#TheRecap: Janssen, Hill, Nix Take Danny Byron Titles

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Fleming Island’s Gavin Smith (right) looks to return Camden’s Omega Clark to the mat during second day Gold bracket competition at the Danny Byron Invitational Saturday at Osceola HS in Kissimmee. Smith would take third place in the Gold group. (Photo by Ricki Nix).

North Florida Matmen staff report

KISSIMMEE — There are no team scores kept at the Danny Byron Invitational.

But with teams like Fleming Island, Camden, Valdosta, Lake Gibson, Riverdale and host Osceola, among others, do there really need to be?

The competition speaks for itself, and the Golden Eagles, as well as Buchholz, got a measuring stick of where they stand as the season began for both teams last weekend.


Below follows a summary of the local results of the tournament. We’re walking through all matches wrestled on Friday, with Fleming Island kids listed solely in the “Friday gold” portion, since they were only in the gold pool. Buchholz kids are listed solely under the “Friday blue” portion of each weight class.

Based on Friday performances, wrestlers were grouped into one of three divisions for Saturday’s wrestling. We’re listing each win taken Saturday.

106 —
Friday gold: Jack Pham won the pool. Pham had two wins, with a 9-8 decision over Timber Creek’s Trenton Dominguez in the semis and fall (1:38) over Valdosta’s John Nelson in the final.
Friday blue: Siddharth Bianchi was fourth in the pool, with losses by fall to Camden’s Matt Morton (1:20) and Hernando’s TJ Rodier (3:18).
Saturday gold: Pham took fifth, but had two victories, falling Oviedo’s Blake German in 2:36 in round 3 and winning by forfeit over South Dade’s Adrian Morales.
Saturday blue: Bianchi was 0-2 in the tournament.

113 —
Friday gold: Hunter Herrington took fourth in the pool. Herrington injury-defaulted in the second period of his first match, and then lost by fall in the third-place match (4:55) to Timber Creek’s Bryse Balcom. Herrington did not compete on Saturday.

120 —
Friday gold: Ryan Hobson was fourth in the pool. He started off with a 3-0 semifinal loss to Riverdale’s Nate Luders, then decisioned Camden’s Daniel Fredericks, 4-0 in the consi semi before falling to Braddock’s Frank Lopez, 8-7.
Friday blue: Venumadhava Mirel was sixth in the pool, with a front-side win over Camden’s Carson Poston (6-4 in sudden victory). In the semis, Mirel lost by fall to South Dade’s Alex Couto (2:59), then took consi-side losses to Hernando’s Jonathan Britton (8-4) and Palm Beach Gardens’ Elijah Ortiz (2:54).
Saturday blue: Hobson was fifth in the pool, with a 1-4 mark. His lone win was a 14-3 major over Poinciana’s Levi Lewis in round 1.
Saturday white: Mirel was 2-2 and fourth in the bracket, with wins on both sides. He falled Camden’s Poston (3:21) in the quarters and decisioned Fredericks, 8-6, in the consi semi.

126 —
Friday gold: Riley Holton won the pool, with a tech over Braddock’s Emmanuel Hernandez (18-2 in 5:30, quarters), and decisions over Timber Creek’s Jayden Tapia (5-3 in sudden victory, semis) and Riverdale’s Jacob Bennett (2-0, final).
Friday blue: Aiden Moore was third in the pool. After opening with a 5-2 loss to Freedom’s Julian Rocher in the semis, but then fell to South Dade’s Jose Gonzalez, 14-3, in the final. Moore then took a second loss to Camden’s Caleb Picard, 8-7, in the match for true second.
Saturday gold: Holton (1-4) was fifth and Moore (0-5) sixth in the pool. Holton’s lone win was an 8-4 victory over Moore in the final round of the pool.

132 —
Friday gold: Garrett Cole was second and Isaac Padgett third. Cole lost in the quarters by fall to eventual pool champ Alex Soto of Riverdale (4:56), but rallied with pins over Braddock’s Nick Nanni (1:51), Camden’s Anthony Doyle (2:01) and a tech over Valdosta’s Deandre Myers (16-0 in 4:53) for third. Padgett decisioned Doyle, 5-4, in the semis, but then fell to Soto, 7-0, in the final. In the matchup for true second, Cole edged Padgett in sudden victory, 3-2.
Friday blue: Kason Nichols was fourth and Alexis Gonzalez 0-2 in the pool. Nichols decisioned Palm Beach Gardens’ Jack Bishop, 5-3, in the quarters, but then lost by fall to South Dade’s Adrian Neco (:41) in the semi. Nichols came back to fall South Dade’s Jackson Travieso (4:17) in the consi semis, but then lost by fall in the third-place match to Freedom’s Brennon Reid (3:30). Gonzalez lost by fall to Camden’s Omega Clark (3:05, quarters) and Travieso (2:39, consi quarters).
Saturday gold: Padgett took sixth, with five losses in a loaded field.
Saturday blue: Nichols was third in the pool with a 3-2 record. He teched Myers, 17-0 in 6 minutes, in round 1 and falled Oviedo’s Zach Thoms in 4:39 in round 2. In round 4, he pinned Lakeland’s Gabriel Daniels (2:48).
Saturday white: Gonzalez was 1-2 in the bracket, with a quarterfinal pin (:44) over Gateway’s Sarilys DeJesus.

138 —
Friday gold: Dalton Baysinger was second in the pool, with pins over Camden’s Gavin Daniels (1:11, quarters) and Riverdale’s Eric Iamarino (:46, semis), but then lost by fall to Valdosta’s Tyler Lamon (5:37) in the final. Baysinger then pinned Braddock’s Julian Rocha in 47 seconds for true second. Baysinger did not compete on Saturday.
Friday blue: Cole Nixon was sixth in the pool. Nixon lost by fall to Palm Beach Gardens’ Kyndryck Higgins (1:28) in the quarters, but then defeated Freedom’s Colin Czerwinski, 5-0, in the first round of consis. Nixon then lost to Hernando’s Jason Perez (1:30) in the consi semis and Camden’s Jayden Burnett (2:00) in the fifth-place match.
Saturday white: Nixon was 2-2 in the bracket, with wins on both sides. He falled Braddock’s Alex Polo (2:22) in the round of 16 and pinned Oviedo’s Mariano Perez (:21) in the consis.

145 —
Friday gold: Gannon Janssen won the pool, with a third-period tech over Camden’s Porter Bryant (15-0 in 4:43) in the semi and fall in 1:52 over Riverdale’s Jonathan Nobles in the final.
Friday blue: Timothy Bowen was fifth in the pool, with losses to Palm Beach Gardens’ Jake Maffi (3:48, quarters) and Freedom’s Moises Toussaint (4-2, consi semis).
Saturday gold: Janssen won the overall championship, with a 5-0 Saturday record. He bookended three falls (1:32 over Maffi, 1:19 over Bryant, 3:43 over Oviedo’s Marcus Patrick) with a 4-1 win over third-place Charles Morton of Camden in round 1 and a 2-1 win in round 5 for the title over Lake Gibson’s Evan Butler.
Saturday white: Bowen was 3-0 and won the bracket, pinning Oviedo’s Carson McKernan (1:47, quarters), then majoring Gateway’s Jerry Wright, 14-4, and decisioning Braddock’s Adrian Correa, 5-1, for the day.

152 —
Friday gold: Tanner Hill won the pool, with a second-period fall over Camden’s Elijah Griffin (2:56) plus a 9-2 win in the final over Riverdale’s Malachi Soto.
Friday blue: David Sampson was fifth in the pool. Sampson lost by fall in the semis to South Dade’s Jason Duarte (1:21) and in the consi semis to Freedom’s Allrich Delisco (2:37).
Saturday gold: Hill won the overall championship, with two majors and five decisions on the day. The “effective” title-deciding victory came in a 7-3 decision over Hernando’s Billy Fetzner, who’d go on to finish second, but Hill then majored Soto, 9-1, in round 2 and downed Lake Gibson’s Frank Solorzano, 5-2, in round 3. He decisioned Duarte, 11-4, in round 4, finishing off with a 10-1 major over Osceola’s Adriel Martinez.
Saturday white: Sampson was 1-2 and placed fourth in the bracket, with a front-side fall over Poinciana’s Ryan Ball (1:23, quarters).

160 —
Friday gold: Luke Chop was first and Jhoel Robinson third in the pool. Chop pinned Braddock’s Alexander Pons (2:34), then decisioned Camden’s CahMari Johnson, 10-3, in the semi. In the title match, Chop teched Riverdale’s Jonathan Lavandera, 19-4 in 6 minutes. Robinson fell to Lavandera, 1-0, in the quarters, but then pinned Braddock’s Jason Muniz (1:39) and decisioned Johnson, 9-3, before shutting out Timber Creek’s Carson Rick, 7-0, for third.
Saturday gold: Chop was third in the group, but finished 4-1 in contested matches (the gold pool had seven wrestlers in it). Chop started with a second tech over Lavandera (19-4 in 3:15), then won by injury-default over Gateway’s Justin Chamorro. He powered past PBG’s Will George, 2-1 in double-overtime, and then shut out Lake Gibson’s Curtis Felton, 8-0, before sustaining his only loss of the day to South Dade’s Steven Villalobos, 8-3.
Saturday blue: Robinson was third in the pool, with a 3-2 record. After losses in the first two rounds, Robinson pinned Oviedo’s Brandon McGrew (:41 in round 3), Poinciana’s Jakobi Rice (1:57 in round 4) and Rick (3:55 in round 5).

170 —
Friday gold: Gavin Smith took second in the pool. Smith falled Camden’s Christopher Schwarting in 38 seconds in the semis, but then lost by fall in the final to Riverdale’s Nicholas Rodriguez (3:16). Smith rallied for true second with a third-period fall over Valdosta’s Josh McCutchen, in 5:24.
Friday blue: Matt Vann was fifth in the pool, with losses to South Dade’s Bryan Valdes (5-2, semis) and Hernando’s Austin McCombs (2:18, consi semis).
Saturday gold: Smith finished third in the pool, going 3-2 on the day with a 12-10 decision over Camden’s Omega Clark in round 2 and pins over Lakeland’s Jeremiah Feddeler (1:26) in round 4 and Lake Gibson’s Raul Soto (1:23) in round 5.
Saturday white: Vann was 2-0, with first-period pins over Osceola’s Josean Sanchez (1:14, semis) and Timber Creek’s Zach Hanks (:33, final) to win the bracket.

182 —
Friday gold: Nick Janssen won the pool, with two pins over Timber Creek’s Shamai Powell (3:39, semis) and Camden’s Deonte Dozier (1:13, final).
Saturday gold: Janssen was 2-2 and placed third, with a forfeit win over PBG’s Bakr Khaleel and fall in 2:34 over Lakeland’s Rudy Destin in round 3.

195 —
Friday gold: Jeffrey Lascano won the pool, pinning Braddock’s Jonathan Sampeze in 2:21 in the semi, then downing Camden’s Travante Dozier, 8-2, in the final.
Friday blue: Jason Martin was 0-2 in the pool, falling to Camden’s Deanthony Hendrix, 9-6, in the quarters. He then lost by fall to South Dade’s Alejandro Gonzalez (2:49) in the consi quarters.
Saturday gold: Lascano was third with a 3-2 record, collecting two pins and a decision. Lascano falled Dozier (3:08) in round 1 and edged Gonzalez, 4-2 in sudden victory, in round 2. He then pinned Gateway’s Jared Colon in 56 seconds in round 4.
Saturday white: Martin pinned through the bracket for first, with falls over Oviedo’s Tristan Whittaker (:29, quarters), Poinciana’s Jeremiah Jules (5:10, semis) and Hernando’s Johnathan Ahne (1:17, final).

220 —
Friday gold: Chad Nix won the pool with two first-period falls, pinning Timber Creek’s Daniel Robinson (1:03) in the semi and Camden’s Anthony Yancey (1:15) in the final.
Friday blue: Drew Lewis was third in the pool, going 2-2. He lost to eventual champ Garrett Gaston of Camden (3:09) in the semis, but then had pins over Freedom’s Shawn-Michel Joseph (:43) in the consi semis and Freedom’s Matthew Miller (3:29) for third. Lewis then fell to Hernando’s Qwenton Coney (1:43) in the match for true second.
Saturday gold: Nix won the overall championship, pinning his way through the entire tournament. He needed just 3:25 to pin five Saturday opponents — Robinson (:18) in round 1, Lake Gibson’s Tristan Middlebrook (:46) in round 2, Coney (1:21) in round 3, Yancey (:42) in round 4 and Gaston (:18) in round 5.
Saturday blue: Lewis was 3-1 and finished second in the pool. Lewis majored Timber Creek’s Nico Perez, 13-2, in round 3, with pins over Poinciana’s Trystin Davis (1:07) in round 4 and Miller (4:00) in round 5.

285 —
Friday gold: Raul Gonzalez was second in the pool, with a semifinal pin over Camden’s Jacori Malcolm (5:34). He then fell to Valdosta’s LB Neloms, 3-1, in the final, but came back with a fall in 4 minutes over Riverdale’s Jon Baxter for true second.
Friday blue: Jacob Robinson was fourth in the pool, going 2-2. Robinson pinned Palm Beach Gardens’ Jakobe Williams (1:33) in the quarters, but then fell to eventual champ Sam Fleming of Hernando, 1-0, in the semi. Robinson then pinned PBG’s Timothy Van in 3:44 in the consi semis, falling 4-2, in the third-place match against Hernando’s Devin Williams.
Saturday gold: Gonzalez took second, going 4-1 on Saturday, falling by a single point to Neloms (2-1) in round 3. Otherwise, he won three times by decision — 4-0 over Camden’s Brian Jones in round 1, 4-2 over Gateway’s Kyjuan Allen in round 2 and 3-1 in UTB over Fleming in round 4 — and pinned Gateway’s Nathan DeJesus in 3:29 in round 5.
Saturday blue: Robinson was 3-1 and second in the pool. He decisioned Malcolm, 3-1 in sudden victory, in round 1, and then pinned Oviedo’s Joseph Bailey (1:12) in round 2 before shutting out Baxter, 3-0, in round 4.

Complete results from both days of the tournament can be found HERE.

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