North Florida Matmen staff report
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MASON CITY, IA — Two Matmen-area alumni will be particpating in Friday’s NJCAA national tournament in Council Bluffs, IA.
Representing Iowa Lakes Community College will be 149-pound Tracy Davis (Fleming Island ’16) and 165-pound Tyrone Jones (Matanzas ’18). At the regional tournament on February 10, Jones placed fourth and Davis fifth in their respective weight classes.
At 165, Jones won a pigtail match by fall over host North Iowa Area’s Xavier Judge, in 1:03. He then took two subsequent losses to place fourth, falling to Iowa Central’s Travis Willers (2:19) in the semis, then, after a bye, dropped a 7-2 decision to Ellsworth’s Khanden Howse in the third-place match.
At 149, Davis was 0-2 in taking fifth, with a 15-0 loss by tech fall to Iowa Western’s Melvin Hernandez in a pigtail match and a loss by fall in 4:59 in the consi semis to Iowa Central’s Yarhoski Aldiva.
Newberry Open: Four Matmen-area alumni participated in the Newberry Open, hosted by Newberry College (coached by Clay alum Cy Wainwright) on February 9.
At 125, Southeastern’s Zack Branning (Flagler Palm Coast ’15) took sixth, with a 2-3 record. Branning lost in the quarters to third-place Ryan More of Virginia Tech, 5-2, but bounced back for a podium spot with wins over teammate Esau Bazilme (former Osceola HS wrestler), 5-2, in WB round 2 and a 17-0 tech over Newberry’s Zach Valentine in the consi quarters. Branning then fell in the consi semis to Presbyterian’s Jacob Brasseur (5-1) and in the fifth-place match to Reinhardt’s Walker Byrd (3-2).
At 184, Newberry’s Brandon Dickman (Creekside ’18) was 2-2, with a third-period fall in the round of 16 over Queens University’s Jacob Balmas (6:57), falling to runnerup Zech Rives of Southeastern, 11-5, in the quarters. Dickman took a medical forfeit over Clemson’s Noah Wright in WB round 2, but then fell one match short of a place finish with a 3-2 loss to fifth-place Cameron Butler of Lindsey Wilson, in the WB quarters. Dickman also competed in Newberry’s 47-0 dual win over Queens on February 7, winning by forfeit at 197.
At 141, Central Florida’s Justin Trinh (Ridgeview ’16) was 1-2, opening with a 13-4 major over Newberry’s Michael Land. He then lost to fourth-place Reid Stewart of Presbyterian, 4-1, in the quarters and to fifth-place Devinaire Hayes of Queens University, 8-1, in WB round 2.
For some reason, the brackets on Trackwrestling were not completed at 165, where the University of Florida’s Alonzo Davis (Raines ’18) competed. Davis had a win over unattached wrestler Bryce Frutos, 9-5, and lost to Lindsey Wilson’s Bryce Hoffman, 3-2, in the quarters. No WB round resuls were available.
WCWA Nationals: At Marietta, GA, at the Cobb Civic Center, Life placed 12th as a team and Zoe Wight (Gulf Breeze ’14) was 3-2 in the tournament. Wight won her first match with a 10-4 decision over Jamestown’s Joy Muniz, then fell in the round of 16 to King’s Ashlynn Ortega, 8-1. The consis saw Wight won twice — 7-3 over Menlo’s Marilyn Garcia and 11-0 over Eastern Oregon’s Dempsi Talkington — before falling, 9-8, to Simon Fraser’s Sara Brinkac.
Southeast Wrestling Conference: Brackets were not readily available on Track or FloArena, so information on only Huntingdon was available. The Hawks were fifth i nthe tournament, as Matmen alumni Joseph Pearson (Ft Walton Beach ’17) was second at 285 and Cody Dixon (Ft Walton Beach ’15) third at 194.
Pearson won two matches by decision before losing by fall in the 285 finals, while Dixon was 3-1, with two techs (including in the third-place match), a decision and a loss by decision in the semis at 184.
UNC-Pembroke 33, Greensboro 12: At Greensboro on February 13, the visiting Braves won five straight matches between 165 and 285 to break open the dual. One of UNC-Pembroke’s winners was Kaleb Warner (Columbia ’15), who pinned Greensboro’s Ryan Dominique in 3 minutes, one of the Braves’ two falls on the night.
Pittsburgh 31, Davidson 6/Appalachian State 43, Davidson 0: At Davidson, NC, on February 9, the hosts won just two weights, both by decision, at 133 and 157. At 174, Davidson’s Noah Satterfield (Marysville OH ’15, family lives in Ponte Vedra Beach area) took a loss by tech fall (21-6 in 6:02) to the Panthers’ Gregg Harvey. On February 12, the Wildcats lost to Appalachian State, giving up seven losses by bonus point. Satterfield started the dual for Davidson, taking a 13-4 loss by major to App State’s Thomas Flitz.
Coe 44, Dubuque 6/Dubuque 43, Simpson 6: At Cedar Rapids, IA, on February 8, the visiting Spartans won just one match (285), by fall. At 174, Dubuque’s Delmontae Davis (Westside ’17) lost by tech fall, 17-0, to the hosts’ Jake Voss. Then, on February 13 at home, the Spartans hammered out eight wins, five of those by forfeit. Davis picked up one of those forfeits at 174 for the Spartans.
Wisconsin 17, Illinois 16 (criteria): At Madison on February 10, the Badgers — ranked 14th at the time — overcame a 16-9 deficit to win the dual, with Trent Hillger (285) winning with a 16-5 major and Jens Lantz (5-4 at 133), Cole Martin (7-1 at 149), Evan Wick (9-3 at 165) and Beau Breske (4-2 at 197 in sudden-victory time) took decisions. “I think what you’re going to see in our guys is fight. No matter how overwhelmed they are, no matter where they come from, they’re going to fight for us,” Wisconsin coach Chris Bono (Bolles & Iowa State alum) said.
King 24, Coker 18: At Bristol, TN, on February 10, the visiting Cobras (with assistant coaching by University Christian and Coker alum Robert Parland) won four matches, led by Bret Shurina’s fall at 157, a win by forfeit for Corey Christie (165) and decisions from Christopher Poland (5-2 at 133) and Marco Mason (7-2 at 184).
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