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11/23 #NextLevel: Three Area Alums Claim Titles

North Florida Matmen staff report

ORLANDO — Getting the chance to wrestle — somewhat — near home was a solid way to spend a Saturday for Matmen-area alums Tracy Davis (Fleming Island ’16) and Nate Golmon (Pace ’19) at the UCF Classic open tournament.

TJ Davis
TJ Davis

Davis, now wrestling for Life, was 3-0 at 149 on Saturday, pinning Keiser’s Hunter Warrington (1:08, quarters) and teching unattached wrestlier Joshua Feliz (18-3, 4:25) before decisioning Southeastern’s Colton Stone, 3-1, for his title.

Nathan Golmon
Nathan Golmon

Golmon, competing at 157 for UNC-Pembroke powered through three tight decisions over former Florida preps in each round. He turned back Keiser’s George Zertopoulis (former Palmetto Ridge), 10-8 (quarters, in sudden victory, then decisioned Southeastern’s Wyatt Kirkham (former Jensen Beach), 4-2 in sudden victory in the semis, and edged former Springstead prep Charles Roche, now at UCF’s club team, by a 3-2 count in the final.

Two local kids took thirds in their respective brackets, as Xaiver Sampsel (Florida High ’16) was third at 133 for Keiser and Justin Trinh (Ridgeview ’16) was third at 149 for UCF.

XaiverSampsel
Xaiver Sampsel

After a 6-1 loss in the round of 16 to eventual champ Sean Deshazer of Life, Sampsel won four matches on the back side, majoring former Coral Park prep Sebastian Calmet (Life, 13-2), pinning Gavin Riccobono (Nease ’19) of Southeastern in 1:32, former Sarasota prep Michael Bush (1:33, also Southeastern), then decisioning former Valdosta prep Quin McGlamery, 8-4, for third.

JustinTrinh
Justin Trinh

Trinh majored Keiser’s Jake Burress, 16-2, in the 149 quarters, but then fell, 6-4, to Southeastern’s Stone in the semis. He pinned Keiser’s Warrington (2:07) in the consi semis and decisioned Feliz, 10-6, for third.

Matt Ross
Matt Ross

Also at 149, UNC-Pembroke’s Matt Ross (Columbia ’19 was sixth. Ross lost by fall to Stone in the quarters, but then pinned Burress (2:02) in the first round of consis. After losing by fall (:32) to Feliz in the consi semis, Ross forfeited to Warrington in the fifth-place match.

Gavin Riccobono
Gavin Riccobono

Riccobono would go on to finish seventh in the 133 bracket. After pinning Keiser’s Benito Carranza (5:07) in the round of 16, he lost by tech to Life’s McGlamery (18-3 in 5:45). After the loss to Sampsel in the consis, Riccobono decisioned UCF’s Christopher Massaro, 8-2, for seventh.

Here’s a summary of other area alumni competing for their colleges on Saturday:

PaulDetwiler
Paul Detwiler

Doug Parker Invitational: At Springfield MA, Coast Guard’s Paul Detwiler (Fleming Island ’18) was the weight-class champion at 184, as the Bears took home the team title in their season opener. The top seed, Detwiler pinned Springfield Tech’s Johnny Andre (1:54) in the round of 16, then teched Trinity’s Anders Klasss (18-3 in 5:14) in the quarters. Detwiler decisioned Centenary’s Kenny Long, 10-5, in the semis, then decisioned second seed Edwin Morales of Bridgewater, 13-8, for the title.

ZachFord
Zach Ford

In the 165 bracket, Rhode Island College’s Zach Ford (Flagler Palm Coast ’13) was 1-2 in the tournament. Ford pinned Western New England’s Dimitrios Tartsinis (3:58) in the round of 32, but then lost to New England College’s Jakai Townsend, 14-5, in the round of 16. Ford then fell to Southern Maine’s Zac Thomspon, 13-5, in the consis.

Delmontae Davis
Delmontae Davis

Coe College Invitational: At Cedar Rapids IA, the University of Dubuque’s Delmontae Davis (Westside ’17) was fourth at 184 pounds. Davis decisioned Coe’s Trevor Schmidt (8-1) in the round of 16 and majored the hosts’ Logan Andeway (16-4) in the quarters, falling (6:20) to eventual champ Bryce Oveson of Cornell in the semi. Davis then fell to Cornell’s John Marsh, 9-5, in the third-place match.

Josh Bower
Josh Bower

At 133, Simpson’s Josh Bower (Matanzas ’19) was 1-2 in the tournament, with a front-side 4-1 win over Dubuque’s Richard Diaz, before losing, 12-1, to eventual runnerup Cole Gille of Minnesota State-Mankato, in the quarters. Bower then took an 8-2 loss in the consis to Graceland’s Nick Short.

Caleb Bower
Caleb Bower

At 141, Simpson’s Caleb Bower (Matanzas ’19) was 0-2, with a loss by fall to Coe’s Nick Elias (2:48) in the round of 16 and then a 9-0 loss to Cornell’s Quinten Howe in the first round of consis.

Daniel Porter
Daniel Porter

Auggie-Adidas Invitational: At Minneapolis, Iowa Lakes’ Daniel Porter (Clay ’18) placed sixth at 125 in the gold division. Porter won by decision over William Penn’s Nadhelo Charles-Pierre (former Florida prep) in the round of 16, but then lost to eventual third Sam Camacho of Luther, 11-1, in the quarters. Porter edged U of St Mary’s Jake Ayers, 4-3, in the fifth-place semis, but then lost by fall to UW-Platteville’s Issac Wiegel (6:56) in the place match.

Robert McGlynn
Robert McGlynn

That we’ve seen so far, Saturday marked the college debut of St Olaf’s Robert McGlynn (Orange Park ’19), who competed in the bronze division at 174. McGlynn lost by fall to Iowa Lakes’ Juan Diaz (1:57) in the quarters, then took a loss by fall to Itasca’s Larry Sanchez in the consi semis (1:01).

Chris Bono
Chris Bono

Wisconsin 31, Utah Valley 13: At Orem, UT, the eighth-ranked Badgers (6-0 in duals) tuned up next week’s Big Ten conference opener at Iowa with the dual win. Cole Martin (149) and Trent Hillger (285) both won by fall for Wisconsin, with Seth Gross (11-3 at 133), Tristan Moran (12-2 at 141), Evan Wick (15-3 at 165) and Johnny Sebastian (11-2 at 184) all taking majors. Michael Cullen (8-3 at 125) added a decision. “Great wins for our guys out here today. I’m happy that at the marquee matches, 133 and heavyweight, we were able to pull out a win,” Badgers coach Chris Bono (Bolles alum) said in remarks posted on the team’s website.

Darius Wilkins
Darius Wilkins

UNK Younes Hospitality Open: At Kearney NE, Pratt CC’s Darius Wilkins (Wakulla ’19) was 1-2 in the amateur division at 285, with his first college win. Wilkins pinned York’s Deonnie Graves in 56 seconds in the round of 32, but then lost by fall to Chadron State’s Mason Watt in 2:01 in the round of 16. In the consis, Wilkins lost by fall to the hosts’ Jack Sutton (2:35).

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