaloosh Henley (285, 3 pins & decision). Jordan Mitchell (170/182, 3 pins) was 7-2, while Adrian Vasquez (113/120, 2 pins & 2 decisions) and Darryl Sam (220) were both 6-3. Greg Moore (195, 2 pins) contributed five wins to the Rams’ effort over the weekend.
Terry Parker (7-2): The host Braves were 4-1 on Friday, with wins over Keystone Heights (54-24), Fernandina Beach (51-18), Paxon (60-6) and Satellite (37-24), going 3-1 on Saturday with victories over North Bay Haven (53-18), Stanton (36-32) and Wolfson (48-36). Landon Dains (182) led the way for Terry Parker, going 9-0 with one pin, three tech falls and one major. Dains was joined on the Braves’ unbeaten ranks by three wrestlers who were 5-0 in part-time roles: Darius Farmer (152, 4 pins), Ashley Saddler (160, 3 pins & decision) and Evan Jefferson (285, 3 pins). Ben Sabella (220, 2 pins) was 8-1 and Estaban Lenhardt (170, 2 pins) 7-2 for the Braves, while three other Parker starters contributed five wins while competing in every dual: Amber Goodbread (106, major), Tazia Bates (145, 2 pins) and Emily Mills (195).
Wolfson (5-4): The Wolfpack picked up three wins on Friday, over Keystone Heights (36-18), North Bay Haven (42-18) and Stanton (42-30), opening the tournament with a 41-18 loss to Satellite. On Saturday, Wolfson had wins over Fernandina Beach (39-30) and Paxon (54-6). Aries Fahnbulleh (120, 3 pins) led the Wolfpack with an 8-1 record, while Max Lewallen (126/132, 2 pins) and Cameron Frison (152, 4 pins & decision) were both 7-2. Andrew Harbin (106, 2 pins) and Aakash Thornton (126/132) were both 6-3, while Kevon Bryant (160/170, maximum points on Saturday, 4 pins) had five wins and Keayon Gray (113, 2 pins) was 4-3 in a regular-time role.
Fernandina Beach (4-5): The Pirates filled eight weights over the course of the weekend, and all eight wrestlers filling them had five or more victories. Fernandina defeated Stanton (45-18) and Keystone Heights (48-18) on Friday, coming back to take down Paxon (48-6) and North Bay Haven (45-6) on Saturday (falling to Satellite, 36-30, in round 8). Jeremy Mahoney (113, 6 pins) was the only non-Bartram Trail wrestler to compile a max-points weekend, while Uriah Giedrys (195, 4 pins & decision) also was 9-0 for the Pirates. Bryce Bourqain (126, 2 pins & decision), Nathan Manning (182, 3 pins) and Robbie Elefterion (220, pin) were all 7-2, while Zhane Funchess (160, 4 pins) was 6-3. Jeremiah Giedrys (152, 3 pins) and Samuel Loper (285, pin) each contributed five wins over the course of the weekend.
Stanton (3-6): The 2A Blue Devils came away with two wins on Friday, defeating Paxon (39-0) in round 2 and North Bay Haven (30-28) in round 4 (with a round-3 loss to Satellite, 43-12), and picked up a third victory on Saturday, defeating Keystone Heights, 36-24, after pushing third-place Terry Parker to the brink in the previous round. Charles Woo (195) was Stanton’s top competitor on the weekend, going 8-1 with two pins, a win by disqualification and a major. Gabe Navarro (138, 3 pins) and Avery Debelen (170/182, 2 pins) were both 6-3, while Grant Kelsey (145, 3 pins) was 5-3 and Kayman Baldwin (160/170, 2 pins) was 4-3 for the Blue Devils, who filled seven weights over the course of the weekend.
North Bay Haven (2-7): Despite the Buccaneers having just five wrestlers in the lineup, that was enough for North Bay Haven to overcome Paxon (30-18) to start the tournament on Friday and pick up a win over Keystone Heights (30-18) on Saturday. The Buccaneers fell to Satellite, 48-18, in round 2 on Friday. The Biddles, Isaac (106/113) and Lucas (106/113, 4 pins & decision) both were 7-2, while Helmut von Knoblauch (120/126, 2 pins & major), Hunter Malone (170/182, 4 pins) and Ethan Cole (182/195, pin) each contributed five wins to the cause.
Keystone Heights (1-8): The Indians had just six wrestlers on the weekend, with their one victory coming in the last round on Friday, a 36-6 win over Paxon. Keystone also had a 54-6 loss to open the day Saturday against Satellite. Caleb Crawford (145) was the Indians’ top competitor, going 7-2 with three pins and two decisions. Jason Bowden (106, 3 pins) was 6-2 for Keystone Heights, while Samuel Ulsch (132, pin) added a 6-3 record.
Paxon (0-9): The 2A Golden Eagles had an out-of-area loss to Satellite (54-6) on Saturday. Paxon had just three wrestlers contesting on Friday, and only one on Saturday. Alex Denyakin (138, pin) was 3-2 for the Golden Eagles on Friday.
Complete results for all 45 duals contested at Parker can be found here.
I just got the following announcement from Tracy Malcolm at Wewahitchka. I am reproducing it in full here:
<<Good afternoon folks. Please forward to your wrestling coach if you’re an AD.
Due to the Hurricane Michael damage to our local infrastructure and some teams being concerned about the distance of available lodging to our facility, the decision has been made by FHSAA to not host the 1A-R1 tournament in Wewahitchka. Hopefully they will pick a suitable site soon.
If you’ve already made reservations from the packet I put out last week, I would encourage you to cancel them and wait until a new host is selected.
TALLAHASSEE — It’s par for the course for Florida High to stage an in-school dual toward the tail end of its wrestling season.
With the calendar about to tick over to February, and the cold weather rampaging through the Midwest edging up close to the Florida state line, Tuesday afternoon against Godby was time for that staging.
And with guest coaches in tow, the Seminoles didn’t disappoint, taking a 51-18 victory over their in-town and district rivals in front of the Florida High student body.
With the way the lineups shook out, just four matches were contested Tuesday afternoon, with the Seminoles taking the first three of them.
Dennis Ganim (145, 2nd period) and Max Metcalf (152, 1st period) each won by fall for Florida High, with Chauncy Riggsby (182) later winning by a 13-7 decision. The Seminoles picked up six victories by forfeit.
Godby’s lone contested win was at 220, where Robert Harrell won by fall in the second period. The Cougars added two additional wins by forfeit.
Florida High is off until February 8-9, when the Seminoles come to Green Cove Springs for Clay’s annual Rotary tournament. Godby will return to the mats on Saturday, trekking to Gainesville for the Category V Duals.
Alabama tri-meet: At Fairhope ALA, Tate ran into a pair of buzzsaws, falling to the hosts (75-3) and Gulf Shores (76-6).
The Aggies won one contested match in both duals, with Kevin Burgess (220) winning by fall in the Gulf Shores dual and Paul Fina (138) taking an 11-7 decision in the Fairhope dual.
Tate is off until February 5, when the Aggies have a shorter trip to Crestview for another Tuesday night dual against their district rivals.
Gulf Breeze 54, Crestview 24: At Gulf Breeze, the 2A Dolphins won five matches in a row, all by fall, between 120 and 145.
Logan Merritt (120), Kelly Scanlon (126), Michael Walls (132), Dylan Lawrence (138) and Calvin Malo (145) made up the pin streak for Gulf Breeze. Phillip Frazetta (170), Austin Earle (182) and Samuel Rosenbalm (195) added falls as well for the Dolphins.
Crestview’s points all came via pin from Javan Alto (113), Layne Franks (152), Kennard Madden (220) and Weston Tew (285).
Gulf Breeze is off until Friday, when the 2A Dolphins travel to Alabama for the (for them) aptly-named Dolphin Duals, hosted by Gulf Shores. Crestview is off until Saturday and Wakulla’s one-day IBT.
Yulee quad: The Hornets traveled to Waycross, GA, to face host Ware County, Lowndes and Wayne County in a quad meet that, for the Georgia schools, was their regular-season finale before tournaments begin Friday. Results were not available at this writing.
Complete results from all of Tuesday’s duals, as they have been reported, can be found here.