North Florida Matmen staff report
BOWLING GREEN, KY — Two Matmen area-alumni, like their NJCAA counterparts, will be competing in the NAIA national tournament on Friday in Des Moines, IA.
Cumberland (TN)’s Kaz Maia (Flagler Palm Coast ’16) and Southeastern’s Jason Davis (Fleming Island ’17) both received at-large berths for the tournament.
Maia, who joined the Phoenix team in January, took fourth at the Mid-South Conference tournament, competing at 149 pounds. He decisioned Life’s Mason Calvert, 11-8, in the quarters, then lost by fall to Cumberlands (KY)’s Tres Leon by fall in 3:23. After majoring Brewton-Parker’s Dean Esquibel, 12-2, in a match that essentially gave him a shot at nationals, Maia fell to Calvert, 5-4, in the third-place match.
Davis took sixth at 184 in that same tournament, with a quarterfinal 3-1 win in sudden victory over Lindsey Wilson’s Lucas Miozza. He then fell in double-overtime, 4-2, to Maia’s teammate, John Olivieri. In the consi semis, Davis took a 6-0 defeat against Cumberlands KY’s Max Emerson, then fell in double-overtime, 11-8, to Campbellsville’s Aaron Mosley. Davis is currently ranked 12th at 184 by Intermat.
Last Chance Open: At Ames IA (Iowa State) on February 17, Northwestern freshman Michael DeAugustino (Flagler Palm Coast ’18) won the 125-pound bracket while competing for the Chicago Regional Training Center. After a bye in the quarters, DeAugustino won by medical forfeit in the semis over Iowa State’s Alex Mackall, then decisioned another Iowa State wrestler, Corey Cabanban, 7-4, in the championship round. DeAugustino was one of three NU wrestlers to win for CRTC.
GPAC Championships: At Orange City IA on February 16, Briar Cliff placed second in the eight-team conference meet, with 130.5 points. Scott Dollison (Episcopal ’16) placed fifth at 285 pounds, with a 2-2 record. Dollison fell to Morningside’s Phil Rasmussen, 9-1, in the quarters, but then falled Hastings’ Daniel Gonzalez in 7:37, in sudden victory, to earn a place finish. After losing by fall to teammate Matt Wilke (1:51) in the consi semis, Dollison pinned Midland’s Alton Johnson in 1:02 for fifth place.
The Citadel 20, Davidson 18: At Charleston SC on February 20, the visiting Wildcats won more matches (5-4), but had only one bonus-point win, while all four Bulldogs won by bonus. One of the Davidson winners was Noah Satterfield (Marysville OH ’15, family lives in Ponte Vedra Beach area), who took a 6-2 decision at 174 over The Citadel’s Cooper Youngblood.
Newberry 19, Limestone 17: At Gaffney SC on February 14, the Wolves (coached by Clay & Newberry alum Cy Wainwright) clinched the inaugural South Atlantic Conference Carolinas championship thanks to a Patton Gossett fall at 285. Brandon Dickman (Creekside ’18) started at 197, at least a weight up from his natural weight, taking an 11-6 loss to the Saints’ Clif-Steven Decius.
NEWA Futures Invitational: At Hartford CT on February 17, Norwich’s Dominic Cerillo (Niceville ’17) was 0-2, competing at 133. Cerillo fell in the round of 16, taking an 11-4 loss to Springfield’s Jarred Tolotti. Cerillo then fell in WB round 1 to Wesleyan’s Kasim Khan.
Coker 26, Liberty 21: At Hartsville SC on February 14, the Cobras (assistant coached by University Christian & Coker alum Robert Parland) won five of six weights between 125 and 165 to take the dual, with bonus points in four of those six (pins at 133, 141 and 157, tech fall at 125).
Iowa 35, Wisconsin 2: At Madison on February 17, in a dual meet that saw both teams take subtractions of team points, the Badgers (coached by Bolles & Iowa State alum Chris Bono) had just one win in the dual, a 1-0 win from Trent Hillger at 285. Iowa had six wins by bonus points in the dual.
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