North Florida Matmen staff report
LYNN HAVEN — The 2010s have not been kind to Mosley when it comes to district-level traditional tournament competition.
8th in 2A-District 1 in 2012. 9th in 2013. 8th in 2014. 8th in 2015. 3rd in the Dolphins’ first year in 1A-District 1, in 2016. 8th two years ago. 7th last year.
So it wasn’t quite a worst-to-first situation Saturday when Mosley edged past Arnold, 143-137.5, to win the 1A-District 1 title and, in so doing, defend the home mat. But it was close enough to it.
The 1A Dolphins qualified 10 of their 11 wrestlers for Friday’s 1A-Region 1 tournament, hosted by South Walton, with two champions, two runners-up, five thirds and one fourth on Saturday.
Arnold moved through nine wrestlers to regions, with two champions, three runners-up, two thirds and two fourths.
Marianna held off South Walton, 121-112, for third place. The 1A Bulldogs qualified eight wrestlers out, with two champions, one runnerup, four thirds and one fourth, while the Seahawks pushed six through, with three champs, two runners-up and one fourth.
Rutherford was fifth, with 78.5 points and five qualifiers (three champs and two fourths), while Bay was sixth at 59 points, also with five qualifiers (one champ and four fourths).
Wewahitchka edged North Bay Haven, 53-50, for the seventh spot. The Gators moved three to regions (one champ, one runnerup, one third).
Meanwhile, the Buccaneers also got three wrestlers out to South Walton, all of them runners-up.
Rocky Bayou Christian was ninth, with 41 points to Bozeman’s 37. Both the Knights and Bucks qualified out one runnerup, one third and one fourth each.
A complete tournament recap follows:
106 — Arnold top-seeded senior Tanner Brockman (13th in 1A, 56-11) won his first district championship in his first post-season appearance. Brockman pinned his way through the six-person bracket, with a semifinal pin (:35) over Marianna freshman William Carrel (pigtail fall in 1:48 over Wewahitchka’s Justin Johnson) and then fall in the finals over North Bay Haven eighth-grader Lucas Biddle (34-13) in 2:24 for the title. Biddle had two pins in reaching the final, falling South Walton’s Brett Canut (5:20) in the pigtails and pinning Mosley freshman Cole Bell (3:00) in the semis. Bell (28-28) came back for third with two pins of his own, pinning Johnson in 1 minute in the consi semis and then Carrel (12-25) in 42 seconds for third place. Carrel punched his South Walton ticket with a fall in 4:44 over Canut in the consi semis.
113 — Marianna second-seeded senior Neal Smith (17th, 13-8) won his second district championship (won last year as well) and will make his fourth region appearance after finishing second in 2017 and third in 2016. Smith won three times in a seven-person bracket, with a pigtail fall (:17 over South Walton’s Elden Roberts), semifinal major (15-4 over Wewahitchka eighth-grader Conner Roberts) and an 8-4 win in the finals over Arnold junior Will Ashby (14th, 46-18). Ashby got to the final with a 53-second fall over Bay freshman Corban Cherry, while Cherry and Roberts had pigtail wins to reach the semis (Cherry 12-7 over Rocky Bayou’s Luke Latham, Roberts in 1:04 over Rutherford’s Jacob Latham). The Lathams advanced in WB round 1 (Luke with a bye, Jacob by fall in 2:39 over Elden Roberts), but it would be Conner Roberts (10-4) that would come back for third, with pins in 2:37 over Luke Latham in the consi semis and 41 seconds in the third-place match over Cherry (9-9). Cherry punched his South Walton ticket with a 37-second fall over Jacob Latham.
120 — Arnold top-seeded freshman Nicholas Hejke (12th, 53-10) won his first district championship after finishing second last year for Bozeman, with two first-period falls in a five-person bracket. Hejke falled Marianna junior Dustin Arnold (pigtail 12-10 winner in sudden victory over Bay’s Brandon Hermes) in 1:18 in the semis, then pinned North Bay Haven senior Orlando Trevino (13-7) in 1:28 to take the title. Trevino reached the final with a semifinal pin in 2:38 over Rutherford sophomore Colin Dutton. Arnold (19-11) came back for third with a bye in the consi semis and 28-second fall over Dutton (25-14) in the third-place match. Dutton punched his South Walton ticket with a 22-4 tech (4:52) over Hermes in the consi semis.
126 — Wewahitchka top-seeded senior Johnathan Harvey (10th, 40-8) won his first district championship after finishing second in 2018, third in 2016 and second in 2015 for the Gators. Harvey pinned South Walton freshman Ryan Kurfirst (pigtail fall in 5:00 over Marianna’s Jayson Kyle) in the semis of a five-person bracket, then pushed past Bozeman senior Brian Zerr (18th, 41-15), 3-2, in the finals. Zerr falled Arnold sophomore Jacob Smith (20th) in 1:58 in the semis. Smith (19-7) would come back for third with two falls, punching his South Walton ticket with a consi-semi pin in 1:32 over Kyle, then falling Kurfirst (6-20), who had a bye in the consi semis, in 37 seconds for third.
132 — South Walton top-seeded senior Seth Weinthal (12th, 38-11) won his second district championship (won last year, also at 132) and will make his fourth region appearance after placing second in 2017 and third in 2016 for the Gators. Weinthal had three first-period falls in an eight-person bracket, pinning Bozeman’s Dylan Crawford (:40) in the quarters, Bay sophomore Jeremiah O’Neal (:58) in the semis and then Wewahitchka junior Jaden Moseley (26-19) in 1:06 for the title. Moseley, the 3 seed at 132 after spending most of the year down at 120, bonus-pointed his way into the final with a 46-second fall in the quarters over Arnold’s Spencer Korol and a 15-7 major over second seeded Mosley senior Lonnie Bell. O’Neal (:34 quarterfinal pin over Marianna’s Hunter Monday) and Bell (:38 quarterfinal pin over North Bay Haven’s Helmut von Knoblauch) both got to the semis. Monday (:20 over Crawford) and Korol (10-3 over von Knoblauch) advanced out of WB round 1, but it would be Bell (33-22) that took third, with an 11-6 consi-semi win over Monday and 57-second fall over O’Neal (19-23) in the place match. O’Neal punched his South Walton ticket with an 11-0 major over Korol.
138 — South Walton top-seeded senior Ethan Pickren (3rd, 47-1) won his fourth district championship and second with South Walton (won last year; also in 2016 and 2017 with Arnold). Pickren pinned his way through a five-person bracket, with a 21-second semifinal fall over Bozeman sophomore Kincade Lassiter (pigtail pin in 1:19 over Marianna’s Trett Phillips) and a fall in 3:03 in the final over Arnold senior Griffin Hebert (7th, 58-5). Hebert reached the final with a third-period tech over Mosley junior Jonathan Griffin (16-1 in 5:57). Griffin (29-20) came back for third with two pins, punching his South Walton ticket with a 36-second fall over Phillips in the consi semis and then fall in 2:28 over Lassiter (2-17), who had a bye in the consi semis, for third place.
145 — Mosley second-seeded junior Logan Gall (31-23) won his first district championship after placing third for the Dolphins a year ago. Gall decisioned Rocky Bayou junior Wyatt Kirkpatrick (pigtail fall in 1:54 over Arnold’s Trevyn Slik), 5-1, in the semis, then won by fall in the final over South Walton junior Alex Strain (17-15) in 4:36. Strain reached the finals with a pigtail fall over Marianna’s Ethan Heinemann (:48) and semifinal pin over Bay top-seeded junior Kyle Roper (1:07). Kirkpatrick (23-8) came back for third, pushing through decisions over Heinemann (8-2 in consi semis) and over Roper (23-13), 4-2 in sudden victory, for third place. Roper punched his South Walton ticket with a 53-second fall over Slik in the consi semis.
152 — Rutherford top-seeded senior Keivontie Logan (38-7) won his second district championship (also won in 2018) after placing third in 2017 for the Rams. Logan had two wins in a six-person bracket, with an 8-6 semifinal win over Arnold sophomore Nick Kendrick (pigtail fall in 1:07 over South Walton’s John Lopez), then coming back for a 59-second fall in the finals over Mosley junior William Carmichael (8-4). Carmichael reached the final with a pigtail fall in 1:09 over Marianna’s Cody Lewis and 11-6 semifinal win over Bozeman freshman Wylie Debarr. Debarr (16-7) came back for third with a fall in 1:59 in the consi semis over Lopez, then shut out Kendrick (40-28), 10-0, in the third-place match. Kendrick punched his South Walton ticket with a 50-second fall over Lewis in the consi semis.
160 — South Walton third-seeded sophomore Chase Maddox (28-20) won his first district championship after taking second in 2018. Maddox won three times in a seven-person bracket and faced the rest of the region-qualifying list along the way, pinning his way through the draw with falls over Rutherford sophomore Zach Duncan (1:41, pigtails), over Marianna sophomore Christian Cosson (2:25, semis) and then pinning Mosley senior Caleb Ward (37-12) in 4:50 for the title. Ward reached the final with a semifinal pin in 2:43 over Arnold’s Max Gaylord (pigtail win by DQ over Bozeman’s Chase Wyzard), while Cosson reached the semis with a 19-second fall over Rocky Bayou’s Jaden Scruggs. Wyzard (bye) and Duncan (fall over Scruggs in 1:56) advanced out of WB round 1, but it would be Cosson (26-19) that would take third. Cosson edged Wyzard, 7-6, in the consi semis and falled Duncan (16-14) in 1:31 for third place. Duncan punched his South Walton ticket with a 10-6 decision over Gaylord in the consi semis.
170 — Mosley top-seeded senior Garrison Kovacs (9th, 50-12) won his first district championship after placing third a year ago. Kovacs scored max points for his team in both of his matches within a six-person bracket, with a fall in 5:57 over Bay senior Cameron Butler (pigtail pin in 1:58 over North Bay Haven’s Hunter Malone) in the semis and medical forfeit win in the finals over South Walton senior Harris Barton (11th, 18-5). Barton advanced to the final with a pigtail pin in 1:11 over Arnold’s Stephen Watson, then survived a wild sudden-victory semifinal win over Marianna junior John Maddox, 14-12. Maddox (10th, 43-8) would come back for third, with pins in the consi semis over Malone (1:45) and over Butler (18-25) in 3:33 for third place. Butler punched his South Walton ticket with a 47-second fall over Watson in the consi semis.
182 — Marianna top-seeded junior Corey Davis (12th, 38-5) won his first district championship after placing third a year ago. Davis pinned his way thorugh a five-person bracket, needing just 1:01 of mat time to do it, with a semifinal pin over Mosley sophomore James Hall (pigtail fall in 4:54 over Bozeman’s Dalen Peacock) in 40 seconds and a 21-second pin in the final over North Bay Haven junior Ethan Cole (30-16). Cole reached the final with a semifinal pin in 1:21 over Arnold junior Jake Bingham. Bingham (13-7) would rally from that loss by taking third with two pins of his own in 1:01, punching his South Walton ticket with a 19-second fall in the consi semis over Peacock and a 42-second fall over Hall (4-14), who had a bye in the consi semis, for third place.
195 — Rutherford second-seeded sophomore Xavier Stillgess (20-8) won his first district championship after finishing second last year, with two wins in a three-person bracket. Stillgess pinned Mosley junior Alexus Heintzelman (4-3) in 2:19 in the semis, then turned back Marianna senior Jonah Mercer (18th, 35-13), 5-2, in the final. Mercer got a bye into the finals, while Heintzelman got that same bye in the third-place match.
220 — Rutherford second-seeded sophomore Elton Rumph (33-11) won his first district championship after finishing third last year, with two bonus-point wins in a six-person bracket. Rumph falled Rocky Bayou junior Jacob Perry (pigtail fall in 1:08 over Marianna’s Lawson Jackson) in 44 seconds in the semifinals, then cruised to a 13-1 major in the title match over Arnold senior Casey Peppers (11th, 49-10). Peppers reached the final with a 57-second fall in the semis over Mosley junior Logan Strickland (41-second pigtail pin over Bozeman’s David Hagans). Strickland (5-10) would come back for third, with pins over Jackson (:43) in the consi semis and over Perry (8-11) in 1:22 for third place. Perry punched his South Walton ticket with a 42-second pin over Hagans in the consi semis.
285 — Bay top-seeded junior Jonathan Heller (30-13) won his first district championship after finishing second last year for Rutherford, pinning his way through a six-person bracket. Heller falled Marianna junior Roosevelt Williams (pigtail fall in 4:50 over Mosley’s Daniel Bockstege) in 35 seconds in the semis, but then had to go into the third period to pin Rocky Bayou sophomore Kyle Burden (6-6) in the championship match. Burden reached the finals with pins over North Bay Haven’s Jonathan Serbest (2:00, pigtails) and Arnold sophomore Joseph Carey (2:46, semis). Williams (9-17) came back behind two pins for third, falling Serbest (2:01) in the consi semis and Carey (23-11) in 3:48 for third place. Carey punched his South Walton ticket with a 52-second consi-semi pin over Bockstege.
All statewide rankings as created by Brant Parsons and as updated February 18.
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