GAINESVILLE — When Clay joined the field at the Category V Duals tournament mid-season, there was a strong possibility that defending champion Columbia would have to go through the Blue Devils in order to keep the title.
On Saturday, that’s how the day ended, with the Pool B champion Tigers and Pool A champion Blue Devils squaring off to determine the second tournament champion.
And with both tournament and regional bragging rights on the line, it would be the Tigers that left Gainesville undefeated, but by the narrowest of margins, as the teams battled to a 34-34 tie. With a team-point deduction occurring in the dual, according to the tournament director, that meant that Columbia would win the dual and the title.
Columbia started fast, racing out to a substantial lead behind pins from Matt Ross (152) and Shawn Raggins (at 182), a 13-0 major from Preston O’Quinn (at 170) and 9-6 decision from Joseph Rice at 160, plus a forfeit.
Clay would break back to make the dual nearly even on four max-point victories in a row, with pins from Joe Grelli (220) and Tazz Hampton (106), but Thomas Greene’s overtime fall at 120 halted the Blue Devils’ momentum.
Clay would win three of the last four matches to close out the dual, with a tech fall from Grant Stanish (20-5 at 145) and decisions from Luke Davis (5-0 at 126) and Cale Hoskinson (4-3 at 132), while Columbia’s win during that string came from a 4-2 win from Daveyon Brown at 138.
On the day, Columbia had seven unbeaten wrestlers, four of those going 5-0 and three of those four scoring a maximum of 30 dual points for the Tigers.
Greene had three pins in a 5-0 day, while Raggins (170/182, pin) and Julius Moreland (195/220, 2 pins) also had max-point days for Columbia. Joining them at 5-0 was O’Quinn (160/170, pin & major).
Brown (138, pin & decision) and Rice (152/160, pin/major/decision) were both 4-0 for the Tigers, while Trevon Patterson was 3-0. Brett Millard (106, pin), Ian McGuigan (126, pin) and Zhaquez Griffin (220/285, 4 pins) were each 4-1 on the day.
As for Clay, the Blue Devils applied a mix-and-match approach, but still had several wrestlers pull together at least three wins on the day.
Stanish (145/152, 3 techs) was the only Clay wrestler to go 5-0, but wasn’t the only unbeaten Blue Devil. Justin Byler (113), Hoskinson (132, 2 pins & decision) and Derrek Mosley (285, pin) were all 4-0, while Hampton (106, pin) and Grelli (220, 2 pins) were both 3-0 on the day.
McGowan (138/145, pin) and Will Dorvilus (160, 2 pins) were both 4-1 on the day, while Almando Martnez (182, pin & major) was 3-2.
Here’s how the other five eligible area teams that were in the field on Saturday:
Nease: The St Johns Panthers finished second in Pool A with a 3-1 mark, taking victories over Godby (42-24), Eastside (48-18) and Leesburg (36-18) in pool play before falling to West Port, 51-24, in the 3rd-4th place dual. Nease had two wrestlers score maximum dual points on the day, as lower-weight Outstanding Wrestler Gavin Riccobono (126, 3 pins) and Kirill Kim (170, 2 pins) both were 5-0 with maximum points in each dual. Jacob Satterfield (152, 3 pins) and Angel Rodriguez (195, pin) were both 4-1 on the day for Nease, while AJ Baghalan (120, pin) pulled together a 3-1 for the Panthers.
Godby: With just six in the lineup, the Cougars were no match in the pool for Clay and Nease, but had plenty to turn back Eastside (30-18) and Leesburg (18-15), then defeated the hosts, 30-12, in the 5th-6th place dual. Despite just six, four Godby wrestlers had at least three wins, with Joshua Yarbrough (285, pin & decision) putting together a 5-0 day. Jeremy Hector (106) and Thomas Branson (145/152, 2 pins) were both 4-1 and Nigel Brown (132, pin) was 3-2 for the Cougars.
Gainesville: The hosts only had four wrestlers in the lineup, but those four were enough for two Pool B victories over Interlachen (24-6) and Bradford (24-6), with an out-of-area loss to Westport (42-24) in pool play. Upper-weight Outstanding Wrestler Gregory Milinkovic (285, 3 pins) was 4-0 on the day for the Hurricanes, while Brennan Kade (120, pin) and Joshua Cohn (182/195, pin) were each 4-1 and Joseph Martino (182/195) was 3-1 on the day for Gainesville.
Eastside: The Alachua County Rams completed their regular season with a 2-3 day and seventh-place finish, with a 30-24 Pool A win over Leesburg and a 30-0 shutout over Bradford in the 7th-8th place match. Luke Peterson (170, pin) was 4-1 to lead Eastside in wins, while Ethan Anderson (160, pin) went 3-1 and Amir Bilal (182/195, pin) and Jamel Bell (285, pin) each were 3-2 for the Rams.
Interlachen: The only team in the tournament not to leave with at least one dual victory, the Putnam County Rams took losses to Bradford (18-6) and West Port (60-0) in Pool B, with an 18-3 loss to Leesburg in the 9th-10th place dual. Elijah Miller (132, pin & decision) was 4-1 on the day for Interlachen.
Editor’s Note: Bradford dual results are on the duals page; individual wrestlers can be highlighted in our recaps and writeups when results from the Hurricane Cup and three prior duals, or win-loss records for those events, can be sent to Matmen.
Complete dual results from the day can be found here.
CRAWFORDVILLE — Wakulla can probably lay claim to be the second-strongest team, in any class, in north Florida.
What the War Eagles have no doubt in claiming is absolute dominance of their one-day IBT event on Saturday. Wakulla more than doubled up runnerup Ft Walton Beach, 338.5-135.5, for the title.
In fact, the War Eagles had more points than the runnerup Vikings and third-place Weeki Wachee (127.5 points) combined; only when fourth-place Arnold’s 119 points are added in is Wakulla bested.
Chiles was fifth in the event with 115.5 points, while Marianna was seventh at 101.5, South Walton eighth at 94 and West Nassau 10th at 65.5. Bishop Snyder was 11th, with 59 points, while Yulee was 12th (58.5), Bozeman 13th (44.5), Crestview 14th (42), Rutherford & Wewahitchka tied for 15th (40.5), Leon 17th (36.5), Bay 18th (24) and Rocky Bayou 19th (5.5).
A recap from each weight class follows, with area top-six placers and local wrestlers reaching the “blood round” noted:
106 — Wakulla’s George Hernandez pinned his way into the finals (Marianna’s William Carrel in round of 16, South Walton’s Elden Roberts in quarters, Weeki Wachee’s Keith Germain in semis) before decisioning Arnold’s Tanner Brockman (pins in first round, Wakulla’s Julian Harvey in quarters, Master’s Academy’s Brandon Cody in semis prior to final), 5-3, in the championship match. Cody majored Germain, 12-0, for third place. After losing by fall to Germain in the quarters, Chiles’ Hunter Brown won by pin three times to place fifth, falling Harvey in the place match. Rutherford’s Jacob Latham (loss by fall to Brown) and Carrel (loss by fall to Harvey) reached the blood round.
113 — Wakulla’s Jackson Merrick also pinned his way into the final (after a bye, Weeki Wachee’s Dominick Scaffedi in quarters and Villages’ Brett Wilke in the semis), then held off Arnold’s Will Ashby (pins over Crestview’s Javan Alto, Bay’s Corban Cherry and Marianna’s Neal Smith prior to final), 2-1, in the championship match. Smith pinned Wilke for third place. After losing by fall to Smith in the quarters, Wewahitchka’s Conner Roberts won twice by fall for fifth place, the second pin over Scaffedi. Cherry (loss by fall to Roberts) and Crestview’s Javan Alto (loss by fall to Scaffedi) reached the blood round.
120 — Wakulla’s Raymond Hatchman bonus-pointed into the final round (after a bye, pin over Master’s Academy’s Daniel Pacheco and 9-0 major over Ft Walton Beach’s Weston Burbidge), but then had to hold off Ft Walton Beach’s Brandon Mallin (9-0 major over Marianna’s Dustin Arnold, 8-4 over Weeki Wachee’s Lane Beck prior to final), taking a 4-3 decision in the finals. Burbidge majored Beck, 12-4, in the third-place match, while Chiles’ Olufemi Egberongbe, who lost by fall to Burbidge in the quarters, had two pins and a 15-1 major in the fifth-place match over Arnold. Bishop Snyder’s Elijah Bishop (12-7 loss to Arnold) and Arnold’s Jacob Smith (loss by fall to Egberongbe) reached the blood round.
126 — Wakulla’s Matthew Owen made it a four-pack of War Eagle titles, pinning his way through the tournament (after a bye, Bishop Snyder’s JP Villanueva in quarters, Bozeman’s Brian Zerr in semis), with the last fall in the finals over Wewahitchka’s Johnathan Harvey (pins in round of 16 and in quarters over Marianna’s Hunter Monday, plus a 7-2 semifinal win over Arnold’s Nick Hejke, prior to final). Hejke pushed past Zerr, 11-9, in the third-place match, while Villanueva sandwiched a 3-2 decision on the back with two falls, the second of those over Monday for fifth place. Wewahitchka’s Jaden Moseley (4-3 loss to Monday) reached the blood round.
132 — South Walton’s Seth Weinthal broke the string of Wakulla titles, with a fall (Crestview’s Karter Watson in the quarters), 3-1 sudden-victory decision (Wakulla’s Charlie Owens in semis), and 10-1 major in the finals over Wakulla’s Isaiah Wilson (11-7 over Villages’ Cameron Rima in quarters, 17-2 tech in semis). Owens took third with a win by forfeit, while Watson, after losing by fall to Weinthal in the quarters, had two back-side wins to reach the fifth-place match, where he lost by fall. Yulee’s Orion Duffy (11-7 loss to Watson) reached the blood round.
138 — South Walton’s Ethan Pickren max-pointed or teched his way through the tournament, with pins over Bozeman’s Dylan Crawford (round of 16), a walkover in the quarters, fall over Villages’ Kevin Coon in the semis, and a 24-4 tech in the championship match over Arnold’s Griffin Hebert (pins over Bishop Snyder’s Backtash Wallizada and South Walton’s Yaako Avalon, plus a 5-4 win over Yulee’s Aston Ricks in the semi). Ricks rallied for a 5-3 win over Coon in the third-place match, while Avalon, after losing in the quarters to Hebert, won twice on the backside before taking a loss by fall in the fifth-place match. Wallizada got to the blood round, losing by fall there.
145 — Wakulla got back to title ways, as Noah Wilson pinned his way into the final (Crestview’s Malachi Santiago in round of 16, Marianna’s Cody Lewis in quarters, Chiles’ Will Wiggins in semis); there, he pushed past Ft Walton Beach’s Carlos Bogan (17-1 tech over Leon’s Ethan Eudy in round of 16, 20-4 tech over Bishop Snyder’s Clayton Beasley, plus semifinal pin over Chiles’ Andrew Mullins), with a 4-3 decision in the final. Wiggins pinned Mullins for third place, while Santiago took three decisions in wrestling back for fifth, the last a 7-5 win over Eudy. Bay’s Kyle Roper (9-6 loss to Santiago) and Rocky Bayou’s Wyatt Kirkpatrick (loss by fall to Eudy) reached the blood round.
152 — Villages’ Ethan Hatcher became the first non-Wakulla/South Walton to win Saturday, with techs over Yulee’s David Wyatt (22-5, round of 16) and Crestview’s Rowan Gomez (18-1, quarters), plus a semifinal pin over Bozeman’s Wylie DeBarr, to reach the final, where he had a wild 13-10 victory over Wakulla’s Jackson Osteen (pins over Bay’s Trenton Wood and Weeki Wachee’s Jacob Danner, plus an 11-7 win over Ft Walton Beach’s Jean Maldonaldo). Maldonaldo falled DeBarr for third, while Arnold’s Nick Kendrick, who lost to Maldonado in the quarters, scored three max-point wins on the back, with a forfeit in the fifth-place match. Bishop Snyder’s John Bokros (loss by fall to Rutherford’s Keivontie Logan) reached the blood round.
160 — The Master’s Academy’s Ryan Cody pinned or teched his way into the final (16-1 tech over Marianna’s Christian Cosson in round of 16, falls over Bishop Snyder’s James Baker and Chiles’ Kevonte Times in quarters and semis), then won by forfeit in the finals. Times decisioned Wakulla’s Cole Baggett, 5-3 in overtime, for third place, while Leon’s Jaquenez Madison, who lost in the first round to South Walton’s Chase Maddox, won four times on the back to take fifth, the last win a 3-2 decision over Maddox. Ft Walton Beach’s Caleb Tourgee (4-1 loss to Maddox) and Bozeman’s Chase Wyzard (loss by fall to Madison) reached the blood round.
170 — Chiles’ Kyle McGill pinned his way into the finals (Villages’ Brandon Terry in round of 16, Leon’s Jalani Stockton in quarters, Ft Walton Beach’s Eddie Alexis in semis), where he pushed through to a 3-2 win over Marianna’s John Maddox (pin over Weeki Wachee’s Brian Strickland in quarters, 10-7 win over South Walton’s Harris Barton in semis). Alexis would win by forfeit in the third-place match, while Wakulla’s Hayden Reeves, after losing by fall in the quarters, won twice on the back to make podium, with a loss by fall in the fifth-place match. Stockton (loss by fall to Reeves) reached the blood round.
182 — The Master’s Academy’s Liam Harris had two bonus-point wins prior to final (16-1 tech in quarters over Yulee’s Keleb Reddish, 11-1 major over Ft Walton Beach’s Kaleb Williams in semi), but then needed overtime for a 6-4 sudden victory decision over Wakulla’s Andrew Annand (pins over Chiles’ Austin Wheeler and Weeki Wachee’s Klebert Charles, plus a 4-3 win over Marianna’s Corey Davis in the semis). Davis pinned Williams for third place, while Wheeler won three times on the back for fifth, decisioning Village’s Jaden Markus, 4-2, in the place match. Wakulla’s Ethan Kaufmann (loss by fall to Wheeler) reached the blood round.
195 — Wakulla’s John Trevor Hinsey pinned or teched his way through the tournament, with falls in the quarters and again in the semis over Marianna’s Jonah Mercer, then faced Weeki Wachee’s Jason Schmidt (pins over Ft Walton Beach’s Patrick Adams and Bishop Snyder’s Tommy Graden) in the finals. There, Hinsey posted a 16-0 tech fall for the bracket. Graden came back for third with a 2-1 decision over Mercer, while Rutherford’s Xavier Stillgess was fifth. Stillgess, who lost by fall to Graden in the quarters, had three pins on the back, falling Bozeman’s Jay May in the place match. Adams (loss by fall to Stillgess) reached the blood round.
220 — Wakulla’s Slade Watkins had three decisions to reach the finals (7-0 over Leon’s Josh Seabrook in round of 16, 8-3 over Crestview’s Kennard Madden in quarters, 7-1 over Arnold’s Casey Peppers in the semis), where he pinned Yulee’s Bradley Durrance (pins over Marianna’s Lawson Jackson, Ft Walton Beach’s Spencer Mackenzie and Rutherford’s Elton Rumph prior to final). Peppers pinned Rumph in the third-place match, while Madden won three times by pin after falling to Watkins in the quarters, falling Seabrook for fifth. Bishop Snyder’s Mark Morante (7-4 loss to Seabrook) reached the blood round.
285 — Wakulla’s Darius Wilkins pinned his way through the tournament, with falls over Crestview’s Weston Tew (quarters), Bay’s Jonathan Heller (semis) and Weeki Wachee’s Jahkiye Facey (2 pins & decision prior to final) in the championship match. Heller was fourth after losing by fall in the third-place match, while Ft Walton Beach’s Luther Fagalima (lost in round of 16 to Facey) won three matches by pin on the back to take fifth, with a fall over Marianna’s Roosevelt Williams in the fifth-place match. Bishop Snyder’s Angel LeCointe (loss by fall to Williams) and Yulee’s Grayson Pope (loss by fall to Fagalima) reached the blood round.
Editor’s Note: West Nassau results are on the brackets and their team score is noted above; individual wrestlers can be highlighted in our recaps and writeups when results from four prior duals, or won-loss records from those prior duals, can be sent to Matmen.
Complete brackets from this tournament can be found here.
JACKSONVILLE — Creekside had not been to the Westside Roundrobin event prior to Saturday.
And even though the St Johns Knights finished second in the eight-team event at Westside HS on Saturday, a 30-minute stretch in which three Creekside kids found themselves sent to the trainer table might lead the Knights to re-think their future participation.
Still, though, Creekside won four weight-class titles and rolled up 276 points in the tournament. Only Rockledge, with 338.5 points and seven weight-class wins, did better. Host Westside was third, with 189 points and two champions, while Fernandina Beach was fourth with 132 and one champ.
Stanton was fifth with 96.5 points, followed by a split-squad Ponte Vedra team (72), Baker County (71.5) and Yulee 28.
106 — In a three-person bracket, Creekside’s Cody Smith won twice by fall for the title, falling Ponte Vedra’s Julian Villegas in 35 seconds for the title.
113 — With four wrestlers all wrestling against each other, Fernandina Beach’s Jeremy Mahoney was 3-0 with three first-period falls, with his Round 3 fall in 1:18 victory over Creekside’s Lee Leavell the effective championship match. Westside’s Jacare Johnson took third with a pin in 26 seconds over Rockledge’s Terrence Williams.
120 — Creekside’s Colin Brown was 3-0 with two pins and a tech fall to take Pool C, then added two more pins to win the weight class, falling Rockledge’s Cameron Furnari in 2:19 in the first-place match. Westside’s Ernest Terry pinned the 2A Knights’ Keanan Sexton in 1:22 for third place.
126 — In a five-man round-robin, Creekside’s CJ Sexton was 4-0, with three pins and a decision. His fall over Westside’s Seth Britton, in round 3, proved to be the effective championship match, as Britton was 3-1 and placed 2nd. Fernandina Beach’s Bryce Bourqain was fourth, at 1-3.
132 — Rockledge’s Conner Justice was 3-0 with a forfeit, injury-default win and pin. Yulee’s Dietrich Woods won by fall twice to place second, while Creekside’s Nolan Anderson was third with a pin.
138 — In a six-man weight class, Creekside’s Jake Summers was 5-0 with three pins, a tech and 2-0 decision to win the weight class. Summers’ 18-3 tech over Stanton’s Gabe Navarro (4-1) was the effective championship match, in round 3 of the tournament.
145 — Rockledge’s Caleb Middleton bonus-pointed his way through the tournament, with two pins, a forfeit and 17-6 major in round 3 over Creekside’s Hunter Brown (3-1), which was the effective championship match. Stanton’s Grant Kelsey was 2-2 for third place.
152 — Rockledge’s John King won Pool B with two pins, then had two majors in bracketed competition, with a 9-0 win in the finals over Fernandina Beach’s Jeremiah Giedrys. Creekside’s Josh Benavides was third and Stanton’s Liam Salem fourth.
160 — Westside’s Angelo Philpot had two bonus-point wins to take Pool C, then, in bracketed competition, had a fall a 13-6 decision in the finals over Creekside’s Jalen Hines, the Pool A champ.
170 — Rockledge’s Kemog Ambrose came back from a disqualification loss in round 1 to win the weight class, going 4-1 with three pins and a 5-3 win in round 2 over Creekside’s Antonio Carter, the effective title match. Stanton’s Avery Debelen was 3-2 and placed third, while Westside’s Abdelkareem Noubani had two wins and placed fourth.
182 — Pool A winner Devicq Thompsen-Alexander of Rockledge was 2-0 with two pins, then added two more in taking the weight class, falling Ponte Vedra’s Troy Maritato a second time in the finals, this time in 1:29, for the title. Pool B winner Caleb Dickens was third, falling Westside’s Savion King in 1:38.
195 — Pool B winner Charles Alexander of Rockledge had a pin and two decisions in pool play, then won by fall in the semis and decisioned Creekside’s Trey Chesser (as he had in pool competition), 7-1, for the title. Fernandina Beach’s Kolby Kidd placed fourth.
220 — Rockledge’s Jordan Love was 3-0 to win Pool A, then had two bonus-point wins to take the weight class, with a fall and 14-4 major in the finals over Fernandina Beach’s Robbie Elefterion. Pool B winner Jakius Hunt of Westside was third, with a 2-0 win in the third-place match.
285 — Westside’s Ray Bolden won his first two matches by injury-default/medical forfeit, later adding a decision, to win Pool B, then picked up two falls to win the weight class, the second of those in 3 minutes over Rockledge’s DeAudre Thomas. Wolverine teammate Christopher Miller was third with a 2-0 win over Rockledge’s Thomas Miller.
Editor’s Note: Other than team score and published results, Baker County wrestlers did not appear in the recap due to missing results from a previous event.
Complete brackets from this tournament can be found here.
PALM COAST — For Flagler County teams this past weekend, the 33rd annual Flagler Rotary was a resounding success.
For host Flagler Palm Coast, the success was more managing a successful tournament that included an in-state IBT appearance from the state’s strongest team in Lake Highland Prep, which won the event with 384.5 points, and one of 3A-Region 1’s top challengers to Fleming Island for supremacy in Winter Springs, which was second with 311.
For Matanzas, the Pirates were the best team in the field not named Lake Highland or Winter Springs, as they finished third in the 25-team tournament with 189.5 points, four ahead of fourth-place Harmony, with University-Orange City nabbing fifth at 107.5.
Local teams in the field that also finished in the top 10 were Bishop Kenny (seventh, 85.5 points), Bartram Trail (eighth, 83) and Fletcher (10th, 78).
Episcopal was 11th with 63, followed by (local teams only): St Augustine (12th, 61); Flagler Palm Coast (13th, 57.5); Sandalwood (14th, 54); Bolles (15th, 52); Pedro Menendez (18th, 42.5); Robert E. Lee (19th, 34.5); Mandarin (20th, 31.5); Middleburg (21st, 31); Atlantic Coast (22nd, 20); and Ponte Vedra (25th, 11), which sent a partial team.
Below follows a recap of each weight class, with local placers and those locals reaching the “blood round” noted:
106 — Lake Highland’s Danny Nini pinned or teched his way through the field, with three first-period falls and a third-period tech (18-3 in 5:35) in the finals over University-Orange City’s Zion Gonzalez (pin, tech and walkover prior to final). Episcopal’s Joe Jackson was the top area placer, finishing fifth. Jackson had two front-side wins with max points, but then was teched in the quarters by Gonzalez. On the back, Jackson scored two pins to secure his podium spot, then lost by fall in the consi semis to fourth-place Cade Eisenhut of Lake Howell. He then decisioned semifinalist Matthew Lawrence of Lake Highland, 3-0, in the fifth-place match. Mandarin’s Nathan Bremer (8-0 loss to third-place Aiden Poe of Harmony) and Bishop Kenny’s Ryan Mayer (loss by fall in 3:54 to Jackson) reached the blood round.
113 — Lake Highland’s Jake Wohltman needed just 76 seconds to rack up three pins and reach the final, where the fans got to see a possible 1A state-final preview, in which Wohltman turned back Episcopal’s Kyle Hopkins, 8-4, in the finals. Hopkins had two first-period falls on Friday to get to the semis, where he overcame Matanzas’ Shaun Culbreth, 8-6. Culbreth would come back to take third place, with a fall in the consi semis and then a 5-2 win in the third-place match over Lake Howell’s Angel Giraldo, a fellow semifinalist. Bartram Trail’s Michael Moore was fifth; he lost to Culbreth by fall in Friday night’s quarters, but then had a walkover and pin to reach the podium before losing by fall to Giraldo in the consi semis. Moore then shut out Cocoa Beach’s Joshua Rivas, 3-0, for fifth.
120 — New Smyrna Beach’s Michael Shannon racked up three pins and two decisions despite being unseeded, with a second-period fall in the finals over Winter Springs’ Allen Maxwell (2 pins & decision prior to final). Menendez’s Robert Iglesias, who placed fourth, was the only area placewinner. After a win by pin on the front, Iglesias fell in the quarters to Lake Highland’s Preston Walls, then ripped through two pins to earn a podium finish, with a 6-5 decision in the consi semis before falling to Walls a second time, 6-1, in the third-place match. Matanzas’ Ethan Goodman (7-3 loss to sixth-place Quirion Cayden of Seabreeze) reached the blood round.
126 — Lake Highland’s Nic Bouzakis rolled up four falls in exactly 2 minutes to get to the final, where he teched teammate William Kennedy (2 pins/tech/decision prior to final), 18-2 in 3:52, for the championship. Matanzas’ Caleb Bower was the top area placer, taking fourth after reaching the semifinals behind two decisions and a fall. Bower lost by fall to Bouzakis on the front side, rallying for a second-period pin in the consi semis before losing by fall in 1:30 in the third-place match to Harmony’s Dylan Jones. Bolles’ Dalton Posick placed sixth and reached the semis. Posick had a pair of front-side wins before losing by tech to Kennedy, then taking two more losses on the back, including an 8-2 fifth-place loss to Winter Springs’ Chase Chapdelaine.
132 — Lake Highland’s Vincent Menozzi pinned his way into the final, but had to go a full six for his bracket win, overcoming Bartram Trail’s Nicholas Vugman, 10-6, in the finals. Vugman had two pins on Friday, with a third pin in the semis (3:04) over Matanzas’ Lawrence Russo to get to the title match. Russo (pin & major on the front) came back for third with a pair of decisions, including an 8-7 win over Cocoa Beach’s Michael Watson in the place match. St Augustine’s Gabe Galloza reached the podium, placing sixth. He’d lost by fall in the pigtails, but then picked off four victories on the back to reach the podium, falling in the consi semis and then again in the fifth-place match by fall to Harmony’s Melvin Ewen (2:08). Flagler’s Drew Dance (loss by fall in :25 to Ewen) reached the blood round.
138 — Winter Springs’ Matthew Phillips bonus-pointed his way into the finals, with two pins, tech and major, pushing just past Lake Highland’s Myles Griffin (3 pins in 2:03 prior to final), 7-6, to take the championship. Matanzas’ Josh Bower was third, with two front-side falls and a 5-4 quarterfinal loss on Friday, but didn’t lose again, with two pins and two decisions. He even avenged the loss, downing his quarterfinal opponent, Cocoa Beach’s James Clark-Herndon, 6-2, for third place. Flagler’s Blane DeFord placed fifth and was a semifinalist. DeFord had a forfeit, pin and tech to reach semis, where he lost by fall to Griffin. After falling to Bower in the consi semis, DeFord won by forfeit against Harmony’s Josh Hall in the fifth-place match. Robert E. Lee’s Ty’Juan Jones (loss by fall in 2:27 to Hall) reached the blood round.
145 — Lake Highland’s Chris Rivera had a tech, decision and pin in reaching the finals, where he overcame Winter Springs’ JJ Contreras (2 pins & tech prior to final) with a 4-1 decision and the championship. The coverage area had four placers, as Matanzas’ Ian Eckert (3rd), Fletcher’s Douglas Tappin (4th), Sandalwood’s Lavaughn Brown (5th) and Menendez’s Connor Spossey (6th) rounded out the podium. Eckert had two decisions to reach the semis, where he lost by tech to Contreras. He then had a major in the consi semis and 8-5 win over Tappin, a fellow semifinalist, in the third-place match. Tappin had had two decisions also to get to the semis, where he lost by fall to Rivera; a back-side win by fall put him into the third-place match. Brown fell to Eckert in the round of 16 and then won three matches by pin to secure a podium spot, pinning Spossey for fifth in 1:48. Spossey had a front-side win before he, too, lost to Eckert in the quarters; he then took two wins to secure his medal. Two additional area 145s, Mandarin’s Xaine Evans (loss by fall in :47 to Brown) and Matanzas’ Griffin Wilder (7-5 loss to Spossey) reached the blood round.
152 — Lake Highland’s Dominic Isola bonus-pointed his way through the tournament, with three Friday pins and two Saturday majors, including a 12-3 win over Winter Springs’ Hayden McCandless (2 pins & decision prior to final) in the championship match. Bishop Kenny’s Joey Cusick was the top area placer, taking third after reaching the semis. Cusick had a tech and decision on Friday before falling by decision to McCandless in the semis; on the back, Cusick won by injury default and then fall in 2:28 in the third-place match over Lake Highland’s Easton Tobia (whom he’d decisioned on Friday in the quarters). Matanzas’ Sam Russo was fifth and Middleburg’s Bryce Williams sixth. Russo had a pin and decision to get to the semis, where he lost to Isola, and then fell again in the consi semis. Russo won by injury-default over Williams in the fifth-place match; Williams had a pin on the front before falling in the quarters to Isola. On the back, Williams won twice by fall to earn his medal before injury-defaulting in the consi semis.
160 — Winter Springs’ Wyatt Forsberg had three Friday falls and a pair of Saturday decisions, the second of those in overtime over district rival Kale Moore of University-Orange City (2 pins & decision prior to final). Bishop Kenny’s Andrew Slade was the top area placer, finishing third. Slade had two front-side falls to get to the semis, where he lost by decision to Forsberg. On the back, Slade won by fall twice, the second time in the third-place match over Bartram Trail’s Luis Parrales (4:13). Parrales also reached the semis with a pin and major before falling to Moore by decision in the semis; like Slade, he also had a pin in the consi semis. Sandalwood’s Leonardo Alonzo was sixth; after a loss by a single point in the round of 16, Alonzo won three matches on the back to earn a podium spot. In the fifth-place match, Alonzo fell again by one point to Winter Springs’ Kyle Bott (who’d beaten him Friday), 2-1. Fletcher’s Stone Rockhill (5-2 loss to Bott) and Robert E. Lee’s Ahmahd Denmark (10-5 loss to Alonzo) reached the blood round.
170 — Lake Highland’s Hunter Brinkman bonus-pointed his way into the finals, but had a more determined challenge there from Matanzas’ Quenteen Robinson before securing a 13-8 championship win. Robinson had two Friday pins to reach the semis, where he falled Seabreeze’s Victor Lipsey in 5:11 to get to the final. Bishop Kenny’s Nolan Scheets (loss by fall in 2:51 to sixth-place Will Jacobson of Harmony) and Fletcher’s Joel Rodriguez (8-6 loss to fifth-place Joe Burgess of Winter Springs) both reached the blood round.
182 — Winter Springs’ Jessiah Contreras pinned his way through the draw, with four falls in all, the last in 1:14 over University-Orange City’s Ethan Lasher (2 pins & major prior to final). Fletcher’s Michael Strong was the top area placer, taking third and reaching the semis. Strong had two pins before losing by major to Lasher in the semis; on the back, he won twice by decision, the second of those an 8-4 win over Harmony’s Avery Hamm in the third-place match. Bolles’ Ethan Asbury also reached the semis and placed fifth. Asbury had two front-side wins to get to the semi, where he lost by fall to Contreras; after a consi-semi loss, Asbury downed St Augustine’s Ryan Murphy (after winning in sudden victory over Murphy in the quarters on Friday), 3-1, in the fifth-place match. Murphy won twice by fall on the back side to secure his podium finish after falling to Asbury in the quarters on Friday. Bishop Kenny’s Esa Farah (loss by fall in 2:33 to Murphy) and Sandalwood’s Joshua Newkirk (7-3 loss to Hamm) both reached the blood round.
195 — Lake Highland’s Logan Andrew bonus-pointed his way through the tournament, with a pin, tech and 17-4 major in the finals over Winter Springs’ Bobby Williams (2 pins & decision prior to final). Robert E. Lee’s Christopher Telusma was the only area placer, finishing fifth. Telusma had two byes before a quarterfinal overtime loss on Friday, with two pins on the backside securing his medal finish. He lost by fall in the consi semis, but came back for a 9-5 fifth-place win over Cocoa Beach’s Peter Sagorski. Pedro Menendez’s Carter Payne (loss by fall in :50 to Telusma) and Atlantic Coast’s Quintin Donald (3-2 loss to Sagorski) reached the blood round.
220 — Lake Highland’s Matt Kaplan pinned his way through the draw, with four falls in all, the last in the finals over Fletcher’s Ethan Hollenbach. After two pins on Friday, Hollenbach needed extra time in the semis to turn back Matanzas’ Cecil Bermudez, 6-4, and reach the title match. Episcopal’s Freddy Dollison (third), Bolles’ David Adewale (fourth) and Bermudez (fifth) all made the podium as area representatives. Dollison had one win by decision to reach the semis, where he lost by fall to Kaplan; on the back side, he had a win by fall in the consi semis and then decisioned Adewale, 9-5, in the third-place match. Adewale had lost by fall in the round of 16, but then won four times to get back to the third-place match. After his loss to Hollenbach, and a loss by decision in the consi semis, Bermudez pinned University-Orange City’s Christian Kennick in 2:51 in the fifth-place match. Atlantic Coast’s Seth Miller (7-3 loss to Adewale) and Mandarin’s Kevin Castro (9-3 loss to Kennick) reached the blood round.
285 — St Augustine’s Darius Stanley became the area’s only Flagler champion, pinning his way through the bracket, with four first-period falls, including Saturday pins in the semis over Flagler Palm Coast’s Anthony Cinelli (1:56) and a fall in 1:38 in the finals over Winter Springs’ Matt Saint John (3 pins prior to final). Cinelli was sixth, reaching the semis behind a pin and decision, but did not continue to compete after falling to Stanley in the semis, medical-forfeiting out of consi-side matches. Mandarin’s Nicholas Wilbur (8-3 loss to fifth-place Darren Davis of Harmony) reached the blood round.
Complete brackets from this tournament can be found here.
BOCA RATON — This might be how we see the Florida Class 3A state finals shake out in five weeks’ time. Or we may see Fleming Island find a way.
Either way, when the Golden Eagles and Buccaneers collided once again, South Dade once again had just enough star power to overcome a stern test from Fleming Island — and also its closest challenger in 3A in south Florida, Southwest Miami — to win the MyHouse Invitational, hosted by Olympic Heights Friday and Saturday.
The Buccaneers outpointed the Golden Eagles, 251.5-238, in the first action for both teams since state duals the previous weekend. Southwest Miami, which could only watch from Dade County last weekend (after falling in the 3A-Region 4 semifinals to South Dade), was third with 234, while Hagerty (170) and Columbus (160) rounded out the top five.
Below follows a recap of the tournament, with Fleming Island performances where Golden Eagles appeared:
106 — Hagerty’s Ryan Rowland bonus-pointed his way through the tournament, with four pins and a major decision, needing just 42 seconds to fall Mater Lakes’ Danny Martinez (3 pins & major prior to final). Fleming’s Hunter Herrington was a quarterfinalist and finished fourth in the tournament. On the front side, Herrington had pins over Key West’s Chase Langdale (:50, round of 32) and Palm Beach Gardens’ David Corret-Jer (5:21, round of 16) before dropping a 6-4 loss to South Dade’s Adrian Morales in the quarters. Herrington then won three on the backside, with an 11-1 major over Jancarlos Rivera (also of South Dade) in consi round 4, a 9-4 win in the consi quarters over Spanish River’s Ryan Feinstein, and a win by forfeit over Palmetto Ridge’s Cullen Guerrero in the consi semis. In the third-place match, Herrington lost by fall in 2:16 to Miami Palmetto’s Corey Gallivan.
113 — Palmetto Ridge’s Brennan Van Hoecke max-pointed his way into the final (3 pins and fft walkover), then took down South Dade’s Jacob Delgado (2 pins & 2 decisions prior to final), 11-6, in the finals. Fleming’s Riley Holton was 6-1, reaching the quarterfinals and placing third. On the front, Holton pinned Hialeah-Mater Lakes’ Patrick Diaz (round of 32) and Jupiter’s Ethan Carpenter (2:38, round of 16) before taking a 4-1 loss in the quarters to Southwest Miami’s Joshua Fonseca. Holton was perfect on the back, pinning Royal Palm Beach’s Jacob Swickle (2:17 in consi round 4), decisioning Wellington’s Chakiris Townsend (5-1, consi quarters), Archbishop McCarthy’s Jaden Villalobos (6-1, consi semis) and shutting out Columbus’ Robert Dusendang (3-0, third place match).
120 — Southwest Miami’s Sebastian Melguizo bonus-pointed his way into the final (3 pins & major), but had a much closer match for the championship, edging Fleming’s Briar Jackson, 4-3, in the finals. Jackson pinned Key West’s Bryson Johnson (:34, round of 32) and Archbishop McCarthy’s Anthony Capone (1:25, round of 16), then majored Spanish River’s Michael Goldstein, 16-4, in the quarters. Jackson then shut out Columbus’ Charles Huffman, 5-0, in the semis to get to Melguizo.
126 — South Dade’s Tyler Orta collected a fall, major and two decisions en route to the title, the second decision a 9-5 win over Hagerty’s Dylan Kohn (major & 2 pins prior to final). Fleming’s Ryan Hobson was 1-2 in the tournament, with a round-of-32 fall over Palm Beach Gardens’ Jeremy Tribble (3:39), but then fell in the round of 16 to Columbus’ Justin Valdes, 5-0. Hobson then fell in consi round 2, 6-0, to Santaluces’ Jordan Clarke-Henry.
132 — South Dade’s Bretli Reyna bonus-pointed his way into the final; there, he decisioned Mater Lakes Academy’s Omar Armengol (major & 2 decisions prior to final), 9-3. Fleming’s Garrett Cole was 1-2 in the tournament, with a win on the backside. After a bye, Cole lost to Armengol, 17-6, in the round of 16, but came back with a major of his own in consi round 2, 11-2 over Coral Park’s Daniel Ponce. Hobson then fell in consi round 3 to Palmetto Ridge’s Adrian Ayala, 10-4.
138 — South Dade’s Joshua Swan also bonus-pointed his way into the final, with two pins, a major and tech, then pushed his way past North Miami’s Angel Sanchez (2 pins, default, and decision prior to final), with a 3-2 decision. Fleming’s Dalton Williams was a semifinalist and placed fourth in the tournament. Williams pinned Archbishop McCarthy’s Daniel Quiroz-Cereceda in 4:19 in the round of 32 and then had two wins to get to the semis (11-6 in round of 16 over Doral Academy’s Gabriel Moblicci, 7-5 over Atlantic Community’s Damian Swint in quarters), where he took a 7-5 loss to Sanchez. Williams then shut out Southwest Miami’s Andy Dematas, 3-0, in the consi semis, but fell by a single point in the third-place match to Olympic Heights’ Max Wyatt, 6-5.
145 — Southwest Miami’s Julian Hernandez was the third champ in a row to bonus-point into the final, with two pins and two majors, then took down Hagerty’s Ethan Woods (2 pins/major/decision), 6-4, in the finals. The Golden Eagles’ Gannon Janssen took third place and was a semifinalist, with his only loss to Hernandez. After opening the round of 32 with a 5-0 shutout of the hosts’ Colton Crossman, Janssen pinned Wellington’s Zakar Graham in 1:35 in the round of 16 and decisioned Columbus’ David Milton, 8-5, in the quarters. Hernandez was too much in the semi, with an 18-5, but Janssen didn’t lose after that, with falls in 4:37 over Palm Beach Gardens’ William George in the consi semis and 4:27 in the third-place match over South Dade’s Eric Temes.
152 — Coral Park’s Steven Villalobos pinned or teched his way through the bracket, with three pins and a tech, the third pin in the finals over the Golden Eagles’ second finalist, Connor Rogers, in 1:25. Rogers pushed through to the finals with two pins (2:30 in round of 32 over Braddock’s Carlos Irias, 3:43 in round of 16 over Santaluces’ Eugene Eslica) and two decisions (7-2 over top seed and third-place Ryan Gonzalez of Columbus in the quarters, 8-6 over fourth-place Charlie Veliz of Miami Palmetto in the semis).
160 — South Dade’s Brevin Balmeceda bonus-pointed through the bracket to win the title, with two pins, a tech and 12-2 major in the finals over Coral Park’s George Llanes (pin & 3 decisions prior to final). No Fleming Island wrestlers at this weight.
170 — Southwest Miami’s Bryan Valdes scored a major in the round of 16, then pinned his way through the rest of the bracket with three falls, the last of those over Fleming Island’s third finalist, Gavin Smith, in 1:16. Smith opened the tournament, after a bye, with an 8-7 round-of-16 decision over Columbus’ Brent Becerra, then pinned South Dade’s Ralph Clemente (2:50) in the quarters and Seminole Ridge’s Juan Hernandez (2:49) in the semis.
182 — Southwest Miami’s Adrian Vidaud earned three pins and two decisions to earn his bracket, edging Coral Park’s Sammy Bencid (3 pins & decision prior to final), 4-3, in the finals. Fleming Island’s Anthony Breeden reached the quarters and placed fourth, going 5-2 in the tournament, while Nick Janssen was 3-2 and one match short of placing. On the front side, Breeden pinned Seminole Ridge’s Dalton Jewett (:42, round of 32) and decisioned Hagerty’s Ethan Lopez (5-2, round of 16) before losing by fall to Vidaud in 1 minute in the quarters. Meanwhile, Janssen’s only front-side match was a 4-2 loss to Olympic Heights’ David Lopeaz in the round of 16. On the back, Janssen pinned Jewett (1:29) and Hagerty’s Javier Maldonado (3:59) in consi rounds 2 and 3 before winning by walkover over Santaluces’ Angerlyne Julceus in consi round 4. Breeden pinned Jupiter’s Robert Preisendorf in 2:46 in that round, then knocked out Janssen, 1-0, in the consi quarters. Breeden added another win, 9-7, over Goleman’s Maximo Fernandez, before losing by fall in 43 seconds to Key West’s Jesse Garcia in the third-place match.
195 — Palmetto Ridge’s Colby Singletary teched or pinned his way into the finals (3 pins, all in 1st period, and one tech), but then had to go a full six to turn back Fleming’s fourth finalist, Chad Nix, 7-2, in the championship match. After a bye, Nix pinned Atlantic Community’s Luke Day in 16 seconds in the round of 16 and falled Braddock’s Lucas Zamora in 1:24 in the quarters, nearly getting a tech in the semis over Columbus’ Carmine Dascoli before settling for a 15-1 major.
220 — Palm Beach Gardens’ Bryan Canedo, a finalist at states last year, had three first-period falls and a pair of decisions, the second of those over Fleming’s final finalist of the night, Jeffrey Lascano, in a 3-1 win for the bracket. Lascano pinned his way into the finals, with four falls over Jupiter Christian’s Jack Hawkins (1:33, round of 32), Jupiter’s Blaine Baxter (round of 16), Goleman’s Shawn Rodriguez (3:43, quarters) and South Dade’s Kenneth Crouse (2:51, semis).
285 — Olympic Heights’ Brandon DiPrima closed out the tournament with a win for the hosts (3 decisions and pin), with the third decision a 9-3 win over Coral Park’s Maxwell Diaz (4 pins in 3:40 prior to final) in the title match. Fleming’s Raul Gonzalez was 2-2 in the tournament and one scoring move from taking a place finish. After a bye, Gonzalez falled Braddock’s Mario Lorenzo in 4:45 in the round of 16, but then lost in sudden victory, 3-1, to Palmetto Ridge’s 4th-place finisher Raymond Peralez. Gonzalez came back with a 5-2 win over North Miami’s Gregory Pierre-Louis in consi round 4, but then fell in the consi quarters to Southwest Miami’s Christian Sanchez, 2-1, just one match out of a medal.
Complete brackets from this tournament can be found here.
ORLANDO — Only one team finished ahead of Buchholz in the 19-team Wolfpack Invitational, hosted by Timber Creek, on Saturday.
Just 1A region finalist Hernando had the ability to push past the Bobcats, scoring 209.5 points to Buchholz’s 199.
The Bobcats’ 3A-Region 1 rival, Lake Mary, was third with 193, while 2A state champion Lake Gibson sent a partial team and placed fourth at 171.5. Palm Bay, with 161 points, rounded out the top five.
Below follows a brief recap of the tournament, along with Buchholz representation:
106 — Lake Gibson’s Jesse Gehr pinned his way through the tournament, with three falls in all, the last over Buchholz’s Aiden Moore in 1:30 in the final. Moore pinned Citrus’ Memphis Lord (1:02, round of 16), Deland’s Jarred Hewson (2:53, quarters) and majored Palm Bay’s Tyler Perrow, 13-0, in the semis.
113 — Palm Bay’s Rocco Senia pinned his way into the final, then majored Hernando’s Jonathan Britton (3 pins prior to final), 15-2, in the championship match. Buchholz’s Venumadhava Mirel placed fourth after reaching the semis. Mirel pinned East River’s Diego Gutierrez (1:59, round of 16) and Windermere’s Ticiano Brito (1:04, quarters) before falling to Senia (3:39 in the semis). Mirel then lost by fall in the third-place match to the hosts’ Jacob McCrimmon (4:21).
120 — Buchholz senior Bryan Perkins ran his record to 34-3 with four wins and the title. Perkins pinned Atlantic’s William Johnson (:54, round of 16) and majored Timber Creek’s Nando Dominguez, 15-5, in the quarters. In the semis, Perkins stopped Palm Bay’s Dominick Carter, 7-1, and then kept Lake Mary’s Alex Vazquez (tech/pin/decision prior to final) from a scoring move in the final, taking a 6-1 decision for the title.
126 — South Lake’s Tanner Kitta had three pins and a decision to win the title, with the third pin coming in the final over Hernando’s J Lisk (pin & 2 decisions prior to final), in 1:15. Buchholz’s Devon Bell was 2-2 in the tournament and one match from placing. Bell lost, 4-3, in the round of 16 to Palm Bay’s Braden Baxter, but rallied with pins over Lake Nona’s Elvis Agresta (:52, consi round 1) and Windermere’s Justin Pinto (2:49, consi quarters), but lost by fall in the semis to Seminole’s Roberto Martinez, by fall in 4:02.
132 — Lake Gibson’s Evan Butler bonus-pointed his way through the tournament, with two pins, a tech and 17-6 major in the final over teammate Alex Rosario (3 pins prior to final). No Buchholz wrestlers in the weight class.
138 — Hernando’s Josh Pritz had three first-period falls to reach the finals, where he needed extra time to overcome Palm Bay’s Keshawn Percy (pin & 2 techs prior to final), 3-1 in sudden victory. Buchholz’s Hunter Griffin placed fifth in the tournament, winning three times after an 11-10 round-of-16 loss to Hernando’s Jason Perez. After a bye, Griffin pinned Timber Creek’s Johnathon Fernandez (3:46 in the consi quarters), Windermere’s Charles James (2:51 in the consi semis) and Lake Nona’s Kevin Keeley (2:52) for fifth place.
145 — South Lake’s Travis Pawlowski also had three pins to get to the finals, where he edged Hernando’s Boston Tafelski (3 pins prior to final), 3-2. Buchholz’s DeAngelo Fletcher placed fourth after reaching the semis. Fletcher pinned East River’s William Belcher (3:02 in round of 16) and majored Windermere’s Sage Croft, 13-4, in the quarters before losing by fall to Pawlowski (2:29) in the semis. Fletcher then took a 13-5 loss in the third-place match to Lake Mary’s Jared Purcell. Bobcats teammate TJ Bowen was 2-1 in the B division of this weight class, with two pins and a loss by fall.
152 — Lake Gibson’s Elijah Gray pinned his way through the draw, with four falls in all, the last in 3:17 over Buchholz’s William Green-Church. Green-Church pinned East River’s Trevor Folse (1:10 in the round of 16) and majored Seminole’s Tyler Measures (12-3, quarters) before knocking off Hernando’s Bronson Tafelski, 4-3, in the semi.
160 — Seminole’s Zabriel Allen powered through four decisions to win the bracket, the last of those a 7-5 win over Lake Gibson’s Raul Soto (2 pins & decision prior to final). Buchholz’s Tracen Ransdell was a semifinalist and placed third. After a bye, Ransdell decisioned Timber Creek’s Carson Rick, 7-1, in the quarters, before falling to Soto, 6-1, in the semi. Ransdell then edged Windermere’s Trevor Beck, 3-2, in the third-place match.
170 — Hernando’s Fernando Valdez bookended two decisions with falls, the second of those in 4:25 in the final over Lake Gibson’s Kameron McCall (2 decisions & pin prior to final). Buchholz’s Jason Martin was 0-2 in the tournament, losing by tech in the round of 16 to sixth-place Curtis Hansen of Lake Mary (16-1 in 3:52) and then falling to Citrus’ Blake Coleman, 8-6, in consi round 1.
182 — Buchholz’s Armando Acosta pinned his way through the draw to take the Bobcats’ second title. Acosta pinned Olympia’s Jaziah Blyden (:36 in round of 16), Lake Brantley’s Hernandez Khalil (1:27 in quarters), Palm Bay’s Matthew Lewis (2:45 in the semis), then falled Deland’s Aaron Morris in 3:22 for the championship.
195 — Lake Gibson’s Caden Cunningham also pinned his way through the bracket, never going past the first period, with four falls, the last over Citrus’ Drew Hess (2 pins & decision prior to final). Buchholz’s Lawrence Smith-Jackson was a semifinalist and placed third. Smith-Jackson pinned Palm Bay’s Jahree Holmes (2:58, round of 16) and Lake Brantley’s Justice Pratt (:53, quarters) before losing by fall to Hess in 2:52 in the semis. Smith-Jackson needed just 29 seconds in the third-place match, pinning Lake Mary’s Zoar Vasquez. The Bobcats’ Drew Lewis was 0-2 in the tournament, with losses by fall to Windermere’s Nathan Wilson (1:13) and Timber Creek’s Dyllan Bueter (1:33).
220 — Lake Nona’s Christian Sosa had two pins and two decisions, the second of those decisions a 10-6 win over Lake Mary’s Will Holt (3 pins prior to final). Buchholz’s Nevan Burney was a semifinalist and placed third. Burney needed just 1:02 to reach the semis, with pins over Lake Brantley’s Joseph Nabors (:38, round of 16) and Olympia’s Jordan Phillips (:24, quarters), but then lost by fall to Holt in 5:23 in the semis. Burney rallied with a fall in the third-place match over South Lake’s Estaban Villanueva, in 2:52.
285 — Seminole’s Curtis Ruff had two pins to get to the semis, then two decisions to win the bracket, the second of those a 5-2 win in double-overtime over Lake Mary’s ABen Moxley (3 pins prior to final). No Buchholz wrestlers at this weight.
Complete brackets from this tournament can be found here.
PALM COAST — The state’s strongest program was a late add-on to the field of the 33rd annual Flagler Rotary IBT tournament at Flagler Palm Coast HS this week.
It didn’t take long for Lake Highland Prep to flex its muscles, however. The Highlanders rolled up 177.5 points on the first day of competition, advancing 13 wrestlers to the semifinals.
Lake Highland Prep is 39 points up on runnerup Winter Springs. Matanzas, in third, is the top local team in the field with 108 points, with Harmony (68.5) and University-Orange City (59.5) rounding out the top five teams. New Smyrna Beach (52), Bartram Trail (50), Bishop Kenny (48.5), Fletcher (46) and Flagler Palm Coast (43.5) rounded out the top 10.
Local teams after that included Episcopal (12th, 32 points), Bolles (14th, 24), St Augustine (T-15th, 21), Pedro Menendez (17th, 16), Middleburg (18th, 12), Ponte Vedra (T-19th, 11). Atlantic Coast, Mandarin and Sandalwood are tied for 21st with 10 points, while Robert E. Lee has 8.5 in 24th.
Below follows the semifinals at each weight class:
106 — Danny Nini (Lake Highland) v. Cade Eisenhut (Lake Howell); Zion Gonzalez (University-Orange City) v. Matthew Lawrence (Lake Highland). 113 — Jake Wohltman (Lake Highland) v. Angel Giraldo (Lake Howell); Shaun Culbreth (Matanzas) v. Kyle Hopkins (Episcopal). 120 — Preston Walls (Lake Highland) v. Michael Shannon (New Smyrna Beach); Sean Artman (Bayside) v. Allen Maxwell (Winter Springs). 126 — Nic Bouzakis (Lake Highland) v. Caleb Bower (Matanzas); Dalton Posick (Bolles) v. William Kennedy (Lake Highland). 132 — Nicholas Vugman (Bartram Trail) v. Lawrence Russo (Matanzas); Michael Watson (Cocoa Beach) v. Vincent Menozzi (Lake Highland). 138 — Myles Griffin (Lake Highland) v. Blane DeFord (Flagler Palm Coast); James Clark-Herndon (Cocoa Beach) v. Matthew Phillips (Winter Springs). 145 — Chris Rivera (Lake Highland) v. Douglas Tappin (Fletcher); Ian Eckert (Matanzas) v. JJ Contreras (Winter Springs). 152 — Dominic Isola (Lake Highland) v. Sam Russo (Matanzas); Hayden McCandless (Winter Springs) v. Joey Cusick (Bishop Kenny). 160 — Luis Parrales (Bartram Trail) v. Kale Moore (University-Orange City); Wyatt Forsberg (Winter Springs) v. Andrew Slade (Bishop Kenny). 170 — Mike Esler (Winter Springs) v. Hunter Brinkman (Lake Highland); Victor Lipsey (Seabreeze) v. Quenteen Robinson (Matanzas). 182 — Jessiah Contreras (Winter Springs) v. Ethan Asbury (Bolles); Ethan Lasher (University-Orange City) v. Michael Strong (Fletcher). 195 — Logan Andrew (Lake Highland) v. Robert Baker (New Smyrna Beach); Bobby Williams (Winter Springs) v. Juan Gomez (Harmony). 220 — Matt Kaplan (Lake Highland) v. Freddy Dollison (Episcopal); Ethan Hollenbach (Fletcher) v. Cecil Bermudez (Matanzas). 285 — Darius Stanley (St Augustine) v. Anthony Cinelli (Flagler Palm Coast); Michael Saljanin (New Smyrna Beach) v. Matt Saint John (Winter Springs).
Wakulla Duals: At Crawfordville, Friday night marked the first time in recent memory that duals were staged as part of Wakulla’s annual tournament experience. The IBT is still a one-day event and will begin on Saturday.
Marianna defeated Yulee (48-30), Weeki Wachee downed Chiles (54-25) and the host War Eagles took down Villages (70-10) in the Friday competition. Brief notes on each dual follow:
Marianna v. Yulee: The 1A Bulldogs won four weights up top, three by fall, using four forfeits in the lower half of the lineup to put away the dual. Marianna had falls from Christian Cossan (160), John Maddox (170) and Corey Davis (182), while Yulee picked up five pins from Bradley Durrance (220), Grayson Pope (285), Orion Duffy (126), Aston Ricks (138) and Jesse Johnson (145).
Weeki Wachee v. Chiles: The Hornets pushed past an early 13-6 Timberwolf lead with six wins in the next seven weights to build an insurmountable lead. Brandon Danner (152), Jason Schmidt (195), Keith Germain (106), Dominick Scaffedi (113), James Fournier (126), Cole Vedder (132) and Aidan Mayberry (145) each won by fall for Weeki Wachee. Chiles had pins from Kevonte Times (160), Olufemi Egberongbe (120) and Mitchell Monk (138) had pins, with Austin Wheeler taking an 11-1 major at 182 and Kyle McGill winning 9-5 at 170.
Wakulla 70, Villages 10: Villages got out to a 4-0 lead on Ethan Hatcher’s 12-4 major at 152, but the War Eagles won the next 10 matches to take the dual. Cole Baggett (160), Hayden Reeves (170), Andrew Annand (182), Darius Wilkins (285), Jackson Merrick (113) and Isaiah Wilson (138) all won by pin for Wakulla, with Slade Watkins (220) taking a 12-1 major. Cameron Rima (132) added a fall for the Buffaloes.
First-day brackets from Flagler can be found here. Duals from Wakulla can be found here.
In light of them, the Category V Duals take on added complexity.
There are five on-the-bubble teams listed, but I can think of four or five more that are right on the door step. If you want to stay in the T-U’s “top 10,” can’t afford a mis-step. Well, unless you’re Fleming, then probably, if past evidence is any indicator. But it takes a lot to make the Golden Eagles take a mis-step.